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The Riz Test is challenging how Muslims are portrayed on screen

Dec 10, 2019 by William Lewis.

Sadia Habib, who co-authored the already esteemed test, explains why it’s so crucial we change the way Muslim people are represented in film and TV. Films and television programmes are powerful mediums that are often taken for granted. They can connect us to cultures and people locally, nationally and globally. They are major sources of entertainment and escapism and excitement; they educate us about society, people and cultures. But, if you are Muslim, that excitement also comes with a dose of apprehension. Muslims see time and time again how carelessly (or intentionally) film- and television-makers bandy around stereotypes about Muslim...

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: playing long game in the fight for women’s rights

Dec 10, 2019 by William Lewis.

 Rachael Sigee speaks with directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen about their documentary on the life and work of Justice Ginsburg t Live. I knew her by her tightly pinned-back hair, her white lace collar and enormous Iris Apfel glasses. I knew that liberals liked her and that Trump probably didn’t. Having watched RBG, the new documentary about her life and career, I now know that Ginsburg is a lesson in what happens when a patriarchal society tries to stifle a brilliant woman. Snubbed by law firms, underestimated by peers and firmly in the minority at university, RBG used everything...

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Gifts for film buffs

Dec 10, 2019 by William Lewis.

From retro movie posters to (surprisingly wearable) costume replicas, there will be something here for aficionados of the big screen.   PENDLETON Original Westerley sweater £275 BUY ETSY Thelma and Louise keyring From £22.99 BUY AMAZON Fire TV stick with Alexa voice remote £39.99 BUY MARVEL Black Panther mug £12.80 BUY GOURMET GADGETRY Popcorn maker £24.99 BUY SAUL BASS: 20 ICONIC FILM POSTERS By Pat Kirkham and Jennifer Bass £18.95 BUY DISNEY PIXAR Buzz Lightyear egg cup and toast-cutter set £8.99 BUY TOM FORD  White Suede eau de parfum, 50ml £143.95 BUY CURZON CINEMA Classic membership package £65 BUY HARRY...

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dehumanising when my trolls circulated pornographic memes of me”

Dec 11, 2019 by William Lewis.

Now, Cathy Newman is taking trolling tips from a 19th-century female doctor. On 18 November 1870, aspiring doctor Sophia Jex-Blake and the handful of other female students arrived to sit an anatomy exam at Edinburgh University’s Surgeons’ Hall. They found a drunken mob blocking their entry and a live sheep wandering around the room. It had been placed there by male students to send the none-too-subtle message that a woman was as unnatural a presence at a medical school as a farmyard animal. According to the so-called Whig view of history, things are getting better all the time. If you...

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Dear Viv: How can I accept being single forever?

Dec 11, 2019 by William Lewis.

On this week's podcast, Viv discusses what to do when it feels like you'll never find a life partner. How do I come to terms with the fact I’m probably never going to find a life partner? I’m in my late 30s and I’ve had just 4 short relationships in my life - the longest (by quite some margin) was only 18 months long. On the face of it, I’m doing all the right things: I take part in activities I’m interested in like playing group sports and going on courses, and over the years I’ve volunteered and gone on...