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By Inés van Berkel

The ugly truth behind MLM companies promising financial success in crypto and investing

Move over AVON and Herbalife Nutrition, multi-level marketing (MLM) corporations have found a whole new sector to take advantage of.

By Alma Fabiani

Art forger Wolfgang Beltracchi is now selling copies of the world’s most valuable painting as NFTs

Wolfgang Beltracchi, who is best known for his decades-long scheme of forging famous works of art, is joining the world of nonfungible tokens. His first pick? The 500-year-old ‘Salvator Mundi’ painting.

By Malavika Pradeep

Instagram will soon urge teenagers to ‘take a break’ from the platform. Is it enough?

Following Frances Haugen’s testimony is a string of changes over at Facebook. But the social media giant, once again, seems to only introduce regulations that it’s comfortable with.

By Jack Ramage

Graham crackers were invented to combat coffee, alcohol, and masturbation

The Graham cracker is a loveable and staple addition to every American household. But the origin of the snack is weirder than you might think.


Opinion

By Francesca Johnson

More than ‘Boyz’ and blackfishing, Jesy Nelson’s argument is indefensible

Following the release of the music video for ‘Boyz’, ex-Little Mix band member Jesy Nelson has faced strong backlash for claims of blackfishing. Here’s what she had to say when defending herself.

Opinion

By Jack Ramage

Of course Boris Johnson won’t accept misogyny as a hate crime: he’s a cishet white man

The PM argued that “widening the scope” of what you ask the police to do would “just increase the problem”—referring to recent measures by Nottingham authorities to make cat calling and wolf whistling a misogynistic hate crime.

By Malavika Pradeep

From misheard lyrics to the new normal, mumble rap is here to stay

“Twenty Montana. Twenty Matana. Twenty Mytana,” chanted American rapper Future in his 2011 song ‘Tony Montana’. Enter mumble rap, a form of rapping synonymous with ‘wait, what?’ and misheard lyric videos on YouTube.

By Monica Athnasious

As violence against women continues to rise in the UK, roofies are making a dreaded comeback

From Sarah Everard to Sabina Nessa, every day we hear more and more examples of violence against women. To us women and feminine-presenting people, it’s unfortunately not a shock. With the UK government and police issuing useless advice, another issue is on the rise—date rape drugs.

By Alma Fabiani

Change is cumming: the sex toy industry finally sets quality and safety standards

Until now, all sex toy manufacturers had been able to use a labelling loophole to categorise their products as “novelty items,” which exempted them from testing and safety protocols that other sectors are subject to.

By Alma Fabiani

Sex with Cancer is the UK’s first sex shop for people with cancer

On 7 October 2021, two artists and former cancer patients launched the UK’s first sex shop designed for people who have cancer. How different is it from your regular sex shop?


By Colette Fountain

Inside the anti-feminist world of Honey Badgers, where women put men’s rights before their own

‘Behind every successful man, there is a woman’, goes the common lore. Now, a faction of the internet is opposing their own rights to literally manifest themselves into the backbone of men’s rights activism.

By Malavika Pradeep

Only 3% of Twitch’s top-earning streamers are women, recent data leak reveals

While Twitch’s massive data leak confirms the painstakingly obvious fact that most successful content creators on the platform are men, what’s shocking is the disparity—coupled with a racial pay gap. Out of the top 100 highest-earning streamers, only three of them are women—out of whom only one is a woman of colour.

By Alma Fabiani

A pacemaker-like brain device has proved to successfully treat severe depression

It is the first study of individualised brain stimulation to treat severe depression. The woman, who had been living with depression since childhood, said the device has allowed her to “rebuild a life worth living.”

By Monica Athnasious

Facebook’s lies, Twitch’s leaks and TikTok’s takeover: here are Ofcom’s new rules

As Facebook’s failures and conscious negligence of protecting its users from explicit content continue to surface, Ofcom steps up to enforce some stricter rules for certain platforms. Apps like TikTok and Twitch could face large fines and heavy restrictions if they fail to adhere to the government-approved regulatory body’s new rules.


By Jack Ramage

Thought you were having a bad day? Zuckerberg just dropped from fourth to sixth richest person on Earth

In just five hours, Zuckerberg dropped to the sixth richest person in the world (down from fourth) due to the outages of Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp. Here’s what happened and why it matters.

By Billie Walker

From OnlyFans to Twitter, is digital sex work on the brink of eradication?

Is digital sex work bound to be eradicated? We spoke to sex workers who have been affected by OnlyFans’ policy change limbo about how it impacted their constant fight for space across digital platforms.

By Malavika Pradeep

Get your foot in the door of local activism at TOMS’ Good on The Ground summit

As with any activism, initiating change and persuading people to listen is always an uphill battle. Enter TOMS with its Good On The Ground summit—a digital event featuring a diverse group of grassroots organisers who promise to immerse you into their world of local activism.

By Monica Athnasious

Emily Ratajkowski accuses Robin Thicke of groping her on ‘Blurred Lines’ set

‘Blurred Lines’ has been a controversially debated and justifiably critiqued song. It's dangerous messaging around consent—or lack thereof—is no longer isolated to the lyrics as new allegations surface. Emily Ratajkowski has come forward to accuse Robin Thicke, one of the song’s lyricists, of groping her on the set of the music video.


 

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