Vanderbilt Political Review

A Tourist’s Paradise?

Hannah Godfrey

February 20, 2013

Reports emerged today that three British men have been held without trial for seven months and tortured in police custody in Dubai. British charity Reprieve announced the incident, claiming that the men were beaten and given electric...

The Global Advance of Gay Marriage

Hannah Godfrey

February 11, 2013

The last few weeks have seen a series of decisions by lawmakers around the world to advance the rights of gay couples to legally marry. On Saturday, February 2nd, the French parliament approved a bill that advanced same-sex p...

2012: A Worrying Year for Women

Hannah Godfrey

January 13, 2013

When did violence against women become so normalized? I was under the impression we had had a sexual revolution, at least in the West, so why is it that 2012 seemed to become a year characterized by horrific levels of violence...

Getting Over the Loss

Hannah Godfrey

January 9, 2013

Getting Over the Loss Just over two months ago the Republican Party began the slow process of recovery after Mitt Romney’s defeat to Barack Obama. An electoral loss is always hard, but perhaps this year’s defeat was even...

The Dangers of Professional Sport

Hannah Godfrey

December 2, 2012

The tragic events in Kansas City this weekend stirred up some uncomfortable questions for the NFL. Jovan Belcher, a Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, killed his girlfriend and then himself on Saturday, ending a promising career and...

A Blow to Women in the Church

Hannah Godfrey

November 27, 2012

Last week the Church of England failed yet again to approve a vote that would allow women to be ordained as bishops. The Anglican Church is appearing worryingly out of touch with contemporary society. This latest failure to secure...

So What? – Trans-Atlantic Attitudes to Sex Scandals

Hannah Godfrey

November 11, 2012

David Petraeus resigned as head of the CIA this week after it emerged that he had been having an extramarital affair with his biographer. Despite a long, distinguished, and successful career, including the leadership of American...

Sandusky to Savile: The Need for a Paradigm Shift

Hannah Godfrey

November 4, 2012

In recent weeks the UK has been rocked by allegations that one of the nation’s best loved entertainers was a serial pedophile. Police are currently dealing with around 300 potential victims spanning a period of 40 years. Jimmy...

The Politics of Class

Hannah Godfrey

October 28, 2012

Class has recently re-emerged as a potent issue in British politics, with a senior politician at the center of the row. Andrew Mitchell, the government’s chief whip until last week, was filmed shouting abuse at policemen outside...

Are Televised Political Debates a Good Idea?

Hannah Godfrey

October 21, 2012

Two years ago, the British public witnessed the first ever set of Prime Ministerial debates as part of the 2010 general election. This followed decades of wrangling among politicians and pundits over whether the debate format...

The Quest for Equal Rights in America

Hannah Godfrey

October 15, 2012

On Thursday, people across America came together to celebrate National Coming Out Day. Coming out has been seen for decades as a vital rite of passage for members of the LGBTQI community, and the extent to which this event is...

Does the American Dream Still Exist?

Hannah Godfrey

October 6, 2012

For anyone who watched Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention last month, it was evident that the Obama campaign is placing a great deal of emphasis on the traditional concept of the American Dream. The...

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