What’s rape culture?

Image via http://www.brownpoliticalreview.org/

Rape culture. It’s an uncomfortable term, and one that gets bandied around a lot. For some, it’s become a buzzword; for others, an accusation, a confusing statement, or a tragic reality.

Plaid to the bone

Illustration by Ed Appleby

Hipsters are the worst, am I right? The way they try to be oh so original―liking obscure bands that you probably haven’t heard of, drinking fancy craft beer instead of a classic Caribou, and getting all their “vintage” clothing from outlet stores.

I’m not a girl, not yet a woman

Screenshot from Arrested Development

I’ve always been told I’m “mature for my age”: my aunts have called me an old soul; my mom said I was born middle-aged; and my penchant for tea and embroidery would seem to further solidify my aged nature.

I got 99 problems and my stress is one

Screenshot from Inside Amy Schumer

Anxious is a state with which I’m well-acquainted. Like a sweater that’s faded and worn-in, I habitually cloak myself in nerves. I don’t have an anxiety condition that I know of, but a quick perusal of the nervous natures which populate my family tree would seem to indicate that worry is an unavoidable inheritance.

Get ur ‘fleek’ on

Lily Collins. Image via hdwallpapersinn.com

Since long before the term “on fleek” entered our collective lexicons, I’ve been obsessed with eyebrows. My quest for perfection probably began when I was about 10 years old, and noticed that my wily, wild, Scottish-moor-esque eyebrows looked slightly “odd.”

Privilege and prejudice

Screenshot from Meghan Trainor's "All About that Bass"

It’s a tragic reality that discrimination still exists in our society. I don’t think I really need evidence that people are treated differently—looking around at the world would indicate that—but let’s make a short list anyways.