Lauren Messervey
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Lauren Messervey is a writer and blogger from Halifax, Nova Scotia. As a lover of all things Canadian, Lauren loves delivering her observations on life as a citizen of the True North, strong and free. She currently resides in Toronto, Ontario.

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Dress Codes Are About Fear Of The Female Body

(27) Comments | Posted March 29, 2017 | 10:54 AM

Every time I fly, something stupid happens. This manifests in a vast array of incredible and grotesque acts from fellow passengers, like the guy who sat behind me once and decided to remove both his shoes and socks before propping his bare feet directly above my head.

None of...

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Trump's America May Finally Force Us To Wake Up To Our Prejudices

(14) Comments | Posted February 23, 2017 | 10:19 AM

I get a lot of flack for being a Pats fan. It should be a no-brainer, considering that I am originally from the Halifax, a stone's throw away from the highly comparable Boston, Massachusetts, and the home of the New England Patriots. Since Tom Brady's not-so-vocal endorsement of Donald Trump,...

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Dear Barack Obama: I Miss You Already

(26) Comments | Posted November 9, 2016 | 9:33 AM

DISCLAIMER: I am not an American political expert. I base my opinions on a wide-eyed and hopeful heart that truly admires a man who wears mom jeans with pride.

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U.S. President Barack Obama laughs while joking about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at...

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PTSD In The Wake Of Abuse Is A Reality For Many Women

(2) Comments | Posted October 12, 2016 | 11:06 AM

Teal Swan was only six years old when she found herself in the hands of her abuser and forced into a nightmarish world that a lot of people were unwilling (or unable) to believe. For the better part of 13 years, she was was raped, beaten and psychologically tortured by...

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Hipsters Take Heart - Melted Vinyl Is Bringing Back Classic Rock

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2016 | 12:58 PM

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I feel like hipsters are getting knocked a lot more than they should. Sure, their counter-culture coolness and their millennial vantage point is irritating to some of the baby boomers out there, but who cares? Vintage is in, bubblegum pop music is out, and...

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Cyberbullying Hurts Even More For Teens Facing Mental Illness

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2016 | 11:54 AM

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ICQ was the big thing when I was a kid. It was one of the Internet's first live chat rooms, very popular with the kids in the early years when it was still referred to as "the Worldwide Web" and your dial-up...
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My Headphones Aren't A Barrier, They're My Lifeline

(19) Comments | Posted September 2, 2016 | 9:27 AM

I discovered headphones when I was in university.

A friend in my program joked that iPods were the way to stay "antisocial in style". Aside from being hilarious to me, this adage offered a solution to a problem I had dealt with for the better part of a decade; people...

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Maybe Professional Cuddlers Are Exactly What Our World Needs

(6) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 1:39 PM

There was a time when parents would allow their children to go out into the world and rely on good old-fashioned faith that they'd return. Now, the social media era has changed everything. We're horrifyingly connected. It's rare to make a move without someone, somewhere, knowing everything about what you've...

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An Open Letter To The Father Of Convicted Stanford Rapist Brock Turner

(136) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 5:41 PM

I don't know what's worse: a bad child, or a bad parent.

In the days following a heart-breaking letter from the victim, Brock Turner, promising frat boy, now rapist, has had the public in an uproar over the disgustingly light sentence he received. It was bad enough that a...

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When You Don't Want to Believe He Did It

(13) Comments | Posted June 2, 2016 | 11:53 AM

My favorite movie when I was fourteen was Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow. A little odd choice for a favorite film, granted, but I had always been a big Burton fan. I don't know if it was a fascination with American Gothic period pieces or that I just really, really like...

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Complaining About Trudeau And 'Elbowgate' Isn't Helping The Real Issues

(242) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 10:05 AM

Something happened in Parliament on May 19th, 2016. It may have changed everything.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the perfectionist heart-throb that has taken the world by storm, stepped away from his Disney Prince persona and had a very human moment. In a heated parliamentary debate, the prime minister strode across...

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An Open Letter From the Post-Apocalyptic Future To Donald Trump Supporters

(23) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 10:19 AM

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*Disclaimer: This is a speculative article, but it is also a warning.*

Dear Friends of the Past,

If you're reading this from the beginning of 2016, all is still well. The world is a dream and America is its dreamer. You are the...

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I Understand The Women Who Accused Ghomeshi, I've Been There

(97) Comments | Posted March 25, 2016 | 7:33 AM

I'd be lying if I said to you that the Jian Ghomeshi verdict hadn't brought back some bad memories.

Years ago, I was sexually assaulted by a friend of mine. We had known each other for a long time. He was gorgeous, intelligent, and incredibly charming. We shared a bizarre...

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Why Anonymous' Attack On Donald Trump Affects Everyone

(41) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 10:36 AM

Like most people, I originally thought it was a joke. There were was a three-week period when I was waiting for Donald Trump to announce that his whole campaign was an elaborate set-up for The Apprentice Reloaded, and that he would soon be calling us a bunch of idiots while...

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Why Idris Elba's And Beasts Of No Nation's Oscar Snub Is A Big Deal

(41) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 10:54 AM

Every once in a while, you see a movie that changes your perspective. It's rare nowadays. There's so much crap out there that it can be hard to filter out the things that are worth watching. But when you find that rarity, the diamond in a sea of glass, you...

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3 Important Questions About The Bill Cosby Charges

(9) Comments | Posted December 31, 2015 | 10:22 AM

It finally happened. After months of accusations from over 50 women with horrific tales of sexual assault, Bill Cosby's luck has run out. On December 30th, 2015, Cosby stood before a judge, faced charges of indecent assault, and paid more money in bail than most people see in...

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'Nannygate' Is Not A Real Issue

(174) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 9:32 AM

It seems as though the world doesn't have enough to complain about these days. In true nit-pick form, the Canadian media is all in a frenzy about the latest political scandal -- 'Nannygate', a hot button topic that proves that anything can sound sinister if you add the suffix gate...

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Can Social Media Be Considered A Safe Place To Talk About Rape?

(7) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 10:38 AM

James Deen is just the latest in an expanding circle of celebrities who have had rape accusations brought against them. This past weekend, Deen's ex-girlfriend and fellow adult actress, Stoya, stepped forward on Twitter and let her digital voice be heard. Since then, thousands of people have rushed to Stoya's...

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A Gender Balanced Cabinet Should Be Nothing Special

(90) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 1:46 PM

On November 4, Justin Trudeau was officially sworn in as Prime Minister of Canada. He had made note in the weeks following his electorate victory that he would have a gender-balanced cabinet, a 50/50 split of male and female members. When asked why this was so important to him, Prime...

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Why Objectifying Justin Trudeau Is Not OK

(323) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 4:07 PM

On October 19th, Canada made history. Canada elected its first hot prime minister.

Sure, the decade long Conservative government was dethroned and Stephen Harper, its fearless/tactless leader, resigned from office. Sure, a man widely regarded as an "eco-terrorist" stepped aside to allow Canada to see Liberal Red for the first...

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