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I had the most lovely weekend at CalArts with Alex. We watched Y Tu Mamá También, went swimming, hung out in a park, watched the sunset ontop of a mountain, and just enjoyed one another’s company. I was also delighted to find out I was accepted into the Fine Arts program while I was staying there.
I miss him already.
Anonymous asked: Any tips to get into oxbow? I'm hoping to get in for fall semester this year do you think it is too late? I know you're not an admissions counselor or anything but seeing that you've gone through it I'd hope to get your advice!
It’s not too late! Oxbow has rolling admissions so they will accept students up until they are out of room to house them. My semester a few students didn’t know they were going to Oxbow until a few weeks or just days before!
To get into Oxbow I would just show enthusiasm. They don’t assume you have prior artistic experience, just that you have a strong desire to learn and create. If you have passion and are willing to learn they will really value that. They also look for kids who are willing to take risks, so just be inventive and do your best! As long as you are dedicated and they have space, they will love you :)
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my newest article has been published on Make It Better just in time for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week
Download Make It Better Magazines latest issue (free in the App Store!) to see some of my latest write ups for their philanthropy awards!
This is the first time something of mine has been published in print and I’m super excited.
Anonymous asked: you look like pattie boyd, only much much prettier :)
if you truly think this you’re such a sweetheart, she’s beautiful.
This week for psych class we were assigned to choose a type of media and to study gender roles within that media. I chose to look at gender roles on TV, and ended up watching Phineas and Ferb, the Powerpuff Girls, and Love It or List It. I was appalled at what I found once I started opening my eyes. Generally, I use TV as a means to escape from the constant barrage of sexism I face day to day and to numb my mind with pointless shows I don’t heavily invest myself in. However, once I started critiquing TV’s portrayal of men and particularly women, I realized it couldn’t be a source for mind-numbing any longer, and I can’t be a participant in something I don’t believe in.
Today I was watching Shark Tank and a woman came on marketing her natural flavored pancake mixes. She handed out samples to each of the Sharks, and then it happened. As they all began to taste the pancake flavors like banana or strawberry, Mr. Wonderful told Barbara, the only female shark, “a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips”. Barbara looked stunned for a moment, then told him “it’s worth it”. None of the men on this show are particularly fit, some of which could even be considered heavy. Barbara, on the other hand, is an incredibly small individual. Regardless, I don’t care if Barbara is 10000 pounds or 1, she should be able to enjoy and assess a product just like the men on the show, especially men in no position to talk. Needless to say, I was appalled.
The image of women that TV and media in general is presenting to everyone, especially the growing/younger generation, is heinous. Take Phineas and Ferb for example. The plot of the show is that two brothers, Phineas and Ferb, have 104 days of summer vacation to fill with exciting, adventurous ideas, inventions, and trips they create. Each show the two boys effortlessly create something incredible, such as a rocket ship or a way to ski on a giant, unmeltable snow hill during the summer time. The boys are portrayed as creative, determined, inventive engineers and I’m sure they inspire many little boys out there to become as intelligent and inventive as them. Even their platypus, Perry, is a male that saves the world from the evil Dr. Doofenschmirtz, also a male with a great deal of power, each day. There are only three main female characters in the show, and they don’t pass the Bechdel test whatsoever. Candace, Phineas and Ferb’s sister, serves two purposes: to get Phineas and Ferb in trouble, and to speak about her love interest, Jeremy. There is Isabella, Phineas’ crush, who usually serves the purpose of supporting Phineas and Ferb’s ideas. Then there is their mother, who is always oblivious to what they boys are doing as she shops, hangs out with their father, or participates in something else off screen, always returning in time for the boys to clean up and to humiliate Candace for trying to get them in trouble for their inventions, as they no longer exist, making Candace look bad. The female characters in this show are only present to support the male characters, whereas the male characters, even down to a platypus, are engineers, inventors, and super heroes who save the world.
What is this teaching our youngest generation? I am so fed up with gender roles and stereotypical tropes bombarding TV. Men are portrayed as multi-faceted, dimensional dichotomies, whereas women are one-note beings that generally only serve one purpose. They are the manic pixie dream girl, the femme fatale, the love interest, the bitchy boss. Almost never do we see women with goals and aspirations outside of finding a man or having children. Though these are noble and valid goals, women need representation of many types of women. For women this teaches us that it is ok to want to be a CEO with 7 children, or to be quiet and yet outgoing, or to be artistic but incredibly practically oriented; that our contradictions are not flaws, and we do not have to be a specific formula to be desirable. For men the representation of dynamic and real female characters teaches that women don’t exist purely for sexual purposes, and that just like any man, we have goals, desires, fears, successes, failures, and hesitations. To have women characters who only portray these stereotypical tropes holds us back from progress, as both men and women begin to subconsciously, or consciously, uphold these restrictive and confining gender roles and boundaries. So much can be changed just through representation.
We are valid and we are real, and we deserve to be portrayed as we truly are.