A Year of Isolation Makes Way For Anxious Girl Summer

Featured Image: Podessto/Shutterstock Nobody’s happier than I am that this summer will mark our gradual return to pre-pandemic life. I ought to tell you this before I go on to tell you that my infinite gratitude and excitement is peppered (heavily) with nerves. Because the world going back to normal means I have three months…

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The Devil’s Not Paying You Enough To Be His Advocate

Featured Illustration: Stephan Schmitz You’ve seen the Twitter headers, the punchy slogan at the end of Instagram Infographics™. Human Rights Aren’t Debatable. And the immediate response is obviously a well no shit, who thinks they are? But the definition of debating human rights isn’t always a politician met with controversy after endorsing airstrikes, or a…

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Keep Voices Down, This is a Quiet Zone

Featured Image: Valentin Antonini I was a loud kid. Not shouting on the playground, tear-stricken tantrum in the grocery store loud, but I’d rather hear the sound of myself talking than silence at any given time loud. It’s an ailment many suffer from, even into adulthood. And as it turns out, a chronic need to…

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The Death Of The GirlBoss

Featured Illustration: Kelly Caminero Feminism in the workplace is a touchy subject. We love to hear success stories of women who built up empires, became “self-made” millionaires, and have now devoted their lives to teaching other women how to follow in their footsteps. But for each one that makes it big, hundreds of thousands do…

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Parasocial Breakups are Tough – But Here’s Why They’re Necessary

Take it from someone who devoted the entirety of their preteen years to a band halfway across the globe — stan culture is a perplexingly addictive thing. I was eleven-years-old when I could recall any One Direction lyric for you in my sleep, identify a song within two seconds of the opening instrumental. I could…

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Fatimata Cham: On Race, Religion, Poetry, and Where They Collide

I recently spoke with writer and activist Fatimata Cham to hear her reflections on a year full of challenges unique to community organizers, and a future that holds so much uncertainty. Young women like herself are a glimmer of hope that all is not lost in this fight for a better tomorrow, and that the…

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New York Mornings and Sunsets in the Suburbs

Featured Image: Michal Pechardo Four months ago, I was ready to leave home and never look back. It had already been three months in lockdown, counting down the days from an idyllic suburb tucked away in the East Bay. This town is beautiful in the way that only a city so meticulously planned, tree by…

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Everything Chadwick Boseman Taught Us About Inspiration Porn

Featured Image: Mark Seliger/Vanity Fair In the weeks following his passing, I continued to see this flood of messages making the rounds with the same subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) lament, that Chadwick Boseman went so long hiding his cancer from the world, battling in silence without inviting a throng of fans to share…

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Why Your Boycott Isn’t Breaking Up Big Tech

Featured Image: Morning Brew There are two different responses I’ve heard in the aftermath of the tech antitrust hearings in late July. And I admit, growing up in the heart of Silicon Valley, the voices I’m surrounded with are likely to be fraught with bias. But it seems like those of us who grew up…

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