Politeness as Protection & the Male Gaze
Mar07

Politeness as Protection & the Male Gaze

I have written multiple times now about feminism, catcalling and street harassment because these are are very important and relevant issues for me; I would like to continue this fine tradition today. First, I’d like to share a poem/spoken word piece that I wrote over a year ago after getting home from a night out – if you’d like to hear me read it, you can do so on my Facebook page. As I said in my post, most if not...

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Wearing 1000m3 of Clean Air
Feb22

Wearing 1000m3 of Clean Air

This week, I’d like to shine my small spotlight on one of the coolest projects I’ve seen in a while – the Smog Free Tower. It is exactly the kind of idea that I love: it’s innovative, doing good for the world, and producing something cool that people buy, therefore being at least partially self-sustaining. Perhaps most importantly, it is beautiful in its simplicity, and has incredible potential for scalability....

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In Which Men Have No Responsibility
Feb11

In Which Men Have No Responsibility

Fair warning – this week’s article has a pretty solid dose of indignant rage. Today I would like to talk about the messages being sent to women as a result of two separate yet related situations: the recent infographic published by the CDC as part of their campaign to reduce rates of foetal alcohol syndrome, and the rampant and terrifying spread of the Zika virus (recently declared a global emergency by the WHO). For...

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3 Birds with 1 Stone & Islands of Garbage
Jan25

3 Birds with 1 Stone & Islands of Garbage

This week, I’d like to shine my spotlight on two separate (for now) subjects. Firstly, the enormous quantity of plastic being thrown out and accumulated on the earth. Secondly, EcoDomum, a start-up in Mexico that is quite effectively taking aim at 3 specific societal targets: plastic waste accumulation, homelessness, and poverty. A study from the World Economic Forum published this month titled “The New Plastics Economy:...

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“Adulting” is an Indictment of Society, Not of Millennials
Jan11

“Adulting” is an Indictment of Society, Not of Millennials

Originally published here on January 5th 2016 by author John Beckett. As someone who frequently uses “adult” as a verb without ever really thinking about why, or where the idea of “adulting” came from…this article was quite interesting. I hope you enjoy! ***** Bashing Millennials seems to be the new national pastime. I see article after article about how they’re entitled, fragile, and above all, immature....

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Dear Female Consumer: Forget Your Gender
Dec28

Dear Female Consumer: Forget Your Gender

I’ve always known about the extra “costs” of being a woman. We’re all familiar with them – catcalling/street harassment, rampant sexism, the wage gap (in which women earn on average about 79 cents to a man’s dollar in America today), harmful stereotypes, impossible standards of beauty and all the cultural/social/psychological repercussions…but I never though that there was an actual monetary...

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