Taru Anniina Liikanen
Finnish by birth, porteña at heart. Recovering political ghostwriter. Fiction, relationships, politics, bad puns, popular and unpopular opinions.
The Only Diet You Need Is From Diet Culture
I'm seeing a lot of terrible fitness advice online. Instagram, TikTok and YouTube are filled with food and training journals with instructions on how to finally reach your dream body in a #healthy and #balanced way. They're all accompanied with a photo or video of a person with visible abs, living their best life. And of course, a link to buy their meal or exercise plan, or some supplements.
Embrace Your Awkward
My teenage awkward stage lasted a decade. At age 10, I made my Mom make me a turquoise poncho, which I wore with a beret. I started dyeing my golden blond hair red with henna.
A Historic Defeat for Populism, but With A Warning
A major economic crisis. Rising prices, in everything from food to housing. A disappointing response to the pandemic, with shows of clear disregard of the COVID-19 guidelines (such as the first lady’s birthday party in the middle of a nationwide lockdown)
The Adventures of Mr. Celery
It flows from the source, yellow and hot, like a geyser. Against the dark behind it, it looks like fireworks. You can distinguish everything, every drop, the smoke rising from the molten rock as it falls down the side of the mountain.
The Day I Learned Fluent Spanish
I moved to Barcelona in 2006, after an entire year of studying Spanish. I had taken my studies very seriously. For the last couple of months, I’d been listening to music, watching movies in Spanish with subtitles, reading magazines and books in my target language. I was also chatting with my to-be Spanish boyfriend on MSN Messenger (like an old-school Whatsapp but on your computer, for all you youngsters out there), ever since I’d met him on vacation.
Don’t Let Anybody Bully You Into Dating
I spent a bigger part of the past 5 years completely alone. I needed to heal from a really bad relationship followed by a hard breakup, and I wanted to take my time. I didn’t want to dive into a relationship when I wasn’t sure if my criteria could be trusted.
Abortion Denial Is Often About Privilege
When I moved to Argentina, I was shocked to find out the country, as most others in Latin America, didn’t allow for women to terminate their pregnancies legally and safely, in a hospital.
I Never Knew My Father Was an Alcoholic
My parents got divorced when I was 6. I never felt traumatized by it, only by the teachers and other understanding adults who tried to offer my broken family as an explanation to my behavioral problems.
Living With 50% Inflation
I moved to Argentina in October 2009, when the country’s inflation rate had just started to rise. Through the following decade, the inflation has usually hovered between 25% and 30%, rising to around 50% in the past couple of years. Just this September, the inflation rate was 3.5%. In one month.
Do I Have to Define My Sexuality?
I think I was 13 when I told my mom, half-jokingly as a way to test the waters, that I might someday end up being with women. She didn’t love it.
Hey Joe, This Is Life in an Entitlement Society
Senator Joe Manchin, in the negotiations on passing President Biden’s infrastructure bill (backed by progressives and, well, everybody else in the Democratic party) spoke about not wanting the United States to turn into an entitlement society. The expression sounded as typically and cynically out-of-touch as one would expect from a rich man who made a fortune off coal while trying to stop any meaningful climate change legislation from passing.