And the misuse of impactful words in “get hot fast” ads

This past year, I’ve learned so much about growth. I’ve cut out toxic habits, toxic people, and toxic mindsets. I’ve learned that health is a holistic journey that’s not only about diet and exercise, but about providing both the mind and body with the care and love that they need.

That being said, I will stare at my phone for hours at a time and there is simply no way in hell that I’m changing that during a global pandemic, no matter how toxic it is. Eat me, #ScreenTimeChallenge.

Just another Instagram ad

Yesterday while mindlessly scrolling through Instagram I came across an ad…


Setting the boundary on the B word

Picture this: you, a woman, are having a conversation with a male friend or colleague about another woman, and everything is going well until he casually calls her a bitch. There’s a moment where your brain just stops — it’s the perfect example of when real life could use a record-scratch sound effect. Did he actually just say that?? But you know this moment. At this point it’s familiar. In fact, it’s happened so many times that you feel confident in saying that you’ve prepared yourself for it: training your face to not change, to not show all of your…


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Weird that you’re mad in the first place, but OK.

Dear straight white cis men (yes we know it’s you),

“WAP” by Cardi B and Meghan Thee Stallion has shattered records with 93 million streams in its first week and currently sits at #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. And for some reason, you have a lot to say about this. You have mocked it, saying things like “this is what feminists fought for.” Of people who enjoy the song you’ve said “ they should be ashamed of themselves, but they’re not ashamed of themselves.

But I have some questions.

Have you not heard a single thing we’ve said…


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Photo by Prateek Katyal on Unsplash

The death of George Floyd brought the Black Lives Matter movement to the forefront of mainstream media. People who had previously seen the statement as “too radical” or “dramatic” had been given a new perspective: 8 minutes and 46 seconds of a man begging for his life under the knee of a police officer. For some it was a wake up call. For too many others, it was a reality. However it is viewed today, in history it will be remembered as the straw that broke the camel’s back: the moment that an ongoing movement needed in order to gain…


Managing depression and anxiety through quarantine

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Photo by Andrik Langfield on Unsplash

I rarely talk about my mental health issues. I’m sure that once I share this article, even some of the people I am closest to will be surprised to learn some of these things about me. But when I repeatedly saw Tweets and Facebook statuses by people voicing their concerns about being in quarantine with a pre-existing mental health illnesses, I decided that now was the time to start sharing.

I was first diagnosed with depression about six years ago, and have been on the “management” journey ever since. Once I was back to…


Examining why middle-aged white women are just the worst.

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Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Karen. You know her. Her daughter is Becky, her ex-husband is Brad, and she is about to lose her shit if the long island iced tea she ordered one minute ago doesn’t get here in the next two seconds.

“Karen” is the name that has been bestowed upon those middle-aged-to-elderly white women who have made it their life’s goal to ruin the lives of anyone who dare to work in customer service. …


As a Great Queen once said, “I ain’t sorry.”

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Photo by Emily Bauman on Unsplash

Everyone fucks up. Putting your pride aside and admitting when you’re at fault is a hard lesson, that is often learned through multiple mistakes and failed relationships (@ my ex, sorry.)

But what about when you’re not wrong?

In 2010 a pair of studies was conducted to compare and examine how often men and women apologize. A controlled group was tasked on keeping a journal in which they documented 1) the number of times they apologized for something they felt they had to, and 2) the number of times they felt that they were…

Amy Maniscalco

Tech by day, comedy by night, opinionated always. www.amymaniscalco.com

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