I don't know how many times people have to say this, but being a part of a marginalized group does not exempt one from criticism. If a work that someone produces reinforces, trivializes, or ignores very real issues that affect people in real life, regardless of the intent or of the creators status, the consequence will be criticism, as it should be. This is something that Veronica Roth and others seem to have forgotten when Roth revealed in an interview for USA Today that she suffers (or suffered) from chronic pain. This after she received criticism for an ableist comment made by an NPR reporter as well as the ableist content of her newest release entitled Carve the Mark.
#WhiteFandom is back at it again with the phony "LGBT representation" schtick it loves so much!!! So, by now, we all know about cis-het fandom's obsession with shipping white dudes with other white dudes, and the latest model to come out of their fetish factory is the hashtag #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend, and I feel the same way about this as I did about #GiveElsaAGirlfriend, but this time my feelings are compounded by the fact that it's misogynistic, racist, contradictory, and bi-phobic all in one. This is going to be tons of fun!
Frozen just seems like one of those things that, no matter how much I try to forget it, always seems to come back to annoy me just because it can. So, if you're like me (which if you are, I am so so sorry) and you were just on Twitter trying to think of something clever to tweet rolled up in your sheets at 5 in the morning and you ventured into the Moments tab, you would have seen a very interesting and important topic trending under Pop Culture.
So, the Oscars happened however many days ago - I don't quite care to watch these archaic awards shows - and, of course, the conversation about racism in Hollywood took center stage once again. Chris Rock's opening monologue was one for the record books. But even after the verbal ass-whipping he handed the Academy and complacent individuals in the industry, there was another discussion going on on Twitter sparked by the infuriatingly common knee-jerk reaction to black hypervisibility. In the words of the genius Mikki Kendall (must be exhausting being #woke asf all the time), black people are #NotYourMule.
Keep in mind that this is all opinion. In 2016 people shouldn't still feel the need to say this, but this is the Internet so it has to be said.
Usually when I see a hashtag gain as much traction as #MorallyComplicateYA has in such a short time, I either think one of two things: (A) somebody's blowing something out of proportion and this whole discussion really doesn't even need to be happening or (B) this discussion brings up an interesting point about blabbity-blah. Well, it's both this time.
So I had an interesting thought as I woke up this morning about a subject I'm sure most women have pondered over the course of their lives: motherhood. Why are there so many stigmas placed on motherhood? It seems like everyone and our moms want us to get married at the earliest possible moment and every other conversation we have with dad is centered around what we can do to make our husbands happy, never giving that sort of advice to our brothers (if we have any) on how to please their wives when it doesn't involve sex. When people who don't know you aren't asking intrusive questions about why you haven't settled down yet, they're making conjectures on why you should despite whatever level of turmoil it may cause in your life.
I know by now that many of you reading this have probably already seen a million posts talking about how to “survive high school”: be nice, make friends, and don’t follow the crowd, all that jazz.
As a recent graduate reflecting on my experiences throughout high school I can say that it is good to consider the aforementioned points, but there is no definite way to ensure that high school will be the best conflict/boy-drama/friend-drama/general-drama free four years of your life, as there are many experiences after high school, and you shouldn't look for a checklist of things to do that are based on other people's experiences. However, I do want to throw out some general ideas that I think you should meditate on as you enter or finish your high school experience.
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