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Connecting with my grandma during the pandemic

My grandma cries every time my family goes on vacation.Continue...

‘Gifted kid burnout’ is more than a punchline

The concept of ‘gifted kid burnout’ has been around on the internet for a while, but it’s recently found a second wind on TikTok.Continue...

Men: Please watch ‘Promising Young Woman’

Promising Young Woman is deeply controversial. I can recognize why: it’s problematic, even dangerous, and has the potential to be deeply triggering for survivors of sexual violence. Still—it’s a triumph.Continue...

Jojo Siwa’s coming-out story is important for children to see

For a long time, I had no idea what JoJo Siwa was famous for. When I heard her name, the images that would spring to mind were over-exaggerated hair bows, pink Converse high tops, and an over-abundance of glitter. This past week, however, she’s stuck in my mind as the happiest celebrity to come out.Continue...

‘Euphoria’s special episodes are beautifully unnecessary

When Euphoria announced two unexpected special episodes last November, there wasn’t much indication of what those episodes would look like.Continue...

Staff Picks: Favourite course

Winter semester is in full swing. Some of your classes might be getting you down, but we hope there are some that make hours of lectures and homework feel worthwhile. To celebrate the start of classes, a few Journal staff shared their all-time favourite courses.Continue...

The Tricolour Sex Column: Virginity

The definition of ‘virginity’ seemed clear to me growing up: it was the first moment a penis would penetrate my vagina. As I got older, though, my perceptions around losing my virginity changed frequently and were couched in guilt.Continue...

‘Fate: The Winx Saga’ does too much with too little

With a mere six-episode season, Fate: The Winx Saga —a teen adaptation of Nickelodeon’s hit Winx Club series—already lacked the space to do much with the vast world it inherited from its predecessor. While it uses the rich Winx world to its advantage, Fate tries to do too much with the little it has.Continue...

STEM and the City: Pantone has announced the colours of 2021. Here’s how to wear them.

It’s safe to say we don’t need to spend any more time reflecting on 2020—it was the worst. Thankfully, we’ve entered a new year, and with widespread dissemination of a vaccine on the horizon, the prevailing mood is gradually shifting to one of hope and—dare I say—optimism.Continue...

Clubs taught me what my professors couldn’t

January is almost over, and as Journal readers know, the annual search for new student government and club executives is underway. As much as this time is about new beginnings, reflecting on the past helps help shape our goals for the new year.Continue...

‘Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical,’ the production of all our dreams

When the pandemic caused theatre doors to close last year, musical theatre didn’t immediately find its footing in the online world. Fair enough—its appeal draws from the raw power of a live performance and booming applause. By the end of 2020, however, a new recipe for the musical had emerged, and Ratatouille was the final dish.Continue...

‘The Crown’ brilliantly portrays the decline of the British monarchy

I swore I would never be one of those people who watched The Crown . From the outside, it seemed like another series about the uptight British monarchy, layered with dry political humour and hidden history lessons in every episode.Continue...

The test of friendship during Ontario’s second wave

COVID-19 cases have spiked once again in Ontario, bringing a stay-at-home order which has relegated us back to our homes and away from socially distanced in-person interactions with friends. Much like last spring, as restrictions tighten, you might find the limits of your friendships tightening, too.Continue...

Point/Counterpoint: Synchronous vs. asynchronous online courses

Please—no more frantic note taking and screenshotting. Asynchronous learning lets you take a much-needed break from Zoom—and it has benefits for learning.Continue...

Stick with ‘WandaVision’—it’s headed places

It’s easy to fall in love with the tried-and-true format that has made Marvel movies so successful and reject anything straying from that formula, but WandaVision is a good reason to keep an open mind.Continue...

The Tricolour Sex Column: Navigating kinks

Almost a decade ago, the release of Fifty Shades of Gray seemed to mark an embrace of sexual liberation for women looking to be submissive in the bedroom. However, when the book was adapted for film in 2015, there was widespread critique over how dangerously portrayed BDSM by leaving out the need for consent.Continue...

STEM and the City: Put your best face forward in 2021

Monocoloured eyeshadows are in—in a big way. This is great news for those of us who have never felt comfortable in the makeup department as, unlike the intricate smoky eyes of days passed, these looks require very little commitment or technical prowess.Continue...

Regrowing my foreskin

You know it’s extremely common, right?” That’s what a psychiatrist said to me last summer when I admitted I was contemplating suicide because of my circumcision.Continue...

The sole problem with ‘Soul’

Disney and Pixar’s Soul could be a perfect knockout, but it plays things too safe.Continue...

How social media use shapes your sense of self-worth

The average person will spend a total of six years and eight months on social media in their lifetime—that’s a staggering commitment.Continue...

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