When politicians swear we might think they’re simply overcome with emotion. But there’s often more going on behind the language they use.
Politicians dropping the f-bomb tend to be seen as acting out of emotion, but the way we use taboo language is often about what we can accomplish by violating rules.
A growing number of businesses across a wide range of industries are successfully selling voyeurism to their audiences.
Voyeurism provides a glimpse into the private life of another person to give audiences a revealing and entertaining experience.
A ‘chhau goth’ in western Nepal.
Criminalising this practice has not brought it to an end.
BBC sitcom Fleabag rewrites the rules on depicting women in drama, freeing the female character from the mindless stereotyping that has straitjacketed women for so long.
Trapped on the slave ship Cornwallis.
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The television dramas have not exaggerated the horrors of the slave trade. The reality was often even worse for Africans taken from their homes.
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The BBC’s Taboo is a timely reminder of the violent origins of globalisation, but its villains allow the viewer to disassociate imperial misdeeds from mainstream British history.
Does citing a scholar run the risk of being perceived as validating not only the research, but the researcher?
Scholars have long encountered skeletons in the academic closets of peers and intellectual heroes. But is there a point where a scholar’s behaviour is so taboo that their research should be consigned to the academic junk pile?
There are very few spaces in which girls can discuss menstruation or ask questions about it.
Menstruation is a fact of life – but in many parts of Africa, it’s something that young women dread. A South African research group is working to change this.
Cannes-ibal: the Neon Demon.
The dangerously alluring figure of the cannibal has long undermined the taboo status of cannibalistic practice.
We are still profoundly uncomfortable about the fact that females bleed once a month for half of their lives.
Ask any young woman whether she feels embarrassed by her periods and she’ll likely deny it. Her grandmother might have hidden all evidence of “the curse” but not today’s liberated women. Right?