// This article Ashley wrote on why, despite some of our downfalls, the Millenials are a pretty great group of people. Our generation has been a bit of a scape goat lately, even so far as that Time has written an entire issue on us. Older generations make the point that we’re lazy, unmotivated, and expect everything to be handed to us as soon as we want it. While I do agree that we have a tendency to want things now and lack the supposed virtue of patience, there are some pretty fantastic things our generation bring to the table, that for the most part are overlooked.
// I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I love Taylor Swift’s new song, Shake it Off. I’ve read a lot of comments and articles about why people believe that the video is racially unacceptable and that Taylor Swift is trying to be Miley Cyrus.
I typically hate when people say this, and generally don’t agree: but in this particular case, I feel like a lot of people are looking for something to be angry about. Or maybe I’m just not seeing what others are. But the way I watched the video, there were seven (?) different forms of dance, twerking among them. It would have been strange to not include a form of dance which is so at the forefront of pop culture right now.
The fact that Swift is participating is not her making fun, encouraging racist labels, or anything else. She is acting the same way she did with the break dancing, ballet, interpretive dance, cheerleading, and so on: as though she doesn’t know what she’s doing. And that’s the entire point. I frankly would have found it insulting if twerking were the one form she didn’t include, or if she were somehow absent from that scene. What sense would that have made?
And for the record, I find it kind of sad and culturally depressing that our society acts as though Niki Minaj and Miley Cyrus somehow own twerking. It’s a form of dance, and anyone should have a right to it without being told that it’s racist of them. This article does a far better job than me at discussing this point, so with that, I’ll step off my soap box.
// This beautiful post from Kenzie on why, even though most of us do it, we should stop judging single mothers for the mere fact of their being single. We all know how difficult parenthood is, whether from personal experience or hearing/reading about it from others who are dealing with it. Particularly in blogging, the ups and downs and absolute hard times of being a mother are always at the forefront. So it stands to reason that if a woman (or a man, for that matter) is doing it entirely by herself, it’s that much harder. The mere fact of her being single does not make a women a horrible mother, and the mere fact of having a husband does not make a woman mother of the year.
// If you’ve never had to deal with depression on a personal level, it can be incredibly difficult to understand what it means and how it feels to live with it. It’s incredibly easy to dismiss a person saying they are depressed as seeking attention or over-reacting to a few bad days, but that’s not what it is at all. Laura does a wonderful job of summarizing what it’s like to live with this disease.
// And because most of what I shared today was on the deeper / harder to digest side, I leave you to enjoy your long weekend with this.
So, what are you loving this week? Any great articles, or gorgeous photos to share?