Taylor Swift’s Evermore Is About Marriage

The juicy A-list bits about Swift’s life are absent from Folklore and Evermore as she takes on the perspective of the every day woman. Again speaking in the third person, several tracks on Evermore use the unique voice of a wife.

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10 Christmas Movies That Aren’t *Really* Christmas Movies

Regular Christmas is stressful. Christmas 2020 is as about as exciting as another swab for COVID-19. Call me the Grinch, but this year the constant advertising to overspend on gifts is making me particularly sour as the global pandemic rages. Many families won’t come together to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with…

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How Do Influencers Use Their Voice, Anyway?

40-year-old Brandon Bernard was executed on December 10 at a Federal Correctional Center in Indiana for a crime he committed in 1999. Bernard, a Black male, was sentenced to death for his gang involvement related to a double-murder in Texas when he was 18 years old. Because of his incarceration, the father of two died…

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Hillbilly Elegy Only Scratches The Surface Of Opioid Epidemic

The controversial 2016 memoir Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis hit shelves with a polarizing splash upon its release. The best-seller penned by J.D. Vance tackles the turbulent life of Vance’s Appalachian family throughout his childhood in Middleton, Ohio. Vance addresses the many intersections of poverty, family trauma, and community…

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Grooming in FX’s A Teacher

FX on Hulu is treading lightly with the new miniseries, A Teacher. The show, which premiered three episodes Tuesday, follows an illicit relationship between a high school English teacher and her student. Seemingly ripped from any number of tabloid headlines in the last two decades, the premise of A Teacher is not particularly new or…

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Is It Too Late To File An Extension on Halloween?

Was there ever a month weirder than November 2020? After a presidential election that seemed to drag on for eons, the result of which lacking a traditional feeling of finality, this November feels like it doesn’t belong to itself. I barely finished flossing trick or treat candy from my teeth on Halloween night when it…

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Is Teen Joy Obsolete?

Were your teen years good to you? For many, the answer to that question may be confounding. My experience as a teenager was, in short, a mixed bag. The answer to that question for characters in Netflix’s new teen drama series Grand Army, on the other hand, would be a hard “no.” The series, which…

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Mental Health Horror

The arrival of everyone’s favorite spooky season may be the harbinger of something more frightening than the ghouls, goblins and ghosts afoot this month: seasonal depression. For many, the crisp autumn air may be a refreshing change of pace from a scorching summer. The crunch of leaves and carved pumpkins on front steps often bring…

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Director Challenge Series

Introducing the *first ever* series here on the blog… the My Jawbreakers Director Challenge Series! Let me explain: I’ve spent a lifetime building film literacy. 75% of my brain is movie facts and trivia. Each time you watch a film, you make judgements– I like that, this didn’t make sense, oh, that was pretty!– and those judgements are based on…

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Handling Anonymous Mansplaining

It has been a tough couple of weeks in my professional life– if you even want to call it that. Immediate stages of post-grad life have been frustrating and isolating with respect to employment. Applying to jobs feels like entering the tastiest buffet in town, ordering, and never receiving your meal; I’m hungry for an…

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