After the global train wreck that was 2020, the promise of being able to manifest anything and everything seems to be alluring today’s young people more than ever before. While thousands preach its benefits, the recent explosion of the ‘Law of Attraction’ online often ignores the growing problems the practice seems to endorse – ranging from simple time-wasting to exploitative sales schemes.
Growing up in the ‘90s, girls were told we could be one of two things — a feminine Barbie-playing princess or a football-playing-sneaker-wearing tomboy. There was no middle ground. We were raised on a strong diet of American influenced pop-culture, which emphasised high school hierarchies, boy-girl relationship drama and the notion of equating ‘happily ever after’ to having a boyfriend
Since and before Herodotus coined the word ‘history’, humanity has been infatuated with – and bound to – its roots. It could be said that the past is dead and only the present exists, but in reality, the present is the past in motion – a society cannot escape the circumstances of its creation.
Trying to get our black and maroon gowns fitted at the graduation venue on time, struggling in the pouring rain, made the July morning in a vibrant and bustling city a chaotic one. It was all worthwhile, however, seeing our family members’ eyes sparkle with pride.
Spotify loves making playlists. Some may say even to an excessive extent.
Artemisia Gentileschi is, in my opinion, one of the greatest artists to ever exist.
According to the UN population fund, as a result of Covid-19, there will be seven million more unintended pregnancies, two million more Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) cases, and 13 million more child marriages.
This past September, the University of Ottawa suspended a professor for saying the n-word in class following a student’s complaint. Professor Lieutenant-Duval used this racial slur as an example of words certain communities have reclaimed. Her paid administrative suspension lasted one business day.
On Tokyo’s streets, colorful banners which anticipated the 2020 Olympics still hang on neighborhood street lamps. The quadrennial games have been set back until summer 2021, and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga expressed, at his conference on Thursday, that preparations are still underway. However, with public skepticism and the potential for cancellation, the banners meant to signal a year of economic and cultural prosperity now serve as ironic reminders of the pandemic’s pressure on Japan’s economic and medical infrastructure.
110 containers of toxic electric arc furnace dust (EAFD) were discovered at Malaysia’s port, Tanjung Pelepas, in June 2020. According to the local news, it was “the biggest shipment of illegal toxic waste” transiting through Malaysia until now.
Kamal, a second-generation British Yemeni whose father came to the UK in 1958, reminds us that the world has forgotten about “the daily struggles of the Yemeni people who are surviving miraculously… that struggle is genuine, it’s real.”
Discirmination and hate crimes have exacerbated after the COVID-19 outbreak, which has been used to reinforce xenophobic beliefs.
In the world of music, there are plenty of clichés. There is perhaps none more predictable and common than the cliché which laments the death of music as we once knew it, and that which, more specifically, mourns the death of the album as an art form. It seems that no matter where you go on the internet, there will always be someone somewhere proclaiming that music “isn’t what it used to be” and that the album is dead in the water. But is this really the case? Is it true that, firstly, the album is actually becoming a dying art form? If so, what are the reasons behind this decline?
Did you think vegan food meant side salad and chips? You thought wrong.
With the popularization and de-stigmatization of mental health, psychology has entered the zeitgeist in a way that it never has before. Words such as ‘trauma’, ‘gaslighting’ and ‘toxic’ have become buzzwords, often misused.
The Netflix documentary, Seaspiracy, brings to light some uncomfortable truths about the commercial fishing industry, and as a result, it has ignited roaring debates.
On a Zoom call the other day, I was showing my grandmother photos of my time at university from what felt like a lifetime ago. Grainy images filled her little screen — my friends and I at Regent’s Park on a picnic, a cute little snap of a dog wearing a puffer vest, and a rare sunny day in London. I saw her eyebrows jump in slow motion as the video buffered on my phone.
For decades littering has been a hidden pandemic, often overlooked in plain sight, and this past year it has reached a new level of severity.
When it comes to fashion, the people with the most outreach (besides models and designers) are surely the editors-in-chief, especially when their names are associated with the timelessness of Vogue. However, when it comes to the general public, only a few names ring a bell in terms of fashion editors. These include American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and former Italian Vogue head Franca Sozzani. Why is it that no other senior figures at Vogue have been able to build such a global name for themselves? Will Edward Enninful be the new fashion icon when it comes to editor-in-chiefs?
Disclaimer: this is not an anti-‘side hustle culture’ rant. I admire small businesses and passion projects. I also won’t be criticising capitalism or writing a manifesto on our growing need to turn ourselves into commodities. I’m wary of what Economics students will say, and besides, I feed into and benefit from capitalism myself everyday.
developed in the late 1980s, has origins in Jamaican reggae and dancehall, and is known for its tough lyrics which often provide social commentary on topics such as poverty, unemployment, and substance abuse.