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4th-year undergrad | 3x Top Writer in Feminism and Social Media | I write about race, self and whatever else piques my interest |

Student, writer, book nerd and chronic daydreamer with a world of stories to tell

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Hello! Hi! Welcome! I feel like Vaughan from Community.

I suppose the first thing you should know about me is that I’m dreadful at introductions. My brain freezes up, my heart races, and I’m at a loss for words. Tell me about yourself is the scariest string of words in any language.

Here goes.

My name is Laquesha Bailey. I’m a 4th-year undergraduate student, majoring in Latin American and Caribbean Studies with a Linguistics minor. I’m 22, but I’m five foot three so people always think I’m younger than I am, and I always get carded without fail.

Although I…

Toxicity within fandoms is pervasive and reduces the enjoyment of film and television

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A couple of months ago, I joined a Marvel fandom group on Facebook called “We Are Marvel” which has 150,000+ members.

I immediately noticed its members’ constant negativity. Members meet every innocent question with ire and disgust. Are you an idiot? Did you even watch the show before asking stupid questions? A google search could have answered this, dumbass.

Recently a member posed a question about Marvel’s latest TV series, Loki. He questioned the use of Pompeii as an example of an apocalypse, given that there were survivors. Almost immediately, a commenter launched into an angry tirade.

Black people don’t have to prove their worth to anyone to deserve to live

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I am a member of a writer’s group on Facebook. Recently, a fellow writer who also happens to be a former law enforcement officer wrote a story, musing about the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis and how we might collectively move forward. Another writer, also former law enforcement, responded to this story. He declared that the murder of Philando Castile was one of the worst instances of excessive police force he had witnessed and that the public should have spent more time rallying around this death than focusing so heavily on “someone like Floyd.” Gross.

Piers Morgan mentioned Meghan Markle 834 times between November 27th, 2017, and May 20th, 2021

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Piers Morgan is an English television personality and journalist who previously served as the host of the popular British morning show Good Morning Britain until he suddenly quit in March 2021. These days, whenever Piers Morgan is trending on Twitter, there’s a 99.9% chance that it’s about something he said, wrote or implied about Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

Allow me to summarize the history of their relationship. Piers followed her on Twitter. She messaged him, thanking him, and they struck up a conversation. They met up once for drinks at a London pub, during which time he bought her three…


Hear me out

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Thunderdome is a FanFare series where our writers good-naturedly debate some matter of pop culture and then leave it to the readers to decide. Read each post and vote at the bottom!

When this Thunderdome topic was selected, I chose Dolores Umbridge as Hogwarts’ best professor. Mostly as a joke.

However, I’m a firm believer in no take-backsies.

I was on the debate team in secondary school, and sometimes we’d have to defend some hopeless argument like “gay people shouldn’t get married.” …

Yes, I wet the bed at 22, and it was every bit as embarrassing as one might expect

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I rarely dream, but when I do, I’m being murdered by a family member or doing something mundane like going to the bathroom.

Believe it or not, the bathroom dreams are the scariest.

I can discount everything else as fantasy and fiction, but these ones — the ones when I envision myself doing normal everyday activities — seem real and visceral. Like the lines between our world and the dream world are blurred, and I lose the ability to distinguish between the two. These dreams plagued me throughout my childhood. There was always this overwhelming sensation of wakefulness.

I blink…

The experience was wonderful while it lasted, but its shortcomings outweigh the benefits

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After seven months of writing on Vocal, today I cancelled my subscription.

Vocal was my first foray into the intimidating world of online writing. I joined at the tail end of December and have published 57 stories on the site since then. I have earned $1922.62. Fourteen of my stories were selected as ‘top stories,’ and I was recently featured in one of Vocal’s Creator Spotlights.

Despite this, over the past week months, I have felt disillusioned with the writing website. These negative feelings grew and festered, culminating in the cancellation of my membership today.

Let’s talk about it.

The Good


The idea that there are better ways to speak and classier dialects of language is socially constructed

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Code-switching is “the action of shifting between two or more languages, or between dialects or registers of a language, within a discourse, especially in response to a change in social context.”

Growing up, my family always accused me of “talking white.” Spoiler alert, I am not white. I did, however, attend a somewhat prestigious secondary school. There’s a pervasive trend in my country of mocking the accent of students from said school. We were posh, “hoity-toity” (their words, not mine), and we spoke with an accent that gave off an air of superiority.

I’m from Trinidad and Tobago where the…

Small things matter; they always have

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They predicted the oceans would do us in. No. It was the bees.

It was the flies. It was all the creepy crawlers we swatted away mindlessly before the Fall. Most imagined the end would come barreling out of the sky. Or else some forgotten primordial beast would lumber out of the ocean and consume us for our transgressions against nature.

Our demise was far more ironic. One day, the inane buzzing simply stopped — then the entire world collapsed.

Across the globe, the insect phyla imploded without cause or explanation. In the most catastrophic extinction event since the…

It was horrible in almost every single way

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My first apartment was a hellscape.

I moved to Canada in 2018 for university. Before I left home, I had never visited the country before and had no family here. This complicated the housing search. I didn’t go the traditional route of staying in university dormitories my first year — a decision I would later regret — because it was, in a word, fucking expensive.

Because of this, I had to look elsewhere for an apartment. I finally found a room in a student apartment that checked all the boxes.

It was only a short 10-minute walk from my university’s…

Laquesha Bailey

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