Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Video of The Week: "12 Feet Deep" by The Front Bottoms

My friend Colin encouraged me to listen to The Front Bottoms last fall and I totally fell in love with them at first listen. I am not exaggerating when I say that their music helped me get through my first year of high school. "12 Feet Deep" was the first song of theirs that I heard and even though it's not my favorite song by them, it still has a special place in my heart. The Front Bottoms are weird and wonderful and in their awkward lyrics I find a lot of comfort. When I listen to The Front Bottoms I am reminded that even as an adult I can be uncomfortable and scared sometimes. Click below to hear "12 Feet Deep" by The Front Bottoms.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Dear Mother of Feminism, It's Me Lila

Written by Lila Fisher

Throughout my few years of giving myself the label of a feminist, I've never once been taught about a woman changing the world. We read about Rosa Parks in third grade but all her significance to myself and my classmates was her sitting on a bus. You hear myths of Cleopatra and her cool eyeliner but not that she was a pharaoh of the Egyptian patriarchy. So like many other young women of today's society I have had to take the education into my own hands. Upon being asked to write this, I looked deeper into women that have changed the world. And amongst the names and the stories I found an unfamiliar name. Her name was Mary Wollstonecraft. I had never heard of her. Her brief description on the site I was on said she was the "Mother of Feminism". Thus sparking my interests.

Mary Wollstonecraft lived from 1759-1797. So basically she lived in a time where being a woman wasn't easy whatsoever. Throughout her life Mary was constantly faced with not-so-nice men expecting her to be the traditional silent woman. She left home early in life and threw herself into a writing career. Her most famous works "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman", she smashed the standard of a woman only being useful in a domestic setting. She voiced opinions that would be mirrored almost 220 years later. Her ideals are the backbone of modern feminism and I found her extremely inspiring! In today's society at least women are allowed to voice an opinion, imagine sitting in 1792 as a woman and try to get your point across! In later works, she goes on to say women had sexual desires and it was foolish to think otherwise. The image of a docile woman was being challenged for one of the first times in history.

After all of this huge history lesson and rant about a woman I didn't hear about until recently, here is why this matters. Wollstonecraft had always been expected to stay at home and tend to a family. But instead, she told her opinions and was unapologetic. She inspires me. As a teenage girl in the media age, the mean comments and opinions often rack my brain. I sometimes lose all hope of women ever having equality. But then I remember women like Mary. Who was one of the first women to ever be open about ACTUALLY being a woman! It had always been men saying how women feel and do. But now after learning about how this English girl became the Mother of Feminism, I know women change the world. I know now that being unapologetic and sometimes brash is totally okay. It's okay to be angry about situations you are in and to want to change it. Equality is something we will be striving for for a long time. But just because it hasn't gotten better in the past week doesn't mean it's not worth it. Today, because of women like Mary Wollstonecraft, equality is that much closer.

Portrait of Wollstonecraft

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Instagram: @lilathesprout
Twitter: @lilaiguess


Sunday, July 12, 2015

Video of The Week: "I Knew You Were Trouble" by Taylor Swift

A staple of any good break-up playlist is this extremely repetitive gem off of Taylor Swift's Red album. This song was my anthem when I was dumped by my seventh grade "boyfriend." Even though this is by no means my favorite song of hers, it holds a piece of thirteen year old me that I love remembering. I must say though, the "I Knew You Were Trouble" version of Taylor Swift is bizarre. Beat and disoriented rocker Taylor gives a minute long monologue at the beginning of the video and I am being completely honest when I say that I have never listened to the entire thing. If someone could just type it up for me that would be great. Click below to listen to "I Knew You Were Trouble"(and don't skip the monologue.)

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

She's The Bomb: Rebekah H (OnlyBlackGirl)

I stumbled across Rebekah's blog on Tumblr a few months ago and after reading a few of her posts I followed her. She blogs about social justice issues in America and through her perfect phrasing and explanations I have learned a lot.  She handles harassing anonymous messages with a level of class and cool that I can only hope to achieve. She was raised in Olympia, Washington and is transracially adopted. This means that she was adopted into a white family as a person of color. Rebekah says that this is an important part of her identity and is a big factor in her perspective on the things she blogs about.

She started blogging on Tumblr a little over a year ago and had this advice for people who want to run a successful blog through Tumblr. "Just be yourself. I guess I would consider myself somewhat "successful" if success is measured by follower count, but in all honesty I didn't set out to get followers and I'm still surprised people actually follow me. I just talked about my life and people apparently related to it." Like I mentioned earlier, Rebekah blogs a lot about social justice issues and has been passionate about social change for a long time. I also asked her if she had a dream job.I learned that she wants to combine her passion for social justice and music together to manage and support artists that don't get a lot of recognition because they don't fit social standards. Rebekah is a fantastically strong-minded individual with a style and flair that is unique to her. I will leave the link to her Tumblr below so you can read her fantastic posts and watch her take on the Internet with extreme grace and fierce beauty. 

You can find her on Tumblr here:

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Why Strong Bonds Between Women Are Important

me and my best friend Ann
Kids start making friends as soon as they have the ability to communicate and interact with others. We spend our whole lives meeting people and learning names and building bridges. Sometimes people grow apart or one person grows out of the other and those bridges kind of crumble. I think that sometimes people go through phases with friends. Like, they want to be around only one certain group of people. In sixth and seventh grade I had a lot "guy friends" and I put that in quotes because at twelve I thought it was really cool to have a bunch of friends that were guys. The thing is, I thought that these guys were kind, like-minded, funny, and supportive. I ended up realizing that the majority of them were not the type of friends I had expected them to be. The bonds I thought I had with these guy friends were nowhere close to the bonds I had with my girl friends. At the start of eighth grade I faced a lot of challenges with the boys around me. Let's just say that middle school boys don't handle rejection well. Through eighth grade I focused on embracing and strengthening my female friendships and I continued that through my freshman year. I learned that female friendships are a force to be reckoned with and a group of girlfriends is unstoppable.
me and my best friend Gabby
When I talk about bonds between women I don't just mean as friends. I'm lucky enough to have spent my childhood around strong-willed Greek women like my mother and grandmother. Unfortunately I lost my grandmother in the fall of 2013. But I'm grateful to have had her in my life for thirteen years. She and I were extremely close. We listened to the radio, watched Home Shopping Network together, and I helped her learn how to use Facebook. I miss her a lot.
my grandmother, me, and my mother on the beach in 2001

 While I talk a lot on here about famous women who are influential, I have no idea where I would be without the guidance of the women around me. It's crucial for young girls to be able to confide in and spend time with older women. In a world where women are constantly feeling the pressures of a patriarchal society and being pitted against each other they need to support one another. I've started really getting into the habit of praising and complimenting other girls when I have the opportunity to.

With social media we have the chance to spread so many positive thoughts and showing our love for other girls. Comment something nice on someone's selfie, send your friends nice good morning texts, use your smartphone to make a little difference in someone's day. So I guess this is a sort of call to arms to all my ladies. I encourage you to make an effort to learn about the women around you and you might be surprised. When women are close to each other they are an incredible source of strength and beauty.

You can find the fabulous ladies I mentioned on Instagram here:
Ann- @annbannan_
Gabby- @polarain1999
My Mom- @thomaiomi