Sometimes I Want to Scream











{February 20, 2010}   Teenage Girls

Teenage girls confuse me. Which sounds reasonable until I point out that I am a teenage girl. At which point it begins to sound a little weird. But back to the point. . .

A lot of things about them confuse me:

  • Their ability to lose all sense of selfย  so as to feel loved, whether this is by their friends or by their crushes.
  • Their ability to pretend that they are stupider than they are.
  • How they can wear such short skirts in such cold weather…Seriously. I’m all for people wearing whatever they want but THEY’RE TURNING BLUE.
  • And so on and so forth

The thing that confuses me most however is how good we are at feeling like shit. I feel like making a Bingo card and every time someone describes how they hate their legs, how XTY is sooo pretty, how they look awful, how they’re too fat, how they’re too skinny, how they’re too short, how they’re too hairy….It’s never ending.

Now I admit, I’m just as bad most of the time. And it seems to happen to everyone so I’m wondering what causes it. Environment? Genetics? People? Adverts? But more than that – I’m wondering how to stop it.

And that’s where the beauty of these two websites come in:

http://www.operationbeautiful.com

http://www.beautifulyoubyjulie.com

These are beautiful sites. I would attempt to explain them but a part of me thinks that it’s not worth it. They will explain themselves better. Please at least look at them. Thank you.

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The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things – Carol Mackerly.

I admit – I adore trashy, teen novels. In my defence I have read Lord of the Flies so many times that my teacher asks me to find the quotes. I am reading Emma. I have read a number of classics -old and modern. But I still adore trashy. So when my friend recommended this book I was perfectly happy to reserve it at the library.

When I read the blurb and the first few chapters I was almost ready to quit because it looked like the oh-so-common “fat girl hates self, makes a change, gets boyfriend, is happy”. But I continued because I figured it was unlikely my feminist friend would offer me this. And I am so glad I did.

As well as being a great feel good book, TEMBAOBRT deals with a lot of serious issues: family communication, feeling overshadowed, taking control, self-esteem, date rape, friendships and so much more. It’s a brilliant book that really warms your heart and you should give it to any teenage girl you know.

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{December 12, 2009}   Hello world!

I really came on here because I was the FreeRice website, trying to remember the Periodic Table (FreeRice asks you multiple choice questions – you choose the subject – so every correct answer donates rice to the hungry) looking for other ways to help. I came across the World Food Programme which suggested blogging to help. So here I am.

Please do something for the 1 billion people who are starving while you read the thoughts of a teenager (who’s very flattered by it). I know not everyone will be able to donate money – please do if you can- but almost anyone can donate 5 minutes to go on FreeRice and answer a few questions (and learn at the same time) or go on the Hunger Site and click the page.

Please help? I could offer you a ton of statistics like “400,000 infants could die around the world per year between 2009 and 2015” but I think that I can trust that you’re a sufficiently humane person to click a few buttons without that.

http://www.freerice.com

http://www.thehungersite.com

Thanks in advance. ๐Ÿ˜€



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