How social media has led us to see-through public toilets in Japan

Girl in pink toilet
Girl in pink toilet
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Transparent public toilets made from colored ‘smart glass’ that turns opaque when the toilets are occupied have been opened in two public parks in Shibuya, Japan.

The project, which aims to dispel the misconceptions that public toilets are dark, dirty, and nasty, has been organized by The Nippon Foundation. They are renovating 17 public toilets across Shibuya, Japan in the hopes of addressing the two main concerns that people have when it comes to public toilets. The first being whether or not they are clean inside and the second being whether they are already occupied or not.

These new toilets…


What the science says

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Fat shaming… we have all seen it, in movies, on T.V. or likely, in real life. Whether you witnessed someone doing it, you did it yourself or maybe you have even been subject to it, it is everywhere but it isn’t as helpful as some people believe it to be.

Most of the time fat shaming actually comes from a place of love and concern because the people doing it feel like they are doing it for the other persons good. …


The phenomenon that is a hot girl

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Something that has taken TikTok by storm recently is the emergence of the “Hot Girl Shit” trend, which is essentially women owning proudly the ‘hot shit’ they do on the regular.

Women have redefined what it means to be “hot” and truly turned the old, misogynistic definition on its head.

To get a better understanding of this trend and why it has come about, I think it is important to look at the history of the word and what it meant to be “hot”. …


Big companies have deceived us all

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In recent years there has been a huge push towards ethical fashion and a lot of responsibly has been passed onto consumers’ shoulders to only purchase ethically made fashion, whether that is from thrift stores or, for those with more money, supposed ‘ethical fashion brands’.

However, this isn’t as black and white as it may seem, or as simple as the media and large companies have brainwashed us into thinking.

The definition of fast fashion is inexpensive clothing produced rapidly by mass-market retailers in response to the latest trends — Oxford’s English dictionary.

This isn’t sustainable and brands such as…


The ‘perfect body’ doesn’t exist because it’s always changing

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One of the most common reasons that women start their fitness journey is to look ‘better’. They want to change how they look, mostly to fit into today’s beauty standard and the ideal body type.

Women say they want to look like Kim Kardashian or Madison Beer or whoever is considered to be the beauty standard at that time but it is totally unrealistic. Wanting to look like other people is near impossible to do because we all have different genetic make-up and it is futile because that person and that body type that we, society deem beautiful at that…


The history of the classic heeled shoe

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High heels. A women's fashion statement as old as time itself… or maybe not.

In todays world, no matter how progressive it seems, we still deem high heels a women's shoe. Made to make us feel powerful, feminine, classy, bold or whatever way it is painted in the media that week.

The reality is, high heels were originally made for men for practicality reasons and as a way of showing social status. …


What I’ve learned from years of captaining a basketball team

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Leadership is a tricky subject. Everyone has an opinion on how people should lead and be led. There are so many ways of leading people and so much conflicting advice out there, that becoming a leader, whether that be in your workplace or in a social club, is even more daunting and off-putting.

As someone who has been a leader for many years on the basketball court, I have learned what works and what doesn’t when it comes to leading the team to victory.

Being a good leader isn’t as complicated as many assume it to be, and in this…


They put competitors to shame

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Gymshark is an online sports apparel brand that is valued at $1.3 billion. It was started by Ben Francis in 2012 and it has become one of the top sports apparel brands in just seven years.

When Gymshark was first founded it focused on supplements but later turned to fitness clothing when Ben realized that the supplements had no promising future.

He made the switch to sports clothes that he wanted to wear and priced them by asking himself how much he would be willing to pay for the item. As you can see, it wasn’t the most professional approach…


And why advice from other people is a waste of time

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The bond between a dog and its owner is special. I have always thought of my golden retriever as another brother, not my dog. I think that he fancies himself as a human from time to time as well.

I have been spending a lot more time with my dog thanks to the global pandemic which has made me realize how strong the bond between a dog and their owner actually is. Watching Max and how he interacts with my family and I has taught me a few lessons about my human relationships.

Max has taught me a lot about…


The not so obvious signs

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Friends are essential in life and we often take them as a given. But it is ten times easier to lose a friend than it is to make a new one.

We slip into being bad friends so easily and it all comes down to the fact that we take our friends for granted. I would know because I did.

I had started to become a bad friend, the type of friend that people debate whether or not to cut out of their lives.

It wasn’t intentional. I didn’t know at the time that being a bad friend isn’t obvious…

Hannah Ellen

Just an average, Irish girl with not so average ideas. I enjoy writing about lifestyle, self improvement, fitness, health and anything else that takes my fancy.

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