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No, I’m not talking about the failed video store. Blockbusting, in the real estate industry, is the use of scare tactics to get homeowners to sell at ridiculously low prices in order to then re-sell at an increased price and garner a gross profit. Throughout history, this practice has been used to reinforce racist ideas and manipulate the black community. Blockbusting would not have been possible without the racist practices of the Federal Housing Authority (FHA).

F you, FHA

At the end of World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt launched the FHA as part of the national housing act…


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At the climax of the latest Cinderella movie, Cinderella is crying outside because her stepmother has stopped her from going to the ball. After shedding countless tears, her fairy godmother arrives saying that because Cinderella is kind and courageous she will help her get to the ball and the happy ending she deserves. Sure, this is sweet but it’s complete bullshit and a toxic message to teach kids. I wish we lived in a fantasy world where fairy godmothers ensured kind people got nice things, but we don’t. …


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I am in my final year of undergrad and working on expanding my horizons. For my last few electives, I’ve decided to explore topics I’m unfamiliar with. I did this with good intentions, but you know what they say, good intentions paved the road to hell.

Instead of feeling brilliant as I expand my knowledge, I find myself looking around at classmates and feeling dumb. I quickly start to question everything and the self-doubt sends me spiraling. Am I an idiot for not studying Greek literature earlier? Am I smart enough to contribute to this conversation? …


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My roommate asks me how my day was and I say, “Well, work was work.” She then asks why I sound upset. I tell her I’m not upset, I’m apathetic. I don’t love my job, but it’s not the worst thing I’ve ever done. It’s not what I want to do with my life, but it pays the bills. I take a neutral stance on the current state of my career.

Despite what she thinks, this isn’t me being dramatic or pessimistic. It’s being realistic. Not everything in life is great and that’s okay. Admitting things are sometimes flawed allows…


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Yes, I know it’s hard to take responsibility for the way we are feeling but tough shit. It’s the truth. All of your stress is a result of your point of view, not the situation itself. The situation is neither good nor bad, it just is. You have placed a judgment on it to deem it one or the other. Moreover, you’ve decided to play psychic and predict the future. Stress is only ever a result of the illusion that you know what’s going to happen and that it’s going to be bad.

The world is so much bigger than…


As my best friend would say, all my ex’s fucking suck. And they do. From the heroin addict to the 50-year-old bartender, I’ve dated some shitty people. I had very low self-esteem and I didn’t believe I was deserving of love. Because of that, I accepted what I could get from the people I felt worthy of. This left me constantly unsatisfied and bouncing from lover to lover. I wasn’t happy and noticing a trend. When I started going to therapy I took a good hard look at my romantic patterns. …


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Sartre famously said, “Hell is other people.” By this, he means torture is found in relationships with others because of the way they reflect ourselves. Through friends, family, neighbors, and enemies we are forced to face the worst aspects of our own character. This is something I’m dealing with right now.

I’m in a budding relationship that makes me tremendously happy, but there is one flaw I see recurring as a pattern. My partner, let’s call them Anna for privacy’s sake, copes through isolation. This is not inherently bad, but it does trigger my fear of abandonment. Every time they…


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My father asks me how long I’m going to go to therapy. I say, “Until I don’t need it anymore,” which is to say forever. Depression doesn’t go away. I used to think I could ignore it to solve my problem, like depression was an imaginary monster hiding under my bed. But I didn’t make this up, my depression is very very real. Ignoring it made it worse. The monster grew and grew until it was big enough to consume me.

As my depression got worse, I began to dissociate. There was my body and then me living in it…


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I’ve had one hell of a week. I wish I could blame the world, say Mercury is in retrograde and that’s why everything has gone wrong. But that would be a lie, a lie that would enable more miss fortune. The truth is, the universe doesn’t cause bad things to happen, we are not a victim of our circumstances — We are survivors of this awful thing called life. Bad things will happen, just as surely as the good. The only thing we can do is take responsibility for our part in this malice. …


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Lucy picked this night because it was quiet. Not many people stay out past 3 AM on a Wednesday night in Wrigleyville. With not a soul outside and no wind to rustle the trees, it was quiet enough for her to hear the rhythm of her heels on the sidewalk. Her pulse quickened as the rhythm changed. A man stumbled from a bar behind her, slamming the door shut. With uncertain footing, he gathered his surroundings. His eyes landed on Lucy, taking in her legs as they reached out from her black leather skirt, her feminine figure, and the way…

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