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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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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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Music Opinion Pop Culture

Somewhere Between Fucking Bitches and Respecting Women: Separating the Art from the Artist

by Cella Schnabel // I was brought up in a house headed by a matriarch. I learned to be a feminist before I could tie my shoes. I have been surrounded by smart, kind, strong women my entire life. This served me to be confident in myself as a young woman; I am assertive in […]

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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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Movies & TV Opinion Pop Culture

“You” Season 3: Yet Another Representation of the White Male Gaze

by Isa Meyers // The third season of Netflix’s thriller series You was released in October 2021. The season’s mere 10 episodes document the manipulative and murderous Joe Goldberg (played by Penn Badgley of Gossip Girl) alongside his equally violent wife Love Quinn (played by Victoria Pedretti) as they struggle to raise their son in […]

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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 […]