Posts Tagged: marginalisation

Obesity: a social problem, not an individual one

Obesity: a social problem, not an individual one

In light of obesity becoming more widespread, especially amongst those living in poverty, the government needs to recognise that obesity is a social problem, not an individual one. Recently, the King’s Fund released a report on obesity in the UK which said that obesity is fast becoming “a disease of England’s poorest people”. They show …

Leaving lockdown with a positive impact

Leaving lockdown with a positive impact

There is now light at the end of the tunnel, but we must make sure vulnerable minority women also see that light. As we exit lockdown and many look forward to returning to some sense of normalcy, it is important to remember that the end of lockdown is not necessarily an exciting prospect for everyone. …

Correct people, but do it ‘politely’: the prejudice behind the double standards applied to minorities when they confront discrimination

Correct people, but do it ‘politely’: the prejudice behind the double standards applied to minorities when they confront discrimination

It is incumbent on minorities to remain civil and calm when pushing back against discrimination rather than on the offensive party to face up to any upset or their own ignorance. As movements for equality have gained traction — be it on the grounds of gender, race, religion, or some other personal characteristic — individuals …

The Ugly Side of Beauty: Oppression and Appearance

The Ugly Side of Beauty: Oppression and Appearance

Like many other women, I fell prey to the oppressive standards of beauty. But it is not just mentally exhausting to keep chasing an unattainable ideal: beauty standards are discriminatory and further marginalise the people in society that are already underprivileged. In my experience, growing up as a woman in a culture that values your …

The Degree Gap: Preserving White Advantage

The Degree Gap: Preserving White Advantage

Historically, the education system in the U.K. was designed for and only benefitted White students. Today, although there have been great leaps made since the beginning of the educational systems in the U.K., large disparities still exist between White students and students of colour. In recent years, universities have been tracking the “disparity in the …

Financial Literacy: The Myth of Structural Change

Financial Literacy: The Myth of Structural Change

Research shows that persons of colour, but especially those in Black communities, have significantly less knowledge of saving and investing than their White counterparts. Although improving financial literacy can indeed help with individual wealth growth, educating communities cannot solve the structural sources of racial and religious economic inequality within our society. This is not to …