All posts tagged: Musings

What I’ve Learned Thus Far: 24 Things in 24 Years

1. In everything you do, stay true to yourself. 2. Embrace your mistakes. 3. Know that people act in their best self-interest. 4. Don’t waste your time on those who bring you down. 5. Understand that life is not fair. 6. Make the most out of what you have. 7. Always, always, always be grateful. 8. If you are a person of privilege and advantage, you must help those who are less privileged and disadvantaged. 9. Respect your elders. 10. Confidence is key! Fake it ’til you make it. 11. Don’t sweat the small stuff. 12. Self-love is essential. Take great care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. 13. Make an effort to see and do as much as you can. 14. Set many goals, and constantly be working to achieve them. 15. Know that failure is a part of success. 16. Don’t compare yourself to others. 17. Be there for those you love. 18. Embrace what makes you, you. 19. Say “I love you” often. 20. Do something nice for someone else, daily. 21. Stand by what …

Who Says It Has to Be Modest? A Feminist Perspective on the Bikini

The following is a response to Jessica Rey’s speech regarding bikinis. Please watch the video here prior to reading: In her speech, Rey basically argues that when going to the beach/pool, women should wear one piece bathing suits because bikinis promote men to perceive women as objects. As evidence, Rey cites a Princeton study which found that when men viewed pictures of women in bikinis, the area of their brains associated with objects (e.g. screwdriver) lit up, as well as the areas of their brains associated with first-person action verbs (e.g. “I push” verses “she pushes”). Now, I want to make it clear that I do not disagree with the notion that men may be inclined to objectify women in certain environments (e.g. at the beach where women tend to wear less clothing in general). I do have a modest background in evolutionary psychology, and I understand that we all have instincts that may seem controversial in today’s society, but that we have little to no control over (and that we may not even be …

My Thoughts on This Year’s Golden Globe Awards

I used to love award shows when I was admittedly somewhat more naive. As I’ve grown older, I’ve began to realize that they don’t always mean all that much, other than to those who win them. Spectacular films, television shows, writers, cinematographers, actors, directors, producers, and artists from all aspects of the creative process are ignored year after year. And sometimes (or rather, often) sub-par films make the cut. An Oscar-winning film or performance does not always stand the test of time. My first observation from last night’s Golden Globes was that the winners weren’t all entirely predictable, which was quite refreshing. There were also so many tremendous speeches (some of my favorites included Gina Rodriguez, Common, Jeffrey Tambor, and Maggie Gyllenhaal) and as usual, Amy and Tina were great (though, why didn’t we see more of them?!). But what stood out to me most was that the women of the ceremony were totally and completely riled up and ready to talk about women’s roles in Hollywood. Nearly every female winner of the night had something to say about …