Tag : emily merrill

National Novel Writing Month

2 weeks ago / 0 comments

As soon as the clock strikes twelve on the 31st October, it can mean a number of things. The beginning of the countdown to Christmas, the time to throw out pumpkins that are beginning to smell just a little bit off, but mainly, the dawn of NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo (aka National … Read More

ED Awareness: Rethinking Recovery

1 month ago / 0 comments

There is no recipe for eating disorder recovery. Recovery is, for a lot of reasons, the most ambiguous stage of an eating disorder. People will assume that normalcy has resumed, and maybe even doubt that there was ever a problem in the first place. The new normalcy is, in fact, … Read More

New year detox mentality: the dangers of diet culture

9 months ago / 0 comments

Blogs editor, Emily Merrill, discusses detox and diet culture, arguing that for our well-being, and the well-being of those around us, we need to replace New Year weight-loss goals with self-love resolutions. Men think about sex every seven seconds. If you eat the crusts of your toast your hair will … Read More

Anything but a luxury: periods, and why dignity should be free

11 months ago / 0 comments

At no point during the pasta-filled weeks of my student budget do I think to myself “you know what, I cannot live without some caviar this week”. It’s a luxury. Period. Which is ironic, considering that my ‘time of the month’ is apparently also just that. A grandiose display of … Read More

Taylor Swift: the girl we all love to hate

1 year ago / 0 comments

Emily discusses our obsession with the life of celebrities and criticises the misguided entitlement we feel to judge them.  It’s 2017, otherwise known as the era of ultimate street cred for saying that you “hate” Taylor Swift. Upon the imminent release of her sixth studio album, Reputation, and the inevitable … Read More

Mental health: emphasis on invisible

1 year ago / 0 comments

Throughout my teenage years, I have met people with varying forms of mental illness, at varying stages and degrees. There isn’t one definable factor that connects them, and there is no checklist that applies. They are all just people who have suffered, often in a very private way. I have … Read More

Agony aunt: evenings in Leeds

1 year ago / 0 comments

What else is there to do in Leeds in the evenings if you’re not into clubbing? Leeds is a party city, it’s no secret. It can be daunting arriving in a place where the norm is a night out at Canal Mills or Warehouse, particularly if you don’t enjoy clubbing … Read More

The value of young adult literature, and why it transcends age boundaries

1 year ago / 0 comments

It’s summer. Which for most of us, means catching up on the things we miss out on during the academic year, like reading for leisure. I was recently scanning the Young Adult (YA) section of my local Waterstones, when a worrying question was asked of me. At what age are … Read More

“Beauty Without Bunnies”: Consumer Power and the Fall of Cult Beauty Brands

1 year ago / 0 comments

It’s 2017, and the scope of influence for public opinion is increasing by the day. Think about it. In the world of industry, success relies on the public. We’re a tangible force to be reckoned with, living in an era where a series of bad Trip Advisor reviews can ruin … Read More

Disordered Eating Habits: Why the High School Curriculum Isn’t Helping

1 year ago / 0 comments

High school is an influential social environment – a place where children are in constant comparison and competition with each other. It is also promoted as a safe space, but what if the two claims are unable to co-exist? The content of the curriculum in subjects such as dance, physical … Read More