Tips from a beginner

I’m cracking my knuckles, headphones in, ambient music blasting through them. Ready to type. I have never considered myself to be writer, but now that I understand how this role has manifested its way into my life, I have more respect for the title.

Once upon a time, I viewed creative writing solely as an expression and extension of my inner thoughts. It was an art form that allowed me to express how I was feeling without actually putting my emotions out there and being vulnerable. When I would feel I had no one to talk to about my problems…


A contemporary analysis of Hollywood’s beloved female characters that used dress as a symbol of change

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There is a way in which clothes, costumes, and dress are able to give power to the wearer or beholder and that there is more to dress than meets the eye. This concept, identified as ‘power-dressing’, holds the power to speak in high volumes without the need for words. It is a form of expression to the viewer that the subject has marked their position and owned their power as an individual. Power dressing was a term coined somewhere in between the 1970’s and 1980’s and is defined as a style of fashion that is usually used to establish power…


This independent New- York based designer is just getting started

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Background

Nicole McLaughlin is known for her innovative designs and reinvention of streetwear- exploring upcycling and sustainable fashion. McLaughlin often transforms everyday objects such as office supplies or kitchen utensils into whimsical statement pieces. The designer grew up near the mountains of New Jersey and spent a lot of time outdoors as a kid- snowboarding and skiing as well as playing sports such as volleyball and lacrosse (Sultan, 2020). Her interest in sports manifests in the main theme of her pieces where iconic sportswear logos appear on pieces including bras made of Patagonia pouches, fuzzy shorts stitched from Carhartt beanies and…


Please stop romanticizing it.

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I recently saw this tweet:

So many people in this world have extremely high levels of talent and skill. Only of a fraction of them will have the right social network, financial backing, and pure luck to become “successful” by capitalist measurements. Rich people are not as unique as we think.

Not everyone is going to make it big. So if you want to be as rich and successful as Angelina Jolie- this might not be a fun read for you. In this article I explore themes in relation to Hustle Culture that I feel we don’t reflect upon enough…


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I have always thought of my independence as a strength, but in times of isolation it has brought me anxieties and feelings of depression, proving that I really don’t know myself as much as I thought I did.

2020 has felt like an episode of The Midnight Gospel. Our minds have propelled us onto a journey of self-exploration in what feels like the simulation of an alternate universe, yet our physical bodies remain here. …


There will be no mass-based feminist movement as long as feminist ideas are understood only by a well-educated few

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As bell hooks says, education as “the practice of freedom” will be a reality for women only when we develop an educational methodology that addresses the needs of all women (hooks 2014, 116). In this article I examine classroom culture through a western, feminist lens and detail a potential solution involving problem-based learning.

I would like to preface I recognize any notion of ‘shared oppressions’ as complex; women have multiple identities at different times and in different groups. …


Exploring hallucinogens is about exploring one’s inner mind

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Despite thousands of years of traditional Indigenous use and sufficient Western clinical research, there continues to be the criminalization of psilocybin mushrooms, also known as magic mushrooms in most clinical settings. Arguably, this is due to the influence of America’s countercultural messaging of the 1960s which have shaped the way we classify, use and perceive entheogenic medicines.

In this article, I examine the tensions surrounding the war on drugs and the controversy of magic mushrooms in a communications perspective. First, I illustrate the crisis that occurs when a countercultural thought leader challenges the status quo. Second, I examine the influence…


Being open-minded is the “new nice”.

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You have $100.

Would you rather lose $80 of that $100 for a total of $20, or would you rather find $20 on the ground?

Most people would say, “I would rather find $20 on the ground.”

I can’t remember what the exact psychological explanation behind the reason most people would rather find $20 is, but I think a lot of it has to do with the state of our mindset prior to these two scenarios- because who doesn’t like feeling like a winner.

I’ve met countless amounts of people who, when asked to describe themselves, mention having an open-mind as one of their traits, myself included.

And for a long time, I thought being “open-minded” meant being “non-judgemental”. …


Gabi Wilson is Having Everything Revealed

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Her warm, smooth vocals with the effortless ability to reach low notes are similar to Toni Braxton. Her electric guitar shreds are inspired by Prince, and her lyricism is reminiscent of neo-soul icon Lauryn Hill. At fourteen years old, H.E.R. signed with RCA Records (Janes, 2020) and based on her recent guest appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, it seems like she is only now being recognized in mainstream media as paving the way for young women in music. Currently, at 22 years old, H.E.R. (an acronym for Having Everything Revealed) has received a total of ten Grammy…


Getting ‘the ick’ applies in the working world as well

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It’s weird to think that once upon a time a few generations ago, having a job generally meant financial security and stability.

It was common to find a “good” job as a young adult and stay with that company until you retire; whether or not you enjoyed what you did was an afterthought.

I’ve been working since I was 15, and with every new job I learn something new about the way people work, the idea of professionalism, and how fragile some people’s egos are.

But something I’ve noticed about social media projecting unrealistic standards is this hyperawareness it creates…

Sophie Peralta

(She/Her) Somewhere in between life and dreaming I find time to write about pop culture, fashion, feminism and self-actualizations.

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