I Have A Hydroflask, I’m Not a VSCO Girl, Yes We Exist

All I wanted was a water bottle to keep my beverages hot or cold for an extended period of time. At what cost? I take sip only to hear a chorus of sksksk from my roommates and acquaintances. I did not ask for this. I just wanted water. I am sick of being shamed simply for having the water bottle of VSCO girls. I have never made a friendship bracelet on it. In all seriousness, I actually now have a second water bottle for when I leave the room because I don’t want to be THAT girl. Why have we created this environment for ourselves? I don’t understand the big deal surrounding this specific water bottle. 

Nothing is Sacred—Not Even Justin Trudeau

With American media outlets transfixed by this nation’s ongoing 2020 campaign for the presidency and control of the Congress, attention was diverted this week to a scandal roiling the federal elections of our northern neighbor. Having led the government since 2015, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau—known for his youthful charm, dazzling hair, and boy-next-door looks—is vying for a parliamentary mandate to return his ruling Liberal Party to power in the October 21 election. He has spent his first term cultivating an image of himself and his party as the gracious stewards of a 21st century Canada that welcomes refugees, confronts climate change, steers global foreign policy from conflict, and maintains a working relationship with an American president who shares few of the PM’s goals—or his alluring, “bring-him-home-to-meet-your-parents-and-pray-he-proposes-at-dinner-because-those-babies-would-be-so-damn-cute” charisma.

(Re)Enter Brett Kavanaugh

Brett Kavanaugh has entered the national spotlight amid sexual assault accusations. If you’re experiencing déja vu right now, no you’re not crazy, and yes, we’ve been here before. This past Tuesday, two New York Times reporters published a book containing both previously unreported and new details about sexual assault accusations against Kavanaugh and the chicanery of his confirmation.

Planet Remains in Flames; Young People Understandably Terrified

As any teenager who’s ever had to spend 30 minutes explaining to their parents how to reset a modem will tell you, younger generations often get stuck dealing with older people’s problems. Perhaps there’s no better example of this than the current state of Earth’s environment— namely, the fact that it’s gone to shit. Pollution, deforestation, lack of renewable energy sources, the hole in the ozone layer single handedly created by cans of hairspray in the 80’s, you name it. People really dropped the ball when it came to taking care of the planet.

Sharpie Gate: Trump, Meteorologist-in-Chief

In a regular society, mistakes are made – it’s a natural human phenomenon. Perfection may be something we strive for, but it’s impossible to achieve. People have to learn to take their mistakes, apologize for them, and use it to improve themselves in the future. Unfortunately, this isn’t a skill President Trump has seemed to master yet.