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why I’m scared as a girl in India

[Trigger Warning (TW): mentions of r*pe, ass*ult, vi*lence. If these topics might trigger you, please please do not continue reading.] April is sexual assault awareness month so here’s my contribution. Yes, I’m scared. Take a look around you- the girls and women of India are terrified. Every single day we pick up the newspaper or turn on the television to…

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IN LOVE WITH THE IDEA OF LOVE

This one is for my fellow dreamers, readers, dark academics, and lovers of love. (Recommended: put some classical music on, get yourself a cup of tea and enjoy! Wistfully looking out of a window will round out the effect perfectly.) Have you ever asked yourself questions you didn’t have answers to?  Why does every single one of us chase love?…

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THE SONG OF ACHILLES- A 16-Year-Old’s Review

RATING: ✭✭✭✭✭/5 stars “I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world.” I read “The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller in under two days- once I picked this book up,…

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SEX VS GENDER: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

Let me ask you a question: Do you think the words gender and sex are synonyms? Can they be interchanged in the same sentence?  I asked people this question and a surprisingly large amount of people answered in the affirmative. Historically, the terms “sex” and “gender” have been used interchangeably, but their uses are becoming increasingly distinct, and it is…

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WORDS AND LANGUAGES

As Oscar Wilde, in ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’, put it perfectly; “Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of…

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BEING YOU-NIQUE

Trapped within the walls of stereotypes, social expectations, traditional gender roles and responsibilities, the world’s finest artists and human beings are suffocating and are being snuffed out.  Why can’t you put makeup on if you’re a boy? Makeup is not a gender-specific activity, it’s a form of expression open to anyone and everyone. What’s wrong with being attracted to someone…

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What is ‘BEAUTIFUL’?

Beautiful. A word I’m positive that all of us are very much familiar with, we use it every single day. “Oh, that’s a beautiful flower”, “She is so beautiful”, “That’s a beautiful sunset!”. Here’s a question for all of you, what is the first thing comes to your mind when you hear this word? A colourful landscape? A sunset? Perhaps…

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