Words matter. Let’s call a spade a spade.

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If you’ve clicked on this piece, you may feel that I plan to try to convince you to vote for Biden. I don’t. You may think that I want to pummel you with reasons to become pro-choice. But, no. I’m not interested in that either.

I’m not writing this to criticize you for your religion, or even to try to understand why you feel the way that you do.

I should say right up front — if you clicked into this article as a troll, hoping to cause a fight with me in my comments section, you’ll find yourself terribly disappointed. …


Her recent Instagram videos have sparked concerns about her mental health, and conspiracy theories about her conservatorship

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“This poor woman. I just hope she’s alright,” my friend said to me as she sent a link to Britney Spears’ latest Instagram video. In the video, Britney — excited about a floral arrangement she received — showed off the flowers. But then, the flowers were gone from the frame, the music began to play, and Britney walked in and out of the frame. Repeatedly.

“What… is she doing?” I asked my friend.

“I’m not sure, but she’s been posting things like this,” my friend responded. “Her fans are concerned about her mental well-being.”

I don’t follow Britney Spears on Instagram — though, upon reflection, I realized she’s been in the backdrop of my life for more than half of it. She burst onto the scene with her single “Hit Me Baby One More Time,” when I was in middle school — and I loved that song. …


Congratulations — you’ve correctly interpreted the meaning of my glaring eye-roll

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Last night, I watched an old episode of The X-Files.

This particular episode was pretty infamous when it aired — after it was shown, FOX never aired it again — and after watching it last night, I understand why. It was pretty gruesome.

I’m not going to do an entire recap — but in a nutshell, some children playing baseball find a dead baby buried in their makeshift baseball diamond. This discovery leads to Scully and Mulder arriving on the scene in rural Pennsylvania. They realize that the baby had so many genetic disorders that it would have been difficult for the baby to sustain life. …


The world is on fire, and I don’t want to pretend that it’s not

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I’ve never been someone who “looks on the bright side.”

Phrases like “At least…” or “It could be worse!” or “Look at the silver lining here” have always offended me as they often invalidate an individual’s feelings, and I’ve worked hard to strike them from my vernacular.

I don’t ignore the bright side; I acknowledge it — in the same way that I acknowledge the negatives. Rarely do we find one without the other.

Right now, my social media feeds are dichotomous. On one side, I have those passionate about social justice, railing against the inequality, and inequity running rampant through the United States. This side is imploring others to read up on racism and sexism and their roots and causes. This side is imploring others to care about humanity — to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID, to stop acting as though it’s all just a game and a hoax. …


Monthly Newsletter, June 3, 2020

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Welcome to June, Fearless readers and writers.

While we generally try to keep our newsletters light and positive, we cannot go on with business as usual.

To our POC readers and writers:

We are not going to waste your time by telling you about our feelings and thoughts. We want you to know that while we will never understand the pain you’re dealing with, we see you. We love you. We’re here to listen. We’re committed to fighting alongside you. We’re committed to doing better.

To our white writers:

We understand that everyone is angry and currently reflecting upon their own experiences with race and law enforcement. However, we ask that you please refrain from submitting stories about your experiences with law enforcement and race relations, and how they differ from those of our African American brothers and sisters. We must not make this about us. This is the space and time for POC to tell of their experiences. It’s not our turn to discuss our personal experiences on these issues. …


If you feel like whining that your state’s mask mandate makes it “hard to breathe,” instead, take the time to imagine having a knee crushing your windpipe.

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It’s been a hard week.

I lay in my bed last night staring at the ceiling, not sleeping, my mind whirring. A couple of days prior, I had watched the video of George Floyd’s murder — because that’s what it was, murder — and I couldn’t get the image out of my head.

Hours before I watched that video, I watched the video of Amy Cooper, hands on her hips, head tilted to the side with sass, saying, “Well I’m going to call the police and tell them an African-American man is threatening my life!”

I’m a woman. I understand completely how terrifying it would be to have a stranger filming you. But, the filming didn’t come unprompted. She illegally had her dog off-leash, and he was filming her disobedience. And, she wasn’t terrified. …


Do you intend to vent, or educate?

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I read an article the other day that implored me to care about climate change. Well, implored isn’t the right word. It yelled at me to care about climate change, and scolded me for not caring enough.

I do care about climate change. That’s why I was reading the article. But, at the end of it, the only thing I wondered was, Was this intended to teach me something, or simply scream at me for my carbon footprint?

It seems like, as writers, we should be able to do both. We should be able to educate people with our screaming. After all, we’re creatives, and we can figure out how to marry our frustration and knowledge and put out an impassioned piece. …


Tip #1: Disregard all tips

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In 2014, my close friend and I through-hiked the Appalachian Trail. We flew down to Atlanta on February 28th, were on the trail on March 1st, and summited Mt. Katahdin in Maine on July 14th.

Since my state went on lockdown for COVID-19 in March, I’ve had a lot of time to think — and I’ve found myself reminiscing on my hike regularly.

Six years ago today I was traipsing my way through Pennsylvania! I think to myself. Those rolling farmlands were gorgeous.

Every year, I’ve reflected on my hike, and I’ve felt nostalgic. This year though, the nostalgia has taken on more of a desperation. In 2014, March-May, I had walked over 1,200 miles. I had gone days without bathing. …


Why the littlest members of society must know the value of bodily autonomy

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The last time I visited my parents, my sister and my niece were staying with them as well. My niece is two-and-a-half, and the light of all of our lives. She’s pint-sized and ferociously independent, and we all enjoyed the time together spoiling her.

At the end of the visit, we were standing in the kitchen, getting ready to say our goodbyes.

“Allie can I have a hug?” my mother asked my niece.

“Hugs in car,” my niece responded, toddling toward the door.

“No,” my sister replied. “Mimi and Maggie aren’t going in the car with us. Papa is going to help us carry our things to the car, but Mimi and Maggie are staying here.” …


Your choices don’t only impact you

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On last night’s FaceTime call, my friend lamented the rise of Joe Biden.

“I don’t think he’s a good person,” he said. “I don’t like these allegations against him. I don’t like that he’s the same old thing; is a vote for Biden even different than a vote for Trump? Would anything change with Biden as our president?”

“I don’t know,” I said.

I don’t know. I have no idea. I doubt it, honestly, but I still feel a sliver of hope. If nothing else, I believe we’d be safe from him saying that “there are very fine people on both sides” — when one side is comprised of literal Nazis.

“What would you do,” he asked me, “if next time I came to your house, I told you I was voting for Trump?” …

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Maggie Lupin

eternal feminist | avid reader | bumbling writer | animal advocate | cupcake connoisseur | hopeful cynic |

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