In the first five months of 2023, almost 500 anti-LGBTQ laws have been introduced across the U.S. So it was no surprise to me – nor, I’m sure, anyone else paying attention to the onslaught of anti-LGBTQ hate – when conservatives called for a Target boycott due to their Pride Month collection.
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As a child, I hated the word “fat.” It made me feel ugly and gross. It made me feel like a failure – the word acted as a catch-all for the descriptors meant to shame me.
SPOILER ALERT: This story contains potential spoilers about Netflix’s “Love is Blind.”
Harry Styles has been the center of my attention since his 2010 audition for X Factor UK. Even in light of recent criticism toward Harry because of “Don’t Worry Darling,” which I loved by the way, and his alleged relationship with director Olivia Wilde, I will always be a Harry girl at heart.
Whether I mean to, I tend to be a pessimist, at least in other people’s eyes. Personally, I like to believe I’m a realist. Whatever my true worldview is, one thing has always rung true. I hate excessive positivity.
When people saw me during the first month of this school year, they probably thought I looked like a deer in headlights. My freshman self was scared of doing most anything. I even had a hard time ordering my own food.
A couple of weeks ago, many of my professors informed my classmates and me about the upcoming graduate worker strike. The moment the strike became the topic of conversation, hands went up. It felt like every undergraduate student had questions, such as “How will this affect our grades? Will we still meet in person?” and “Why are graduate workers striking, anyway?”
Netflix’s hit show “Bridgerton” has fans entranced by its beauty once again with the recent release of its second season. In its first week alone, season two brought in more than 251 million hours viewed.
Lizzo holds a plethora of titles. She’s a singer, a fat acceptance advocate and one of the only people who makes music that can motivate me while working out. Now, she’s the mastermind behind the new shapewear line “Yitty.”
“Turning Red” premiered on Disney+ a few weeks ago, and the range of reactions it’s received hasn’t stopped. There are some who praise it for its raw relatability while there are others who think the depiction of puberty in tween girls is inappropriate.
On the busiest of days, filled with classes, meetings and hangouts, my phone screen time is still around three or four hours. How is it possible that I spend about a fourth of my waking hours on my phone? How would my overall screen time add up if I also accounted for the time spent on my laptop?
Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24 Eastern European Standard Time, and, as per usual, Twitter went crazy. Suddenly, everyone was either an expert on international relations or was spreading false narratives about the conflict — especially those extremely distanced from it. One Ukraine native took to Twitter to criticize the people who were “coping” with the thought of World War III while others’ lives were and are still in danger.
If someone believes the earth is flat, most people think they’re delusional. Though scientifically, we know that theory is a result of grave disillusionment, we don’t often stop to think about how a person could have been led so astray.
I have been insecure about my body for almost the entirety of my existence. I can remember the moment in elementary school in which my non-thin body was pointed out to me, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since.
The TikTok trend of people showing what they looked like before the COVID-19 pandemic versus what they look like now lives rent-free on my For You page. It’s a daily reality check that reminds me we’ve been enduring this thing for almost two years.
Reading has always been a necessity in my life. In kindergarten the “Magic Tree House” series entranced me and I’ve never looked back.
Three days into the first week of this semester, I found out I had been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Though I am vaccinated, I was in close, unmasked contact with this person for hours at a time. So I decided to stay home.
In September 2021, one of my mom’s best friends passed away. Only three months later, her other best friend passed. Though I didn’t feel anything close to the pain she felt and continues to feel, her sadness still trickled my way.
I was playing for the pep band at a basketball game. I was only in the eighth grade, eating popcorn in between playing my clarinet, already feeling bad for the slight damage I’d eventually be doing to my instrument.
For my birthday in 2020, all I wanted was to have the means (a form of identification and transportation) to get to the polls and vote. I was a first-time voter and had only turned 18 less than two weeks prior to Election Day.