We Give Celebrities Too Much

By Abigail Isaac

Source: Rachel Tunstall Escaping Reality is Fun   It has been really easy lately to give in to the pull of distraction. Things in ‘real-life’ seem especially hard to focus on, and I don’t know about you, but personally, the reality in my daydreams is far more interesting and far less sad than our world right…

Commodifying Self Care: Reflections on Jia Tolentino’s “Trick Mirror”

By Abigail Isaac

Illustrator: Unknown Let’s Talk Trick Mirror:  Jia Tolentino asked herself, “how do I have a personal relationship with my face wash?,” so I asked myself the same question, and began thinking more critically about the commodification of “self-care.”  In her book “Trick Mirror,” and more specifically, her essay “Always Be Optimizing,” Tolentino discusses the social…

On The White Gaze

By Abigail Isaac

Image by Jenni Holt, 14 East The words and legacies of literary giants like Toni Morrison, Franz Fanon, and bell hooks serve as a roadmap towards unpacking what the white gaze is, how it shows up in our lives, and how to resist it. “All ‘round me the white man, above the sky tears at…