Please Stop the Generational Discourse

There are definite advantages to observing trends in older and younger generations of society, but I also believe that it's contributed greatly to creating caricatures of members of every generation, and a lot of the information that's stated about these groups tend to only be helpful to marketers, advertisers, and capitalist BS (ie. "Gen Z is 20% more likely to buy clothes from Instagram").

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Underground Secrets

When the pattern of similarities among secrets emerged, I began to question why some of the most common life experiences were such private secrets. On some level, it is rather obvious: some of these secrets involve trauma and either way people are entitled to their privacy. But another common denominator is that these subjects are all taboo.

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The Body is a Blade

There’s a specific era of girlhood, in my experience, in which one might halfheartedly do this kind of thing: gymnastics, figure skating, dance lessons. There’s a phase of life defined, in part, by being awakened to the idea that such traditionally feminine endeavors are romantic, not just because they look beautiful,  but because they require so much of you, as a person and a body. Girls learn early on the romance of practicing severe self-discipline, of denying yourself things: free time, food, pleasure.

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Shut Your Mouth, Nancy and Go Make Us Some Coffee, Will You? : Navigating Discussions of the Glass Ceiling in Media and Life

As the men, the writers at the newspaper we learn, belittle Nancy as Jonathon gets off free, it is concerning that we are less bothered by the blatant reality we see today on and off the tv screen. We even watch Jonathon witness his girlfriend sinking and with shallow affirmation, tells her to “buck up,” and “they’ll warm up to you.”

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Should You Replace Your Tampons and Pads With a Menstrual Cup?

According to independent product-testing results by Women’s Voices for the Earth, a national women’s health nonprofit, four out of the six tampons they tested (Tampax Pearl, U by Kotex, Playtex Sport, and Safe & Soft) contained carbon disulfide, a reproductive toxin.

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Rest, Unraveling, and the Nonlinear Road to Recovery

Particularly for those with my same approach to recovery – a hopefulness that can occasionally border on denial – signs of an impending relapse can sound somewhat of a muted alarm. You want to trust your progress, to know you have grown and learned to handle the worst of it; this is why the alarm is not blaring with abandon.

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Form Is Important: Facilitating Conversations on Social Justice

A lot of us need to protect ourselves and avoid hurtful interactions that we’re all too familiar with. That’s all reasonable, we all need a little self-protection. What concerns me is when I see people not even trying to have a discussion or getting frustrated with others before they’ve even done anything offensive.

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The Normal Girl of Jane Austen: How the Lens of Irony and Judgement Showed Me Women Can Be Emotional and Strong

Austen often utilizes ironic literary techniques to perform radical evocation, but to me, I like the simplicity you get from reading Anne’s character. She narrates through thought before action, and doesn’t stray from being honest:she acknowledges that shit sucks sometimes.

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Masculinity So Fragile: the Bro Mask Edition

We need to create an open dialogue about the motives of the marketing executives and creative directors who are perpetually reinforcing an entirely outdated and incorrect notion that gender expression is a central part of one’s identity. Apart from determining which pronouns we prefer, gender expression is just as integral to one’s identity as age.

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