Monthly Archives: October 2014

I started watching The X-Files a few weeks ago and just finished the first season. I think I’m gonna write about my reactions as I finish each season (spoilers ahead, obviously).

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Taylor Swift has changed in many ways since the beginning of her career, including her evolution from country-pop starlet to now making what she labels as “blatant pop music.” With today’s release of her new record, 1989, and the promotional tour that comes with it, I’ve discovered my new favorite Taylor Swift transformation: her newfound sense of self and her feminism.

Throughout her career, Taylor did not take the title of feminist, telling The Daily Beast in 2012, for example, that she doesn’t “really think about things as guys versus girls.”

Now at 24-years-old, and with new friendships to people like Lena Dunham, Taylor seems to have come to terms with the F-word. In an interview last August, she told The Guardian that, “As a teenager, I didn’t understand that saying you’re a feminist is just saying that you hope women and men will have equal rights and equal opportunities.”

While signing a record deal at age 16 and growing up in the public eye does not excuse past problematic moves in her career, it does remind me of how impacting our culture can be in young people’s actions. Taylor’s transformation also reminds me of how embracing feminism can be a lifelong learning experience.

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I can pull for Taylor Swift because she’s constantly more and more self-aware, from taking down the media’s double-standard when it comes to female songwriters writing about exes vs. male songwriters writing about exes, to telling the media that she cheers on any female artist expressing her sexuality on her own terms.

The feminist transformation of one of the most visible and successful artists of our time can also open the eyes of many consumers of pop culture. With people like Beyoncé, Emma Watson, and now Taylor Swift openly discussing feminism, our culture can ultimately change the connotation of the word.

“What it seemed to me, the way it was phrased in culture, society, was that you hate men. And now, I think a lot of girls have had a feminist awakening because they understand what the word means. For so long it’s been made to seem like something where you’d picket against the opposite sex, whereas it’s not about that at all”- Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s new album, 1989, is now in stores.

I admit that it feels kind of weird making this post. On one hand, who cares what’s in my bag? What authority am I on what someone should carry with them? On the other hand, I’m nosy, especially when it comes to this kind of thing. I wanna know this stuff! I wanna know where that girl in front of me in line at the grocery store got her wallet! I wanna know what lip gloss my friend loves enough to take with her everywhere!

So yeah, it’s silly…and pointless. But here it goes:

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“Marriage means different things to different people”-Alison from “The Affair”

This fall’s best new show, “The Affair,” invites us to the world of Noah (Dominic West) and Alison (Ruth Wilson). In an interrogation room, both are recounting their take on their affair in light of a fatal crime. Noah and Alison’s personal memories of the events, however, are shown to be vastly different. “The Affair” makes the viewer question who is telling the truth, or if either character’s take on the events are reliable truths. No matter whose side you relate to most, the most fascinating part of “The Affair” is definitely how it can make us as viewers question the way we remember our own personal experiences.

If that hasn’t gotten you to look up the show, here are five reasons as to why you should be watching this series. There are only two episodes out so get to it!

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I know I started my last post with “take 2” but this is take 3 and it is for real. I’m doing this thing.

Also, I know it’s more than halfway through October but I planned to write this two weeks ago. I’ve had a busy first few weeks of October with school but it’s done! No more absolute craziness until December.

Anyway, here it goes:

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