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Focus

Pop Poetry is On the Rise, One Line at a Time

How the genre is casting a new light on truth–telling

by GABRIELLA RAFFETTO

Meet Middle Child, A Deli Where Justice is On the Menu

Middle Child owner Matt Cahn never set out to be an activist. Yet his sandwich shop is shaking up the food industry.

by BEATRICE FORMAN

The Year We Learned to Grieve

 Loss is hard. It’s even harder in the midst of a pandemic. 

by MEG GLADIEUX

Mainstream Asian American Activism Will Not Save Our Elders

Hate crimes against Asian elders reveal the flaws in mainstream politics that center around Hollywood and representation.

by KATHRYN XU

Meet ‘MOSAIC,’ the Podcast Sharing Stories of Belonging at Wharton

How the Wharton podcast was born out of the initiative to champion diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

by REMA BHAT

Talk to Your Doctor (and Hope They Believe You)

One woman's experience with endometriosis and explaining the pain gap

by ARIA VYAS

'Kiki’s Delivery Service' Is an Honest Look at Creative Burnout

What can a 13–year–old witch tell us about labor and the pressures of turning our passions into side hustles? 

by JEAN PAIK

What 'Allen v. Farrow' Can Teach Us About Society's Response to Abuses of Power

Examining the factors surrounding the allegations of sexual assault against Woody Allen, and the legacy of harmful behaviors by powerful men

by ARIA VYAS

Glamdemon2004 Doesn't Care What You Think About Her

Viral TikToker Serena Shahidi tells us all about how she navigates romance and the patriarchy, on and off screen.

by MEHEK BOPARAI

When K–Pop Meets Nazism

It isn't the first time Nazism has infiltrated K–Pop. 

by KATHRYN XU

The Lack of AAPI Representation in a Cabinet that “Looks Like America”

President Biden’s lack of AAPI representation in his cabinet is a slap in the face to a community that helped elect him. 

by KIRA WANG

Badass or Bitch?

The fate of the femme fatale in the 21st century

by GABRIELLA RAFFETTO

The Grind Never Stops, Even in Our Sleep

Revenge bedtime procrastination is another reason why self–care shouldn’t be a luxury.

by JEAN PAIK

We Need to Condemn Anti–Asian Violence, But Not Through More Policing

Relying on racist and oppressive systems won't keep our communities safe. 

by JEAN PAIK

69th Street: How Sex Un–Education Fails to Prepare Us for Intimacy

In this edition, Focus writer Gabs Raffetto discusses how a lack of sex education in high school left her overly reliant on television for advice.

by GABRIELLA RAFFETTO

A Pandemic Within the Pandemic: The Rise of Digital Abuse During COVID–19

How the virtual era has created new forms of harm, and what Penn should be doing to address it

by EMILY WHITE

Why Do Rom–Coms Think Only White People Fall in Love?

Hollywood systematically underrepresents BIPOC. 

by REMA BHAT

Angelina Moles (@fiercefatfemme) on the Journey to Fat Liberation

Angelina discusses her experiences with medical fatphobia, eating disorders, and self–acceptance.

by EMILY WHITE

Keeping Up With the Conways

Claudia Conway shouldn’t be considered a Gen Z hero—she’s just a teenager trying to navigate the realities of her abuse. 

by KIRA WANG

The Stock Market Has Always Been a Game. Now Gen Z Is Learning To Play.

WTF is going on with the stock market right now?

by MEG GLADIEUX

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