Monica Leigh French
Student. Writer at www.medium.com/@MonicaLeighFrench. I’m mostly inspired by writing about personal experiences, politics, addiction, and mental health issues. Pink Floyd fanatic. Twitter: @french_monica.
Quitting Smoking is a Bitch, But I May Have Found a Product to Help
I promised myself and my kids that I would quit smoking when I turned 40. I’m 39 today, and my 40th birthday is rapidly approaching in October. I don’t want to quit, as I love smoking and it’s my last “crutch” upon which I can lean when I’m feeling stressed. I’m afraid that my quality of life will be drastically reduced when I quit. But to be honest, continuing to smoke after 40 is scarier.
The Indelible Uterus
*Disclaimer: I started writing this story months ago; way before the leaked draft of the Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade became public. I didn’t want to start from scratch because I feel like what I wrote so far was very important. The latest news of the leak will be discussed towards the middle of the article.
Book Bans Are a Slide Towards Authoritarianism
Banning books. I never thought I’d see it in the modern era. The United States of America is a country based on the principles of protecting free speech, no matter how offensive that speech may be. Mr. Ron DeSantis, Governor of the state of Florida, do you believe in the concept of free speech? Will you fervently defend the 1st Amendment? Based on the bills you’re signing into law, I think not.
Is Free College in the U.S. a Radical Proposal?
During his 2016 campaign for U.S. President, Senator Bernie Sanders made free college part of his progressive agenda. He’s spoken many times about the life-altering changes that could come from making higher education free to all in America. Bernie has even gone so far as to call free college a right as a human being. He also pointed out that many countries in Europe offer some form of free college to their citizens. Immediately, his opponents called it a “radical” idea that would never pass through the U.S. Congress. By the time Senator Sanders ran for President again in 2020, free college was a major talking point in Democratic circles, with many people agreeing that it could change the lives of millions of Americans who would otherwise remain poor and uneducated or saddled with crushing debt for the rest of their lives.
What is Truth Social and Why Should We Care? Part 1
In America, we are currently fighting a war for and against truth. Facts are now nothing but a mere inconvenience if they don’t align with one’s agenda. In 2016, we were introduced to the term “alternative facts” by Kellyanne Conway, senior aide to President Donald J. Trump, while defending then-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s bogus claim that Mr. Trump had received the largest crowd in history at his inauguration. This silly lie could be easily debunked, but that didn’t matter. The claim had been made and as it drew national attention and put the brazenness of the Trump Administration on display, many people heard what they wanted to hear and they believed and repeated the lie, despite all the glaring evidence to the contrary.
The Truth About Trichotillomania
Hair. Some say that a woman’s hair is her crown, beautifully crafted to frame the face in such a way that speaks to those around her. Each strand combines with the others to create an exquisitely coiffed masterpiece. Hair is extremely versatile: it can be cut, dyed, curled, straightened, highlighted, and brushed into any number of gorgeous styles that expresses a bit of one’s inner workings. All of this has been stripped from my identity because I have a disorder called trichotillomania. Sometimes a “bad hair day” can affect your emotional state of mind. I, unfortunately, suffer from a permanent bad hair day.