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Many terrifying statistics have come out due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one of them being an alarming increase in suicide attempts among adolescent girls.  According to a new study by the Center for Disease Control, visits to the ER as a result of suicide attempts have risen 50.6% among girls ages 12-17. In males, the number, while still serious, increased by 3.7%.  "The mean weekly number of these visits was 26.2% higher during summer 2020 and 50.6% higher during winter 2021, compared with the corresponding periods in...
Alicia Keys posted a video to her Instagram yesterday in which she discussed how her morning routine in front of her mirror changed her life. In the video, she reveals how every morning, she stands in front of a mirror and takes in what she sees while playing the song “I Am the Light of the Soul.” “You are supposed to look at yourself with no judgment, just acknowledge," says Keys, "and get used to seeing you.”         View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Alicia Keys...
Girls Just Wanna Have Rum Want to enjoy the kitschy glamour and delicious refreshment of Tiki cocktail culture without the gnarly colonial aftertaste? Women are leading the way, creating a tropical drink revival for a more enlightened generation The room glows amber, its walls papered with gold-leaf palm fronds. Bird calls emanate from the speakers, buoyed by the soft lilt of vibraphone. Revelers sip orchid-laden elixirs while topless, brown-skinned women, painted on backgrounds of black velvet, smile demurely from their frames. The menu boasts an array of...
Naomi Osaka dropped out of the French Open on Monday after the tennis player received a $15,000 fine for refusing to speak to the press due to mental health issues. “The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018, and I have had a really hard time coping with that,” Osaka stated in a tweet on Tuesday.  “Though the tennis press has always been kind to me (and I wanna apologize to all the cool journalists I may have...

My experiences in my late twenties inspired me to write a book about the Saturn Return, to ensure that people don’t make the same mistakes as I did. Also, to let everyone know what is going on during this critical juncture in their lives. My book, “Saturn Return Survival Guide: Navigating this Cosmic Rite of Passage,” is great for those going through their first, second, or third Saturn Return to understand the changes that are happening in their lives. The Saturn Return occurs every 27-29.5 years....
The thunder vibrated up through the soles of my feet, and the exhaust pipes blasted through my ear drums, rattling my skull. Like a swarm of black hornets in the distance, I watched them rolling in. It was the Dykes on Bikes, the official protectors, and historic leaders of the pride parade. This witnessing occurred at my first Pride parade, which I attended by accident my junior year of high school. My parents and I had driven up to San Francisco from Los Angeles to visit...
Our columnist, Sarah Potter, provides this season's tarot readings for the signs. Gemini: Eight of Cups Reversed(May 21 to June 20) Face your confusion, Gemini. Have you been feeling dizzy over what move to make next? Is your current situation something worth fighting for? Do you stay or do you go? As you make your decision—and yes, you do need to make a choice—listen to your heart and tune out the opinions of others. Only you know exactly what you truly desire.   Cancer:Ace of Cups(June 21 to July 22) Embrace...
Texas has banned abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, according to the Texas Tribune. Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill on Wednesday. The law takes effect in September. The “Texas Heartbeat Bill'' also introduces a new twist on how it will carry out the law. The law specifically prohibits state officials from enforcing it. Instead of having local police officers monitoring abortion clinics and women’s healthcare centers, the law says,  “Any person, other than...
May 20th is Mental Health Action Day. Millions of people struggle with at least one mental illness. With the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have developed new mental health conditions, while other folks have seen pre-existing issues exacerbated. Though discussions around mental health are more prevalent in society, there's still a pervasive stigma surrounding the topic. To end the stigma, this topic needs to be talked about more. Below are recent mental health statistics, as well as eight organizations you can support today. According to the statistics in...
“Vegetarian halls”—havens where Asian women live communally—flourished both in Singapore post-World War II and in China before communism. Residents arrived there for various reasons, but most had one thing in common: they preferred to take care of one another rather than rely on men  [Top to bottom]: a Guanyin (Goddess of Mercy) statue in a vegetarian hall in Indonesia; vegetarian hall nuns in Malaysia; a vegetarian hall in Singapore “Men are bad. Why marry?” “Marriage is no good, men cannot be trusted.” “My husband is dead, and I cannot...
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