The it-girl idea, while not necessarily the most realistic, is one that has inspired probably thousands of young girls like myself to whip out their collared shirts and carry their lattes with pride.
For most, it feels like sometimes you have to "come out" as a feminist, like it is something that is not just a given. When I began to identify as a feminist, most people said ridiculously rude things, like it was just some angsty teenage phase.
Taylor Swift songs are meant to be sung aloud in the shower, danced around to in the middle of the street and cried to when you're home alone with nothing but chocolate ice cream. But above all else, they're supposed to speak to you.
Gender cannot be divorced from race, sexuality, religious or socio-economic backgrounds, and the feminist movement must be accommodating to this intersectionality.
Sometimes it's easy to see the negative side of things or question why people bully you. You could think, "maybe they're right, maybe I'm not worth it, maybe I should just quit." But that's when you should fight the hardest.
Going to three One Direction concerts is a stunt that is not for the weak of heart. There are many tests, trials and lessons learned while doing a 1D 3-peat.
From the perspective of someone who has been around for a bit, had to learn this all herself in some very interesting situations and is young enough to say exactly what she's thinking, here are things other people should know about the fashion industry as learned by a teenager.
When we allow people to make jokes about it, and not take NO to mean NO, we are sending a message that harassing women is OK -- that it is funny and acceptable.
Coming out was one of the hardest tasks of my life. Although it has its ups-and-downs, I do not regret being open and honest with myself.
Not only is it important to motivate ourselves, but one another, in ways that have been seemingly unfathomable in the past. The simplicity of kind gestures and warm embraces can run the world almost as well as Beyoncé.
Much to my dismay, high school life is not as great and joyful as it was at East High for Troy Bolton and his fellow Wildcats. There is no singing of "Stick to the Status Quo" at lunch. However, there are lessons and themes from the film that are instrumental in a high schooler's life.
Teenagers often think that this in the time in their lives when they should rebel against the authority and become angry beasts at their parents. However, I think it should be the opposite.
This September I want to talk about everything I've done in the last year. I owe it to Taylor and everyone else who took the time to read my blog post and shared it for others to read.
I believe that there is an urgent need to empower the young generation through effective use of social networking, or in general, social media.
You'll wanna start with boy band pop because you're a happy bubbly person who's gonna have a clean desk, but you'll end up blasting "Welcome to the Black Parade" as you lie among the desolate piles old paper clips, driver's ed paperwork and illegible to-do lists from 2006.
If there's one thing I learned on my trip -- besides that it would be a bummer to be gluten-free in France -- it is that kids are kids no matter the language. And that, mes amis, is pretty cool.