Category Archives: essay

Habits 

It’s interesting how old childhood habits manifest in one’s adulthood. When I was little I would become silent when offended. The silent treatment was my game — often I wouldn’t speak for days until an apology was made.  Now, without intention I fall silent when someone hurts me. I become incredibly pensive: deciphering the nature…

Virtual Safe Spaces: Habbo Hotel

I’ve been playing Habbo Hotel since 2006. I’d sign on, visit a popular space and make new friends. When it comes to thinking about virtual safe spaces the phrase itself can seem contradictory. For example, I entirely avoid the YouTube comment section when Cheescaleigh uploads a video on MTV’s Decoded. Francesca even mentioned that she had…

Why is Vanity Synonymous with Self-Love?

    My Makeup is Not for You. Having a defined self-care routine is very important for maintaining my mental and physical health. It is so easy to forget about yourself and the care that you deserve when you’re working five days a week and running around the city. It’s also incredibly important to realize that…

“You’re too sexy to frown.”

I hate when men assume the authority to police a woman’s body on the street. And I mean this beyond sexist macroagressive behaviour like yelling, “Hey sexy!” Or “How much?” out their car window. Funny enough, what particularly bothers me is the need to tell me to smile while I’m walking down the street. “Smile,…

Privilege in the Age of Instagram

Capturing one’s youth comes with a side of privilege. You didn’t have to order it, in fact it isn’t even on the menu, but it’s baked into what you’re eating. What do you mean?  Often times, here in the Western world we forget that our luxuries are luxuries. Nowadays, our daily lives are recorded in…