A Sailor Cruising Through Failure

Featured Illustration: Vero Romero “Thank you for submitting to ‘X’. After careful consideration, it was not chosen for publication. This does not reflect the quality of our work.” “Thank you for applying for our research position, but we cannot offer you a position at the moment.” More often than I would have liked, I had…

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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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Instagram Infographics Shouldn’t Be Your Main News Source

Featured Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios Every day I come across a carousel of Instagram stories on my feed, plastered with neatly designed visuals that aim to explain complex topics in bitesize slides to anyone who may be unfamiliar to them. Infographics, which have traditionally served as tools to accompany and underscore longer sources of information, have…

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Combating Rape Culture: The Rape Culture Pyramid

Featured Illustration: Hanna Barczyk To combat rape culture, we need to first acknowledge the beliefs and attitudes that perpetuate it within our society. We are looking at only the top of the pyramid; whereas, it is being perpetuated by a chain of behaviors and daily practices. It is about time we look at the bottom…

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You’re Decluttering, I’m Decolonizing

What does “Black Lives Matter” actually mean? To me, it used to be a message to those that turn a blind eye to white supremacy, police brutality, and a cultural devaluing of Black lives. But I’ve sought to shift my perspective this year; to de-centering white people, and instead begin focusing on my own community.…

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Teachers Should Discuss Controversial Topics In The Classroom

Featured Image: Morning Brew The ultimate purpose of teaching is to expand the youth’s knowledge of the world so that they are able to make rational and logical decisions for the welfare of citizens in a culturally diverse, democratic society. To help youth establish a foundation of problem-solving, decision making, global awareness, civic knowledge, and…

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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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Child Sexual Abuse Still Remains A Taboo In Pakistan

Featured Illustration: Arianna Vairo “Whilst child abuse may be committed behind closed doors, it should never be swept under the carpet.” -Constance Briscoe On September 1, 2020, when I was scrolling through my Instagram, I saw a video. In the video, a boy was pleading for justice for his 12-year-old cousin Zain Qureshi, who was…

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The Terrifying Reality of Womanhood

Featured Illustration: Simply Sophie Designs Trigger warning: mentions of gendered violence, gun violence, transphobia, and sexual assault. A TikTok video of user @jatsiveh detailing the contents of her ‘If I Go Missing Folder’, recently went viral on Twitter, collecting over 2 million views and 200,000 likes and retweets. Her folder contains the following: social media…

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