Helen Charman

Entries by Helen Charman

Thatcher, Thatcher, Human Decency-Snatcher?

(5) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 4:30 PM

I am left-wing, and my personal politik is primarily ideologically driven - for better or for worse - and I would and have on occasion fought for the ideals I believe in; verbally at least, although I wasn't averse to throwing the odd drink in the run up to the...

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A War of Attrition: The Arts Need Saving

(1) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 11:21 PM

'In Battalions', a research-led report by Fin Kennedy and Helen Campbell Pickford has been in the news recently for its assertion that the British theatre scene is 'shrivelling': governmental cuts to the arts have caused a distinct decline in the possibility of investing in new writing and, therefore, the future...

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Slut-Shaming, Taylor Swift and Female Sexuality

(7) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 7:17 AM

Recently, the Women's Campaign at my university funded a production of 'The Vagina Monologues', which opened on Valentine's Day to mark V Day, the campaign to end violence against women and girls. The production was fantastic, and was greeted with a standing ovation, but what really struck me was how...

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Naked as We Came: What Lena Dunham's Nudity Says About Us

(22) Comments | Posted January 20, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Lena Dunham has once again become the focus of media attention this week for something that should be entirely unremarkable: for having the body of an average female human, and for exposing said body on screen in her Emmy award-winning HBO show, Girls. Dunham appears naked in the new series...

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Binge Drinking: More than Just a Student Problem

(1) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 1:20 PM

The emergence of a study conducted by the HealthyFit group at the University of Vigo shows that female students binge drink more than their male counterparts by a significant percentage, echoing a study published in 2010 by the London School of Economics detailing the fact that more educated women are...

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