Even though our female friends and relatives may love us for the person we are, they can still occasionally make comments on our appearance which make us feel vulnerable, not desirable, not valued. Do you know why that is? Because all of us women—whether bi, gay, straight, queer or otherwise identified—, have internalized misogyny.
There comes a moment in every young woman’s life when the doors of your college bubble slam behind you, and, clenching an expensive and potentially useless degree, you set out in search of the holy grail: your first job.
This is a thank-you, about 8 years delayed, to Tamora Pierce. It is also a re-visiting (for the sake of nostalgia and, hopefully, some gained wisdom) of the influence her books had on my childhood and on the woman that I have become. And in the end, it is me coming to terms with the insidious cultural narratives that creep their way into even our most cherished childhood literature.
We all have a David Bowie story. The “Man who fell to earth” crashed into my life one afternoon in 1997—I was seven years old. As is always the case in stories involving Bowie, this sentence ends with: and life would never be the same again.
At the end of this inaugural year, we are young and inexperienced as ever, humbled by the amount of talent around us, and excited for the future. This year has taught us a lot, and I would like to share these experiences with you.
Around the same time I started watching porn, I developed a habit of investing meaningless hours into Instagram. While I tried to care about niche net-art aesthetics or the rise of street-wear, I consistently found myself in bed researching the details of Cara Delevingne’s handle.
European youths, by all standards, have it pretty good: born decades after the plague of war loosened its grip on the continent, they were bred in an era of relative material comfort, affordable education, and generally a high standard of living. So it’s only more puzzling when some choose to leave behind these comfortable lives for war, martyrdom or cold-blooded mass murder
Say the word “pedophilia” in public and watch the quasi-universal reaction –there is nothing we loathe more, nothing we are more reluctant to talk about than pedophilia. During ten months, VG built a world map of thousands of men who had downloaded, and sometimes paid for, over 430, 000 files showing violent sexual abuse of children.
Terrorism wages war on those who refuse to be subordinated to terror and hatred. Hate breeds hate, and fuels violence. We have to be ready to break that cycle. We have to keep our hearts open, even when tears choke our throats and fear threatens to take over our lives.
Along with a balanced diet, physical exercise is one of the secrets to a long and healthy life. But strenuous, compulsive exercise can be just as detrimental to health as chugging ice cream in front of the TV set. In fact, more and more people are using exercise as a way to feel like they are in control over their bodies and lives, instead of just a means of staying in shape.