Life After Suffering In Silence

by GEM Magazine / Oct 11, 2017 / Comments

I have always been a person who gives deep thought to everything; over analysing every situation, scared of what others might think. I have never been loud or wanted to be centre of attention, in all honesty I’m the complete opposite. People who know me well will say that I’m reserved, shy and suffer from lack of self-confidence.

My Relationship with Men

by Ashleigh James / Aug 26, 2017 / Comments

Seeing this was like a slap in the face. It wasn't pretty, being aware of my darker aspects, the parts that I rejected. Yet this awareness allows me to see reflections of myself in other people, shining a light on where I need to grow... If I choose the responsibility to do so.

Are You Breaking Away From The Mainstream Mold?

by GEM Magazine / Feb 28, 2017 / Comments

From a young age we are encouraged to fit into a socially constructed mould in order to be accepted. Conformity and standardisation are hallmarks of our education system. The media, through carefully selected icons, dictates and reinforces societal ideals of what is and isn’t desirable.

Living With Anorexia

by GEM Magazine / Oct 26, 2016 / Comments

I reached the point where scarlet wrists failed to desensitize and nights of crying didn’t do anything to eradicate the pain I felt towards my body, so I stopped eating.

Slut Shaming and Absolute Lads

by GEM Magazine / Oct 20, 2016 / Comments

There’s a double standard in today’s generation that we’re all aware of, yet re-enforce every day. We come across it in school, work or on social media daily. The only way to stop this is to think before we speak.

Tinder - One Night Stands To Real Relationships

by GEM Magazine / Sep 08, 2016 / Comments

It’s normal to have a one-night-stand. It’s normal to be tempted. It’s normal to be attracted to someone else. But is it time to get off Tinder, and start enjoying real human connection?

Ferzana Awan-Davis - Tawazaan

by GEM Magazine / Aug 03, 2016 / Comments

I feel like I've always been fighting for my place. I didn't feel or see things the way others did. I was different. It made me a target.

My Heart Is With Thailand

by Ashleigh James / Jul 18, 2016 / Comments

I had a gut feeling, a hunch... something big was going to happen in my life on June 20th.

Bill C-51 - What's at Stake and What You Can Do

by GEM Magazine / Mar 09, 2016 / Comments

The bill allows Canadians to be arrested on mere suspicion, creates a new speech crime, and radically and unnecessarily changes the nature of CSIS without proper oversight. The laws are misguided, ineffective and unconstitutional. They need to be repealed in full.

Taylor Lundy - A Picture Perfect Life

by GEM Magazine / Jan 27, 2016 / Comments

It got to the point where I was extremely tired from struggling for so long that I didn’t know if I could go on. I had fallen to a new low, and all I wanted to do was get rid of the pain.