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On September 12th at the Annual MTV Video Music Awards, Justin Beiber took home the award for Best Pop, and Artist of the Year — succeeding artists such as Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Ariana Grande, Olivia Rodrigo, and Taylor Swift.

These are two of the four paramount awards of the night conveying that the winner represents a significant pull of Pop Music creation and success of the VMA interval year, which spanned from June 2020-June 2021.

It’s no question that Justin is a talented and successful artist, but the choice to appoint him these titles seemed capricious, to say…

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For decades, psychiatrists and psychologists have studied the manipulative tools used by narcissists, sociopaths, and psychopaths. The concept of “Love-Bombing” is one of these tools and is defined by these professionals as a form of psychological manipulation regularly used by pimps, gang members, and cult leaders to maintain power and control over a group of people. The term itself was conceptualized by members of the Unification Church of the United States during the 1970s and was contrastingly used to express sincere love and interest in a person or people.

Over time, as our culture has spread awareness about the different…

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If there’s one thing I’m sure of in this world, it is that I can form an immediate connection to any person who’s ever worked in customer service or retail.

When people like us happen to cross paths and engage in conversation, we are overcome with a warm, almost nurturing sensation from the acceptance to air our grievances to someone who will wholly understand every aspect of what we’re articulating.

Listening to another speak out the honest thoughts and horrors that we know all too well is a validation unlike any other. …

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People speak words to me as if the words alone mean something,
As if I should put trust in the words themselves.
Words are meaningless without action and
Intentions are pointless without follow-through.

Rich, coming from a woman who struggles to commit to anything.
Even richer, because I say so many words.
But I mean them all.

Don't you understand the power that your words hold?
Many believe in words because they have no reason not to
Some have several reasons not to, but continue to trust.

Words are so commonly used as a tool, or a weapon.
Words have the potential to make or break your faith.
As frightening…

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There is a tickle between my toes
with every searing step I take
along the exfoliant sand
as I'm drawn toward the shore.

Could that be her slim silhouette
in the distance?

The sand turns compact and cool.
I leave an
that pools with brisk ocean.
Icy waves shock my ankles
as they billow with the tide.

Rising and crashing higher
when I step further.
The sound of an alluring echo
pulls me deeper.

Is it her startled squeal I recognize?

Shoulders now submerged in
a frigid torrent
that grows wilder as I

And I step back
because she's not here.
But maybe going backward is the answer...

I step out to face the rocks.
Shivering briny beads

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Last week, Reese Witherspoon announced through an Instagram post the 20th anniversary of the classic 2001 comedy, Legally Blonde. As soon as I caught a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes snapshots, I was overcome with severe nostalgia as it has always been one of my favorite movies.

I told my boyfriend he had to watch it with me that night, and he gladly sat down beside me on the couch. As we were watching, I reflected on the first time I ever watched the film. …

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In the early to mid-2010s, an online fixation on identifying signs of the “basic bitch” exploded. Quizzes, YouTube videos, and comedy sketches galore emerged to help us determine how to spot one or how to tell if you are one. At the peak of the label’s popularity, being “basic” suggested a distinguishable pattern of mainstream likes, such as the TV show Friends, pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks, north face jackets, or yoga pants.

As the word developed into more of a direct call out, a public fear of being considered “basic” developed. That’s when the term became weaponized. …

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Leaving an abusive relationship can feel nearly impossible. It requires a person to recognize that their boundaries are being broken while their nervous system is responding to trauma. There is usually a heavy amount of psychological manipulation involved in these matters as well, which makes it even more difficult to gather the self-confidence to demand respect or walk away.

When a person does finally get out of an abusive situation, it can be complicated to identify the often subtle differences between a healthy and toxic relationship. …

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At the beginning of the month, British Vogue published a cover story and photoshoot capturing the young pop artist, Billie Eilish, in swanky pin-up style corsets, hosiery, gloves, and a classic Burberry Trench coat. Although this shoot was entirely her idea, Billie was nervous for the release because it’s so different from anything she’s ever done publicly. She also knew how much attention it was going to attract. Months before this, she had revealed her new platinum locks on Instagram as a bit of a tease, which nearly broke the internet. As she anticipated, the Vogue session proved to be…

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Dear 22-year-old Alex,

I know you don’t think so, but there are so many reasons to love you that have nothing to do with your mile-long legs or the sparkle of your eager eyes. Your endless enthusiasm combined with your head-turning audacity is what makes you special. I envy the boundless energy you possess at the moment, and I wish you could hold on to that a little bit longer.

You’ll soon grow out of the unconditional love you reserve for every one new, but for now, just let it gush out of you. …

Alexandria Roswick

Freelance Writer. Blogger. Advocate. I write about trauma, recovery and critical analysis of media and culture. Blog: https://eternalmetamorphosis.art.blog/

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