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Warwick students protest BAE Systems
Warwick student activists protested BAE Systems at a careers fair, last week, Halimah Manan reports. Students at the University of Warwick handed out flyers to protest BAE Systems, at a careers fair held 15 October. The global arms trader, whose customers include Saudi Arabia, was recruiting at one of the University’s autumn careers fairs. Activists from the...
Namazie decision raises questions at Warwick Warwick, Maryam Namazie, university, Halimah Manan, Kettle Mag
Halimah Manan reports on how the Maryam Namazie decision affected Muslims on campus. Ex-Muslim Maryam Namazie will speak at Warwick, the SU announced on 27 September after allegedly banning her. The decision came after days of deliberation and outrage over an alleged ban of Maryam Namazie. Namazie was asked to speak at an event for Warwick Atheists, Secularists...
GBBO vs Don’t Tell the Bride: how best to spend your Wednesday evenings GBBO, Don't Tell The Bride, TV, Halimah Manan, Kettle Mag
We Brits love our reality TV. From competitions, such as The X-Factor and Strictly, to those completely focused on every aspect of people’s lives, like The Kardashians, reality TV never gets old. But, when your Wednesday evening rolls around and you find yourself wondering how best to relax – between The Great British Bake Off...
What makes Channel 4’s Hunted so good?
Halimah Manan explores Channel 4's new reality show, Hunted, and why it's already so popular. We live in a surveillance state, where the internet – the source of cat videos and a widely-acknowledged enabler of procrastination – and our usage of it, is monitored by our government. Not to mention, of course, the many companies...
Horyou: the social network for social good Kettlemag, Social Media, Horyou, Halimah Manan
Founded in 2012, Horyou is the social network you didn’t know you needed. And, with an app released in July, it’s becoming even more accessible. Founded in 2012, Horyou is the social network you didn’t know you needed. And, with an app released in July, it’s becoming even more accessible. Horyou: for social good If...
Preview: The Gamechangers Kettlemag, TV, The Gamechangers, Grand Theft Auto, Daniel Radcliffe, Han
On 15th September, Daniel Radcliffe will return to our TV screens, not in another rerun of Harry Potter but as Grand Theft Auto designer, Sam Houser, in BBC’s new docudrama, The Gamechangers. While some had hoped the drama would focus on the game itself, it is set to follow the origin of Grand Theft Auto and...
Are men objectified as much as women? Kettlemag, TV, Culture, Women, Natalie Dormer, Halimah Manan
Are men objectified as much as women? Does it matter? Read on for Halimah Manan's verdict. The objectification of women has been a well-documented phenomenon by feminists in recent years. From Everyday Sexism, a website where people post personal experiences, to feminist magazines such as Bitch and Ms., there are plenty of discussions of the...
Is the feminist movement still relevant today? Members of FEMEN toting signs with slogans such as 'Muslim women let's get naked' and 'nudity is freedom'.
Rebecca Marrow and Halimah Manan collaborate to investigate why feminism is still relevant. Although many have become disillusioned with, and tired of hearing about, feminism, the movement is still important. The definition of feminism – the belief in the equality of men and women – has yet to be realised and, sometimes, yet to be...
Of course women can propose to men! Photo of a street performer proposing to a man.
Halimah Manan explains why women should be allowed to propose to men, without social repercussions. Although Katie Hopkins’ opinions are not a gift, she does keep on giving. In her new panel show, she weighed in on marriage proposals, stipulating that only men (or ‘blokes’) should propose, in heterosexual relationships. Citing a combination of respectability,...
Graduates overcharged on loan repayments student loan, education, Halimah Manan, Kettle Mag
78,800 graduates over-repaid on student loans in 2013-14, Halimah Manan reports. Nearly 80,000 university graduates repaid more in student loans than they owed, in 2013-14, reported accounting firm Baker Tilly on July 30th. Statistics from the Student Loans Company (SLC), obtained under a Freedom of Information (FoI) request, revealed that 78,800 university graduates over-repaid on...
Beme: shaming us or saving us? Kettlemag, Social Media, Beme, Halimah Manan
Halimah Manan takes a critical look at the premise of Beme, a new social media app. Released on July 17th, Beme is a social media app marketed as a “platform for capturing and sharing your daily life”. Imploring users to stop seeing the world “through your phones”, Casey Neistat—developer and YouTuber—attempted to sell the app...
Say ‘no’ to We-Consent
Halimah Manan explains why the We-Consent app isn't good enough. (TW: mentions of rape) The emergence of We-Consent marks the second time a sexual consent app has been launched in the past year. One of a collection of three apps designed to “open discussion” about sexual consent on university campuses, it claims to advocate for...