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.”
In 1978, James Harrison (a social scientist at the time) published an article titled: “Warning: The Male Sex Role May Be Dangerous to Your Health”, exploring potential reasons for the increasingly large gap in life expectancy between men and women.
Corporations are responsible for the majority of the environmental issues we see today, whether it be social inequality, mass deforestation, or toxic chemical spillages.
Earlier this year, Strictly Come Dancing star and Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Tilly made headlines when she responded to a comment on her appearance made by 67-year-old LBC radio host, Steven Allen.
Many of us might be feeling confused by the waves of nostalgia washing over us at the mention of lockdown. We are supposed to hate that time, feel shivers at the sheer memory of it. However, as we tentatively start to go back to “normal”, we might find that the strange time inside has left its mark on us.
Earlier in the summer, I wrote about how to actually ask for help when you’re struggling with your mental health, and a letter template to go with it. Building on that, I’ve interviewed Dr Natalie Ashburner (@thementalheathdoctor), an NHS psychiatrist, to ask her for more advice and information about the options your General Practitioner (GP) or doctor offers.
‘Sad girl fall’ is my favourite season of the year: muted colours, hot coffee, the smell of chestnuts, leaves falling… All of this adds to a cosy and comfy atmosphere that lasts until Christmas and beyond. The day that sad girl fall officially began for me and my best friend was the 12th of November, also known as the day that Taylor Swift released her album, ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’.
I did not formally come out; I just got a girlfriend. Before that, when questioned about my sexuality, I would speak about its fluidity and often brush things off. Perhaps that should have been a telling sign, but it was not an issue at the forefront of my mind, as I was often in relationships with men. It was a side of myself that I could ignore until
Twitter has a tendency to make me feel guilty for everything I do. We all know the impact that social media has on fashion, for better or for worse. It allows items to be propelled into the spotlight before the crowd rapidly moves on to another once the allotted five minutes of fame has elapsed.
The idea of sustainability and how we can work to become more sustainable has captured the attention of the digital sphere in recent years. Social media provides a platform for popular influencers to assert that they are leading the most sustainable lifestyle. As sustainability has become an Instagram trend, it seems we tend to forget the reasons behind why it is necessary in the first place.
If one were to search for a dictionary definition of the term ‘history’, it’s fairly likely that what they would find would be something along the lines of “the study of past events”.