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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…

A drawing of the Avengers
A drawing of the Avengers
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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.

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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.

A news anchor, Piers Morgan, screams amidst backdrop of Meghan Markle (pictured smirking) and clippings from his articles and tweets about her.
A news anchor, Piers Morgan, screams amidst backdrop of Meghan Markle (pictured smirking) and clippings from his articles and tweets about her.
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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…

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Christian men everywhere are raging because women wear bikinis on the beach.

Recently, I saw a video on TikTok in which a God-fearing family man approached a group of women on a Colorado beach to criticize them for their choice of bikinis.

In the three-part TikTok — yes, three parts — the man lectures the women on modesty and their responsibility to cover themselves to protect the virtue of young men and children.

“Why do you dress this way? That’s a bra and thong.”

“Take young guys into consideration. …

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McDonald’s’ latest lineup of celebrity collaborations — Travis Scott, J. Balvin, BTS, and now, Saweetie — expose our blatant double standard for obesity.

We demonize fat bodies and lob accusations at Lizzo for “promoting obesity.” In the same breath, we celebrate our favourite musicians’ sponsorships with a multibillion-dollar fast-food corporation that peddles the same eating habits we criticize in Lizzo.

This begs the question: what does it mean to promote obesity, really?

Let’s consider the case of Lizzo and Saweetie.

Lizzo and the prevailing mammy trope

Lizzo is an American singer and flutist who is also fat and black (at the same time!). Because of this…

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DAY 1 (sometime in March 2020)

I’m good. I got some groceries this morning and went to the bank. I exercised, ate a yummy breakfast, then did some yoga. On an emotional level, I also feel good (very descriptive, I know). It’s strange having the place to myself now that my roommates have moved back home to be with their families. The house is eerie and silent, but not wholly unpleasant. I can be as obnoxious as I want without worrying that I’m encroaching on someone else’s enjoyment of their space.

The house is empty, and I am alone. …

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I‘ve been in Death’s crosshairs my entire life — and he is a god-awful shot.

Whenever I think about my many near-death experiences, my mind characterizes them as an endless game of Red Rover with the Grim Reaper. Tedious back and forth. Tit for tat. Either I’m running at full speed towards the harrowing embrace of Death, or he’s barreling into me at forty miles an hour.

Recently, I re-watched Iron Man and realized that analogy is incomplete. The Grim Reaper is the big bad in a multi-million dollar super-suit with a broken targeting system. …

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My university announced that we have to be vaccinated for the Fall semester.

They decided months ago that we would go ahead with a hybrid in-person/online semester. Yet, they were suspiciously quiet about vaccination requirements.

Yesterday, we all received a notice which read,

“In order to be granted full access to campus, all members of the community — including all students, faculty, and staff — will be required to have received a full course of a Health Canada or World Health Organization approved vaccine, for at least 14 days.”

Most students were happy about this news. However, there were a…

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Confrontation is difficult for me. Scratch that. It’s impossible.

A few days ago, my best friend told me about a new strategy she was using to become more comfortable with confrontation.

I stopped adding emojis and ‘LOL’ at the end of disapproving statements.


It’s a copout. It eases the sting of my words, but I mean what I say, and I want people to know that.

She also explained how she had implemented this idea in her real life, outlining an interaction with a fellow medical student while volunteering at a vaccination drive. …

Laquesha Bailey

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