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“Treat yourself!”…with kindness: Our capitalist conception of self-care

In an ideal world, to practise self-care, I would swaddle myself in a luxurious Egyptian cotton towel, smother myself with a face mark that’s so expensive it could be liquid gold (although, I’m not sure that would work wonders for my pores), and dunk myself into velvety, bubbly waters. Like most struggling students, however, this […]

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The French bureaucratic nightmare: Death By 1000 (Paper)cuts

About a month ago, I was lucky enough to escape drizzly England to the land of baguettes and croissants, otherwise known as France. For this year, I will be living in Paris as part of my year abroad, and my time so far has been just the dream you could expect from living in the […]

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Gaslighting: how it affects women

CW: assault, rape, emotional abuse If you are a woman, I’m sure at some point in your life you have been told that you are being too dramatic, too emotional, or too sensitive. This kind of language is a part of a society-wide psychological manipulation that frequently targets women, otherwise known as gaslighting.  Gaslighting is […]

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New age bimbos: a cultural reset?

Shallow, dipsy, promiscuous, and vain. These might seem like insults, but a new wave of self-identifying bimbos are reclaiming what it means to be a bimbo. This man-made term has been assimilated into our language as an insult. But what is the insult it carries? Urban dictionary defines the word as “a physically attractive but […]

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Leaving lockdown at your own pace

As the anniversary of when we first entered lockdown approaches, now more than ever, we’re all probably feeling ready to escape the perimeters of our confinement. Luckily, the roadmap to normality has been announced, and the 21st of June is pencilled into everybody’s diaries (or should I say firmly outlined with a permanent marker?). And […]

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Born in the wrong fashion generation

In these challenging times, it is an unsurprising (if not instinctual) reaction to long for a different reality. Naturally, we find ourselves looking nostalgically to the past and dreaming about a different way of life, reminiscing about feelings of stability and comfort. Having been boxed inside for almost a year has made us want to […]