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The Pressures of the “Summer Bod”

There is one thing that can certainly determine the start of summer: a beach day. I went to the beach for what felt like the first time in forever this week after finishing my first-year exams, and although ecstatic, I couldn’t help but feel anxious all day long. It got me thinking, to what extent are these anxieties my own insecurities or an internalized response … Continue reading The Pressures of the “Summer Bod”

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Adidas’ Sports Bra Campaign: Should it be banned?

In February, Adidas launched their campaign promoting 43 different sizes of sports bras. The campaign was centred on breast diversity and included a collage of breasts of all shapes and sizes from women of all races and ages alongside the hashtag #Supportiseverything. From this, one might assume that the ‘one size fits all’ days have finally reached their expiration date and that this is a … Continue reading Adidas’ Sports Bra Campaign: Should it be banned?

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How Real is BeReal?

Whilst I used to be very sceptical of the latest social media phenomenons and have almost
completely avoided TikTok, Be Real is certainly something I’ve got on board with. For all
it’s pros and cons which I’ll delve into later, the concept of having two minutes a day to “be
real” is pretty cool. There’s no denying the fact that with apps such as Instagram, we have
certainly lost any concept of authenticity. For most people, myself included, it’s a way to
showcase your highlights, but it’s to forget that not everything is shiny bells and whistles.
The concept of Be Real, is a push to “break down social media’s obsession with
perfectionism” because you should only post when it’s time to be real – if you’re late, your
followers can see how late you are and therefore how real you are too.
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“We’re Not Even Together”: Why Talking-Stage Breakups Are Sometimes Harder

It’s 2022: The digital age has re-shaped romance and the dating scene entirely. Whilst heart felt letters and hand-picked flowers were once the currency of love, things are no longer as simple as back when our grandparents were dating. Whilst we may yearn for what we see in black and white films or wish we could do things “the old-fashioned way”, the dating game is now played out through a social media sphere. In fact, so much of getting to know one another takes place online, thanks to the rise of popular platforms such as Tinder, Hinge, Bumble and many, many more. Continue reading “We’re Not Even Together”: Why Talking-Stage Breakups Are Sometimes Harder

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A Final Term Bucket List at Exeter University

As the dissertation looms and that cheeky grad robes fee seems to be staring you in the face, you may be thinking of simpler times. When you were just a silly fresh, graduation felt so far away. Yes, you energetically bounced from club to club, but did you ever stop to explore Exeter properly before COVID came along to ruin your summer? Probably not. But … Continue reading A Final Term Bucket List at Exeter University

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Sex on Screen

As part of SHAG week, RAZZ writer Lulu Bullman explores the depiction of sex on the big screen. Sex on screen can either set hearts racing or cause feelings of embarrassment and unease – especially if you find yourself in that awkward situation, watching a programme with the rest of your family, sitting in stone cold silence as you view a scene that no one … Continue reading Sex on Screen

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Can Pornography Be Useful?

Pornography is undeniably a sensitive and controversial topic, because despite how many people consume it, can be undeniably harmful, especially for younger people. Many of the porn videos include extreme content that is abusive and disrespectful. However, pornography can also have a positive role in adults’ lives, a topic that shouldn’t surprise, considering that everything has both positive and negative sides.  Continue reading Can Pornography Be Useful?

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Too Much or Not Enough? Navigating the Spectrum of Sexual Empowerment

at some point. Post night out, post first date, post random encounter at a festival, it feels like a natural follow up question. On the one hand, we’re very lucky that sex is such an open conversation nowadays. It isn’t shameful, it isn’t scandalous, and it doesn’t have to revolve around a relationship.  But I think there is also still a very formulaic approach to it. You either sleep with people or you don’t. In reality, I don’t think any one person has the exact same opinion on sex as the next, and so, the conversations around need it to be broadened. For something so deeply personal, is there really such a thing as too much or not enough? Continue reading Too Much or Not Enough? Navigating the Spectrum of Sexual Empowerment

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The Trials and Tribulations of Putting a Tampon in for the First Time

I have always been an early bloomer, something that was inevitable and happened to my parents too. In primary school, I was head and shoulders above the boys – which was slightly embarrassing for someone who also had braces and acne by the age of ten. When I was in year five, I had my first period, and by the summer before high school, it … Continue reading The Trials and Tribulations of Putting a Tampon in for the First Time