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Movies & TV Opinion Pop Culture

The Glasses Off Makeover Trope

by Aditi Hukerikar // We’ve all seen it in at least one movie. The awkward, nerdy girl realizes the lack of attention towards her, especially from the men in her life, and decides to drastically change her looks. She takes off her glasses, puts on more makeup, and suddenly, everyone around her notices how gorgeous […]

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Featured Health & Wellness

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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Health & Wellness Nonfiction

A Letter to My Ex

by Madison McCormick Trigger Warning: emotional abuse, suicide, domestic abuse Dear ex,  You were the worst decision I ever made. I ignored every red flag as soon as you mentioned childhood trauma. I told you that I had a habit of being a people fixer and letting people walk all over me. You took advantage […]

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Featured Health & Wellness

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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Health & Wellness

Cycles and Symptoms: A Fact Sheet on PMS and PMDD

Let’s Talk About the Taboo Did anyone else read American Girl’s The Care & Keeping of You? When I was twelve, I knew that becoming a teenager equaled entering puberty, which meant some big changes were about to happen to my body. I credit The Care & Keeping of You with teaching me about the […]

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Creative Satire

Buying Clothes: It’s a Cinch

by Claire Mullen // We’ve All Been There Have you ever found yourself crying in the Kohl’s dressing room? Or trying on a heap of clothing and none of it works? These seem to be common struggles, but buying clothes as a woman is really easy. I really don’t see what people are complaining about. […]

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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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Nonfiction Opinion Pop Culture

Reminder: All Cosplayers Deserve Respect

by Aditi Hukerikar // After transitioning to a virtual format due to the pandemic, comic conventions are finally returning to their former glory. October 7-10 of this year, droves of fans eagerly attended New York Comic-Con. Sadly, along with the return of Comic-Con comes another pre-pandemic occurrence: the criticism women face for cosplaying at conventions. […]

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Self-Love is Not One Size Fits All

by Isa Meyers // The past several years has brought an influx of social media trends, influencers, and a rise of posts dedicated to body positivity. Body positivity focuses on people reclaiming their bodies from the unrealistic (and often racist, ableist, and transphobic) beauty standards that are socially engraved in Western culture. This social movement […]

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Health & Wellness

Female Body Insecurities in Athletics: Victoria Garrick’s REALPOD

by Maria Siciliano // It’s time we get #real about the topic of body insecurities: a topic that is so prevalent among the world of female athletes, but rarely touched upon. There is a constant binary created within the athletic world for females. We’re constantly training to build up our muscles to become powerful and […]