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The summer after I graduated from college, I worked 40 hours per week at minimum wage. Even with the buffer of being on my parents’ healthcare plan and living with relatives, it was difficult to get by. After shelling out cash for loans, food, transportation, and clothing, I had little to show in my bank account afterward. I couldn’t imagine paying rent, much less raising a family on minimum wage. Nevertheless, millions of Americans–4.4 million ... Read More
Like the majority of 20-somethings who have self-proclaimed ‘family issues,’ I often find it difficult to look past the last pointless argument with my mom or generalized frustration with my dad to appreciate the unique beauty that familial relationships can entail. With the exception of over-commercialized pseudo-holidays like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, how often are we able to take the time to analyze and appreciate the meaning of ... Read More
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you’ve likely heard of the controversial (and best-selling) romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey, either through whispers from friends, the media debates about the novel’s BDSM content, or by glimpsing the cover over and over in the hands of women looking for a little fantasy while taking the train to work. Whether you’re a hardcore fan, a frustrated foe, or simply ambivalent ... Read More
What were you doing in the summer of your sixteenth year? Going swimming at your local pool? Serving up swirlies at the local ice cream shop? Chillin' at the mall? Publishing your first book of collected pieces from your highly successful online magazine? If you didn't answer 'yes' to that last question, that's probably because you aren't Tavi Gevinson, the 16-year-old fashion blogger who started her online magazine Rookie at age fifteen. (And who's on the cover of ... Read More
I remember getting American Girl catalogs every few weeks in the mail when I was a little girl. I would beg my parents for a doll, and one Christmas I found Samantha waiting underneath my tree. Despite my love for turn-of-the-century girl Samantha, I always wanted one of the My American Girl dolls--the customizable ones with contemporary clothes and range of skin and hair colors. But I never saw one that looked just like me, with medium-tone skin, brown hair, and ... Read More
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