Opinion

Opinion pieces on LSE, domestic, and international affairs.

We need to stop casting adult actors to play teenagers

CW: Discussion of body image issues, predatory relationships and the sexualisation of teenagers. How old really are the people you see on TV? When you watch Grease, it’s almost funny how unrealistic the actors look. Some of the characters look…

Sarah Everard’s murder shook the UK. The LSE must do better for its women.

Whilst reading about the disappearance and murder of Sarah Everard, I felt a shiver down my spine at the thought that just a few days ago, I too was walking alone at night in London. The most basic encounters on…

Why the ruling against Shamima Begum isn’t as black and white as we think

Shamima Begum was born and raised in London and was a British citizen. However, in 2015, she made the unfortunate decision to leave the UK and join Islamic State. Fast forward six years, and she’s an imprisoned mother of three…

Gamestop: A new type of insurgency

When people imagine a revolution, the first thing that likely comes to mind is the romantic image of people storming the palaces of the rich and powerful with benevolent and righteous fervour. But given that we’re living in 2021, the…

The Royal Family needs reform

Recently the Royal Family has been in the ‘real’ news, upgrading from the tabloids, for longer than usual. The dramatic and strained relationship between Meghan Markle and the family has captured media attention for years. In the latest installment in…

LGBTQIA+ & the British Tamil community: a double barrier to celebrating Pride.

Pride Month is synonymous with inclusivity and celebration. However, for people of colour, few safe and intersectional spaces exist. This is especially true within the British Tamil community. The LGBTQIA+ narrative dominates neither the private or public sphere. Thus, in…

Why the banking culture at LSE is toxic

When I imagined going to university, I don’t think my 18-year-old self expected to be confronted by a wave of names and words that sounded somewhat distant, but nevertheless scary. From the moment I first stepped on campus in 2019…

Why do we love to see women fail?

Let me paint you a picture of an extremely toxic, competitive, and male-dominated environment. A space where if you are not a man, you will constantly be at a disadvantage – especially when you are looking for investors or high-quality…

Minouche wants to reform the social contract. Let’s start at home.

LSE Climate Emergency Collective and Justice for LSE Cleaners For people and planet, Minouche’s social contract doesn’t just fail to meet the moment: it’s filled with policy ideas that go against everything we need to be fighting for at this…

Breaking our silence: The fight against racism should include Asians too.

Many people, including world leaders like former US President Donald Trump, have consistently conflated Covid-19 with “Asian” identity. It is thus unsurprising that such racist rhetoric has culminated in a surge in violent hate crimes against “Asian-looking” people, particularly those…