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Hannah Rose Woods recently completed a PhD in the history of emotions at the University of Cambridge, where she taught modern British history. She is currently writing a book on nostalgia in British culture.
The toppling of the slave trader’s monument has taught us far more about the past than its survival ever did.
And whose happiness are we talking about, exactly?
My life in Cambridge is a strange mixture of privilege and precarity. One day I’m dining in Peterhouse’s 13th-century hall, lit only by candles. The next, I’m trying to pay the rent.
A formerly all-female institution sent an all-male panel to the quiz show.
Meanwhile, almost every single male character is off bantering with their brothers-in-arms.
All the reasons why you don’t want to go to Hogwarts.
Do the stories we tell ourselves need to be true?
Weed culture has moved away from a “stoner bro” stereotype towards a more feminised aesthetic.
There is a strong current of Nineties nostalgia that blends the ironic celebration of childhood kitsch with wilful self-infantilisation.
"Why aren't there more women on University Challenge?" lament the same newspapers which cheerfully objectify young female contestants.