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Women’s Firsts: The Nobel Prize Winners
The Nobel Prize has only been awarded to 48 women between 1901 and 2015, compared to 825 men. While the divide between men and women may be slowly closing, with women receiving 11.1 per cent of the awards since 2010, there is still a long way to go before we reach equality.   These prestigious...
The History of Women’s History Month
Each March, Women’s History Month is celebrated in England, America, and Australia. Canada holds theirs in October, and many other celebrations take place around the world throughout the year, as a way to pay tribute to the contributions made by women to society. Women's History Month The history of Women’s History can be traced back...
Women’s History Month 2016
Women's History Month takes place each March, as a way to pay tribute to the contributions made by women to society. All women deserve the same recognition that is more freely granted to men, and young girls deserve to have inspirational role models honoured for their actions and achievements. So throughout March, join us for a her-story lesson, and...
Letter to my 11 year old self: 11 things I wish you knew
Twelve years ago, aged 11, I was on the verge of the awkward stage of my teenage years. I can’t say that I look back on those times with the fondest of memories, but rather as more of a transition between the unhindered innocence of childhood and into my teens, a period I would probably...
Time to Talk about student wellbeing as mental health issues rise
Time to Talk Day, on Thursday 4th February, aims to get the nation talking about mental health. With one in four people affected every year, and many too afraid to talk about it, mental health is an issue that can’t be silenced. One group who are starting to speak up are students. Whether it’s increased academic demands,...
Emma Watson announces new feminist book club
Whether you’re getting behind our feminist resolutions or looking to get stuck into a new book, it’s time to get started. What better way than with the help of Emma Watson? The UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and frontwoman of the He for She movement has announced the launch of her own feminist book club.  Hi Team, ❤ I...
Is 2016 the year for feminist resolutions?
It seems like feminism has been a bit of a buzz word for the last 12 months. From Jennifer Lawrence speaking out against the wage gap, Amber Rose’s Slut Walk, the release of Suffragette, trends like #ShoutYourAbortion and #SayHerName, Misty Copeland becoming the American Ballet Theatre’s first black woman principal dancer, to Serena Williams honoured as Sports Illustrated Sports Person of the Year and...
What is intersectional feminism?
By definition, feminism is the belief in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes. In a continuation of this, intersectional feminism looks at other aspects which can play a role in someone’s experience of inequality and oppression. The term intersectional feminism was coined by American professor Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989, who defined it as:...
Behind the scenes: Herts Freshers 2015
At the University of Hertfordshire, our new students moved in at the end of September, but it's genuinely taken me this long to recover. Now, I'm not writing this as another fresher who enjoyed one too many nights at The Forum (our on-campus club) but rather as my first time working Freshers' Week with the...
Kettle Band of the Week: War on Women Kettlemag, Music, Band of the Week, Womens Season, War on Women, Feminists, Punk, Kealie Mardell
War on Women are co-ed feminists from Baltimore, who kick things into high gear with a heavy dose of punk attitude. Founded in 2010, earlier this year War on Women released their self-titled full-length debut album on Bridge Nine Records and have seen a growing success since, even embarking on a European tour. Compared to...
The Breakfast Club: The Film That…Always Makes Me Smile! Kettlemag, Film, The Film That, The Breakfast Club, Kealie Mardell
The power of cinema lies in the effects films have on people. Films can make you cry, laugh, alter your opinions, influence you, be representative of a milestone in your life and can even change your life. Our new weekly film column, 'The Film That...', explores the impacts of cinema on people. This week, Deputy Editor Kealie Mardell shares...
The Best of American Music: August Burns Red KettleMag, Music, America, August Burns Red, Kealie Mardell
As part of Kettle’s America Season, our music editor asked for our all-time favourite American musicians. Now, this is a tougher challenge than you might expect. ALL-TIME?! This is a title that can’t just be handed out without serious consideration. Unwilling to undertake such a task, I’m kicking things off with my current favourite American band, stuck...
The 21 best American craft breweries Kettle, Food & Drink, Beer, Craft Beer, Breweries, Kealie Mardell
In recent years beer in America has been a booming business, with the popularity of microbreweries growing exponentially into a subculture of craft beer aficionados. The Brewers Association alone holds host to over 2,600 US brewing members, with reports showing craft brewers produce 1 in 10 of every beer sold. Last year, of their top 50 overall brewing companies, 42 were craft breweries.  ...
Is Florence unveiling the inequality machine? Kettlemag, Kealie Mardell, Florence and the Machine, Florence Welch
Following the unfortunate loss of the Foo Fighters at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, Florence and the Machine were moved up to the headline spot. A worthy stand-in, with three number one albums, what’s surprising many is that they are the first female fronted headliner in 16 years. Go Florence!!!! @flo_tweet — Foo Fighters (@foofighters) June 17,...
Mindfulness, meditation and mental wellbeing Kettlemag, Kealie Mardell, Health, Mindfulness, Meditation, Wellbeing,
Close your eyes. Take a deep breath, in and out. How do you feel? Mindfulness is the act of checking in with yourself and taking a bit of time out of your busy day to focus on you and your wellbeing. It’s a meditation practice that focuses on the now and staying in the present...
May 12th 2015: International M.E/CFS and Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
Each year on May 12th, we celebrate International M.E/CFS and Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) is also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and was most recently proposed under the name Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (SEID). Whatever name you choose to associate with, we are referring to a debilitating chronic illness which affects millions...
Lucy-Anne Holmes’ How to Start a Revolution
The internet holds a powerful potential for social movements and campaigns. One woman wielding that power is Lucy-Anne Holmes, founder of NoMorePage3. Following the success of her campaign, Holmes has now shared her experience in the book How to Start a Revolution How to start a revolution Throughout the book Holmes shares key tips and...
Kettle Band of the Week: Lonely the Brave Kettle Mag, Lonely the Brave, Kealie Mardell, music
I’m excited to be back with another Kettle Mag Band of the Week. We featured this band back in October, when they released the single The Blue, The Green which was an immediate hit with its tear-jerking video.  Lonely the Brave are a five-piece band from Cambridge who describe themselves as “doom-pop”. They’ve just released a...
Slam Dunk Festival 2015, preview
Slam Dunk claims to “bring you the best there is to offer in Pop Punk, Ska, Punk and Hardcore” which is certainly an eclectic mix for a day festival! This annual event is held across three locations over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Whether you’re in the North, Midlands or South, there’s a Slam Dunk...
The Casual Vacancy meets a disappointing end The Casual Vacancy, Krystal Weedon, BBC, Kealie Mardell
The BBC’s adaptation of The Casual Vacancy came to a disappointing end this weekend, for fans of J.K. Rowling’s original novel. While it was previously revealed that the script had been changed to include a “redemptive” ending, even this warning (and the blessing of Rowling herself) wasn’t enough to ease viewer's disappointment. After the first episode...
J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy is brought to life on screen Kettlemag, TV, BBC, The Casual Vacancy, Kealie Mardell
BBC One launched an adaption of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy  last week, taking the Sunday night drama ratings by storm. The Casual Vacancy beat out Channel 4’s Indian Summers and ITV’s Mr Selfridge, with overnight figures showing an average of 6.6 million viewers. But does the highly anticipated show live up to expectations? Fans...
Help prevent the rise in cervical cancer with Smear for Smear! Kettlemag, Health, Cervical Cancer, Kealie Mardell
It’s time to stand up against cervical cancer with the #smearforsmear campaign, launched by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust in conjunction with Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, from the 25th of January. The campaign focuses on the importance of smear tests for cervical cancer screening. Jo’s Trust says that 1 in 3 young women aged 25-29 fail...
A guide to sexual consent: The do’s and don’ts Kettlemag, Sex, Relationships, Consent, Yes Means Yes, Kealie Mardell
Why is this so important? Because consent for sex is always required and sex without consent is rape.  This year, California became the first US State to introduce a “Yes means yes” law, surpassing the previously held “no means no” which suggested that only a firm “no” indicated a lack of consent.  The focus of...
Kettle Mag’s Top 10 Albums of 2014 Kettlemag, Music, Kealie Mardell, Top Albums 2014
This year, we asked the Kettle Mag team to vote for their favourite albums, and then you, our lovely readers, had your pick of the top 10. Finally, the votes are in, and we can reveal Kettle Mag’s Top 10 Albums of 2014.  10) Alt-J: This Is All Yours   Alt-J made it into one...
Social Craze: TV Anchor wore the same suit for a year to highlight gender inequality
This week my newsfeeds have been buzzing with a suit. This isn’t a new creation from a famous designer. It isn’t a celebrity style feature. It’s not a big fashion statement. The suit in question is a blue knock-off Burberry suit worn by Australian TV anchor Karl Stefanovic every day for a year. (Well not...
What are the advantages of student media experience?
Joining student media has been one of the most valuable opportunities, and I’m confident it will help me further my journalism career. Whether it’s a student group at your university, or an online student publication like Kettle, you’ll gain the skills and experience needed to break into the industry. You’ll also have loads of fun...
10 things you didn’t know about the University of Hertfordshire
My hometown university might not be the most well-known but we’re an interesting bunch with a lot to offer. With some borrowed from Herts’ own facts and figures and some student legends, here are 10 of the best University of Hertfordshire stories!  1. Star attraction With our own venue on campus, the University of Hertfordshire...
Street harassment is a serious problem that needs to be taken seriously street harrassment, cat calling, Kealie Mardell, kettlemag,
Earlier this week a new video went viral. Unsurprising. But this wasn’t a cute animal or hilarious prank. This time the video that was cropping up all over my newsfeed was addressing the issue of catcalling and street harassment. ‘10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman’ shows the journey of one woman and the...
New music from Feed the Rhino, Kasabian, Foo Fighters and more… Kettlemag, Music, Kasabian, Stevie, Kealie Mardell
It’s a double bill for new music this week as I’m behind on my music updates. These new releases span from the 14th October right the way up to the 23rd. There are some great albums and video stuffed inside so let’s unleash the music madness without further ado.  Hundredth: Free Mind / Open Spirit  Hundredth...
My Favourite Film: Reservoir Dogs reservoir-dogs.jpg
People may not have a favourite food or book, but something everyone has is a favourite film due to the fact that cinema is something everyone can enjoy. So, here at Kettle we will be running a weekly feature on our editors, and some regular writers, favourite films. This week is a regular correspondent, music...
New music from Lonely The Brave, Weezer and more Kettlemag, Music, Weezer, Kealie Mardell
From experimenting with new sounds (one that worked, and one that didn't) to a video that will probably make you cry, here's my top picks of music for the week ending the 12th October. Think you know the next big release to catch my eye (ear?) - I want to hear from you! Lonely The...
The weird and wonderful beers of the world Kettlemag, BrewDog, Kealie Mardell, craft beers,
The world of craft beers and micro brewing means that the choice of beers is constantly expanding. If you’re willing to step out of your comfort zone and try something new, you never know what you might find! Abashiri Blue Beer Yes, you read that right. Japanese brewers have created a beer with a distinct...
new music from Marmozets, Funeral For a Friend, Rancid and more..,
So we’re a little late with the music roundup for the week ending 05/10, but doesn’t it look so much better on our new site? Enough with the waiting, let’s get started!  The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets I mentioned a sneak peak at this last week, but on Monday the official release launched. The debut...
A Cuppa Music: The Weekly Music Brew 28/09/14 AltJ.png
So what’s been on my music radar this week? So what’s been on my music radar this week? It’s absent here but I’ve just been listening to sneak peeks of the new album from Marmozets, which is available from Monday 29th September. I featured them as our Band of the Week, and will be writing...
On the mission for music with The Glass Child Charlotte.png
The tale of Charlotte Eriksson isn’t just one of music. It’s one of a dream, and the adventure you take to make it come true. Sometimes that’s braving the unknown, and sometimes it’s just following what’s in your heart.    From being a young 17 year old girl in Sweden, Charlotte’s journey took her to...
A look at Atwood’s dystopia: The Handmaid’s Tale 6311952803_ea093fab05_o.jpg
We all have those books on our must-read list, and I finally got round to checking this one off of mine and found that this speculative feminist fiction still has a lot of relevance today.&nbs We all have those books on our must-read list, and I finally got round to checking this one off of...
A Cuppa Music: The Weekly Music Brew 21/09/14
In this instalment of A Cuppa Music we’ve got a metalcore theme raging its way through the week. In this instalment of A Cuppa Music we’ve got a metalcore theme raging its way through the week. With new albums and videos making their appearances, this genre seems to have been the key influence of my...
Meet the new masks of Slipknot in The Devil In I Slipknot, kettle mag
The teasing is over, Slipknot have unveiled their new masks in the video “The Devil In I.”   This is the second release from their upcoming album The teasing is over, Slipknot have unveiled their new masks in the video “The Devil In I.”   This is the second release from their upcoming album, following...
A Cuppa Music: The Weekly Music Brew 14/09/14 Songs of innocence, U2, Kettle mag
I’m glad to be starting this new Kettle Mag feature with such an interesting week. We kicked off to a controversial start with the release of U2’s new album Songs of Innocence. I’m glad to be starting this new Kettle Mag feature with such an interesting week. We kicked off to a controversial start with...
Ratings to be enforced on online music videos
David Cameron has announced that starting from October music videos online will carry an age classification. David Cameron has announced that starting from October music videos online will carry an age classification. The government are piloting the scheme, working alongside YouTube, Vevo and the British Board of Classification, in an aim to protect children from...
Raising ALS awareness without the ice bucket
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has taken social-media by storm, but it isn’t without controversy. I’m not questioning the benefits of awareness and the importance of supporting medical research charities, my issue is with the intentions of some of the people taking part.   The most important part of this challenge is to raise awareness...
Kettle Band of the Week: Yorkshire’s Marmozets
With a screaming front woman to rival the competition, Marmozets have got plenty to shout about. With a screaming front woman to rival the competition, Marmozets have got plenty to shout about. A new album on its way and a place at Reading & Leeds Festival this weekend are just the beginning of why Marmozets...
Challenge yourself: Do No Supermarket September shopping trolley, kettle mag
Fancy a new challenge? Fancy a new challenge? Why not try No Supermarket September? The event aims to promote the use of local produce, taking away profits and power from supermarkets.   No Supermarket September is about showing supermarkets that you want a diverse choice of locally grown, responsibly sourced, nutritionally sound, safe and tasty food. Kettle...
Zoë Waugh from ReVerbed discusses their music
I’m going to avoid all the clichés of female fronted bands, there will be no comparisons to Paramore or We Are The In Crowd here. I’m going to avoid all the clichés of female fronted bands, there will be no comparisons to Paramore or We Are The In Crowd here. Keep those opinions to yourself...
Five fun and unexpected facts about Armadillos
The internet has been abuzz with armadillos recently, after the YouTube hit starring Rollie, a three-banded armadillo from Green Bay, in the US state of Wis The internet has been abuzz with armadillos recently, after the YouTube hit starring Rollie, a three-banded armadillo from Green Bay, in the US state of Wisconsin. So to put...
Kettle Band of The Week: LA’s The Interrupters
Our latest Band of the Week hails from Los Angeles, and delivers female fronted ska-punk. Our latest Band of the Week hails from Los Angeles, and delivers female fronted ska-punk. The Interrupters self-titled debut album is released August 5th on Hellcat Records, so now is the perfect time for you to discover their music.  ...
Why I believe in the right to choose assisted suicide
Why does anyone reserve the right to control the life, or death, of someone else? The choice of assisted suicide lies with the individual, and whoever they choose to share in the decision. Why does anyone reserve the right to control the life, or death, of someone else? The choice of assisted suicide lies with...
Against Me! announces new album and UK tour
Against Me! Against Me! have announced a UK tour to support their album Transgender Dysphoria Blues, which was released earlier this year. Over the years Against Me! have struggled with fans challenging them over their ideologies as a band, as they seemed to be losing their punk-anarchy roots.   Unsurprising when you have a catalogue of...
The popularity of student brews is good for you
Students are plagued with news about the dangers of drinking but across the nation students are taking matters into their own hands. Students are plagued with news about the dangers of drinking but across the nation students are taking matters into their own hands. Better yet, they could be improving their health along the way!...
Kettle Band Of The Week: Florida’s Illuminate Me
With guest vocals from some big names appearing on their debut album, Illuminate Me are definitely one to watch. With guest vocals from some big names appearing on their debut album, Illuminate Me are definitely one to watch. A five-piece hardcore thrash band from Florida, they recently signed to Tragic Hero Records.    Vocalist Christopher...