No, gender-neutral sanitary pads are not “eliminating women”

Periods. Lots of us have them. They suck. Mood swings, cramp, gas, constipation… Sometimes it really does feel like God is trying to punish women- and trans men, and anyone else who gets periods- for something, regardless of whether or not some girl had a craving for apples six thousand years ago. Except… “women, and trans men, anyone else who gets periods”… oops. Maybe I shouldn’t have said that? Not according to Julie Bindel, anyway.
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Stormzy vs Michael Gove: how the Twitter feud revealed the Tories true colours

Gove’s crass dismissal of the rapper is just another example of how little the Tories care about anyone who isn’t rich, upper-class and preferably white.
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“Don’t be scared of your voice”: University of Birmingham’s Ronke Oladele on diversity

Interview with Oluwaronke Oladele, Equality and Diversity Assistant in the University of Birmingham’s College of Arts and Law.
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Top 10 awesome Christmas albums coming in 2020

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5 inspirational men worth following this International Men’s Day

"We need to be encouraged to open up. Not man up."
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Remembrance Day: 10 BAME war heroes you should know

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Top 10 independent coffee shops in Birmingham

Friday is National Cappuccino Day, so why not celebrate by getting your caffeine fix from one of these fabulous independent coffee shops? This fun, eclectic business has two Birmingham branches, plus two more in Solihull and Coventry, and sell an impressive range of drinks including hot chocolates, milkshakes and smoothies. Wheelchair accessible with comfy seats, free wifi and plenty of music, this independent coffee house is the perfect place to work, study or just have a good time with mates.
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8 up-and-coming novelists to check out this National Author’s Day

2019 has seen so many amazing debuts and sophomore works So here’s our exclusive list of eight fantastic up-and-coming novelists you absolutely have to check out, to celebrate this year’s National Author’s Day.
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5 super-easy pasta dishes that everyone can cook

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How films like ‘Joker’ just keep spreading mental health stigma

So Todd Phillips’ latest movie Joker has arrived in cinemas and, predictably, opinion is divided. Some don’t have a bad word to say about it, with many arguing that it’s fuelling much-needed conversations about how society treats the mentally ill; others counter that it merely reinforces mental health stigma and damaging stereotypes, ones that the film industry has been perpetuating for years. And honestly? I’m in the latter group. Here’s why.
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Why are university mental health services still failing students?

No-one expects university to be easy, but some are struggling from a bit more than some stressful essay deadlines and a bit of fresher’s flu.
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Here are 5 activities that every animal lover in Birmingham needs to do

Friday 4th October was World Animal Day, but we all know how difficult it can be for animal lovers stuck in the middle of a city, living in halls with a strict no pet policy. So if you’re studying in Birmingham and looking to make some new furry friends, this list is for you. If you’re a cat person then this place, which doubles up as a rescue centre and adoption service for its four-legged residents, is for you. Admittedly, there’s an entrance fee even before you’ve paid for food and drinks,
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