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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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

(0) 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

(0) 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

(0) 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

(0) 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

(0) 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

(0) 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

(0) 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

(0) 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

(0) 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

(0) 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

(0) 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?

(0) 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

(0) 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

(0) 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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This Is My Problem With (Some) Modern Feminists

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 5:17 PM

I have only recently become acquainted with the name Chanty Binx, and yes, I know that I am late on the draw with this one. The fiasco at a University of Toronto men's right activist (MRA) lecture happened some time ago, though the ripples still quiver across the...

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White Privilege Needs to Own Up to Its Existence

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 8:21 AM

I once had to have "privilege" explained to me.

My best friend explained it in an effective metaphor. She showed me an internet meme of a cat being interviewed by a reporter. The first frame held the caption, "Sir, are you aware that you are a cat?" and the...

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Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar Are Possibly the Worst Parents in America

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 5:22 PM

In the beginning, there was Batman. Only he wasn't Batman. He was a little boy, a kid who probably liked playing with his toys and spending time with his parents. He wasn't an inventor, a crime fighter, a dark shadow, a menace, or a vigilante. Nope, he was a boy,...

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Let's Talk About the Modern Alpha Male

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2015 | 10:59 AM

To begin, I'd like to be clear in saying that I want NO PART of the modern alpha male.

This is not to say that I have any issue with the true concept of an alpha male. If you look back to the Neolithic period, alpha males were the ones...

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This Is What you Really Get When You Marry Someone

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 12:41 PM

I firmly believe that the world has a rather idealized outlook on marriage.

Keep in mind, this statement is not coming from a cynic. This is coming from a woman who loves the institution of marriage, for both heterosexual and homosexual couples. My parents have been married for forty...

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