Saturday, March 6, 2010

riot, not diet.

I'm so cold, again. I bought a new jacket today so it's not as if I've been sitting outside in nothing but summer wear. Nonetheless, I'm sitting in my room with all the lights on and clinging to my computer as it brings me heat.

Perhaps I'm cold because of the strawberry shake I had during my dessert date with Tash. Or, perhaps I'm getting sick. My stomach has been feeling iffy lately. At the moment I just want to drink a gallon of water and wash away this icky feeling. But, as we all know, if I were to drink that much water right now, I'd be running to the bathroom all night. That wouldn't be good because I'm really counting on sleep tonight.

Though this weekend has been relaxing and the next two weeks are going to be stress-free, since I have no assignments due, I need to kick myself in gear. I have two case studies, two essays, two speeches, and three reports due by the end of the semester. I need to start thinking and planning.

Since I have absolutely no idea what I'm supposed to do for these two case studies, I've started thinking about my first research essay due on March 30.

I know some of you are probably thinking, "You have four weeks or so to write that essay, why stress now?" Well, see, there is this thing about me where I have to progressively work on an assignment way in advance in order to feel like I'm doing a half-decent job. I basically freak out and have anxiety issues if I don't have a plan. Well, it isn't actually that intense but I certainly do not work well under pressure.

So, back to my essay...I have to write a research paper on a subculture and/or the mainstream media. Throughout my studies so far, I'm really interested on the Riot Grrrl subculture that basically started "Girl Power" until the mainstream media misinterpreted their message.

The Riot Grrrl's girly image, hardcore vocals, and objective opinions were interpreted as their brand rather than the message they were trying to send. What happened after these Riot Grrrls were misinterpreted? Well, the Spice Girls of course!

Along with the Riot Grrrl subculture comes the all girl zines. Girl zines are independent, non-for-profit, magazines produced by and for girls. They have been proven to successfully help writers and readers deal with the complex problems experienced during youth--the static period between childhood and adulthood.

Girls are very complex people. However, they are often misinterpreted within the confines of a doctor's office or to the strictly adult audience. Girl zines give a segue into the actual youth experiences girls have because they aren't written for any adults.

I really want to write my essay on this topic but I don't really know where to start...

I guess a good first step would be to e-mail my teacher for some suggestions.


Eleanor said...

Whatever you write your essay on/about, I know, yes, I KNOW, that it will be amazing.
Wanna know why?
Because I don't think I blinked once while reading this post.
Your words are captivating - you have a talent that can be and no doubt IS being put to good use.

Have faith in yourself, Leviana. You have a talent. You are capable beyond your wildest imaginings.
You can do it; I believe in you.


kInterisano said...

Can I steal you this Wed morning to photograph you in the studio?