Helen Charman
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Helen is currently in her second year reading English at the University of Cambridge. Formerly the Editor of Varsity, the only independent student newspaper in Cambridge, she is passionate about writing, journalism and the arts. She also spends a significant proportion of her time in the theatre, making plays.

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Thatcher, Thatcher, Human Decency-Snatcher?

(5) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 3:30 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 | 10:21 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 | 6:17 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 | 6:00 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 | 12:20 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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