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Is It Just a Highlight Reel? The Secret of Casual Instagram and Finstas

by Kat Ureña This piece was originally published in Issue 1: Secret Edition (Spring 2022). To see past print publications, click here. The most recent trend across all social media platforms is to be more intimate with the people who see your content—using your accounts as a virtual diary. Social media has always been a place […]

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The Secret is Out: Someone IS Watching You When You’re Alone

by Leio Koga // This piece was originally published in Issue 1: Secret Edition (Spring 2022). To see past print publications, click here. Another swipe of mascara and her lashes look voluminous and flirty. Another flick of black eyeliner and her eyes look bigger and more striking. Another line of light gloss and her lips look […]

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The Lack of Urgency to Combat Sexual Assault: The Harvard Story

by Izzy MacFarlane // This piece was originally published in Issue 1: Secret Edition (Spring 2022). To see past print publications, click here. The Backstory A few weeks ago, news broke out about a sexual harassment scandal occurring at Harvard University. John Comaroff, a professor of African and African American Studies and Anthropology at Harvard University […]

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Girls & Gossip

by Isa Meyers // This piece was originally published in Issue 1: Secret Edition (Spring 2022). To see past print publications, click here. We are a generation raised on secrets. In an age where trends come and go as quickly as a few weeks on social media, millennials and Gen Z have become quick to distinguish […]

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A Tribute to Underground Abortion Clinics

by Hanna Carney // This piece was originally published in Issue 1: Secret Edition (Spring 2022). To see past print publications, click here. Many people imagine a person getting an abortion as a teenage girl. She is young, reckless, selfish, and not ready to have a child (think Cassie Howard from Euphoria, or Maeve Wiley in […]

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Acne Isn’t Skin Deep

by Claire Mullen // Acne and Advice As a girl who has struggled with cystic jawline acne for years, I have collected a small pile of unwarranted advice on how to “fix” my face. Society’s expectations for how women should look, coupled with general misconceptions about acne, resulted in a rather painful personal experience for […]

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Understanding Sex Work as Work

by Hanna Carney // Sex work as a profession is widely misunderstood in the United States. Many stereotypes that surround the sex trade are harmful and inaccurate. For example, people tend to imagine women when they imagine a sex worker, but all gender and sexual identities are represented in sex work. Moreover, sex workers are […]

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The Whistleblower that Unearthed The Truth: Social Media and the Degradation of Young Girls’ Mental Health

by Izzy MacFarlane // As social media has become more prevalent in our society, there has been a corresponding increase in mental health issues, specifically that of body image affecting primarily young girls. All different forms of social media have an impact on mental health. However, it has been revealed that Instagram is the main […]

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A Sad Girl’s Love Song

by Leio Koga // Slyvia Plath left a literary legacy behind her, although her story is quite the tragedy. Plath was a brilliant student but struggled with severe mental illnesses from a young age. By the time she was 30, Plath was well-known in the literary community. She was known for her confessional style of […]

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On Gymnastics: A History of Abuse

by Maria Siciliano // Trigger Warning: This article contains discussions of sexual misconduct, abuse, and assault. This article also contains mention of suicide. If these are triggering topics for you, please skip this article or refer to the end for resources. There is power in testimony. To share an experience and to return to the […]