LET’S TALK ABOUT STREET HARASSMENT

It’s not that every single compliment we receive as women walking down a street has violent, predatory undertones; it’s the fact that when it does happen, we are defenseless due to the stigma that it’s “just a compliment” that we should go out of our ways to accept. What commences as a one-off compliment from a stranger accumulates into a lifetime of tiring rejection walking the tightrope of guarding yourself without being endangered.

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FORGIVE BUT DON’T FORGET: DEALING WITH THE RECENT RISE IN HATE SPEECH

Often, I’ve thought that we forget the diversity of personalities in modern day society. People are scattered all over the globe, consisting of different races, ethnicities, religious beliefs: and yet we forget about our emotional structure. We all know the frustration when someone doesn’t agree with you, especially if the topic you’re conversing is one […]

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PHOTO DIARY: PEJO, ITALIA

Rounding off the roller-coaster that was 2016, I spent the final weeks of the year in Italy with my family on our first ever skiing holiday. One could say we mistakenly stumbled into a white middle class family’s wet dream. During the two weeks spent in the north of Italy, I accumulated another daily photographic […]

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LEARNING FROM BRITNEY’S 2007 BREAKDOWN

However childish it may seemingly appear to look up to a pop star’s recovery as a source of inspiration for motivation when battling my own mental health, it has helped. Daily light-hearted reminders like the 2007 meltdown are a less daunting spin on reminding myself that things are alright and that there is always another day to bounce up on when things are seeming like they’re falling apart.

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MESSAGE TO MANKIND

firstly, they looked me in the eyes, but gaze fell as my leg would rise. i cannot be wide apart, owning space, or worship another, be of different race. with pride they peeled the innocence from me, burning my skin with brutal integrity.   and your mouth! they said, you cannot expel fire, or need […]

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BURGUNDY BREATH

BURPING BURGUNDY BREATH BUBBLES POPPING AROUND MY HOME
FROM THE MOMENT I SAW YOU PIERCE MY PHONE
IT’S UNDENIABLE; EVERYONE AROUND ME MUST BE CURSED
I CHALLENGE YOU TO TRY AND MAKE ME FEEL ANY W-

stop it. breathe.

…ORSE STUMBLING TO THE MIRROR WITH MY HAND TRACING THE WALL
BLOTCHED LIPS PEELING BACK AGAINST MY MOUTH ON THE FLOOR
WHAT A WONDERFUL SIGHT
SUCH A WONDERFUL N-

the wound is raw; you’re making it seethe.

…IGHT I’M FINE I SWEAR
JUST IN A CYCLICAL NIGHTMARE
GOT A SILVER LINING WAY UP IN THE CLOUDS
BUT IT’S HARD TO GRAB IT WHEN YOU’RE UNDERG-

i’m trying to think of a better oath than my sorry.

…OUND FEELS GOOD TO GET IT OUT
THROUGH THE RIPPED CHORDS FROM MY MOUTH IT SPOUTS
I DON’T WANT TO BE IN THIS STATE MY EYES ARE SWOLLEN AND SAD
SORRY ABOUT THE WINE, DAD

tomorrow we’ll start patching up our body.

 

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PHOTO DIARY: ITALY (FLORENCE | PERUGIA | ASSISI | SIENA | SAN GIMIGNANO)

During the summer of 2015, our school embarked on an art trip organised by our art department to the home of renaissance art and magnificent galleries: Florence, Italy. Six grueling yet equally unforgettable days under blistering Italian sunlight along with the burning unavoidable pain of “chub rub”, blisters, badly-chosen heels on stone pavements and a dangerously limited […]

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