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Why we should know Chanel Miller’s name

In 2016, BuzzFeed published the victim impact statement of a sexual violence survivor known then as either the “Stanford victim” or “Emily Doe.”Continue...

Tabloids need to leave Meghan Markle alone

While it’s common to see gossip stories about the British royal family, one royal couple has recently accused some publications of taking things too far.Continue...

Why Joker has been deemed dangerous by critics

Though it’s not uncommon for films to receive heavy criticism following their release, DC Entertainment’s newest blockbuster, Joker , has generated an unprecedented amount of controversy.Continue...

Identity shapes values, making the political personal

Election season in an (unofficially) two-party democracy is always nerve-wracking. The argument constantly resurfaces over which party leader is stronger, or even the lesser of two evils.Continue...

The one where we reminisce about Friends

Whether you’ve watched every episode of Friends multiple times or just know when to clap during the theme song, there’s no question as to the show’s ongoing cultural importance.Continue...

Jonathan Van Ness shows us HIV status is no longer something to hide

This September, Jonathan Van Ness disclosed his HIV-positive status in an interview with the New York Times . This revelation came in advance of the hairstylist and Queer Eye cast member’s new book , Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love .Continue...

Interracial relationships in the media fail to celebrate women of colour

Across North American TV and film, a prevailing theme proves everyone has the right to love who they want, regardless of race.Continue...

Bachelor in Paradise's history-making match

Bachelor in Paradise had its sixth season finale last week, and it was mostly business as usual onscreen: steamy Fantasy Suite visits, dramatic fights in the sand, and unnecessarily long reunion scenes.Continue...

Bianca Andreescu’s US Open title is one for Canadian history books

This September, Mississauga-born Bianca Andreescu won the US Open against veteran tennis star Serena Williams.Continue...

What Trump's proposed ban on flavoured vaping products should mean for Canadians

I still remember when a big vape cloud descended over my high school.Continue...

Unbelievable shows what empathetic sexual violence response looks like

While Netflix offers a vast selection of crime dramas to binge watch, Unbelievable is unlike any other.Continue...

What the Felicity Huffman admissions scandal reveals about privilege in the education system

I grew up in Oakville, Ontario, a city ranked the best place to live in Canada in 2018. My high school had Smartboards, laptops, tablets, and all the rest. But most importantly, my teachers and counselors gave me the confidence and the tools to make it to Queen’s, launching me on a path toward a successful life and career.Continue...

Why Netflix's Tall Girl didn't need to be made

Netflix’s latest teen rom-com Tall Girl attempts to chronicle the process of overcoming an insecurity—but doesn’t quite make it work.Continue...

Sam Smith's non-binary identity deserves respect

While celebrities are most often thought of as figureheads reinforcing rigid standards of beauty and gender roles, they can also use their influence to help normalize less-accepted or misunderstood facets of society. Recently, Sam Smith did exactly that.Continue...

What the Amazon fires reveal about our attitude towards climate change

In recent months, the Brazilian Amazon, the Earth’s largest tropical rainforest and its most biodiverse region, has been devastated by thousands of fires—and it continues to burn.Continue...

What Beyond Meat means for social and climate change

I believe public and private enterprises are key to saving the environment. Although private enterprises have spent years turning a blind eye to the environment’s welfare for the sake of profit, I think our generation’s sense of global responsibility can help to bring change.Continue...

The 16-year-old Swedish teenager who's saving the planet

With federal elections looming in both Canada and the US, politicians have been emphasizing for months where they stand on hot-button issues like the economy, job security, and health care. One of these issues that’s become increasingly polarized is the world climate crisis.Continue...

Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tackles the ethics of altering history

When I heard the new Quentin Tarantino movie was about the Manson Family, a radicalized cult, and their 1969 murder of American actress Sharon Tate, I was concerned. The writer-director is known for delighting in gore, and I feared the film would glorify the crimes and their perpetrators.Continue...

Why 13 Reasons Why should have ended after its first season

The Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why is one of the most controversial, boundary-pushing television shows on the platform—and perhaps in modern television. But despite its strong first season and talented cast, the series has since proven it should never have continued past its initial 13 episodes.Continue...

Lizzo’s possible Grammy nomination is a win for music industry diversity

Lizzo’s hit empowering song “Truth Hurts” is poised to be nominated for the 2020 Grammys—two years after its initial release.Continue...

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