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Lauren Messervey

Writer and blogger

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

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

This was one of the first times when I fully disagreed with our prime minister's initial actions, but the quick and stormy actions of the Conservatives and NDP turned a reasonable concern into a farce. It's the overly polite, overly politically correct narrative that turns Canada into one giant joke for the rest of the world. This time, I was laughing with them.
05/20/2016 10:05 EDT
I Understand The Women Who Accused Ghomeshi, I've Been

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

This is the first time I have ever spoken publicly about what happened to me. It wasn't the first time I'd had an experience like this, but I pray to God that it was the last. I have been through countless hours of therapy and am now in a very healthy relationship with the greatest human being anyone could have the pleasure of knowing, and for that, I consider myself to be very lucky. Even though I felt better, I stayed silent, but the reason why I kept my silence for so long is not because it didn't happen. I kept my silence because of what happened during the Jian Ghomeshi trial.
03/25/2016 07:33 EDT
Why Anonymous' Attack On Donald Trump Affects

Why Anonymous' Attack On Donald Trump Affects Everyone

The turn towards targeting certain political figures is concerning. Despite Trump's vomit-inducing charades, the truth remains that as an American citizen, he DOES have the right to say what he chooses. Although some of what he says could fall under the category of "hate speech", we keep forgetting that there is a very simple solution to our Trump dilemma: stop voting for him. Really, isn't it the public's fault that he's still there?
03/21/2016 10:36 EDT
Why Idris Elba's And Beasts Of No Nation's Oscar Snub Is A Big

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

It's no secret that the Academy Awards does not favour diversity. Through the decades, we have seen countless white faces at the podium. In the 88 years that the Oscars have been given out, we have seen only a handful of performers with different racial backgrounds.
01/15/2016 11:54 EST
3 Important Questions About The Bill Cosby

3 Important Questions About The Bill Cosby Charges

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 their lifetimes. If convicted, Cosby could face a mere $25,000 fine and ten years in prison. These are charges from only ONE of the women, Andrea Constand, who says she became friends with Cosby when she worked at Temple University.
12/31/2015 11:22 EST
'Nannygate' Is Not A Real

'Nannygate' Is Not A Real Issue

Never mind that Trudeau has already attracted admiration from several world leaders, improved foreign relations and made good with his promise to aid Syrian refugees,. Never mind that he's only been Prime Minister for less than two months and has been actively working for the change that he promised. No, no, let's talk about how he and his wife hired a NANNY.
12/03/2015 10:32 EST
Can Social Media Be Considered A Safe Place To Talk About

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

When we talk about something that not everyone wants to hear, there is going to be backlash as much as there will be support. There are no guarantees that the internet is a safe place to talk about anything, let alone rape. But that does not mean that we should stop talking.
12/02/2015 11:38 EST
A Gender Balanced Cabinet Should Be Nothing

A Gender Balanced Cabinet Should Be Nothing Special

To some people, this may not be particularly mind-boggling. Women have moved up a lot in the world in terms of social, economic, and political influence. It wasn't so long ago that women were expected to adhere to the barefoot and pregnant "laws" that were governed by the patriarchal political climate. But here we are, 2015, and cheering wildly because we have more women in government. Apologies for raining on the parade, but I have to question this. In a truly gender equal society, we would all look at this cabinet and say, "Huh."
11/05/2015 02:46 EST
Why Objectifying Justin Trudeau Is Not

Why Objectifying Justin Trudeau Is Not OK

Justin Trudeau is indisputable in the hotness category and the world is paying attention. For the first time ever, Americans are taking to Twitter to submit their approval for our elected representative. People from all over the world are writing articles and verily salivating over the super-fine man in power. At first, I didn't see a problem with this. But you do, don't you?
10/21/2015 10:56 EDT
This Is My Problem With (Some) Modern

This Is My Problem With (Some) Modern Feminists

Chanty Binx' impassioned rant outside the MRA lecture displays everything wrong with modern feminism. It's the childish temper tantrums, the causeless wildfire, the name-calling and the abusive labeling that is frequently attributed to the feminist name. Binx' rant displays the most depressing aspect to the discrediting of the feminist cause: they are no better than the patriarchy that they aim to take down.
09/29/2015 05:18 EDT
White Privilege Needs to Own Up to Its

White Privilege Needs to Own Up to Its Existence

Despite the importance of Viola Davis' impassioned speech, <em>General Hospital</em> actress Nancy Lee Grahn created a tizzy over Twitter, firing back on Davis' speech by saying, "Im a f--king actress for 40 yrs. None of us get respect or opportunity we deserve. Emmys not venue 4 racial opportunity. ALL women belittled." And so the epitome of white privilege reared its ugly head.
09/22/2015 08:21 EDT
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar Are Possibly the Worst Parents in

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

I am not by any means condoning Josh Duggar's behaviour. His actions have been reprehensible. What I am doing is pointing out an all too familiar calling card that has been handed out time and time again by the same backwards religious fanatics that America calls its own. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have failed utterly as parents by refraining from doing one thing: protecting their children.
09/01/2015 05:22 EDT
Let's Talk About the Modern Alpha

Let's Talk About the Modern Alpha Male

The Internet is full of wannabe Neolithic men. You can see their comments on Twitter, Reddit, and every Internet dating website ever. They say that they always tried to be the nice guy, but women didn't want to have sex with them, so now they're going to take back their power. They're going to be alpha males now, seducing women and leaving them in their tracks so that they can finally be validated.
08/22/2015 10:59 EDT
This Is What you Really Get When You Marry

This Is What you Really Get When You Marry Someone

The media likes us to think that the perfect body, both male and female, is what we want to hold forever, but I'd like to disagree. I'd like to watch time take its toll and hear the words "I love you" with the same sincerity that was spoken when I was once young and beautiful. There is something in this that means so much more than the superficial joy of having someone frozen in perfection.
07/02/2015 12:41 EDT
An Open Letter to Pick Up Artist, Roosh

An Open Letter to Pick Up Artist, Roosh V

Dear Roosh V, I'd like to start a dialogue with you, if I may. I find you to be very interesting. As I was watching your videos and reading your material, I kept asking myself what has to happen to a person in their life to become someone like you. You must have been through a lot of awful things in order to see other human beings the way you do.
04/21/2015 01:00 EDT
The Danger of Pornography Is That We Don't See the Women as

The Danger of Pornography Is That We Don't See the Women as People

Christie Mack, a retired porn actress was beaten by her ex, MMA fighter Jon Koppenhaver. Yet staggering amounts of people seemed to believe that Mack didn't deserve sympathy because she's a porn star, and was therefore asking for it. It's very sad that the perception of a woman being a "slut who deserves what she gets" doesn't turn off in the moment that the pornographic video ends. Despite the "real feel" elements of the film making, the porn industry is just like every other film industry -- every movie is ONLY a movie.
04/15/2015 08:04 EDT
What #Meninism Gets Completely

What #Meninism Gets Completely Wrong

The heart of #meninism might be valid, but it doesn't remotely reflect the kind of struggle that women throughout the ages have gone through. Let's work a little less on spitting on the real issues and work more on making sure that we're making the changes necessary to ensure that we never have the meninist/feminist conversation again.
03/21/2015 11:36 EDT
I Finally 'Get' Dating After Turning

I Finally 'Get' Dating After Turning 30

I have a secret weapon now. I have 30. It may have had a bad wrap in the past, but 30 has equipped me with the wisdom to spot these men from a mile away and tune them out. Another person's bad behaviour is never my fault and 30 has taught me that, preparing me to live like the glorious woman that I am.
02/08/2015 01:41 EST
Dalhousie Dentistry Forgot About the Dangers of Social

Dalhousie Dentistry Forgot About the Dangers of Social Media

Though I am about as much of a dentist as I am a squirrel, the Dalhousie Dentistry scandal cannot be ignored, even by a humble B.F.A, such as myself. Of course, I was outraged by the misogynistic nature of a Facebook page that was created for the express purpose of debasing women within the dentistry program. However, the first thought that ran through my mind wasn't outrage over their sexist remarks.
01/08/2015 05:09 EST