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Alessandra Paiusco

Researcher and writer

Location icon Sweden

PhD candidate in Political Science at Örebro University, focusing on climate change-induced migration. Part-time cultural critic.

I grew up in Italy and I live in Sweden. In between, many other places. I was a goalkeeper once, and I speak Mandarin (and some other languages).

Portfolio
Medium
10/13/2021
The new frontier of toxic positivity: influencers, infertility, and "miracle babies"

Toxic positivity is defined as the belief that no matter how dire or difficult a situation is, people should maintain a positive mindset. It’s a “good vibes only” approach to life. I believe many influencers hopeful attitude to infertility is an iteration of toxic positivity is simple: not all women will eventually be able to get pregnant and give birth. Either because of economic reasons, physical conditions, the timing that was never right – or the partner: not every woman will have...

Noteworthy - The Journal Blog
05/04/2021
On BLM, race and the concept of whiteness in Europe

I am a first-generation mixed-race from Italy, a country that recently started to be aware of the inexorable shift towards being more multicultural both at the national and European level. It is also a country that has recently rediscovered its deep problems with racism and a colonial past that was never fully addressed nor metabolized, and it is struggling to come to term with an increasingly mixed population.

Medium
01/25/2021
No one wants to buy my fur coats

My New Year's Resolution included decluttering my walk-in closet. While most of my (leather) designer bags are gone, people seem to have very strong feelings towards my fur coats. In December, 2020, I decided to organize the total chaos my walk-in cloet was.

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