Consistent glorification of black women’s triumphs made in defiance – but without any acknowledgement of the forces we are, in fact, defying – is nothing more than a useless and hollow performance of wokeness that translates into nothing. Idolization is just another form of dehumanization.
Shocker: apparently young women can’t enjoy male artists without being branded as mindless, sexually-ravenous “fangirls”. While this stereotype – and the inherent misogyny behind it – certainly isn’t new, it is getting especially stale in our current political climate. I’m not sure when it became “uncool” to be a woman who gets excited about art (the 1800s, maybe?), but in 2017, getting excited about art makes you a fangirl (and being a fangirl means your opinion isn’t valid).
Listen, it’s 2016 and I’m finally coming to terms with the fact that Guitar Hero III is, like, the most important influence in my life. Let’s discuss.
I feel inadequate because I don’t have 10,000 Instagram followers, because I’m not an “it girl” or an influencer, and because I don’t fit my own skewed definition of “cool on the internet”. I know I’m not alone in this feeling. Can I feel significant offline… without being significant online?
finding home within yourself is the difference between being alone and being lonely. allow yourself to enjoy being alone, and if you ever feel lonely, just know that your home will always be there, waiting for you.
Ellie Rosenwasser lays down some real wisdom in her dissection of smooth-talking boys and “the scene” of arts and music: “The lesson I’ve learned is to not mess around with skaters who allude to promises of truth and sensitivity. I’m taking the high road and staying the hell away from charming, lanky, white boy musicians with jawlines that could pierce my skin if they tried.”
Zoe Allen shares her all-too-familiar experience the anxiety of trying to create a perception of oneself on social media. “It is human to care, but I am sick of caring this much.”