Let’s Talk About Intrusive Thoughts

Featured Illustration: Aasma Qureshi Trigger warning: discussion of intrusive thoughts . . . Sometimes my thoughts scare me. It’s not uncommon that I’ll be doing something mundane and a frightening thought suddenly appears in my mind. Quite often I ruminate on them and they get stuck on an uncontrollable loop so intense that I want…

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PCOS and Its Impact: How Having Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Affects More Than Just The Menstrual Cycle

Featured Illustration: Marta Pucci When I first started my period, I was nine-years-old. It disappeared for months after that first time, and in all the years following, I can’t even accurately tell you what day I will actually be on it. Since I started puberty, I have suffered from moderately severe depression and severe anxiety,…

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Unburdening From Intergenerational Trauma: A First-Gen Journey

Featured Illustration: Hanifa Abdul Hameed First-generation immigrant household. South Asian. Eldest daughter. I am sure that some of you are more than familiar with the life that that entails. Many of us have grown up hearing how our parents’ and grandparents’ generation struggled to create a better life for us having moved halfway across the…

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The Subtleties of Body-Shaming (Explained by a Therapist)

Featured Illustration: Sherrin George “Do I look fat?” “You’re so skinny, you should eat more!” “You’re not fat, you’re beautiful.” “Real women have curves.” “She looks pregnant.” ‘You look so skinny in that dress!” “Did you lose weight? You look great!” “Have you been working out? Your butt looks so big!” You might be surprised…

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The Importance of Volunteering

Featured Illustration: Sascha Morawetz Volunteering is the act of an individual or group freely giving their time and labor for community service. For some, it offers the chance to give something back to their community or make a difference in the lives of the people around them. For others, it provides an opportunity to develop…

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Here’s to 2020

Featured Illustration: Mariah Parker As the last few hours of 2020 pass while loud music blasts in the background and all across the streets of Dhaka, I am still trying to wrap my head around this year slowly. Honestly, there’s a lot to unpack here. I stepped into adulthood this year, all while the world…

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2 Books You Should Read to Understand Child Abuse

Featured Illustration: Goncalo Viana We all want child abuse to stop. It is up to all of us in society to make that happen. If you think the same, then you will love the following books that I would recommend reading for anyone interested in understanding and preventing child abuse in order to create a…

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A Year of Gratitude

Featured Illustration: Ann Chen A year ago, soon after I returned from an emotionally exhausting Civil Rights trip to the USA, I had the opportunity to take stock at a women’s retreat that I attended. I realised that there had been many positives hidden among the personal challenges of the previous year. Determined to begin…

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What University Students in France Think of the Second National Lockdown

By the end of 2020, France will have spent around one-third of the year under coronavirus lockdown (also known as confinement in French). The most recent one was enacted as a response to what is known nationally as the second wave of the pandemic and began this October 28th. It was initially set to last…

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