To Shame Or Not To Shame? ‘Fat’ Is The Question

American talk show host Bill Maher came under fire recently for suggesting that body shaming overweight people should make a “comeback” in order to combat obesity. “We have gone to this weird place where fat is good. It’s pointing out that fat is unhealthy, that’s what’s bad” Maher said. “Fat shaming doesn’t need to end. It needs to…

Injecting Some Sense Into The Situation

When you think about it, humans are remarkably fragile little beings. In the days before modern medicine, a couple of fleas, rats and germs wiped out over a third of Europe. Infectious diseases, for a very long time, were the largest threat to mankind: the 6th century Plague of Justinian knocked out an estimated 17 percent of…

Greetings and Salutations

Hello and welcome to the opinions section. My name is Elisha and I will be your guide. I’ve been opinions editor here at the Express for just a couple weeks now and I think I’m doing just swell so far. I have yet to receive my first piece of hate mail and nothing has spontaneously…

Reframing Impostor Syndrome

During his commencement speech at the University of Arts in 2012, widely beloved Author Neil Gaiman reflected on his life’s work, explaining to the very soon-to-be graduates, that “the problems of failure are hard” but that “the problems of success can be harder because nobody warns you about them.” This, boys and girls, I’ve learned…

Climate Chaos

The world is doomed- apparently! A fairly grim opening sentence, I know. But let’s face it, this seems to be the direction in which we are heading. Whether that is now, in 10 years’ time, or in 100 years or 1000 years, no one seems to know for definite. Scientists predict that a rise of…

America’s Democracy Problem

We’re often told, mainly by American politicians, that America is the greatest democracy in the world. It’s very easy to see why they think that. Aside from their narcissism, the US is, in fact, a fantastic county. The individual rights afforded to its citizens are second to none, and the American people have been great…

Keep Calm and Walk On!

A person once said to me that you can’t climb a mountain with downhill thoughts. This is not only true in life, but also can be literally applied to- you guessed it, folks- climbing an actual mountain! With the new year just beginning and fad diets and illuminous lycra in full swing, there is no…

Against Valentine’s Day

As much as it pains me to write this at the beginning of my piece that is literally arguing against Valentine’s Day: I don’t have anything against celebrating Valentine’s Day. Okay, so it’s commercialised; it’s a huge money-making fake holiday that capitalism made up so the chocolate companies could make a killing and the supermarkets…