When reality TV isn’t exactly the rosiest.

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I first joined Bachelor Nation during Peter Weber’s season, mostly because I couldn’t put it off any longer — I love good TV complete with melodramatic crocodile tears and frilly romancing as much as the next person, and The Bachelor was the classic golden show that everyone loved to hate. Peter’s season, for one, was the textbook definition of “dumpster fire,” but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t secretly enjoy Champagne-gate, the messy fantasy suite debacle, and the ensuing chaos when Peter decided to rekindle his romance with Kelley Flanagan, who finished sixth. Also, Barb.

After Tayshia’s swoon-worthy…

Why are we so determined to pit women against each other?

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A few days ago, as I was scrolling through Twitter, I came across this Tweet — a side-by-side of Kendall Jenner, supermodel and reality TV personality, and Alyssa Carson, a 19-year-old astronaut and the youngest in history to pass all of NASA’s space flight tests.

The Tweet explains that “While many women struggle every day to belong in historically male-dominated positions and trades, society continues to reward vanity and beauty over real skills and intellect,” among other things.

My initial reaction was stupefying exhaustion, especially when I scrolled down to the comments section and saw that one user had declared

It‘s more than just virtue signaling or surface-level sharing

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Just over a year ago, the Black Lives Matter movement brought a wave of infographics on police brutality and posts breaking down exactly what it meant to “defund the police.” Then, during the election last November, users plastered messages encouraging Americans to vote and to “grab ’em by the ballot.” Again, last March, the kidnapping and murder of Sarah Everard ushered in a new surge of posts debunking the phrase #NotAllMen and providing resources and safety pointers for women and girls. These infographics, usually characterized by striking gradients, chunky serif typography, and bold, colorful illustrations, wrap social issues in pretty…

What’s the protocol when it comes to canceling yourself?

Instagram: Taylor Nolan

“One step forward, two steps back” should be a Bachelor Nation catchphrase. What disappointingly little ground that the franchise has gained in the past few years is now being painfully overturned with each new stumble.

Recently, Matt James’s pivotal season as the first Black Bachelor and his beautifully diverse cast was upended by the Rachael Kirkconnell and Chris Harrison saga. Now, the news of Emmanuel Acho hosting the “After the Final Rose” special is quickly getting outstripped by the latest Bachelor revelation: Taylor Nolan and her Tweets.

If the name “Taylor Nolan” doesn’t ring a bell, here’s a quick recap…

Less Tok, more Guac.


TikTok is the new frontier of Gen-Z marketing. As TechCrunch put it, “If you haven’t been paying attention to TikTok, you haven’t been paying attention.”

Evidently, the world’s top brands have been paying serious attention. Hundreds of companies including Pepsi, Nike, Walmart, and Skittles have dialed in, taking the opportunity to garner gargantuan levels of views and cult followings.

“What we tell brands is, this is essentially Instagram in the early days,” said Anish Dalal, chief executive of digital-marketing company Sapphire Apps Media.

Since the social media titan took off in 2018, it’s been the most downloaded, most-watched, most talked-about…

Chicken caesar salad, but the “chicken caesar salad” is silent

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When New York University student Ben Cresto opened his quarantine meal, he wasn’t expecting to see a steak-and-cheese salad.

Why? Well, for starters, he’s vegan.

As NYU decided to return to campus amid the COVID-19 pandemic, roughly 2,600 students are in isolation, relying on the university for three meals a day. Considering their tuition is upwards of $74K this school year, with $20K going towards room and board, it wasn’t unrealistic for students to expect adequate meals.

Yet, over the past few weeks, NYU students have flooded TikTok in waves, documenting their equal parts laughable and tragic experiences — sour…

Reduce brain fog to perform at your cognitive best.

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If you could watch your brain go through its cognitive practices, you’d be surprised by its complexity — the pathways in which it judges, decides, memorizes, learns, and builds strength.

In fact, the average person has roughly 48.6 thoughts per minute. To put this arbitrary number into perspective, that adds up to 70,000 thoughts in the span of a single day. With the sheer amount of thoughts bouncing around in our heads, it’s easy for our brains to become foggy and cluttered.

It’s the feeling we experience when rereading a sentence multiple times before finally comprehending it, the same hazy…

The facade of Calloway culture only goes to show that destroying an online persona is just as easy as creating one.

Instagram: Caroline Calloway

Love her or hate her, the internet can’t seem to get enough of Caroline Calloway. Since her reign as The Queen of Instagram, the 28-year-old influencer has:

  • Rose to the spotlight of social media through her #adventuregrams — incredibly long, incredibly detailed captions that documented her life stories.
  • Scored a half-million-dollar book deal based on her #adventuregrams (that she later, infamously, dropped).
  • Been dubbed a “one woman Fyre Fest” from her $165 series of creative workshops, gaining buzzworthy notoriety as a “scammer.”
  • Was the object of a viral The Cut exposé by her ghostwriter.
  • Gained (and lost) nearly one million…

#2: Don’t obsess over perfection

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Oscar Wilde was arguably one of the most provocative literary geniuses of his time. The Irish author, dramatist, and playwright was known for his acclaimed work The Picture of Dorian Gray, as well as his masterful comedies, brilliant wit, and flamboyant nature.

As a prolific writer, Wilde had plenty to share about honing his craft. Below are four key words of wisdom to make you a better writer:

1. Create your own writing style

“They are always asking a writer why he does not write like somebody else, or a painter why he does not paint like somebody else, quite oblivious of the fact that if…

Meet the beauty industry’s newest top dog, Glossier

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Chances are, if you’re a millennial or Gen Z-er, you’ve heard of Glossier. Since its launch in 2010, the hugely popular beauty startup — valued at $1.2 billion — has accrued a cult-like following and mile-long waitlists of astronomical growth. Now, the brand is blasting the beauty industry into a new revolution.

Born from Internet virality in the form of the blog Into the Gloss, Glossier was one of the first beauty brands to join the wave of social media. The phenomenon is the prototypical face of digitally-native brands, with over 2.8 million organic Instagram followers and more than 100,000…

Zoe Yu

Writer, reader, & Oxford comma loyalist. Taiwanese American.

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