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The (Regrettable) Institution of Marriage: Hodge Lodge Debate Series I

Reading Time: 4 minutes

By Jeanne Tan (17A01B), Samuel Loh (16A01A), and Hari Kope (16S06H)

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The relevance of marriage, one of society’s most sanctified and cherished of institutions, is often left unquestioned and taken for granted. In the first of many to come, the inaugural installment of the Hodge Lodge Debate Series, held in conjunction with this year’s International Women’s Day on 8 March, walked members of a captivated audience along the fine line between a marriage of love, or as proposition speaker Ashish Kumar puts it, modern-day sexual slavery.

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Study Go Where? (Holiday Edition II)

Reading Time: 5 minutes

By Daphne Tang (16S03M)
Reviews courtesy of anonymous Rafflesian contributors

Feeling the heat of stress from upcoming CTs these holidays? Unable to find a perfect place where you can focus and get down to work? Study Go Where?’s Holiday Edition is an article series where we feature potential study locations suggested by Rafflesians in each article, accompanied by a brief overview of its suitability for studying – so you can find out without having to visit it!

In this article, we review Carls’ Junior (NEX), La Ristrettos and Asia Square Food Garden.

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Not Just a Man’s Job! The Case for Women to Serve NS

Reading Time: 7 minutes

By Collin Teo (16S06Q) and Esther Gao (16S03N)

Photo: Straits Times
Photo: Straits Times

If National Service is truly a matter of National importance and a form of Service to the country, then why is it that only males need to serve – and not females? Earlier this year in March, the Singapore Armed Forces Volunteer Corps (SAFVC) started training for their first batch of enlistees. The SAF saw it as a way to engage more females in military service and hopefully encourage more Singaporeans to step forward. The initiative was well-meaning, but failed to tackle the larger, more systemic problem of gender inequality that lay at the core of Singapore’s system of conscription.

In this article, we examine the issues at the core of this discussion on a topic relevant to all Singaporeans. In particular, this issue is especially relevant to Rafflesians because half of us have to go on to serve in the military, while the other half of us have the option to do so. Through writing this article, Raffles Press hopes to ignite an old debate about women serving in the military, and hopefully get Rafflesians to ponder the significance and meaningfulness of doing military service in Singapore. Ultimately, we hope this encourages more females to serve in the military alongside their male peers.

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