To The Non-White Potential Oxbridge Applicants

note: – the term BME used in this article is based on UK terminology to refer to members of non-white British communities (who this article is primarily aimed at): Black and minority ethnic. – the term Oxbridge is a blended word referring to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Do it. Don’t be a potential applicant, apply. Apply with gusto. Apply immediately. Apply with full faith … Continue reading To The Non-White Potential Oxbridge Applicants

‘I thought YOU’D find that problematic?’

CN: racism, sexism, marginalisation, silencing. It’s 2016 and I am That Person. Not always, but a lot of times. The One Who Talks About Race, The Angry One, The Intersectional Feminist. Sometimes I like it, I like to make people feel uncomfortable, like to be a Nuisance just by being there. But recently its also begun to make me feel trapped. People expect opinions on things, … Continue reading ‘I thought YOU’D find that problematic?’

Intersectional, Radical, Unpalatable and Abrasive; that is the feminism I’m about.

Content Warning: discussion of misogyny, racism, Islamaphobia, imperialism, oppression and mention of war, religion, Western beauty standards, sex, slut-shaming, victim-blaming and rape. This is quite a self-indulgent post. A post about trying to work out by working through, where my feminism stands in regards to others and about my conceptualisation of “feminism” itself. Lately I have begun to feel slightly torn about my own perception … Continue reading Intersectional, Radical, Unpalatable and Abrasive; that is the feminism I’m about.

On “Sounding White” and Being Brown

This week I got a brief and exhilarating taste of the legitimacy with which people can treat you with if you’re white. I was ringing around archives to find out about dissertation research and at one point I realised, everyone was treating me with a bizarre level of legitimacy that I had not before experienced in doing my research. In that moment, it hit me. … Continue reading On “Sounding White” and Being Brown

Why ‘Being the Change’ is Not Enough

‘You must be the change you want to see in the world’. Gandhi, of course, famously said this and every ‘liberal’ ‘leftie’ has at one time had it as their iPhone screen background in the course of their teenage-hood. It sounds inspiring, liberating and rewarding, but I’m sorry to say, its sentiment is one of the single most dangerous fallacies of our time. First it … Continue reading Why ‘Being the Change’ is Not Enough

The danger of the 63.3% “state school” intake fallacy…

Today I went back to my high school – a mixed comprehensive state-school, 15 minutes from Leeds city center – to talk to some Year 12 students about applying to Oxbridge and what life is like at Cambridge. It is phenomenal for a state school and I know that – having been ranked as “outstanding” by Ofsted and having consistently impressive exam results. I think the … Continue reading The danger of the 63.3% “state school” intake fallacy…

Cambridge University support the soon-to-be-scrapped AS level

Two weeks ago Cambridge University issued a letter to schools across the UK encouraging students to continue taking AS-levels, despite government plans to scrap them for the 2015 cohort. This move is based on the University’s commitment to UMS marks rather than GCSEs as the best indicators of students’ abilities. It is a noteworthy political move displaying significant contempt of government plans, yet, sounding much … Continue reading Cambridge University support the soon-to-be-scrapped AS level