Filed under: Barrels of Fun, Music, My Experience with Existence, Nouvelle Musique, School | Tags: body image, Channing Tatum, Dashboard Confessional, FOB, Jenny Lewis, Lewisburg, PETA, Rilo Kiley, Santogold, Seventeen, veganism, Vegetarianism
Going to the art show made me realize that I should have submitted more art. Also, my friends are artistic wonders. I especially enjoyed flipping through Paige’s sketchbooks. I’ve been thinking about starting a sketchbook for quite some time; I’ve now decided that I must. It is imperative. I also want to take art classes galore in college, even though fuck, my major has nothing to do with art. It’s really a release for all of the visual creativity I’ve got built up. I write every day, but it’s rare that I get the opportunity to visually represent what’s on my mind. And in elementary school, I was an art buff. Some part of me thinks that perhaps I shouldn’t have traded art for band in middle school. I’m in love with music and at least I’m glad that I learned to play mallets. CONSOLATION for choosing oboe.
Nanyway. Over the past few days, I’ve been regularly hitting up the Last.fm group for the Rilo Kiley concert on June 8th. People (twenty-somethings, mainly) are afraid of people my age turning it into a fucking sing-along. How RIDONKULOUS do you think we are? And why wouldn’t you want to sing along? I mean, look. My freeenz and I live by the wisdom of Jenny Lewis. We want to marry Blake Sennett (or something). We realize that Jason Boesel is the rational voice of reason, and I guess Pierre de Reeder makes us dance or something. I don’t know. I guess I understand why you wouldn’t want a sing-along, but call me a “teeny bopper,” and I’m peissssed. Just because I’m seventeen and a female. Seeeriously? Come on, now. Reserve that term for someone who listens to one fuckin’ FOB song and goes to the concert. All those pretty thirteen-year-old jelly-bracelet-wearin’ chicks at a Dashboard concert. But please, never call a hardxcore Rilo Kiley follower a “teeny bopper.” Please. You will get beat down.
That being said, I have lately realized that I have two qualities that are automatic negatives. One: I am seventeen years old. Thus, I’m not quite an adult and still insanely naive. Two: I am a girl. This is like a double whammy, because it disallows many people from taking me seriously. For example, people on Last.fm who think this is my first fucking concert or something. The kind who call me a “teeny bopper” resentfully. You don’t knoooow me! And you also don’t know how committed I am to Rilo Kiley. Committed, seriously. Favourite band.
But when I’m writing, I have none of this in mind. I don’t constantly think, “Oh, I’m seventeen and a girl.” I just think about my passion for music, my passion for art, my passion for writing. My passion for other people and details. I also never have vegetarianism on my mind unless I’m at the grocery store. And even then, it’s like, “Oh. Today, we’re going to try to avoid cheese.” Yeah. And for the record, I would probably never buy or create a shirt declaring my vegetarianism. Delia*s disappointed me in selling these. It’s honestly nothing to brag about–kind of like wearing a shirt that says, “I dye my hair” or “I shave my legs.” If you wear a shirt declaring it, people will think you’re pretentious. High-and-mighty. Holier-than-thou. While I did constantly think about it two years ago, it’s now just part of life. I don’t make it a point to tell everyone or rub it in everyone’s faces. My point is that these shirts are for sellouts, mainly. People who do it for the credit, or as a conversation starter. Well, fuck that way of life.
Also, fuck PETA.
Hm, what else? Oh. The main downer point of my day. I typed up my senior project paper, right? All fancy and long. Nice-looking. Of course, I have had to guess and check on most of my project, because every time I asked them for clarification, they were extremely vague and unhelpful. Well, I brought it down to Guidance in a spare moment. And the woman. At the desk. Tells me. That I did my paper wrong. That it was supposed to be a five-paragraph essay. With a cover sheet. Telling about what I learned.
I almost screamed in frustration.
I’ve been making shit up as I go along ALL YEAR because Guidance has been the biggest lump of shit as far as help goes, and after I’ve done all of my hard work and put in many hours of organization and creativity, they have the BALLS to tell me that I did it wrong. The fucking balls.
On my way out of Guidance, I felt tears welling up in my eyes. They were not tears of, “I have to rewrite my paper.” They were not tears of, “Poor me.” Not the usual tears of sadness. They were tears of frustration. I was actually angry. There was steam coming out of my ears. I was soooo pissed. Because Guidance can sit on their asses all day long and turn in my college applications over a month after I gave it to them after promising me “ASAP.” They can give me the fucking PSSAs senior year. They can force me to do a graduation project in less than half the time everyone else did it–and then threaten me with In-School Suspension (ISS) if I don’t turn it in on the same day as the senior slacker delinquents do (who have had about three years to complete their projects–over three times the amount of time I had). But they can’t do their fucking job right.
So I put my head in my hands and pretended to sleep when in reality, I was stressed. I am normally an expert at repressing tears, but this time, they leaked into my hands, I guess because of the pressure or some sheeeittt like that. I just sat there and thought, “Oh, shit, how am I going to wipe my eyes off without making it look like I was just crying.” But people knew because my face was all red, and I was acting like a pissmonkey, and I had to keep wiping my eyes. If I had had someone to talk to, I think I would have been fine, but again…all of my friends were at the art show, and here I was stuck at school. I never, ever, ever cry at school. The last time I cried at school was probably sophomore year when the janitor pissed on me. Well, he didn’t literally piss on me, but he yelled at me for something I didn’t even do, and made me clean it up, and called an administrator to supervise me, and it was humiliating. Oh, and when my mother called the school about it, the Assistant Principal told me to get new friends. It was actually laughable. I laugh about it now because it was so ridiculous. Fuck Guidance, seriously.
Also, I haven’t been so justifiably pissed in quite a long time. I get frustrated with our school system, but I have not been this pissed at anyone for a good year, maybe. And I haven’t been this justifiably pissed since the janitor thing. Or when we got kicked out of the mall for wearing black.
Of course, I was pissed off for the rest of the day. Rewriting the paper is no big deal. I’m just frustrated with Guidance.
When I got home, of course it was a fucking Cryfest, boo-hoo, Guidance, blah blah, nyeeehhhh. I was pissing at everyone. And then in the middle of telling my mom this, she goes, “Look, you really need to wear coverup every day.” And she pointed to my acne by my mouth. So fucking superficial, I can’t even stand it. Yes, I know that I have acne, mom. I wash my face three thousand times a day. You stressing me out is not going to cure anything. You telling me that I shouldn’t have acne is not going to magically cure it. And fuck, if I touch my face, I am not going to sprout a fucking pimple right there on the spot. And for the record, my face is fucking dry. Yeah, fuck astringent.
I went for a run, then. And after that, we went to the grocery store. And then I decided to work out for an hour. I made my abs hurt. I worked my arms hard. I wanted to run again and do a million more reps, but there’s really only so much a person can do. Exercise makes me happy. It makes me feel thin and healthy. I like that feeling.
Granted, I took some routines from Seventeen. I used to think that Seventeen was so great. It is, if we’re talking about body image. But it does two things I don’t like. One, it ignores the environmental situation. In one issue, they specifically recommend aerosol hairspray for a style. In another, they recommend packing a bottled water in your bagged lunch. I’m sure there are other examples in every issue. I just didn’t look. Two, it stereotypes guys. It tells you signs that he’s into you. It tells you what subtleties he won’t pick up on. It tells you why he likes you. And really, this makes girls generic, too. I picture the same girl for every write-in. She is thin, well-liked, and beautiful. Clean and naive. And really, it makes me sad that anyone can think that they fit into a certain category. You’re so different from anyone else, in a million ways. The way you are, how you were raised, where you grew up, who your parents and siblings are, your aspirations, your tastes. What you look like. Just embrace it already. Stop trying to look like Brittany Snow. You’re beautiful on your own. Or handsome–you’re stunning on your own. Also, I find that Channing Tatum is an oaf. Where the hell is the appeal everyone talks about?
Men. Do you really think that every girl judges a man by his body? Do you seriously think that every girl wants someone with a six-pack and bulging biceps? Here’s a testament to the opposite. I pay no attention to physical “treats” like that on a male. I really don’t. Partially because I would have no idea what to do with it. Partially because a body like that would make me feel extremely self-conscious about my own body. Also, I do not think that a toned, built man would go for me when I look like this. But the main thing I look for in someone is something insightful and different. I’ve found that more often than not, a guy who builds up his body is too busy conforming to what he thinks all girls want to have time to be insightful for me.
Well. Huh. Here’s my favourite track to work out to. Brittany showed me the glory that is Santogold, and I fell in love. Ali even said that on “L.E.S. Artistes,” she sounds like she is the baby of Tegan and Sara and M.I.A. Funny, Santogold and M.I.A. are biffs.
Might I add that Santi White is exceptionally beautiful?!
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