Being a regular human being that enjoys talking about herself when provoked, I always thought the most glamorous part of a celebrity’s job was getting to talk hours on end about their daily lives, their current projects, their history, just everything. But until recently, I had not noticed how gender biased the questions can be.
From women constantly being asked how they manage to balance work and family (because really, something must be falling through the cracks) to how they managed to drop so much weight for their Catwoman role/ getting back to “normal” post baby shape. Women are frequently asked very static questions about their appearance. Or very judgmental questions about their home lives.
That rarely happens to men.
Sure, male celebrities get their fair share of stupid and superficial questions, but they also get their fair share of tough and thought-provoking questions.
Which is why the #AskHerMore campaign made me so excited. Women are more than just their dresses and diet routines. We all know that.
Sure, people love gobbling up fashion and diet tips and there is nothing wrong with enjoying that facet of celebrity life. But the moment we relegate women to having these few and vain topics to talk about is the moment girls and women think that is all they should care about.
Which we all know is not true.
So hopefully the handful of journalists that actually care to write thought-provoking pieces (and hopefully those haven’t been fired yet) will take this campaign seriously and start leading the conversations to more interesting waters that don’t exclusively deal with liposuction and Louboutins.
I’ve never been competitive when it came to sports. I’ve done plenty of sports up through high school, such as tennis, lacrosse, gymnastics, ballet, swimming, and soccer. I never stuck with one sport for a certain amount of time. I would start one thing, quit and then move on to another sport. It wasn’t until my junior of High School that I “found” yoga.
I took my first vinyasa yoga class at a gym that I was working at and wanted to take use of my free membership. I always thought of yoga as another class that would help me stay in shape. I was constantly looking in the mirror to make sure I had the perfect form and went to numerous classes just to burn off some calories. I put myself into uncomfortable positions that my body was not ready for. I wanted to be a perfectionist when it came to yoga. I wanted to get the pose right the first time and I wanted to be able to do a handstand without the wall. During these classes I always heard my instructors talk about patience and acceptance, and I never knew what they were talking about. This made me question yoga even more and I wanted to learn more about it.
It wasn’t for the purpose of staying in shape or looking fit, I wanted to learn more about the practice of yoga. I wanted to understand what my instructors meant by patience and acceptance. These past 4 years I’ve learned yoga is a slow process of learning your body. Learning its limits and its strengths. Yoga is about a process not perfection and I’ve fallen in love with the process of loving and accepting my strengths and weaknesses. Welcoming your insecurities and weaknesses is part of growing mentally and physically, and I try to apply this throughout all the areas of my life.
By: Malin Borjeson
As I have traveled between the two continents, I have noticed a huge gap in the level of social contact that occurs in each location. In Sweden, and really Europe in general, people tend to stick to themselves. You do not wave or say hello to random people on the streets if you do not know who they are, and rarely does it occur that you say “excuse me” for accidentally nudging a random stranger. I am not exactly sure why this is. As a tourist, many Americans would think that we are just flat out rude, but I believe that it is more than that. It seems that people in Europe are always being timed and always have a place to be, so they don’t think about waving or saying “excuse me”. In America, people are never really in a rush unless you go into the big cities where people act a little bit more “European”. But out in the rural areas, no one is on a clock. People wake up, they take their time to get to work, and then they come home and spend time with their families. They don’t feel the need to be in a hurry and so consequently they are much more aware of their surroundings. It also might have a little something to do with that famous Southern hospitality.
As a European, I must say that it is a nice change of scenery to find myself in a place where everyone is so kind and nobody feels like they are limited on time. We just get everything done when we do but still manage to make it by at the end of the day.
Do you like spending time on your phone, the instant gratification our technological society requires, and rapping? Well, I have news for you. A new social media app is on the rise and that app is Rapchat. Don’t confuse the trending download with its counterpart Snapchat; however, if you’re a fan, Rapchat will not disappoint.
Rapchat allows its users to spit fresh freestyles and share them with all their friends. It’s simple: select friends to send it to, choose a sick beat, rap like a pro for a few seconds, hit send and boom. Your self-made rapping career is on its way.
It seems that every time I turn around a new app is stealing the attention of young adults. Whether it’s Yik Yak, Twitter, or Instagram, we’re constantly scrolling, taking in everything except our surroundings.
It’s good to stay connected with our friends through pictures, posts, and messages. Still, this continuous contact may be cutting off our single most important connection—the connection we have with ourselves.
Perhaps, the next time you find yourself aimlessly searching through the lives of others and sending ultimately meaningless selfies take a second to reflect upon yourself and your surroundings.
Be comfortable without the interaction of others. Be comfortable with yourself. It’s okay to simply be rather than do.
Learning that Saturday Night Live began in 1975, a time where authority institutions really sucked, made me realize how necessary that show was to society at that time. They needed to laugh at the absurdity of the times, gather round and revel in the bullshit they were currently living through.
Now, 40 years in the future, we still read about governmental exploitative stories and awful tales of bureaucratic mistreatment…but we now have more outlets. The show at that time was huge and basically the most mainstream attack on the ridiculousness of society.
Now all we do is mock the society we live in. People use words and phrases ironically, troll company’s social media, watch and comment on a myriad of programs that now mock every little faucet of life. Looking around, it seems like everyone wants to jump on this mocking bandwagon and hopefully capture the most sarcastic sentiment of the moment.
We may have more satire and more lenses looking into culture, but is the quality still there? There are certainly a good number of movies, books, articles, etc. that does its fair share of muckraking but a lot of satire today seems diluted.
It being the age of a million channels and options, SNL is now just another choice among many that poke fun at life.
By: Gabrielle Grey
It’s a rainy Monday morning and I’m unpacking my car as I’m moving my things back in from a weekend of being home. It’s a Monday. It’s a huge test week. And I’m drenched. After being away from my car for only 20 minutes, much to my surprise I come back to find a thin, soggy orange envelope beneath one of my windshield wipers.
The only thing that could’ve made Monday a little more “Monday” was a parking ticket.
Between re-organizing our schedules to avoid conflict and studying for the three upcoming tests we have that week, there are few moments where we’re actually mindful of where we are and what we have. The days almost seem to string together because of how busy we are and time picks up with lightning speed. Even in the midst of our countless obligations or lengthy to-do lists, the one thing we can’t overdo is our expression of gratitude for where we are and what we have.
So many things are constantly taken for granted. We’re all guilty of it. Each moment we’re given is something to acknowledge and be grateful for. Yes I know, the line at O House stir-fry is always just too long. And yes I know, you just missed your bus and you have to get from Park Hall to Lamar Dodd in ten minutes. And yes I know, you just got to the crosswalk as the sign turned from the promising walking man to that harsh orange hand. But there is still reason to be grateful.
I could’ve imagined my Monday morning any other way. Maybe a little drier. Maybe without an impending fine. And Maybe a little Friday-er. But regardless of all that Monday brought with it, my thankfulness remains.
A simple pause can change the day. Pause to say ‘thank-you’ to the person who just reopened the bus door so you could get on. Pause to acknowledge the person who just made your sandwich a little beefier than usual. Pause to relish in the fact that class was cancelled and you aren’t bound by that obligation, even if just for a day. Pause and take it all in.
As I scroll through my Facebook timeline, I see them. It’s almost as if they’re following me. With every swipe of my screen another one pops up, baiting me with their numbered lists. The inescapable shared links that have spread faster than an itchy rash on an unfortunate body part the day of your O Chem final. “37 thoughts every college student can relate to,” “7 things I forget to thank my mom for,” “10 signs you’re an extrovert.” The countless publications of these list-based articles go on and on.
I understand their appeal. They’re funny, relatable, and quick to read. Oftentimes they’re even eye opening, informative, or inspiring.
Not only are people sharing these links on Facebook with all of their friends, family, strangers and the “I met you at orientation two years ago but we haven’t talked since then” guys but they’re also tagging them in association because it describes their relationship perfectly, explains to their mom the things she did that they took for granted, and thanks their best friend for all the times they stuck by their side.
In an attempt to seem personal we select a specific list that is seemingly unique to one person. Ironically, that’s about as impersonal as it gets. Anyone can go online, find an article that somehow relates to person and slap it on a status exclaiming, “This is you!” My lazy-eyed Chihuahua could do that.
Don’t get me wrong. I want my mother to know that I am grateful for her and I want my best friend to realize how much our friendship means to me as much as the next girl, but I can certainly express my thoughts to them by means other than a public, universal, one size fits most bulleted list.
Just think of how appreciated your mom would feel if you called her just to let her know how thankful you are for all she’s done for you or the confidence boost your friend would get if you personally told them all the things they do that make you value their friendship.
So, maybe you don’t have to call up your Beyoncé obsessed bestie to recite the “99 Reasons Beyoncé is Flawless.” In this case a simple tag will suffice but’s let’s try to keep the personal things personal. Isn’t that what they said about sexting?