Ashes to ashes, dust to the jerks who get promoted before you
This week, Beyoncé inadvertently delivered a pithy encapsulation of patriarchal expectation without even saying anything. Photos of her, managing to look like a regal puff of delicious cotton candy, next…
There’s no such thing as society, my ass
One thing that Vietnam does fantastically well is community. There is an unspoken familiarity between people there. Even the way you address people (‘hey big sister’, ‘hey grandpa’) is predicated…
If feminism doesn’t care about men, it isn’t feminism
Men often feel alienated from conversations about feminism and that can only be counterproductive. Misandry (which is misogyny, reversed) is not helpful. I’m not saying it’s not sometimes justified and…
Are equality and positive discrimination mutually exclusive?
This week, Penguin (the publisher, not everyone’s favourite vertically challenged bird) issued a new directive that stated that the publisher wanted their repertoire to more accurately represent society in terms…
Broadway is doing too much with Doolittle
Eliza Doolittle, the protagonist of My Fair Lady, is arguably one of my favourite characters of all time. My friends will attest that it takes worryingly little encouragement for me…
If marriage is a construct, I don’t want to be a construction worker
Marriage is steadily on the decline. While many articles have lamented the breakdown of this ancient establishment, there are a lot of practical factors behind the fall in marriages in…
Does the MeToo movement mark the death of flirting? Absolutely not
Catherine Deneuve seems to seriously believe (or believed, given her hasty apology) that sensuality is under siege. Her argument against the MeToo movement seems to focus on the joys of…
A Note from the Managing Director
Welcome to The Broad - a tabula rasa for student journalism.
For many of us, myself included, we’re half-starved for well-written opinion among the swathes of online commentary among universities. Trashy, often unedited writing is published minute by minute. It seems where there is wifi, opinion is broadcast. So, here at The Broad we’ve decided to take a step back, a deep breath and focus. We have talent spotted and welcomed writers to the team, who have found a new home in the very collaborative environment created by our editors. Between writer and editor, we are hoping to challenge the current view of what it is to be a student journalist. We’re putting the way we feel about the world into words with a fresh take. Our entirely free online content is by students for students. We want to publish unbridled and beautifully written opinion. I hope the journalism on The Broad has the power to inspire, aggravate and sometimes silence. Essentially, if the girls, the boys, the lefties, the righties and everyone in between find something to shout about we’re doing our job right.
Helena Irvine, Managing Director
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