Simon Policy



“WitchTok” escalates the commercialization of spiritual items like crystals.

WitchTok harms culture and the planet


Simply looking up “healing crystals” on Etsy will yield tens of thousands of purchasable results, with prices spanning from tens to hundreds of dollars.

Mexican telenovelas: Romance, betrayal, and cultural influence


Elaborately tangled romance, character-driven drama and shocking reveals have defined the content gracing Latin American television screens for over half a century.

A doll sits inside a box filled with broken hearts

‘Coquette’ eroticizes childlike innocence


The 1955 novel “Lolita” by Vladamir Nabokov depicts a predatory, sexual relationship between a 12 year-old girl and her middle-aged stepfather. For some incomprehensible reason, Hollywood produced two film adaptations, each being just as controversial as their source material.

BHS junior Simone Strader stands in front of a tree, looking downwards

Dressing on the gender spectrum: Students find growth through fashion and identity


“Especially as someone who’s struggled with dysphoria previously, I rarely feel it anymore,” said Ty Walthall, a junior at Berkeley High School.