Madelaine Hanson

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Anthropologist, Liberal Jew, Cat enthusiast, Misanthrope, Nuance extremist.

September, 2017

May, 2017

  • 11 May

    Is My Sexuality Normal? Prudishness Is Causing Us Nothing but Trouble

    prudishness, sexuality, British

    The West is apparently sexually liberated. I say apparently because I would argue that on closer examination we have the most bizarre, dangerous hang ups I can think of. The secrecy and shame surrounding sex and sexuality is still alive and well. If not, how would one explain the fact …

April, 2017

  • 10 April

    Online Hate Speech and Sexual Threats- How Women can Fight Back

    One of my closest friends is outspoken, beautiful, intelligent and political. Like a lot of women who engage in activism online, she receives a fair amount of sexist abuse, threats and harassment. So when she asked me how I deal with the hatred I also often receive, I had to …

  • 8 April

    Stop Telling Secular Western Women to be Quiet

    Today, I got up and opened my laptop. Immediately, I see a barrage of comments and inbox messages calling me a ‘feminazi’ a ‘slut’ and a ‘stupid c****’. My crime? I made a sarcastic post on modesty culture. Did I ‘ask for it’ by publicly flaunting my views? Should I …

  • 5 April

    After the wars, investing in infrastructure is they way to stabilise the Middle East

    Germany, 1945. Berlin and her neighbouring cities are reduced to rubble, concrete and dust. The Red Army has arrived and blown out the floors and regime from under her feet. The women of Berlin wander like ghosts, clasping at the hands of their children, pale-faced at the thought of their …

  • 5 April

    Livingstone’s comments are dangerous for the Jewish community

    Despite the different interpretations you may be hearing, there are many reasons that the comments made by former London Mayor Ken Livingstone in relation to the Holocaust are deeply offensive for Jewish people. Contrary to the perception that he is being ‘told off for comparing Nazism to Israel’, there is …

  • 5 April

    Am I a Radical? Identity Problems in the Electric Generation

    I’m 18 and in the car chatting to my mother, and she’s unusually quiet. She’s probably not listening to me as I’ve spent the last half an hour raving about my new friend Haleema’s coursework. She pulls into the drive and stares ahead, silent. “Maddie, I need to ask you …

  • 4 April

    Why Elitism is the Enemy of Discourse

    I get that speaking to students, young people and the uninformed is boring. But they are the people who will really get this country addressing the issues you care about. A few years ago, I just started to wake up to the problems within Islamism and cultural relativism. This left …

  • 2 April

    Sorry, I’m Still Not Rejoining Corbyn’s Labour

    If Corbyn doesn't listen to his traditional voting pool on what matters to us, Ms. May might be in for a rather long time

March, 2017

  • 31 March

    Change Your Mind: It’s Good For You

    I’m a strong believer in sticking to your principles. If your gut feeling is that something is wrong, don’t do it. Similarly, if it conflicts with your ethics, don’t feel you have to shift with popular opinion. However, being strident in the face of overwhelming evidence or outrage is as …