Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

When it comes to targeted ads, I sometimes feel like a conspiracy theorist: I’ve disabled Siri and am careful not to pause on Instagram ads for too long on. As a comic artist, I realize that targeted advertising isn’t necessarily a bad thing; in my own work, it allows people to engage more deeply with what I create.

But advertising, to me, is sinister. It drags my personal life out into the public without my consent.

That’s why it scares me to speak to younger people, who seem personally invested in social media influencers. I wonder to myself: Is this just modern marketing, or a more sinister encroachment of mental space?

How a children’s song helped me during my eating disorder recovery

‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ is a perfect metaphor for facing every obstacle head on

I’m fat. When thin people say they ‘need’ to lose weight, imagine how that makes me feel.

I know others don’t mean to offend me. But they do.

A stranger told her he had an ‘Asian fetish.’ Then things escalated.

Meg O’Shea’s story is one of many in ‘Drawing Power,’ a forthcoming collection of comics dealing with sexual violence and harassment