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Daddy’s Text

by Ashley Chou // This piece was originally published in Issue 1: Secret Edition (Spring 2022). To see past print publications, click here. Every generation grows up with a new set of generational issues. My great-great-grandmother used to tightly wrap my great-grandmother’s feet with cloth bandages to stunt the growth of her daughter’s feet. Apparently, large […]

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Featured Nonfiction Pop Culture

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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Pietá

by Franchesca Alamo // This piece was originally published in Issue 1: Secret Edition (Spring 2022). To see past print publications, click here. The Sunday after it happened,I walked seven blocks southWhere evening Mass was underway And though I sat in the very back,Something I never do,I did not once remove my gazeFrom the altar’s written […]

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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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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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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 […]