01.look at me! - Xxxtentacion // 02.big fish - Vince Staples // 03.chariot - Beach House // 04.blue moon - Chromatics // 05.across the multiverse - Dent May ft. Frankie Cosmos // 06.congratulations - Post Malone ft Quavo // 07. wanna be us - Lil Yachty ft. The Good Perry // 08. x - 21 Savage ft. Future // 09.we can’t stop - Miley Cyrus // 10.candy paint - Post Malone // 11.lust for life - Lana Del Rey ft. The Weeknd // 12. no heart - 21 Savage // 13.lord pretty flacko joyde 2 (LPFJ2) - A$AP Rocky // 14.white iverson - Post Malone // 15.you deserve this - Men I trust // 16.revenge - Xxxtentacion // 17.it is not meant to be - Tame Impala // 18.malibu - Miley Cyrus // 19.humble. - Kendrick Lamar // 20.mask off - Future // 21.no flockin - Kodak Black // 22.passionfruit - Drake // 23. xo tour lif3 - Lil Uzi Vert // 24.og - Aaron Knight // 25.who are you? - Lil Xan // 26.you wish you were red - Trailer Trash Tracys // 27.dark red - Steve Lacy // 28.this is what makes us girls - Lana Del Rey // 29.dopemang - Kiiara ft. Ashley All Day
are weird about young, teenage, outspoken girls* in the public sphere. It’s
either they are put down due to sexism or ageism or held up on this pedestal
like they know best (and I realize that, in some ways, this blog contributes to
that). It’s the problem with words like “woke” and “problematic” and “canceled”
and the very creepy, narrow way it’s approached, especially on sites like
Tumblr. There’s a lot of misdirected anger at a lot of these young girls when
they do something perceived as wrong. Especially when they identify as “activists”
(even though activism is not an identity but a literal demonstration of the
verb ‘act’ and the adjective ‘active’, but that’s another issue for another
day) and are in the business of publicly educating and dispersing knowledge. It’s
like we’ve moved on from the former expectance of controlled young actresses
and singers who never speak out and pepper teen magazines with aspirational and
fantastical imagery, to expecting perfection in a different way—that these
young girls must have perfect ideologies, perfect education, perfect execution.
Maybe it’s partly these young girls’ faults for taking on these
responsibilities that they are unequipped for. Maybe not. Flaws are still
despised in female public figures. Perfection—variant kinds—is still expected.
Maybe that’s (part of) the problem.
Amandla identifies as non-binary but is still publicly
coded as ‘female’ (an adjective she does not completely reject).