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This is not an article I expected to write in my lifetime, but here we are. The past week has been one of the most terrifying and revealing weeks of my life; as the latest manifestation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict raged on, social media began to reflect the world’s antisemitism on a level that seems fit for the 1930s. …

Israel’s actions against Palestinians are abominable and must be rectified, but please beware of the accuracy and appropriateness of how you’re describing the conflict

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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is making daily headlines again, and the Internet is scrambling to put together the right words to condemn, defend, and/or grieve the current bout of violence. It has become increasingly common and popular to use three terms in particular to describe Israel during this social media cycle: genocide, ethnic cleansing, and apartheid. None of these, however, is appropriate or accurate to employ.

Let’s break down some terms here:

Why is “genocide” inappropriate to use when describing Israel?

Genocide is defined as “the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation.”

At the formal establishment of Israel, there…

I hear what you're saying and agree in the sense that women are generally held to higher levels of scrutiny, but I don't think it's fair to write this off as that in this case.

George Clooney and the other aforementioned male celebs *should* be held accountable. But the Clooney example, which you cite multiple times, is a venture that was formed in 2013. I'm not saying that makes it okay, but I am saying that public dialogue and collective consensus (if we can even call it that) around what constitutes cultural appropriation has changed a lot since then; that…

If you are still holding up celebrity culture and dismissing other victims of child-stardom, your concern may be just another fad

The New York Times has just unleashed its documentary “Framing Britney Spears,” and the Internet is up in arms. Calls to #freeBritney have spilled out across the web, and celebrities, activists, and media alike have joined in the chorus apologizing to Britney for contributing to her demise and bemoaning the misogyny that contributed to her downfall.

But how sorry can you really be for Britney’s misfortune when you’re gobbling up this information as yet another schadenfreude-y snack in an endless pantry of celebrity gossip? I haven’t yet seen hashtags circulating demanding apologies to Lindsay Lohan or Amanda Bynes, or the…

Yeah #NotAllLiberals - but if you’re ignoring guidelines, traveling for holidays and gathering in groups, your behavior is just as harmful. Doesn’t matter if you “believe in science,” you are contributing to mass death.

When u like the idea of masks until they stand in the way of Instagram photoshoots w friendz

If you were to ask the average Liberal in America what has fueled the disastrous spread of COVID-19 in America, the answer would likely come down to Donald Trump and Republicans — the latter being synonymous with “anti-maskers.” Most Liberals are likely to express a tidal wave of disgust and disdain at the behavior of anti-maskers — those flagrantly flouting CDC guidelines about publicly wearing masks to curb the spread of disease. Sure, refusing to wear a mask is irrational and selfish and unequivocally responsible for the proliferation of COVID. …

Warning: Contains spoilers about racism and classism and more!

Promotional photo of Schitt’s Creek TV show cast
Promotional photo of Schitt’s Creek TV show cast

If you’ve opened Netflix in recent memory, you’ve probably noticed Schitt’s Creek dominating the Top 10. The show swept the Emmy’s this year with nine awards and has been capturing hearts of audiences everywhere. From creators Dan and Eugene Levy, the sitcom chronicles a fabulously wealthy family, the Rose’s, who lose all their money after being defrauded by their company’s business manager, thus forcing them to relocate to their sole remaining asset — a small town called Schitt’s Creek which Johnny, the father, purchased for his son David as a joke for his birthday in 1991. …

And why you should do whatever the hell you want!

Illustration by the cosmic Robin Eisenberg

Love is strange. I mean, there is literally a woman who married a rollercoaster (#same). Love is everywhere but it’s almost impossible to describe. It’s something we long for, seek and cultivate from the moment we’re born until we take our last breath. It’s infinitely abundant, but many of us feel like there’s never enough of it. There are endless types of love, and romantic and sexual love are no less strange and complex than any other manifestation.

This essay is NOT an indictment of nonmonogamy or polyamory. Nor is it a glorification of mainstream heteronormative, romantic toxic monogamy culture…

Cosmic art depicting planets and crystals and an ethereal eye, showing all the cool 2020 vibes
Cosmic art depicting planets and crystals and an ethereal eye, showing all the cool 2020 vibes
Art by the supremely talented Pea TheFeary (@Peathefeary on Instagram)

“New year, new you.” It’s a phrase you’ll often hear around the new year, and with some good reason. New Year’s may arrive just as any other day, but there is something undeniably special about the symbolism and collective excitement around starting fresh. After all, new beginnings are associated with hope, possibilities, curiosity and adventure. Who doesn’t want to believe in that?

The downside of the “new me” maxim is that, for many of us, it can bring up intense shame, guilt and a punitive drive for discipline. The typical approach to New Year’s resolutions involves staunch renunciation and/or adoption…

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2020 is hindsight, so let’s look back at it. The 90’s and 00’s: the time of Fat Monica on Friends, “heroin chic” and a burgeoning diet culture with the sudden hysteria surrounding the so-called Obesity Epidemic. Even before social media, fat-shaming was omnipresent and inescapable. It was in the tabloids at the store, on TV and movies, weaponized in our lexicon, and in the endless pulsation of crash diets from Atkins to Jenny Craig. At the time, it seemed like an ordinary and intuitive part of life.

Now in the age of social media, body acceptance, body positivity and self-love…

Mallory Mosner

Queer non-binary Jewish writer who loves puzzles, cats and meditation.

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