My Favorite Favorite

We love to know people’s favorites. Favorite color, book, animal- anything. But my favorite, favorite to ask people is their favorite movie. (Maybe I could fit another “favorite” in there) They’re a cliche conversation starter that diminishes the awkwardness of meeting someone new by letting them know some of our most cherished favorites. To me movies are the tell-all of a person. Contrary to books movies don’t have the stigma attached to them that the person has to prove themselves smarter or more sophisticated. Movies tell stories just like books but they make you feel by showing emotions narrated with music. Everyone watches movies and everyone loves movies.

I love that movies are so universal. They take you through an adventure in, usually, less than three hours. I love that movies can be comedic, dramatic, romantic, thrilling, melancholy, but mostly that they can be any combination of these characteristics. I think that is why we love movies so much, the reliability in emotions allows us to appreciate so many different kinds of lives and worlds. They make you laugh, they make you cry, they make you feel. And to live vicariously through movies can sometimes be better than the cruelty of reality.

When someone tells you their favorite movie they are able to summarize hours of feelings, conversations, writing, problems, solutions and everything in between. They describe the complexity of a character and quote the line that inspired them most. The most satisfying thing for me is to see someone happy or inspired by a movie. Movies serve as stories to evoke emotion and inspire.

Watching someone’s favorite movie with them is such a moving experience. Relating the person to the movie whether it be through a certain character or scene really exposes who that person truly is or wants to be.

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Time magazine banning the word “feminist”

As the year is coming to a close it’s a time to think about what are future holds and also what will be left behind. Time magazine published an article on November 12 that polled readers what word they wish to be banned in 2015. This is the fourth year in a row they have done this survey. The list include slang words or phrases that are popular on social media and have made it to everyday language. Some examples are bae, basic, turnt and I can’t even. However one word shocked me- feminist.

To even categorize feminism with slang words is a discredit towards the whole movement. If you are tired of hearing the word feminist, just try to imagine those still fighting for it.

The explanation later in that article states: “…when did it become a thing that every celebrity had to state their position on whether this word applies to them, like some politician declaring a party?”

This is a poor explanation as to why fighting for equality is on the same level as the phrase, “om nom nom.” It “became a thing” to show support for feminism because it is 2014 and equal rights for women are still not a thing. Celebrities showing their support is such a progressive step in the movement because it crushes the look of the stereotypical feminist. The public idolizes celebrities so by showing support they open the door for so many people to join them in their beliefs.

The word applies to everyone. Feminism is the support for equal rights. You can be a male and still support equal rights.

What was even more shocking than the word being on the list, was the results. 48% of readers who took this survey voted that the word feminism should be banned in 2015. This was just behind the word bae at a mere 13% and the rest of the words all falling in at below 5 %.

Personally I believe that the word feminism has gotten a bad reputation and people don’t know what it is because they think it doesn’t apply to them. That is exactly what this article is supporting. I am so glad it has been such a popular topic in the news and among celebrities. That doesn’t make it annoying, it means that people are finally realizing its importance.

Time magazine has clearly shown where they stand on equal rights, but what’s worse is the opportunity they have given media by publishing this article. The “backlash” and reactions from feminists is getting a lot of attention in the news. This is exactly how feminists get a bad reputation.

Passionate Existences

Upon creating this blog, one of my goals was to figure out what I am passionate about. Recently I have been searching for “blogging challenges” to aid in this, what I suspect to be, laborious process. I failed to find a challenge that I felt interesting enough to be able to complete. Thus, I have decided to create my own challenge. This challenge shall be called Passionate Existences. Over the course of however long this takes (deadlines and I don’t get along) I will publish 30 posts about something I am passionate about. This is setting standards a little high for someone as ordinary as me, but hey who doesn’t like a good challenge. I am leaving this somewhat open-ended for myself because rules and writing are two things that, as far as I’m concerned, should never mix. Plus adapting is what keeps us alive. But nonetheless, 30 things that I find significant enough to write about. Wish me luck!

Blogging 101

I want to start blogging for a lot of reasons. As a college student I have a lot of time on my hands and I wanted to spend it doing something I love- writing. I had a really inspiring composition teacher last year who helped my achieve feats in writing I didn’t think were possible. She helped me push my limits and shoot for the stars. So here I am. Starting out small but hopefully one day getting published. But before I answer the prompts given for the blogging 101 challenge I’ll tell you a little about myself. I’m a sophomore in college in Ohio. I’m from a really small town and when I’m not at school I live with my three sisters, my mom, and my little kitten- they are my whole world. I started writing because I really don’t know what else I like to do. My interests are scarce. But, once I get my degree I want to travel. But enough rambling I’ll get to the questions.

Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?

I’m blogging publicly because I have a private blog already. But also because I want write to an audience and gain interesting feedback and engage with others. Ultimately my goal is to one day be published so here I am working towards that goal.

What topics do you think you’ll write about?

This is a really difficult question for me because it’s hard to find something I like. I think my blog will be diverse, topics ranging from news stories to books I read to daily encounters. I’m not going to limit myself to anything though, I want this to be something that truly reflects my diversity.

Who would you love to connect with via your blog?

I want to connect with anyone and everyone. I love hearing about others experiences and their opinions. I can read about pretty much anything. I wish those who follow me to be open minded and engaging.

If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

In the next year I really just hope to become a well rounded writer. I am excited to learn anything those I follow have to offer. Realistically I hope to make some connections so that I may reach my goal of getting published. But most importantly I want to find myself- to figure what I love and what motivates me. Just to discover more about myself.