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Gay Code: How Overt Labels Still Hinder Any Progress in LGBTQ Spaces

Half of our amazing staff is LGBTQ and we love it, what we don’t love is the code words inner circle LGBTQ use to define their space. Much like our past posts on femininity and bi-curiousness, let’s have a chat about the enigma of “fabulous” shepards words.  What do I love about being a Queer […]

Un-Glamourizing Breast Cancer: A Daughters Recount Of Her Mothers Survival

We’ve come to the month of pink. One single stereotypically female attached color represents a disease that causes a heartbreaking amount of anguish and pain. Brands release themed, limited edition products benefiting their choice of non-profit, random campaigns rear their heads again while using debatably sexist tactics to gain attention, from “I Love Boobies” to […]

If You Weren’t Aware… San Francisco, We Got the Beats

We are gratefully accustomed to the radical San Francisco. A city that leans so far left it is almost happily upside down. To live here too long is to believe that the world is much more politically woke and socially aware than in fact it truly is. We are a liberal bubble in many regards, […]

Shouts Into the Void: Apartment Hunting or Soul Crushing?

So you got the job, or you’ve ditched your hometown. Whether you hail from some burrough of the Bay or out yonder across the globe, you’ve now found yourself in the position of needing a place to live in our fair city of San Francisco. So, you turn to Craigslist, that shining pillar of online […]

Getting Laid Off From Your Job Isn’t The End Of Your World, It Isn’t The End At All

Even in uncertain and often, swift, changes—there is an odd hope that emerges. One year ago, this month, I was laid off from a tech job. It’s not a story untold, but as a creative living, thriving, and sustaining oneself in the Bay Area—rent prices speak higher than happiness. Lets dive in. Just shy of […]

The Next Sexual Revolution: Examining Polyamory In The Bay Area

Since I moved to San Francisco, I’ve been hearing people saying that they are in a polyamorous relationship. Last year, I was dating a guy whose roommate is “poly.” Sam, a 35-year-old nurse living in Concord, has three boyfriends, and her main guy, who just moved in with her is also dating another woman whom […]

Memorial Day: The American Attribution Game

Upon the impending celebration of Memorial Day, it seems entirely appropriate to shed light onto the history of this holiday—one that is known and understood by far too few. The origins of Memorial Day date back to a time in American History when the hard-fought end of the Civil War did not immediately bring much […]

Why Money Terrifies Me, It Shouldn’t But It’s The Driving Force In The Bay Area

Money literally scares me. Making it, spending it, splurging it. I struggle getting comfortable with it enough to part from it. But with living in San Francisco, freelancing, and starting a publication—I should be able to pat myself on the back. I struggle to be real, to be fiscal, and to be indulgent when I […]

Why Is Our Sex Taboo? A Thought About What We Want

San Francisco. Why are you still so squeamish about sexual taboos? Even if we have days, events, and open fondness about it? To your credit, you’re the only city that allows sexual freedoms such as nudity in certain spaces, women can be topless where men can be topless, you have Folsom Street Fair—where connoisseurs of […]

Is Skincare Our Actual Holy Grail?

There’s a euphoric feeling that comes along when first opening a skincare product you’ve been lusting after. The whipped deliciousness of that untouched facial cream is orgasmic. If you’re anything like myself, you spend a shameful amount of time endlessly scrolling through product reviews, reading every Into the Gloss top shelf and diving deep into […]

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