All Eyes on Me stems from my own stress. Putting yourself out there and speaking your mind can be difficult, especially as a woman. Exposing my work, an extension of myself, to others has always been something I’ve struggled with. Often times I feel overexposed for simply posting an illustration. It’s hard to come to grips with your own mental health problems; admitting to them makes them more real
In an era where all our lives are available online, it’s hard to disappear into obscurity. Everything we do is trackable and therefore judge-able. Successes and failures can be broadcast with equal permanence. Numerous studies have been conducted on the impact of social media and life in the digital age on teenagers, the majority finding a correlation between increases in anxiety and depression and social media usage.
I am one to proclaim that the things we choose to watch, listen to, read, and indulge in are a big factor that shapes the kind of person we become … and shapes the way we perceive the world around us. Through its realism, its relatability, and it's all-inclusivity -- The Bold Type is a healthy binge-watching alternative.
This short fictional story centers around seventeen-year old Jo, an aspiring journalist and devoted fan to the fictional artist, Derek White. Throughout, she sadly learns that there is a separation from an image of a person and their true selves.
It is not uncommon for people with existing anxiety and self-esteem issues (like myself) to feel a dip into low moods in the summertime, particularly when we are flooded with images and advertisements for how to keep ourselves “beach body ready.”
This 22-Year-Old Female Founder is Making Periods Sustainable, Accessible, and Affordable. Get ready for viv to be your new favorite period product brand.
Support networks are important for everyone, but they don’t always come in the same form for every person. Family is perhaps the first one that comes to mind, but the definition of family is not uniform. For some, it’s biological. For others, it’s chosen. For some, it’s a mixture of the two.
Girls and femme-identifying people simultaneously need to practically break their necks to be as feminine as possible while being constantly belittled for femininity, all for the end goal of being in a straight relationship with a man who will appreciate their beauty. Why can’t we just value ourselves without a man’s approval?
In my poetry, I see that the historical contextualization and memorialization of women can have a profound impact on what we now believe is possible.
Every time I pass her building, when the family gets together for dinners, as her favorite song plays in my shuffled playlist; she is everywhere…I didn’t know how much of me was made of her, and I don’t know if I’ll ever fully understand, but having you here is something I’ll forever be grateful for.
As “womxn” increasingly becomes apart of our language, it may feel intimidating if it’s something you may not know much about or have even heard for the first time. Here we answer some questions you may have about the word.
It’s taken me a long time to embrace the beauty and power of my imperfections. Moreover, to realize that my worth isn’t lessened by my flaws.
Miscellaneous: Serious Fun is a new column where I’ll explore random subjects that I’m interested in, just for the hell of it.
For trauma survivors, pleasure is a process of growth.
At my high school’s college signing day, they made a point of mentioning who was the first in their family to graduate from high school or the first in their family to go to college. Everyone clapped and cheered and the adults in the room seemed particularly impressed, but I don’t think any of us really understood the weight of what we were experiencing or about to transition into.
Everyone knows the name Amelia Earhart. She has been a staple figure in elementary school history classes for generations, and most people have a sense of the basic information: famous pilot, first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, disappeared mysteriously. But that’s pretty much where the description ends for a lot of us.
I remember there was a marked time in my childhood when I started performing obsessive actions, and then a time when I realized these actions were not something everyone did.
“Dear Jessica Jones, you deserved better than this.”
Through messages I’d received through books, and through the messages I’d received from people around me my whole life, I’d been told that relationships have a playbook that they start and develop by, and had either desperately misconstrued these messages or taken the really damaging ones to heart.
An ode to the greatest southeastern supermarket chain of Heaven.
A short story on the emotional toll womanhood can exact today.
The time to act on climate change is now; not tomorrow, or in a week or even a day.
I decided to visually depict the absurd and problematic thinking behind the phrases and words used today that need to be erased from our language.
In my hand was a boarding pass for a flight to Madrid, the first stop on a pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago, an ancient route that has attracted religious and secular travelers for centuries. Aside from the aforementioned backpack and shoes, I was diving way outside of my comfort zone without as much as a clear idea of where exactly in Spain the journey would take me.
“It’s up to us to teach young girls and even ourselves that being a girl is ok. In fact, it’s great! Be the best girl or womxn you can be and be a role model for others who might be afraid to be themselves.”
I remember sending a photo of an outfit I wore to a group chat of 11 of my closest friends with the caption “this makes me feel androgynous” – meaning: it makes me feel less feminine than my tight, revealing outfits usually do.
A poetry series on the growth past the impeding efforts of society to restrict a woman’s progress.
Both sides of the political spectrum miss the fact that sex is fun- and reproductive rights should be seen that way too. I noticed a few months ago that common contraceptives resemble candy in some ways. Perhaps if contraceptives were seen in the same light-hearted manner as candy, there wouldn’t be stigma, debate, or denial with regard to obtaining them or protesting against laws that limit access to them.
With ride-sharing apps developing an established presence all over the world, some innovators are seeking to ensure that women are both safe and comfortable when using the service.
But over time, I realized that it wasn’t about appearance or pleasing others, it was about feeling good in what I was wearing—even, and sometimes especially, if no one could see it.
Ladies, summer is officially here. I’s time to have at least one hand on sunscreen and one eye on the nearest shady area at all times – this is not a drill. Say your prayers to Rihanna or whoever you believe in that we make it out of this one alive.
It’s more than just a bathroom. It can be a source of anxiety, or it can be a battlefield, but most importantly, it’s a right and a sense of freedom.
Author: Mary Sutton
A 17 year old coffee addict, Mary can be found in bed with a cup of coffee, watching a cheesy romantic comedy. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, she self-identifies as a city girl and plans to join the University of Pittsburgh class of 2022 in the fall. In addition to rom-coms, she enjoys drawing, her Prius, and early 2000's pop music. Growing up in a male dominated environment, Mary is passionate about the gender issues that permeate all aspects of society and hopes to contribute to the conversation, especially through art.