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The Self  •  February 2, 2016  •  by Kev McCready

The Goldilocks Principle

Truth is, everybody is gonna hurt you.  You just got to find the ones worth suffering for. – Bob Marley My romantic history is chequered, to say the least.  In my lifetime, I have been with someone a lot older, someone a lot younger, a stepdad, the other man and a house husband.  My sexual history…

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The Self  •  November 27, 2014  •  by Katy Murphy

Su’in Dressed As Lamb

In any major fashion city originality comes alike en masse. To further the idea that Japanese culture tends to take the most garish forms of aesthetics and push the styling beyond the boundaries of taste, creating by proxy, an image that misses the point entirely but instead makes its own out of sheer extremity, then…

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The Self  •  May 26, 2014  •  by Chris Brown

The Battle For ‘Actual’ Liverpool

I’ve never been quite sure why Media Studies is dismissed as a lesser subject. It acts as a window to view our society and encouraged my adolescent self to become more critical, question everything and opened my eyes to the crude misrepresentations and cheap imitations that overwhelm today’s TV guides. This often leaves me angry at an industry that has…

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The Self  •  March 20, 2014  •  by Daniel Pearce

Health And ‘Selfie’

Is there anything more vain and self-indulgent than a clumsily-posed ‘selfie’? Granted, my irritation primarily stems from the term itself(ie), rather than the act of amateur one-dimensional photography. But the two tend to bleed together to create a singular paroxysm of annoyance and anger (basically, it pisses me off). After Ellen Degeneres snapped a selfie…

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The Self  •  March 8, 2014  •  by Alex Horne

I Wonder If Anyone Fails Scientology’s Personality Test

I am in a room that could be a hotel lobby anywhere in the world. Lobby music fills the room as I stick to a faux leather couch. Women discuss important sounding things with enthusiastic men. If you ignore the sign above the reception the place seems perfectly normal, but it is not normal. The…

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The Self  •  October 17, 2013  •  by Christian Loggins

Asian Sauce, African Spiced Rice, And The Myth Of Intent

The following is an attempt to tackle the myth of racist intent, and why it is false to believe that racism needs intent.  The other day I entered the restaurant portion of a performing arts establishment and one of the menu items was chicken fritters in Asian sauce. My eyes nearly popped out of my…

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The Self  •  October 17, 2013  •  by Christian Loggins

Miley Cyrus & The Spectacular Appropriation Of Ratchet Culture

After watching the VMA performance of Miley Cyrus, I can’t say I was too surprised. For a while now Miley Cyrus has been appropriating ratchet culture – an ideology birthed in urban America. What did surprise me was the myopic nature of the wave of backlash and criticism this performance elicited. First, many commentators who…

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The Self  •  September 16, 2013  •  by Holly Green

Post-Disney Sexual Anarchy

For the past few weeks, no news forum – paper or electronic – has been free of the rumours of Miley Cyrus’s impending collapse into sexual anarchy. From the gossip pages of The Sun (which is, come to think of it, most of The Sun’s pages) to the more genteel corners of The Guardian blogs,…