When Gender and Sex Identity Is Up for Discussion at Walgreens Apr18

When Gender and Sex Identity Is Up for Discussion ...

I took a trip to my friendly neighborhood Walgreens recently for a few necessities: antibacterial soap for my new tattoo, deodorant and a variety pack of tampons. I took my goods to the cashier and entered my phone number in the hopes of saving some pennies on my purchase. Naturally, my name popped up on the screen, and was seen by the guy behind the register. “You’re not Catherine.” “Yeah I am. You wanna see my ID?” “No. But you’re [mumble] [mumble] Catherine [mumble]  not….[something] [something].” And then he mumbled some more stuff, which I promptly ignored as I swiped my card. I was...

Why You Should Pay More Attention to That Children’s Show In Front of You Apr16

Why You Should Pay More Attention to That Children...

Most adults cringe at the thought of watching Spongebob. And many adults only go to the movies to see “children’s” shows if they have kids. Maybe it’s time to change that. Take a look at these important messages that even adults need to learn from popular children’s television shows, books, and movies. Frozen Pabbie: “Fear will be your enemy.”  After injuring her sister accidentally with her snow powers, Elsa’s fear of her own abilities lead to them skyrocketing out of her control. Fear and stress can lead to bad decisions. It often causes more problems than what we were fearing in the first place. Keeping your fear...

Bringing Looking Back Apr14

Bringing Looking Back

Remember when people looked at each other? I know, it’s been a while. But try. I stepped off the train the other day, and as I looked ahead at the masses waiting to get on, I was struck by a sea of downward gazes. No one was looking forward, no one was making eye contact.  Rather, everyone was staring at their hands. Or, more specifically, the small screens in their hands. Studies show that we’re making eye contact less frequently and for shorter periods of time than ever before (and since we check our phones upwards of 150 times per day, when would we have time for eye contact?). There’s even an entire Tumblr dedicated to visually...

Be Afraid: Killing Girls in American Media Apr11

Be Afraid: Killing Girls in American Media

  Two detectives enter the scene of a recent break-in, only to discover the mutilated corpse of what was, not too long before, a pretty young girl, full of promise, her whole life no longer ahead of her. A psychic snaps away from a traumatic dream in which a cold blooded killer wraps his hands around the throat of an attractive blonde co-ed and squeezes the life out of her as she helplessly tries to pry his strong hands away. A teenage runaway is found dead in the trunk of an abandoned car in the middle of nowhere. She has been drowned, but not before she was raped. These gruesome scenes could make up the beginning plot lines for any number...

What Does Your Schedule Say About You? Apr09

What Does Your Schedule Say About You?

The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. — Abraham Lincoln Time. We think it’s one predictable constant in our lives, but in reality, it, too, is questionable and scientifically debated. One thing that is consistent, however, is the fact that we never seem to have enough of it. Enter scheduling. We religiously fill our calendars with appointments and plans — only, more often than not, our days don’t follow that imagined path. We’re constantly fed info about the habits of successful, creative people, but dynamic infographics like this one, remind just how individual our optimal formula...

Ripped Jeans and Japanese Dreams:Finding “The One” Apr03

Ripped Jeans and Japanese Dreams:Finding “Th...

Ripped jeans can have their place — but maybe not right inside the thigh. I felt quite accomplished after making dinner on a wintery NYC evening. I grabbed my bowl of pasta, dropped on a healthy serving of tomato sauce and sprinkled some shredded mozzarella to top it off. With a sigh of relief and a grumbling tummy, I plopped contentedly onto my couch, only to instantly hear the ever-so-screeching rip of my jeans as I hit the firm cushions. My stomach was no longer the only thing that was grumbling. That was the sound of my favorite skinnies ripping — Levi’s, well-fitted, made from light-washed denim sans those heinous pre-distressed...

My Naked, Untitillating Body:Sloughing Off Self-Consciousness in a Korean Sauna Apr01

My Naked, Untitillating Body:Sloughing Off Self-Co...

“Nudity quickly becomes unremarkable when generally practiced.”    — Martha Nussbaum Spa treatments are not the first thing I associate with Korea, but when Jung, my Seoul guide and new friend, suggested we go to the “sauna,” I didn’t hesitate to say yes. She told me it was something that was traditional in their culture, and explained that, for $20, someone would loofah my entire body for an hour. Perhaps the suspiciously low price should’ve been my first red flag; a service like that would likely cost hundreds of dollars in the U.S.  But spa services vary significantly in price outside of the U.S., so I congratulated...