Author: Yasmin Gasimova

Zoolander 2 trailer sparks petition for boycott

The trailer for Zoolander 2 has come under fire for portraying harmful stereotypical images of trans people. The film is due to come out next year, yet Benedict Cumberbatch’s character “All” has already received heavy criticism for being “an over-the-top, cartoonish mockery of androgyne/trans/non-binary individuals.” The petition calls this character a “modern equivalent of using blackface to represent a minority.” The trailer also featured a transphobic joke, where Benedict Cumberbatch’s character was asked if they had a “hot dog or a bun”. The punchline is the crude way in which the character “Hansel” refers to All’s genitals, which has...

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Students demand Uni takes action on climate change

Sunday 29th November is the global and national day of action before the COP21 in Paris. Ahead of the 2015 UN Climate Chance Conference in Paris, this day of action aims to demonstrate to world leaders the growing support for bringing about solutions in tackling climate change. The University’s new campaign group Fossil Free Liverpool University is organising a local event on Sunday – the Liverpool People’s March for Climate, Jobs and Justice. With the support of an online petition, the group also demands that University of Liverpool diverts its investments away from fossil fuel companies, and instead puts that money in ethical and sustainable investments....

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Meet the students trying to Change It: Free sanitary products

The Guild has a system called Change It, where students can submit an idea for the Guild to implement itself or across the University. People’s ideas range from lobbying the University to divest from fossil fuels, to lowering laundry costs on campus. We spoke to Grace Edwards, who put forward a Change It petition for the Guild to offer free sanitary products. The motion has since been passed through Guild Summit, and is currently being looked over. What are you trying to get the Guild to implement? “I want the Guild to go one step beyond its current policy of...

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Should the Guild boycott Israel?

From Monday 9th to Friday 13th, the Guild will be holding a preferendum on whether it should boycott Israeli products, support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, and lobby the University to also boycott Israel. Details of the motion can be found here when you log on to the Guild Website. BDS is an organisation which aims to hold Israel to account for its human rights abuses of Palestinians through economic pressure. Its main goals are to end Israel’s occupation of Palestine, promote the full equal rights of Palestinians and defend the right of Palestinian refugees to return to...

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Put down your Snapchat and actually help

On Thursday, many of our students went to see the fashionably-late Jeremy Corbyn deliver a compelling and inspirational speech. With his powerful criticism of Conservative austerity and his hopeful approach towards a more compassionate and fairer future – he did not disappoint the hundreds of eager listeners, all excited by his transformational politics. Despite the prominent socialist furore reverbrating throughout the room, it’s hard not to be pessimistic about the lack of real advancement this would induce in student activism. Students are full of great energy and passion – but apparently only when expressing their own opinions.  There’s very little...

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