Whether you’re in the US, Finland or Argentina, opposing abortion often comes from living in a bubble.

A pro-abortion protest. Photo by Rafael Idrovo Espinoza on Unsplash

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.

Do I want to live in a country that doesn’t allow women to have full reproductive rights…

And that’s its biggest problem and challenge for the 21st century

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The far-right is on the rise everywhere, not just in the United States.

In the Argentinian primary elections in September, the ruling Peronist coalition party, Frente de Todos (FdT), was dealt a massive surprise in the villas miseria, or slums, of the capital.

Peronism usually loses elections in the rich…

The weird sex change steaks have in my country.

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About ten years ago (before I went vegan) I was visiting Finland with my Argentinian ex-boyfriend when my grandmother decided to take us out for dinner to my hometown’s best steak restaurant.

We gladly accepted. But when I started translating him the menu, I remembered the strange phenomenon that happens…

Maradona was everything but an easy character, but the sports legend represents so much more for Argentinians.

A mural with Diego Maradona balancing a football on his head.
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Somewhere around 2013, I was at the gym, finishing my workout on the treadmill, when I glanced at the door and saw a short, chubby man walk in the door, followed by a bleach-blond woman 30 years younger and a personal trainer three times his size. …

A story of many looks, from someone who never fit in.

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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.

At 12, I was shopping with my Mom when I saw some fun, yellow fabric…

Sometimes, you need to hear the words to get over trauma. Even if they’re your own.

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A couple of years ago, I heard about Eve Ensler’s book, The Apology. This book is written in the form of a letter from Ensler’s father, where she imagines his apology for a truly horrible, abusive childhood.

Back then, I was going through some tough times. I was recovering from…

Hollywood doesn’t bother to do basic research when it comes to Latin America or Europe. Red Notice is no exception.

Dwayne the Rock Johnson pointing a gun, looking serious.
Screen capture from the Movie Red Notice.

The movie X-Men: First Class (2011) opens with a scene where Magneto goes to search for a nazi criminal in Argentina’s Villa Gesell.

Now, I have a bit of an issue with the “nazis in Argentina”-trope in general, because it’s so overused and completely dismisses everything that’s happened in this…

How I don’t maintain abs on 1300 calories a day. Or keto, or paleo, or Atkins. Why you shouldn’t, either.

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

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…

Taru Anniina Liikanen

Finnish by birth, porteña at heart. Recovering political ghostwriter. Bad jokes my own. Tips welcome: https://ko-fi.com/taruanniina

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