Online Publications & Features

“Why do we write? A chorus erupts. Because we cannot simply live.”
~Patti Smith, Devotion (2017:93)

I am always looking for opportunities to collaborate with and contribute to on- and offline publications that reflect my vision for a more equitable and meaningful world. In the spirit of this, I am excited to announce my newest initiatives:

Revisiting the fears of Covid-19: What was life like six months ago?

Back in May, at the height of the pandemic, I penned my feelings about our drastic change in routine and the uneasiness brought with it. I chatted about privilege, Shoppers Drug Mart and the ways we’ve become totally distanced – not just physically – from one another.

Now that the numbers are rising again, I wanted to revisit this piece and the feelings contained within in. Are we headed towards another lockdown and, with it, the exhaustive discomfort of navigating a new normal we all hate? Read and respond via the beyourself online platform.

My blog about Big Little Lies has made an appearance on The Medium.

Read about female friendship, competition & the ways TV can reflect our versions of ourselves – even when they tote bleach blonde dos and murderous plots.

Equity Champion: Treena Orchard

During the month of October 2020, Western University’s Faculty Association published their newest edition of faculty times. Within the magazine, they featured yours truly as the university’s Equity Champion, so I had the opportunity to talk about what that means to me and which role(s) it plays in my life.

Download & read the application here and let’s chat human rights and the way our struggle to access and uphold equity (re)shapes our lives.

Quaranfling, a digital forum about online dating and the ways covid19 and social distancing are affecting our romantic lives.

Learn about the “Quaranfling”

From the #socialdistancing safety of my laptop and new home, I participated in a forum discussion about dating during #covid19 and how that may influence our choices, actions and prospects.

We recorded the whole thing, so you can tag along our talking venture and provide feedback on how your #pandemic #dating is going. Take a listen and let me know what you think & if you have any tips for those looking for #love from under their masks and behind their computers.

Check out my latest article, “7 Reasons Dating Younger Men is a Smart Choice” via Your Tango

It’s time to throw away the tired cougar stereotypes that used to dominate narratives surrounding women who are romantically linked to a handsome, younger man (or men plural). From the sexy fun to the unique sense of confidence they exude, read about why I enjoy dating men who are 10-15 years than me.

May my new story inspire you to broaden your dating horizons, and age gap, should you be looking for love, sex or something else.

Publication in Be-Yourself-A-Medium Magazine

I transformed last week’s blog into a publication on Be-Yourself-A-Medium Magazine. This reflexive, tender piece reviews how an unassuming room- the bathroom- can be a space of solace and healing. 

Thanks to Covid-19 and the need to isolate, to the level of a bubble, finding accessible places to ground ourselves is vital! Let me know how your relationships with everyday spaces has changed too. Remember, we’re all in this together…but just separately.

I was so excited to be featured by #forwomenwhoroar. This well-respected, fem-forward publication is amplifying the voices of women who refuse to go quietly into the night.

“Like almost a billion people on the planet, I’ve used dating apps to navigate the lottery of longing that is modern romance…”

Read my article, “Reflections on a Date Gone Wrong,” via the wonderful website CHORUS.

Orchard, T. (Feb. 10, 2020). “Valentine’s Day: Gen Z avoid committed relationships, prefer ‘casual things’”, The Conversation Canada: Academic Rigour, Journalistic Flairhttps://theconversation.com/valentines-day-gen-z-avoids-committed-relationships-prefers-casual-hookups-130936

Orchard, T. (Sept. 30, 2019). Bumble article comments indicate the rise of a far-right feminist-backlash, The Conversation Canada: Academic Rigour, Journalistic Flair.  https://theconversation.com/bumble-article-comments-indicate-the-rise-of-a-far-right-feminist-backlash-121652

Orchard, T.  (2019, Aug. 15). On the Bumble Dating app, it’s the woman who decides. But are men ready for this?. https://theconversation.com/amour-et-desir-sur-internet-les-hommes-ne-sont-pas-prets-a-se-faire-draguer-par-les-femmes-121395 

(2019, July 28). Love, lust and digital dating: Men on the Bumble dating app aren’t ready for the Queen bee, Invited contribution to The Conversation Canada: Academic Rigour, Journalistic Flairhttps://theconversation.com/love-lust-and-digital-dating-men-on-the-bumble-dating-app-arent-ready-for-the-queen-bee-120796.

Interviewed by Chris dela Torre of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation show, The Afternoon Drive (February 11, 2020). https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-80-afternoon-drive/clip/15760439-gen-z-hookup-culture

Featured guest on Sittin’ with Sallie, a Shaw Cable talk show in Kenora, Ontario (Channel 10). We discussed my Bumble dating app research and forthcoming book (June 4, 2019). YouTube: https://youtu.be/hsLcR-ijA_U

Featured in a Front Page story by Randy Richmond of the London Free Press ‘Western researcher shares dating app experience’ https://lfpress.com/life/relationships/western-researcher-shares-dating-app-experience  (April 28, 2019)

Featured in story by Randy Richmond of the London Free Press ‘Is publicly naming sex buyers wise or reckless?‘ by Dale Carruthers  https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/lfp-longform-is-publicly-naming-sex-buyers-wise-or-reckless (March 8, 2019)

Interviewed by Taniya Spoila of the Western Gazette and featured in the story ‘Myth: Girls Don’t Masturbate‘ https://westerngazette.ca/culture/myth-girls-don-t-masturbate/article_53f28b68-2f15-11e9-9664-6ff49b961a4f.html (February 14, 2019).

Interviewed by Eric Collins about my Bumble dating app research and book for the Health, Illness & Recovery show at 9.49, Western University radio (November 26, 2018).

Interviewed by and featured in a story by Sydney Bordinon about my Bumble book and dating in the 21st century for 106.9 The X FM news, entitled: ‘Are Dating Apps Killing Romance? https://www.cfrlradio.com/syn/202/75097/75097/ (September 16, 2018).

Interviewed by Grace To of the Western Gazette and featured in the story “Exploring the STI Testing Stigma” https://www.westerngazette.ca/culture/exploring-the-sti-testing-stigma/article_d41c2efc-9ae3-11e6-9d46-035f4b18a0b6.html (February 14, 2018).

Interviewed by Kristen Lee of the Western Gazette and featured in the story “What’s it like to be a Sex Worker on Valentine’s Day?” (February 14, 2018) https://www.westerngazette.ca/culture/what-it-s-like-to-be-a-sex-worker-on/article_3b8df0ce-0a06-11e8-9f97-c7d38de9aae4.html