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My response to your reaction

In a very bold move, I decided to upload a picture in my underwear that made me feel sexy, confident, and beautiful to my photography Instagram page. I wanted to share this with the world and share how confident and sexy I felt, share my empowerment, and share my privacy. After all, I’ve been fighting for body positivity for a while. Sharing a picture online of me in underwear made me feel a sort of empowerment and appreciation towards myself that I’ve never felt before.

However, it was not well received. Coming from a very close-minded, macho, and conservative society, this should not come as a surprise. But it did, and it hurt, particularly because the strongest critics and “concerns” came from my close circle, the people that have been with me on this path towards body acceptance, positivity, and love. The ones that have witnessed me bloom into a confident, sexy woman. …

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Protecting your energy while feeling sexy

As I walk down the street in Paris, I want to feel my best, to feel sexy, to feel sexually empowered, to feel like a million-dollar baby, to feel like a confident, sexy machine eliciting double-takes from women and men alike.

But it’s not always that easy. Upon deeper reflection, I realize two things. Number 1: when I observe men observing me — like really observing me — I almost immediately worry about my safety. This leads me to feel vulnerable and exposed, and I struggle to find the radiating confidence of me a moment before. …

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And why you should do it more often.

The last time I cried was this morning, and I’m here to tell you why I’ve never felt so good.

While drinking my morning coffee and reading Ram Dass’ view of the importance of relationships and friendships, I remembered how much I’ve changed, how many people I have lost, and how many I’ve gained in this path of self-discovery that life is. I thought about the fantastic and unforgettable experiences I have lived these last few years, and before I knew it, I was crying. I didn’t ask for it; I wasn’t sad, I wasn’t happy either, I was just emotional, I was just feeling. And these feelings came out as uncontrollable tears. As soon as I started I couldn’t stop, I was weeping. …

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Dear me,

Love yourself, respect yourself, thank yourself, just as you are, with imperfections just as you are with few friends, with many friends, with what you have to do, with what you have already done or with what you have stopped doing.

Love yourself, because you will always have yourself, at the end of the day you will be alone with yourself, and guess what? There is no one better with whom you can be.

Learn, absorb, ask, and once you are informed, give your opinion, give your opinion about everything and give your opinion with respect, give your opinion about how great life is, but respect it and question it. Respect the high mysticism that brought you to this moment that lets you not only write but read these words. That same mysticism that allows you to love yourself question yourself, learn about yourself, search for yourself, only to lose yourself, and find yourself again on the journey. …

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Querida yo,

Quiérete, respétate, agradécete, así como eres, así con las imperfecciones así con pocos amigos, así con muchos amigos, así con lo que te queda por hacer, así con lo que ya hiciste o así con lo que dejaste de hacer.

Amate, porque siempre te vas a tener a ti misma, al final del día vas a estar sola contigo, y ¿adivina qué? No hay nadie mejor con quien puedas estar.

Aprende, absorbe, pregunta, y ya que estés informada opina. Opina sobre todo y opina con respeto, opina sobre lo grandiosa que es la vida, pero respétala y cuestiónala. Respeta la magnífica mística que te trajo al día de doy, que te deja escribir y leer estas palabras, que te deja quererte, cuestionarte, aprenderte, buscarte, solo para para perderte y volverte a encontrar en el camino. …

Porqué los mexicanos necesitan respetar blackout Tuesday

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*English version below

Hoy fue un gran paso en la lucha contra el racismo, y puedo decir con seguridad que no soy la única cuyos ojos se están abriendo ampliamente. El asesinato de George Floyd abrió la caja de Pandora para muchos. El abuso de los policias en el arresto de Floyd demostró la opresión, la injusticia, y claro, el racismo que Estados Unidos está viviendo hoy. Las protestas, los saqueos y la violencia son sólo una respuesta normal para la gente que ya no puede soportarlo. Gente que es abusada, asesinada y maltratada por su aspecto, cómo se comportan o simplemente por el color de su piel. …

You’re not alone

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Going into day 53 of confinement, I never thought I would get this anxious about my future, about the world, and about my friends. When quarantine first started, most of my friends and I saw it as a short term solution for a long term problem. However, today, it is the cause of anxiety for many, especially for millennials who are used to a social culture in their everyday life. Migrating from the classroom to Zoom, from the club to social media, from the gym to live classes, from quality time to face time, has proven to be the biggest challenge our generation has faced. Who would have thought that the age of technology, of social media, of Instagram, would have such a difficult time adapting to life in confinement? …

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Photo by Lorenza Aranda

What you need to know about the fight against women violence

Mexico just lived through a momentous international women’s day. When almost every other country in the world celebrated women’s rights, mothers, sisters, and wives; Mexican women took to the streets and demanded a better future.

Every day, at least ten women are victims of murder in Mexico. Be it from a family member, a stranger, or a relationship; women are trapped, incarcerated, and, most of all, women are not being heard. Mexican women are being abused, overworked, raped, underpaid, and their demands and worries are not being listened to by the government. These situations happen every day, to many Mexican women, in all the social classes. So this year, Mexicanas said, “no more.” No more violence, no more abuse, no more undermining their work, no more undermining their presence, their importance, their deaths, their disappearances, their rapes, and their voices. …

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Uncovering corruption in the construction sector through the rubble of Mexico’s latest earthquake.

*This article was originally published in 2018 on the Peacock Plume

“When I got home, everything was on the floor, shattered. I grabbed all my valuable things and left before anything could happen,” says Ariel Goldin, a victim of the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that hit the Mexican capital and many of its surrounding states a year ago today.

Hours before the tremors leveled some of the massive housing complexes in the city, the entire country observed a minute of silence for the over ten thousand victims that died on the same day 32 years ago by an 8.1 …

Experiencing dark tourism first-hand and what it entails for the human condition.

Have you ever been to a place where the main attraction is the suffering and death of people? If yes you are part of the so-called world of dark tourism. AUP’s latest study trip was to Poland, it was led by professors Charles Talcott and Brian Schiff. The program of the trip included going to Auschwitz and Auschwitz II (Birkenau), which are considered dark tourism spots. These concentration camps were the witnesses of a lot of suffering during the Jewish genocide, and they receive thousands of tourists every year. …


Lorenza Aranda

Lorenza is a Mexican journalist, who wants to shed light on important matters, especially for young people around the world.

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