every girl should think this

@broadway I have some ideas for the mean girls musical I think you should consider!
1. Every mean girl had a signature color
2. Instead of two new friends, the main character just has one old friend.
3. The main character’s love interest is much edgier + has major mommy issues
4. The mean girls all have the same name
5. Murder happens
6. It’s Heathers. Literally revive Heathers.

anonymous asked:

Is there anything that you don’t like in imagines like stuff that would stop you reading it

When writers give the female character physical attributes and lessen the amount of people who can relate to and enjoy their work whilst also making people who don’t fit in with those attributes feel excluded.
Also when people write in Harry’s accent.

does anyone remember that q and a website where you could send people questions and if you were unpopular the bot for the website would send you questions that you could publicly answer

BOOK REVIEW: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Release Date: September 19, 2017

Age Group: 14+

Genres: Contemporary, Feminism

My rating: 5/5 Stars

Add it to your TBR on Goodreads here


Disclaimers: 

I received a copy via the publisher through NetGalley. 

This is a long text post. 

There may or may not be spoilers.

You can check my original post on Goodreads here


“Moxie is for every girl.” 

(I also think boys should read this one, too)

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu is one of those novels that, much like with recent and timely releases in YA, I believe will have a big impact on today’s readers. In a very unapologetic and jarring fashion, Mathieu has managed to bring the very real issue of inequality between genders, and the stereotypes that plague women in North America. I say North American because this is where the novel is set–I know there are more issues with gender inequality all around the world. 

I read one of Mathieu’s other books called The Truth About Alice which is lesser known but equally important because it touches on the topic of slut shaming and the power of rumours. If you’ve read Moxie and feel like you want more, I strongly urge you to pick up The Truth About Alice. I love Mathieu’s writing because just when you think your eyes are open to the situations around you, she opens them just a bit wider by metaphorically asking you, “What if YOU got to see it all through your own eyes?" 

Vivian, the protagonist, is that gateway for the reader to see a world that may be the same as their own, or vastly different. Vivian is the daughter of a woman who once fought for equality with a vengeance. Finding the courage to halfway follow in her mother’s footsteps, Vivian decides to find her own way of fighting back. In doing so, she is giving voice to the once voiceless girls of her school. 

Here’s the thing: Vivian’s school is a disaster when it comes to gender equality. You might read the situations and say, "No way, that’s too much! That can’t possibly happen/be happening!” It’s scary that we live in a world where things like that can and do happen.

I live in Canada and I am a decade too late to see how gender inequality is affecting the school system today. Either that, or I was either unaware or I never paid too much attention (which I do regret). But I’ve read stories and seen videos of girls being put through a lot at their schools. Girls being suspended, or sent home because of what they’re wearing. Boys being excused from their actions because of their athletic prowess, or because they are like tiny gods in their own small towns. 

When watching these news and reading these stories, one always (unknowingly) places a thin, clear line between themselves and the stories. Thinking, “Oh that’s horrible and it’s happening…but maybe not here?” Every one is different, so maybe it’s just me. I think that’s why this book is so jarring, because being in first person, you get to see through Viv’s eyes. You get to experience the shock and the tension and the “OMG did that just happen?” reaction. Because while the events might seem over the top, they could very well be happening now. And even if they are hyperbolic situations, it is meant to get a reaction out of the reader. It is meant to lift the reader up from potential complacency.

I had a digital copy of this book, so while I got to look at the Zines, I didn’t get a chance to see them in their full glory. They’re amazing and I really hope that readers can feel empowered looking at them. The level of creativity, as well as positive rebellion in this book is inspiring. 

One of the best, absolute best things about Moxie is that it truly honours feminism. It talks about equality, tackles the misconception that follows feminism like a shadow, and introduces ways to fight for equality without literally fighting, or getting aggressive. There’s a scene in this book where one character comments on why we need a word like feminism, why can’t we just have equality? And Vivian responds with: 

“But isn’t that what a feminist is? […] Equality?” 

and also this gem from later in the book: 

“Feminist. It’s not a bad word. After today it might be my favourite word. Because really all it is is girls supporting each other and wanting to be treated like human beings in a world that’s always finding ways to tell them they’re not.” 

[Both quotes are from an unfinished e-galley of Moxie and may have changed in the final printing]

I love BOTH of these quotes because of the message they’re portraying to their readers and young girls AND boys who might pick up this book. I like that situations came up in Moxie where the reader is shown how they can or may be handled in real life situations. Some people may need to have it all explained to them and some people won’t want to hear it. The world is far from perfect. 

The pacing is super quick and the tone, other than the obvious message of the book, felt like one of those books you might read while lying outside in the summer sun, though it’s set during a full school year. Vivian and her bicycle riding adventures made me think of moments in my teen-hood where I always had somewhere to go and be. It just felt strangely nostalgic. 

I love all of the characters and how they all had something to offer to the story. Everyone had a reason to be in this story. This book used every side character equally. The character growth wasn’t just for Vivian to experience, but for those around her as well.

Vivian herself is a complex character who, for most of the time, is very introverted when it comes to the things she witnesses. Even when she does start to speak up, she is hesitant, or just learning to wear her new level of confidence. She isn’t without faults and I like that instead of making her a perfect spokesperson, Mathieu writes her as a young woman learning to navigate her life. Despite the amazing message and the incredible feats she eventually accomplishes, one has to remember that Vivian is a teenager and those are some of the most difficult years in a person’s life as they grow into who they will one day become. 

I don’t know if you can tell, but I really liked this book. 

I strongly recommend this one for anyone who loves a powerful story. I believe that EVERYONE should give it a shot. Moxie’s message is powerful enough to change the world. 

Happy reading!

anonymous asked:

How is illiteracy racist? o.o

Illiteracy in itself isn’t racist of course, there are people of every race that have illiteracy issues for a variety of reasons. It’s just that when it’s combined with a stereotypical caricature that’s been used to humiliate and make fun of those of a certain race throughout history things get… Let’s just say complicated, I don’t want to stir up anything, the situation just makes me concerned about making my own characters to an extent - if people are afraid of making character designs with other races we might just end up with a whole lot of very plain generic characters with mostly white features. Which would be a shame because I think every little girl or boy should have the option of having someone that looks like them to look up to.
Whether or not that kind of thing is intentional it’s important to think about how people might take things like that

I don’t understand how some people want equal line distribution in Morning Musume. I get wanting it in groups where every girl is a good singer (anju, country girls, kobushi etc) But MM? No. You can’t say with a straight face that Oharu (or really either Haruna) is a good enough singer to get as many lines as Sakura, that Haga should get the same amount as Mizuki or Masaki. Like yes I think every girl should get a line in a song, but it shouldn’t be equal.            

So I’ve noticed that a number of trans women are asking about walking and body language tutorials to avoid misgendering out in the Hellish Cis Wilds

And before some gross shit says it: cis feminists please go fuck yourselves if you think it’s “misogynist” to keep yourself from getting a bottle cracked over your head by walking a certain way because lmao even cis girls will do that to a trans girl for not being “feminine” enough etc etc. 

Survival > Your Liberal Attachment to Purity Of Ideology. 

Here we go

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Forreal, this country is now full of a bunch of girls that, because of social media, think every boy they meet should be a perfect, prince charming. He should have no past traumas, he should be happy every single day and always smiling.

If you have any kind of troubles in your past, you’re problematic, and “need to love yourself before you start dating”.

Honey….some of this shit, I’m gonna be dealing with for the rest of my life. My depression, my alcoholism, my anxiety. Why should this keep me from EVER loving someone?

 

anonymous asked:

woew that anon was a bit vicious. Maddie is a little girl, its not her fault. And even if she did lie they should just move on. Every young girl makes mistakes. I think everyone is annoyed at Christi cause she is an adult and she should know better. Yes Christi agreed at the end to let Chloe talk to Maddie but I bet it wasn't her idea. And I like how Christi was fine about Chloe talking to Kira and Kalani even tho they lied about the duet too.

Let’s Date? || Johnny

Word Count: 1,112

Genre: Fluff

Request: When you and Johnny are best friends but both like each other secretly so Johnny confesses. 

author’s note: sorry it took so long! i was so sleepy when i first started writing it, not looking at the request properly. i wrote a lot before even realizing I made so many mistakes, so forgive me. i tried to include that they were long time friends- the thing I missed out on adding in. however, i hope you like it regardless! thank you for requesting  (。◕‿◕。) 


Something about Johnny’s feelings towards you definitely changed.

It was a weird feeling at first, how his feelings changed in a span of a day even though you both had been friends for quite some time. He had always seen you as someone he would date but never really made it happen. Or in this case, do anything that showed his feelings. So why now? You were best friends… Wouldn’t it be weird?  He tried to hide his feelings whenever you both hung out. But somehow, his friends noticed the change in his feelings for you and teased him about it. What made it obvious? He didn’t know.

“Why don’t you just tell her?”

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Moon time and all that goes with it.

I’m going to talk about something that’s probably not exactly G-rated material, which, given that it’s Tumblr, probably isn’t a big deal. I’m sure worse stuff has been posted. 

I’m going to talk about our moon time, ladies. That’s right - Aunt Flow, Time of the Month, the rag, moon time, whatever you want to call it. 

Growing up in a very strict Southern Baptist home, when I got my first introduction into womanhood, it was less celebration and festivities and more chastising, lectures, and ostracizing. 

Menstruation, as my mother said, was given to women to punish us, just as labor pains are, well, painful. (She really honed in on the pains of labor, so much so that I was panicking when getting read to deliver. Turns out, it’s supposed to hurt, but it doesn’t hurt as bad as I thought.) Anyway, at the time of Eve (of Adam and Eve), after Eve caused the downfall of man and essentially ruined the world, her monthly time became extraordinarily painful as a punishment from God. Whenever my cycle began, my mother would always look at me disapprovingly and say I was dirty. She told me that whenever I felt the pains of cramps (and I have severe cramps to the point where I couldn’t walk), I should think about the sin and pain I’ve caused to humanity. Even though my mother abused me horribly, I still wanted to impress her and win her non-existent affections, so I starved myself until I didn’t get my period anymore. I finally felt clean. Worthy. Pure. I was sick, though, and I nearly died many times because of my eating disorder. It’s something that I still struggle with, even after almost 15 years. Anyway, the point that always stuck with me in childhood was that I’m a bad person because I sin, and I bleed to purge that sin only to be dirty anyway. It was a sick and twisted message that I can only call psychological abuse. 

As someone who has moved far away not only from my hometown but from my religious upbringing, I’ve started to look at my cycle in a new light. The female cycle mirrors quite closely to the moon cycle. In fact, mine mirrors so closely that I always know when there’s a new moon. When I first heard of the term “moon time,” I was delighted. After all, the moon was my constant companion. I could do things in the safety of the moonlight that I couldn’t do during the day, and I found solace and healing at night with the moon watching over me protectively. 

I’m trying to erase those social and religious views of this time and instead celebrate the wonders of femininity and all that comes with it. I know, right now, in my Mother phase I’m supposed to have this. As I move into the Crone stage of my physical life, I’ll know that my time with this experience will expire, and they will be replaced by new ones. In the last week, I have made a conscious effort to be kind to myself during this time. Today, that meant listening to my body a little more closely. When I felt thirsty, I drank some water. When I was hungry, I ate some food. When I was tired, I took a break. It’s opening my eyes to other aspects of my Divine Feminine, and I love this new perspective. 

I think every girl should be raised with this type of love and awareness that the transition from girlhood to womanhood is beautiful, mystical, and wondrous, instead of dirty, embarrassing, and shameful. Maybe we’d love our bodies more instead of trying to change everything all the time, and I know I include myself in that too. 

Silk Scarf

By The Girl from Panama

A perfect look for the weekend and so easy to recreate…

Happy Saturday guys! I just wanted to thank you to all of your sweet words about the new design of my blog. I feel very lucky to have followers like you that are so supportive and that take the time to send me a sweet note. Like I said in this post, it’s been a great year but I would not have any of this if I wasn’t for you! As simple as that. 

Anyway, before I get too emotional around here…let’s talk about today’s look. We were heading to one of our favorite Italian restaurant in the city, Toscano, and we stopped by this cute little corner with beautiful natural lighting to take these pics. The jeans, you’ve seen before. They are one of my favorite styles right now. 

The scarf is my newest addition. Scarves are very on-trend and they are everywhere right now! My favorite way to style a scarf is by wrapping it around the handle of my handbag. It looks so chic! I think every girl should have at least 1 printed silk scarf in their closet; They are so versatile and there are a million different ways you can style it. 

It’s time for me to go, I have to go get ready for my best friend’s bridal shower. Don’t forget to follow me on snapchat (@pamhetlinger) and instagram for more!

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ASOS Flat Top Cat Eye Sunglasses

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anonymous asked:

Give me a piece of advice that you think every girl should know.

all boys are dumb, if one doesn’t like you it doesn’t matter

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Kick-Ass Chicks: Heidi Bivens

Costume designer and stylist Heidi Bivens is one the sweetest and most stylish people we know, and she’s also worked with visionaries such as David Lynch, Harmony Korine and even Michael Jackson (whoa!). We recently spent a day in Brooklyn with Heidi and chatted about Eley Kishimoto, scooting over the bridge, and why every girl should invest in a good party dress.

Photos by Emily Winiker.

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What kind of world do we live in when
it is 7:22 at night and I am at the train station waiting for my father to pick me up and a guy passes me and then turns around and yells
“How old are you?”
And the first thing that I do is think, “here it comes” and tighten my grip on the knife in my pocket.
“18”
“Good, so I can say this, I think every black man should have a white chick. Give all the black chicks to the white men. I think every black guy should have a white girl.”
And before I can yell “Fuck off” or throw my patented double middle finger.
He is gone
And I think,
“Well, at least it was pretty civil this time.”

Compared to the other times.
Times I will not share.
Times that make me flinch when my co-worker wolf whistles as another for fun.
Times that have me curled in the driver’s seat of my car with my doors locked, shaking.
I am not afraid of the dark.
Nor am I afraid of monsters.
I am only afraid of the human ones that wait there.
To parents of little girls:
When she comes home crying because a boy pulled her pigtails and pushed her into the dirt,
Do not sit her down and say,
“Honey, he does those things because he likes you.”
Do not sit her down.
Teach her to push back.
Teach her to stand up.
Because if you don’t teach her now, she will never learn.
And instead she will learn to trust those who hurt her,
physically and emotionally.
Teach her to fight back.
And when she does and you get a call from her teacher, pull her out of school early and take her out for ice cream.
So when the boys yell after her, she can yell back.
Also remind her that not all guys are like that.
So when she becomes hard and cynical, like me,
she will not build a wall around her heart.
Remind her that her heart is not made of glass.
And when boys tell her she is too strong,
Remind her that they are too weak to handle the power of her fists.
Remind her that crying does not make her weak.
Since birth it has been a sign that we are alive.
Remind her that living and surviving are two different things.
And that surviving takes hard work, but you will be behind her the whole way.
Teach her to masturbate and wing her eyeliner and show no mercy.
And above all, teach her to fight fire with fire so she won’t be afraid of burning.