Maggie Gowland

Maggie was born three days late and has been showing up too early for everything since. She’s a former Queen’s University and current McGill University student, working on her MA in English literature. Her writing career began in the Sports section of The Queen’s Journal, and has cropped up in various publications since.
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‘A game changer’: Virtual strip clubs are here to stay

From the comfort of home on Nov. 27, dozens of people joined a Zoom call to attend the Strap House—a new, virtual strip club.

The COVID-19 pandemic intensified my quarter-life crisis

I’m still learning to remember that whenever it feels like the end of the world, it’s not.

Maple leaf forever? The divisive legacy of Canadian flags

As Canada changes from a fiercely British colony to one defined by multiculturalism, and tries to face its troubling colonial past, many wonder if Canada’s flags still symbolize the people they were meant to represent.

‘Just majestic’: the Canadian bison’s return to the Great Plains

In the 1880s, colonial settlers rendered the North American bison population almost completely extinct. By 1884, there were less than 400 bison left. Since then, efforts have been made to reintroduce bison to their traditional grazing lands, but the North American bison is far from restored to its former glory.

lululemon’s SeaWheeze goes virtual: the future of road races

As the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered all major in-person sporting events, the running community saw no exception. This year, some major races, like lululemon’s SeaWheeze, are going virtual instead. The organizers moved the party completely online, offering both a half marathon and a 10km race.

The Psychology of Sorry: Why Canadians can’t stop apologizing

As a Canadian, I’m no stranger to the stereotype of how the word ‘Sorry’ dominates our vocabulary. Politeness has become the dominating characteristic of Canada’s global reputation, but in many ways the stereotype is true. Our culture is so apologetic that the word seems to have lost its meaning. It’s reached the point where the automatic response to any scenario is an apology, even if it’s unnecessary. So where does the need to apologize come from?

The rise of OnlyFans: how Canadian sex workers are going digital

OnlyFans may have become a trendy topic during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the rapidly-growing site emphasizes how the sex work industry is evolving. While some services can’t be substituted with an online experience, avenues like OnlyFans allow workers to exercise greater control over their bodies and their sexualities from the comfort of their own homes.