When I signed up for Tiktok during the lockdown in March 2020, my intention was to follow the love story of a New Yorker who sent his number to his attractive next-building neighbor with a drone. Yes, stalker-y but given the context of the pandemic and the fact that I was drowned in loneliness, I thought it was kind of cute.
Anyway, the app did not disappoint. Even with the occasional stumble onto Trump supporters’ side, I was pretty happy with the app and its content. …
16 years ago, while the world was dancing to My Humps, there were menstruating girls in school who had to pocket their used pads, tissues, or other makeshift menstrual products to discreetly dispose of them. Why? Because there were no trash bins in the bathroom. They and their families were alone in their dealing with high-priced menstrual products, inadequate toilet facilities at school, and the lack of knowledge of their own changing bodies.
But of course, to these girls, we really said, can’t relate — sounds like a “you” problem.
Today, however, there’s a growing coalition around the world that…
This email should have been a meeting but not all of us have been vaccinated. So we’re going to go rogue and do this here. Also, to make all parties feel more comfortable, we’re going to give a group review instead of an individual one — thanks Klara Ani, our junior feminist here, for suggesting that.
Before we begin, I’d like to welcome all of you, junior staff, to Feminism where we fight for equality, and some label us barbaric in return. Things aren’t always fun around here. …
A year ago, like many who saw Moulin Rouge in the 2000s, my French was limited to politely propositioning someone. I mean, who doesn’t remember singing “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir?” inappropriately in random places, right?
It feels like a dream now because after learning French for only eight months, I passed the official upper-intermediate French language exam, the DELF B2.
I still get confused these days after conversing in French about politics or watching the news in French. I always feel like that disoriented kid, David, after his dentist appointment. Is this real life? …
Hilary and I have been best friends for 16 years. From stalking a British boy band at 14, to going to a creepy club at 15, to getting caught skipping school a few times — she was my partner in crime. Our relationship back then was a little different though from your average teenage friendship in the 2000s. Aside from decoding boys’ texts together, we also enjoyed discussing aviation accidents as we share both a love and a fear of flying.
I was never a fan of Harry Styles until he feuded with Candace Owens because of his choice to wear traditional women’s clothing in Vogue back in December 2020. He described his wardrobe in the magazine as an extended part of creating something. To him, it was creative freedom attributed to the crumbling barrier between women’s and men’s clothing.
To me as a woman, it was a much-needed homage to femininity.
I don’t know about you but as a Millennial, I cringe at the thought of my middle and high school life as a girl. There’s also a little bit…
I was an emotional wreck 15 minutes into my first ever therapy session at 28. The conversation had turned into a discussion about the primary cause of my anxiety — my mother, and I didn’t expect that at all.
I had planned to talk to my therapist about my strong reaction to one scene from Leaving Neverland, an HBO documentary that centers around Wade Robson’s and James Safechuck’s allegations of sexual abuse against Michael Jackson.
I wanted to know why I unexpectedly cried like a baby at the scene where Wade’s and James’ parents described the moment they finally believed…
If I could pick two words to describe my 20s, it would be a dumpster fire. It was the most fun and depressing decade of my life.
Now, I’m not advocating for a squeaky clean 20s because you need the wild memories for when you’re covered in wrinkles, but there are mistakes that you need to avoid.
Certain mistakes cost a lot of energy, time, and actual money. Because I went through my 20s committing most of them, I can confidently say that avoiding them will save your 20s.
You may regret your education and career path in your 20s…
In November 2020, during a full pandemic, Scotland became the first country to provide free feminine hygiene products for those in need. My naivety led me to believe that this was good news for everyone regardless of their identity. However, as you can probably guess, this was not the case.
Comments such as “Food and water should be free then!” were everywhere. A man on TikTok even created a now-deleted video encouraging women to cancel their Netflix subscriptions so as to be able to afford tampons or sanitary pads. …
The year was 2005. I was 14, clueless, and like many other awkward middle-schoolers, I was struggling with pretty much everything. One day, I got home from school and my mother asked me to sit down because she wanted to talk.
I thought it was weird because I didn’t have a close mother-daughter relationship with her. A ‘one-on-one time’ was rare. Am I finally getting a Motorola Razr? I thought to myself.
“Your father is cheating on me.”
I was way off.
Do you know that dramatic scene in movies where everything is in slow motion after the delivery of…
Millennial feminist in Southeast Asia. About to become a mature grad student in France. Au revoir, real life.