The one where I bid you goodbye.

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Hello my Medium friends,

How are you? I hope you’re surviving this year okay. I hope the things I’ve written have been of help, or at least of interest, to some of you. Today, I’m writing to let you know that I’ll be taking a break from Medium.

If you’d…

Eight years after giving up bulimia, I still struggle with the meaning of my body.

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I was thirteen years old the first time I stuck my fingers down my throat. I’d just started high school then, Bush was still the president and I’d never been kissed before. By fourteen, it was an everyday ritual. I’d slink off to the bathroom after meals, tie up my…

and what to do if you already have

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This past winter, I burned out. Boy, did I burn out.

I don’t know if it was the pandemic, my unhealthy mind or one too many shitty Tinder dudes, but by Valentine’s Day I was existentially toast. Burnt toast, to be exact, the kind you have to scrape the char…

This toxic culture is not my fault, but I’ve found strength in seeing where I bear responsibility.

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Content warning: this essay discusses sexual assault and rape culture in detail. If these are traumatic topics for you, please be mindful of your emotional safety needs and don’t read to your own detriment.

Rape culture — or the societal trend of trivializing sexual assault and tacitly encouraging sexual violence…

Speak up. The world is not going to figure itself out without you.

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I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we live in unprecedented times. I’ll skip the laundry list of details to hammer home the point — we don’t need it anymore, and what I really have to say is far more urgent. …

It’s not your fault you were raised not to be, but now it’s time to make the change.

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This is a quick and dirty guide to becoming more emotionally present. If you’re not sure what to do with that term, for now just know that it means becoming more self-aware, more authentic, more expressive and more empathetic. Title aside, this is definitely not just for men — every…

Anna Mercury

God, this is Anna. Writing for a world where many worlds fit. www.allgodsnomasters.com

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