Category Popular Culture

50 Shades of Gray – The Limits of the Law

by Hannah Loosley The sequel to the 50 Shades of Gray film, 50 Shades Darker, came out last Friday, 10th February.  The franchise has encouraged people to be more experimental in the bedroom (fire services experienced  an increase in calls to release people from handcuffs) making S&M no longer a ‘dirty secret’. In this context, […]

Donald Trump Elected President – Is it the 1970s?

by Dinah Rajak The more I think about, the more I think we might need a cultural revolution… Donald Trump is an anachronism – a pastiche of some kind of 1970’s suburban used car dealer with terrible hair and orange face and cheesy mannerisms. You could imagine his adverts on local TV for ‘Trump Cars’ […]

Beyoncé’s Anthropology of Labour

by Rebecca Prentice Last Sunday, the headline screamed: “Exposed: Sweatshop ‘Slaves’ Earning Just 44p an Hour Making ‘Empowering’ Beyoncé Clobber.” British tabloid newspaper The Sun claimed that Beyoncé Knowles’ activewear clothing line, Ivy Park (with Topshop), was made in Sri Lankan sweatshops, where workers earn just £4.30 ($6.19) a day. Copycat news articles soon followed:  “Beyoncé’s […]

Neoliberal Agency in Orange is the New Black

by Sandy Bonnington *SPOILERS* When the new series of Orange is the New Black graced Netflix screens all over the world in June 2015, we all became hooked on the latest adventures of the Litchfield ladies in the wake of last series’ dramatic finale. New characters, major changes, and distressing scenes saw Piper and the […]