Under The Rug: What the Sexual Abuse Scandal at My High School Can Teach Us About Womanhood

Featured Illustration: Nadezda Grapes Trigger Warning: The following article describes a sexual abuse scandal at a high school in Toronto, Ontario, and how it reflects the much bigger cultural problem of sweeping abuse under the rug. . . . “Be careful about being alone with him.” I was fifteen. It was one of the first…

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Side Effects

Featured Image: Hanifa Abdul Hameed Over the sewing machine Among the steady hum  Of the needle gliding into the fabric I hear  ‘Ladkiyon ko zyaada nahi parhaana chahiye Unki soch badal jaati hai. Ladkiyaan zyaada parh leti hain Toh bahu banna bhool jati hain.’   Girls shouldn’t study too much Their way of thinking changes…

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From Work to Our Bodies: Why All The Shame?

Featured Illustration: Aslin Lin Shame is often an emotion we are never able to fully understand or come to terms with because we have been told time and time again to accept and even submit to it. We are often told that certain things are labeled “shameful” if we are unable to live up to…

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stop asking me if i need a hug

Featured Image: In the studio with K. O’Neill Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault allusion, PTSD mention . . . I don’t know how to start this article and I’ve rewritten this sentence several times. I’ve been meaning to talk about this topic for a while now but wasn’t sure how to put it into words. It’s…

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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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The language of love that you taught me

My mother told me to ‘Find someone who we love as hard as you’ I listened and this is where it has taken me An unwanted refugee of your heart A cycle of piercing memories Like my existence is for you to wear And my soul you stole so silently.   I cannot speak what…

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The Children Deemed Worthy of Justice in the UK

Featured Illustration: Nasiha On Thursday, 3rd May 2007, Madeleine McCann, a three-year-old girl from Leicester, disappeared from her holiday home in the Algarve region of Portugal. Her peculiar disappearance immediately caused distress and outrage within Portugal and the United Kingdom. Guests at the resort in Praia da Luz even said that they could hear people…

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COVID-19: The Story of Women Refugees in Uganda

Featured Images: Matilde Simas COVID-19 has altered our lives forever. Many of us have not seen our loved ones and we aren’t able to go to our favourite places or eat our favourite take out. What we know as normal has been stripped from us. Now imagine this: there is no virus, but you live…

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Bridging Gender Pay Inequity: USWNT Files Lawsuit Against U.S. Soccer Federation

The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, four-time World Cup champions and Olympic Gold Medal winners, filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation in March 2019 requesting a payment of $67 million dollars in reparations. 28 members on the team, listed as plaintiffs, are seeking equal pay with their male counterparts on the…

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