Beauty, as a quality, is a constant source of joy in our human experience. A life without beauty is a life without pleasure, but this article is not about beauty as a quality. It is about beauty as a tool, as a stereotype, as an ideal. About society’s destructive obsession for women to be theContinue reading “Beauty: a Tool of Control, but for Whom?”
Patriarchy is a room full of men making laws about female bodies. It is a judge that blames victims of sexual abuse for wearing short skirts, being too drunk, or too weak. Patriarchy is a group of young men attempting to perform alpha masculinity by raping intoxicated girls in front of each other. Patriarchy isContinue reading “Patriarchy is…”
During the COVID pandemic, essential workers have been given a metaphorical pat on the back as CEOs, politicians, and celebrities call them heroes and send them off to war, giving them no other option to working but to get laid off or evicted. Though they tend to work in food, farming, and healthcare, many areContinue reading “Coronavirus: a Blessing for Billionaires”
The educational system, particularly in the United States, loves to boast about the success of democracy, the rise of capitalism, and freedom in the western world. Ideologically indoctrinated from a very early age, we are lead to believe the U.S.A is this unique land of the free and home of the brave where anyone andContinue reading “Black History is Everyone’s History”
You know those encounters that leave you thinking for days of what you should have said or done but didn’t? Well, I recently reconnected with some childhood friends and met some of their new friends. Not the good kind, but the kind that is so feeble-minded and detached from reality that makes you wonder whetherContinue reading “What I Should Have Said”
The Vagina Monologues: an easy read and a must-read, whether you own a vagina or not. 9/10. This play was written by Eve Ensler in 1996 and performed in over 140 countries. It deals with topics that women tend to shy away from talking about to even their closest ones. As you flip through theContinue reading “Book Review: The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler”
Dear Andrea, Congrats on finally finishing your double bachelor’s degree in France! So… I’ve got some good and bad news for you. The good news is that your drive and thirst to discover the world will push you to move twice in one year. You will leave the old and cold French city of LyonContinue reading “A Letter to my Recent-Graduate Self”
What I’ve always loved about Nina Simone, more than her musical talent or revolutionary soul – is the passion in her voice. She might not hit every note in the conventional sense we expect singers to, but in her voice, I feel power, anger, desperation, chaos, and a gist of eroticism. She began playing pianoContinue reading “Nina Simone: a Necessary Revolutionary Voice in the Arts during the Civil Rights Movement”
Have you ever picked up a new book that’s so captivating that you just can’t put down until you reach the last page? The Stranger (l’étranger) was the un-put-downable book for me of 2020. Written in 1942 by French philosopher, author, and Nobel Prize winner Albert Camus, The Stranger was Camus’ first novel which quicklyContinue reading “Book Review: The Stranger (L’étranger) by Albert Camus”
“I write from the realms of the ugly, for the ugly, the frigid, the unfucked and the unfuckable, all those excluded from the great meat market of female flesh… Because this ideal of the seductive white woman constantly being waved under our noses – well, I’m pretty sure it doesn’t exist“. – Virginie Despentes WrittenContinue reading “Book Review: King Kong Theory by Virginie Despentes”
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