We Need to Talk About PCOS

[This was first written for and published on Unapologetic.online.] Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) affects 1 in 5 women in the UK. It’s a hidden illness with a large number of symptoms, from depression to excessive hair growth to possible infertility, hindering women in a variety of ways by weakening them and impacting their mental and…

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Second Year Reading List & Initial Thoughts

Last week, the head of the English department at my uni sent out the reading list for the coming year. Thankfully, these books seem like ones I will actually be interested in and excited to write about in all the different essays I’ll have to do. I look forward to progressing onto the second year…

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Self Love vs Self Hate

Body Image Posts: Part 1 In the height of perfect bodies, small waists, perky breasts and a flat stomach with a big bum, it can become dangerous to flip through magazines, scroll through Instagram, or even so much as go on any social media platform. Body image is our own perception of our body, how…

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Almost Home — A Short Story

This is a short story i’d written some years ago and submitted a portion of it as part of my coursework for Creative Writing. My teacher said it reminded her of ‘the writer Elizabeth Bowen who wrote great novels like ‘The Heat of the Day”, as well as short stories, (. . .) sounded a…

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The Summer Edit: Beauty Faves

Over the years, i’ve begun to appreciate summer more–the glorious tan, the gorgeous sky, the heat, the long, long days and (recently) barbecues in the garden. It’s quickly become one of my favourite seasons (autumn is the other), and i love the additional glow it adds to makeup. Another one of my favourite things. I…

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Sex Education in (Muslim) Asian Culture

Something i’ve realised is that there is a severe lack of sex education within the South Asian community-slash-culture, particularly the Muslim community. i don’t want to speak on the other religious backgrounds and sex education within those particular communities, since i don’t really know what it’s like (though i’m assuming it’s more or less the…

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