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How to be an Ally in a Time of Fear

Nick Nelson – Alexandria, VA

For many of us, this has been a rough couple of weeks.The election didn’t go the way many of us expected, and even more of us had hoped. The decisions of the electoral college left many in fear, and the actions of some unfortunate folks in this country have left far too many people afraid for their lives and freedom to live as a member of their respective cultures.

As an upper-class, white cis male, I have to admit I’m coming out ahead in the bargain. However, because I was born with a conscience and raised with values, and because no one can ever be judged at face value, I’m terrified. Continue reading “How to be an Ally in a Time of Fear”

Photo Gallery: Gilmore Girl for a Day

Two Moxie writers visited Luke’s Diner pop-ups across the country – and got a little taste of Stars Hollow in Washington, DC and Overland Park, Kansas.

Article by Taylor Kuether – Washington, DC

Photos by Alisa Morse – Overland Park, KS

October 5, 2000 – The date which “Gilmore Girls” made its quick-witted (and even more quick-talking) debut, sparking seven beloved seasons, millions of devoted fans and the age-old debate: Dean, Jess or Logan? Continue reading “Photo Gallery: Gilmore Girl for a Day”

A Single’s Journey aka Starting Over is Hard as Crap

By Lauren Linhard – moxie.lauren@gmail.com

I was recently approached at a party that consisted mostly of couples and asked if my husband was here. Nope, I replied. Oh, so you must be engaged. I flashed my hand, definitely not. God, I’m so sorry, your boyfriend? Nope, I don’t have one of those either.

With three of my friends married, two with families, one engaged, another living with her boyfriend, and another in a dedicated relationship, I stand alone in the world of singles – at the age of 27 – when I seriously thought I’d be in the middle of my own happily ever after. Continue reading “A Single’s Journey aka Starting Over is Hard as Crap”

Belly Dancing Group Promotes Body Positivity

By Lauren Linhard – moxie.lauren@gmail.com    Photos by Kaitlyn Fitzgerald

“We can all speak to having issues with our bodies,” said 24-year-old Allison Brickell. “For me it’s about focusing on what my body can do instead of what it looks like.”

That list of “can dos” includes muscle isolations, body rolls, hip lifts, ribcage circles and a host of other moves that make up belly dancing, a passion that started for Brickell in high school. Continue reading “Belly Dancing Group Promotes Body Positivity”

The Healing Power of Wine & Will (on the Hill)

Becka Wall – @beckawall       Photos by Emma Wall

After Sunday’s tragic shooting in Orlando, I felt sad and angry. I wasn’t sure what to do. When it came up in conversation, I felt lost and frustrated. I wanted to come together to express love and tolerance, but as with every shooting in our country, the unity and solidarity is tainted by the fact that we have a culture which divides us, not unites us. Even in the thoughts and prayers and calls to action in honor of the victims, there were arguments over gun control, homophobia and ISIS. Continue reading “The Healing Power of Wine & Will (on the Hill)”

Female Cosplayer Battles Body Shaming

By Lauren Linhard – moxie.lauren@gmail.com

You may have mistaken Alicia Snook for Emma Frost or Princess Ariel at the Great Philadelphia Comic Con, but one thing you couldn’t miss is how this badass woman is breaking down cosplay stereotypes.

It’s called cos-positive, a new movement in the cosplay community dedicated to challenging the idea that you need to look a certain way or have a certain body type to dress as a character. Continue reading “Female Cosplayer Battles Body Shaming”

Batch Cocktails for Your Next Picnic

Becka Wall – @beckawall

Huzzah! It’s springtime! That means it’s time for sundresses, bike rides and picnics. And what’s a picnic without a cool, refreshing cocktail to share amongst friends? Here are a few of my favorite recipes you can make in a batch, throw in a pitcher and put in your cooler to bring. Continue reading “Batch Cocktails for Your Next Picnic”

The Real Cost of Being a Bridesmaid

By Elizabeth Paal CFP®

Since the time when our parents said “I Do” the wedding industry has grown into a multi-billion dollar business, thriving on young women who’ve spent their lives fantasizing about that one special day they get to walk down the aisle in a white dress.  

The average wedding in the U.S. costs about $28,000, but that doesn’t include events leading up to the big day such as the engagement party, bridal shower or honeymoon. While the bride’s family may have a hefty bill at the end of the day, those picked to stand by her side as lovely bridesmaids also have a large price tag associated with their role. Continue reading “The Real Cost of Being a Bridesmaid”

Making Friends Is Easy (Until It’s Not)

Taylor Kuether – @taylorkuether

Making friends is easy…until it’s not. From preschool through undergrad, friends are all but guaranteed. Social circles crop up and envelop you in seamlessly.

Potential new friends are everywhere: raising a hand next to you in class, playing sports with you, attending the same club meetings, singing behind you in choir. You’re all the same age, you all eat in the same cafeteria and, hey, you’ve got one more thing in common – you go to the same college.

Postgrad, is a little different. Continue reading “Making Friends Is Easy (Until It’s Not)”

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