Brains and Beauty

Growing up, I knew I wanted to make a difference in the world. Thus, I told myself that I would be ugly--because, after all, girls couldn't be both. Smarts and attractiveness? Preposterous! Now, I understand that this kind of thinking was part of my struggle with internalized misogyny. However, this wasn't an individual struggle. Most girls…

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Jake Peralta and Emotions

  Often men in media are portrayed as macho statues with minimal emotion, unless it's toward sports. Think Ron Swanson, Tony Stark--those Manly Men who refuse to feel emotion, therefore are strong, masculine, and admirable. Masculinity being tied to lack of emotion has been a stereotype for a long time, but Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Jake Peralta refuses…

Accountability and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

(Spoilers for Crazy Ex Girlfriend)   I'm not sure if I have mentioned it here before, but I am seriously in love with the CW's Crazy Ex Girlfriend. It features a strong female lead with an underrepresented mental illness as well as a diverse cast of different cultures, sexualities, and life experiences. However, today I…

Dealing with Depression

Hello there! If you're reading this then you're probably wondering how you can deal with depression. Or perhaps someone you love has depression and you're wondering how to help. Well, I don't claim to have all the answers but I do have depression and I know what it's like to not want to live anymore.…

Stepping Away from Things

Hi I haven't been doing very well, but I wanted to write about parts of it to express my feelings. It has always helped me to put my thoughts and feelings outside of my body whether it's through writing, painting, shouting, or sometimes snapchatting, so I thought why not? I was dismissed from college a…

Productivity and Me

Sometimes, I feel like a hypocrite. While I'm telling people to work hard and break down big seemingly impossible goals, I find it hard to be productive. I've talked about motivation before, but this is different. I usually find myself staring at my outline of broken down tasks, dreading the moment where I have to…

Seeking Help

Last week, our class was discussing bullying. Several classmates shared their opinion and one of them mentioned mental illnesses especially depression. I started getting nervous. I already didn't know much about my classmates in that class, so it was hard for me to not be nervous. However, I wanted to talk about my experience and…

Entitlement in the Arts

Entitlement in the Arts   The cats are gone The house burned down   Your pen scratches at the surface You are content, done with your percent   Wherever there is disdain, you find your way You capture the pain day by day You put it in your pocket and you scratch the surface  …

The Pressure on The Smart Ones

In my first year of college, I recall a professor telling us that we are smart, but that the downside is that we are more likely to commit suicide. This scared me, for obvious reasons. But also, for less obvious reasons, like the fact that I had previously seen a pscychiatrist but it didn't work…