If you read the title of this post and thought to yourself, ‘Who in the hell is Lagertha?‘ There is a strong probability you haven’t seen the television series Vikings. If this is the case, not to fret, although you really are missing out on a phenomenal series. Lagertha is a main character in Vikings … More A moment of appreciation for Lagertha
A few days ago, Blaine went golfing with some buddies for a bachelor party. I called him later on that day to see how the party went, and he started to tell me that he was rather taken aback by the ways in which a lot of the men golfing were speaking to the girls … More Here’s why we need to normalize calling out harassment
Assertion, or being assertive, has, in my opinion, a rather negative connotation attached to it. And, really, I’ve never understood why this is, considering assertion does not typically coincide with aggression in any manner. Aggression, too, has a negative connotation attached to its meaning, but such connotation is a little more logical in terms of … More The importance of understanding the difference between assertion and aggression
Although it was a couple of days ago, I wanted to write about International Women’s Day 2021 because I feel as though the celebration is worth discussing, still. Perhaps I am alone in my observations, but I saw a significant amount of attention and recognition for this particular event this year, more than I’ve ever … More Drawing attention to International Women’s Day
The day and age we find ourselves living in is a rather complicated and confusing one. Never before have we as a society been faced with such a likelihood of saying or doing something that has the potential to offend someone, and it can be difficult to distinguish what is socially acceptable and what isn’t … More The importance of understanding what is creepy and what is a compliment
The week of February 22-28 marks the 2021 National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. This initiative has always been near and dear to my heart as a result of my own personal experience with an eating disorder, but I firmly believe it should have more relevance to many more people, regardless or not if they have … More Bringing recognition to National Eating Disorder Awareness Week
I think it is relatively safe to say that being a figure in the public eye comes with the knowledge and understanding that you will be subjected to public commentary. Whether you’re involved in politics, Hollywood, social media or really anything that involves publicizing your identity, it is no secret that your life is no … More This is why we need to stop commenting on the bodies of public figures
We’re all aware of the environmental issue threatening our planet in the context of plastic waste. Plastic, while recyclable, accounts for a tremendous component of the amount of waste we as humans produce on a daily basis, and it can be difficult to distinguish ways in which to reuse plastic in a manner that benefits … More Using plastic to create extra-strong bricks
If this isn’t a feel-good story, folks, I really don’t know what is. I was so touched when I read an article from The Good News Network telling the tale of a moving company assisting victims of domestic violence free of charge, I had to share it with all of you. “Since the recent launch … More Helping domestic violence victims with moving trucks
Education is a rather integral component of life for many of us in contemporary society. We place a tremendous amount of social value and recognition on the concept of education, and without it, it can be difficult to go about specific things in life, depending on what sort of life you live. Unfortunately, education is … More Praise for progress in educating girls
I’m willing to bet that a lot of us are seeing or hearing about Adele’s weight loss as of late. After posting an image to her Instagram account to celebrate her 30th birthday, there was a social media frenzy regarding the singers appearance in the photo. Her photo prompted an outpouring of comments, posts and … More Stop making someone else’s weight your business
Eating disorders are a sincerely cruel form of mental illness. They toy with our thoughts and emotions and often times (speaking from experience) leave a lasting mark on those they happen to take hold of. Performing somewhat normally on a day-to-day basis while living with an eating disorder is no easy feat, let alone in … More Why are we encouraging body dysmorphia in a pandemic?
I have a soft spot for modern-day Westerns. I enjoy the odd older Western from time to time, and I can certainly appreciate them for being the foundation of the Western genre, but personally, contemporary versions of the category are my preference. On the topic of Westerns, the other night I watched The Bygone via Netflix. The … More This is why you need to watch The Bygone
International Women’s Day occurred a few days ago, and while I didn’t make a post regarding the topic the day of, I figure it’s better late than never and that I’ll do one now. Rather than listing the ways in which women are so incredibly tremendous (since we already know these things), I thought I … More Celebrating female empowerment
I suppose I should begin this post with an explanation of what exactly endometreosis is, in case anyone is unfamiliar with the condition. Endometreosis “is an often painful disorder in which tissue similar to the tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus … with endometriosis, … More Could THC be used to treat endometriosis?
It’s about damn time some diversity in the beauty pageant realm made in appearance. So often we see unrealistic beauty standards, perpetuated by white women, being victorious in these types of competitions, truly hindering the potential for other ethnicities active in the industry. Recently, though, this winner stereotype has been challenged, and personally, I’m elated. … More Making diversity waves in beauty pageants
In case you haven’t heard, rapper T.I. has created quite a stir as of late as a result of him sharing some rather unbelievable details pertaining to his parenting antics. An article from CTV news explains how during an episode of a podcast called “Ladies Like Us” the rapper explained how he accompanies his daughter … More Here’s why T.I.’s parenting of his daughter propagates social patriarchy
We’re gonna get real with each other for a second, folks. It’s time to talk about menstruation and all of the delightful symptoms that can present themselves both before and after your cycle. I’ve noticed that for the past few months I’ve been feeling blue. Not all the time, but rather, specifically either the week … More Feeing down? It could be your period
An article from The Huffington Post caught my eye the other evening. Titled “Alabama Wants To Imprison Marshae Jones. Her Crime Was Being Shot While Pregnant,” I imagine it’s relatively simple to figure out why I was intrigued by the headline. The following excerpts are from the article: “Marshae Jones, a 28-year-old Alabama woman, is facing a manslaughter … More The implications of Alabama’s abortion law
Social media, as wonderful as it can be, can simultaneously be destructive towards those who make use of it. And by destructive, I’m referring to the inevitable occurrence of comparison that comes with social media. It’s extremely difficult to avoid comparing ourselves to others when we’re scrolling through our social media timelines. We compare ourselves … More Stop comparing and start celebrating
If you read the title of this post and said to yourself, ‘what the hell is PCOS?’, you’re in the right place. And you’re definitely not alone in being unfamiliar with the acronym, hence the purpose of this post. PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, “is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. Women … More Why aren’t we talking about PCOS?
I’m reluctant to admit that it’s taken me until now to hop on the Queer Eye bandwagon, but man, am I ever glad I have. After finishing Netflix’s Godless, I needed to find another show or series to fill the abysmal void in my life. That’s dramatic, I know. But I have been on the … More This is why you need to start watching Queer Eye
Endometriosis is hard enough to deal with. But, even worse, women who suffer from this condition face a multitude of barriers and obstacles in finding help and relief from their suffering. Affecting roughly 10 per cent of reproductive-aged women (approximately 200 million women and teenagers globally), endometriosis is “a systemic, inflammatory disease that occurs when … More Why aren’t we helping women with endometriosis?
Whether or not you’re a fan of Aerosmith’s frontman, Steven Tyler, you may be as pleased as I am to learn that he recently opened Janie’s House, a facility intended for abused and neglected girls in Memphis, Tennessee, an NBC article said earlier this month. The chosen name, Janie’s House, comes from the band’s 1989 … More Steven Tyler opens Janie’s House for abused women
Last year in Canada, a woman or girl was killed every 2.5 days, on average. A rather chilling statistic, no? The information comes from an “inaugural report on femicide that argues the issue must be better understood in order to reduce the number of slayings,” said a CTV article. The first yearly report from the Canadian … More Recognizing ‘femicide’ in Canada
A new commercial from Gillette, a well-known men’s hygiene company, is creating quite a stir across social media platforms as of late. The advertisement, titled “We Believe: The Best Men Can Be” is a short-film style commercial that makes reference to patriarchy, toxic masculinity, and the #MeToo movement regarding non-consensual sexual harassment, assault, and violence. … More Way to go, Gillette
Brock University, and former professor, David Schimmelpenninck, have caused quite a stir as of late. Schimmelpenninck encountered scrutiny in 2016 when a CBC news investigation revealed that “Brock had warned a former student to keep quiet about an internal investigation that determined Schimmelpenninck gave her alcohol and tried to force himself on her sexually,” a Monday CBC article … More Brock University controversy
The significance of acknowledging transgender identities has always been apparent to some, but an article published via MedicalXpress highlights its significance even further. The New York Times published a story in October titled “‘Transgender’ Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration.” Depicting efforts from the Department of Health and Human Services, the story addressed a … More Stop denying transgender identities
An article posted on The Conversation addresses a difficult topic to tackle; sexual abuse and assault towards elderly people, specifically women. A disheartening topic for sure, but also one that demands recognition and acknowledgement in hopes of preventing these occurrences from occurring. The article outlines research that was published in Legal Medicine that looked at 28 forensic medical … More Addressing sexual assault amongst elders
The relationship between social media and body image is one I have revisited on several occasions, on here, on a project I did for university, and for one I completed in college. Despite my frequency in dabbling with this topic, it continues to spark conversation. And not in a good way. An article from York … More Social media impacts how we see our bodies, but not in a good way