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Comedy 👑 Amanda Bynes

Most people recognize the queens of comedy as Ball, Rivers, and modern Fey/Poehler types — but there’s a certain throne in my heart reserved for the woman whose jokes raised my wit — Bynes.

We need to talk about Amanda Bynes. Amanda Bynes was an early 2000s queen, the nonsensical teen on my TV with all that, and my first introduction to women in sketch comedy.

The lengths of which she entertained a generation are enormously spread. I dreamt of being as funny as her, being as cool as her, being able to pull off a midriff like her.

Everyday when I got home from school I would grab a granola bar, plop myself down on the ugly dark green carpet in my childhood bedroom and glue my eyes to the low-def glowing television screen that sang, “AMANDA-AMANDA-AMANDA-AMANDA-AMANDA-AMANDA-AMANDA-AMANDA SHOWWWWWWWWWWWWW!”

In recent years, the media has done her real dirty. The Hollywood Reporter declared the end of her career. People Magazine chronicled her “fall from grace” in just 5 pictures. They also wrote that she is “impossible to help” at this point. In grocery store mags she’s the “hot mess” and “Lohan 2.0.” Harvey Leven and Perez Hilton pretend to be nice now with reports like “Amanda Bynes Is RECOVERING and we’re so proud!” when the truth of the matter is that they were on the frontlines of a spiral for years exploiting addiction, abuse, and sensationalizing mental illness for profit. Frankly, it’s disgusting how profitable tragedy has become to these sick f*cks.

As I type this I feel similarly to how Chris Crocker felt defending Britney.

Yesterday was Amanda Bynes’ 31st birthday and I want to celebrate her and all she has done to shape my young mind. Her plethora of characters still make me laugh and her wit never falters. Millennials truly do need to celebrate what she has done for us.

She was Ashley, a rude tiny-person with a help hotline in All That.

She was Judge Trudy, a no-nonsense nonsense judge who called in the dancing lobsters in The Amanda Show.

She worked at Blockblister, an off brand Blockbuster – god, how old of a sentence?

She taught us what to do when Hula girls attack.

She took us into The Girl’s Room and introduced us to Debbie, her friend who liked eggs.

She was Candy, girlfriend of Tony Pajamas, one of the Al Dente brothers. (“What’s that for?” “For being an idiot!” “Okay!”)

She marketed commercials with consumers like us in mind.

She would tell physically painful knock knock jokes during a hillbilly moment.

She introduced us to her friend Kyle. (Sorry for this one’s video quality but I HAD to include this iconic moment, you know the one).

Lastly, I saved the best for last, she gifted us with the most important melodramatic short series of all time: Moody’s Point. (I could write a whole other blog post about Moody’s Point alone – in fact, I think doing a react and recap for each episode would be pretty cool? Would anyone want to read that? Me rewatching probably my favorite parody drama series for the first time since the early 2000s? Let me know if this would interest you and I might do it?)

Basically, I owe Amanda Bynes my childhood and a large percentage of my sense of humor. In a world where women are constantly told they aren’t funny, I am glad that as a little girl I had Amanda Bynes to prove critics wrong. I continue to wish her all the happiness and laughs, just as she’s given me for all these years. We should all bow down to comedy queen Ms. Amanda Bynes.

Women Deserve Respect Right Now & Always

Women who are deeply saddened by the results of the election aren’t overreacting, they are under attack.

The next President of the United States responded to his dozens of allegations for sexual assault by implying he’d never assault his accusers, not because assault is wrong, but because they were too ugly – “Believe me, she would not be my first choice,”

At age 59, Trump said into a hot microphone, “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait,”He continued, “And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything.”Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”

Trump and VP Mike Pence have vowed to overturn landmark case Roe v. Wade, removing a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body regarding abortion, even if the outcome is life-threatening.

Trump also supports defunding Planned Parenthood, a women’s health organization that provides the following services: STI/STD Testing & Treatment, Contraception, Cancer Screening and Prevention, Pregnancy and Prenatal Services, Abortion Services, Adoption Referrals. Abortions, which Trump has spread fear-mongering false claims about – “You can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb in the ninth month on the final day.” – account for a whopping 3% of Planned Parenthood’s utilized services.

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The overturn of Roe v. Wade and the absence of Planned Parenthood will ultimately end in deaths of women and children. Women without basic access to cancer screenings and treatment will die. Women without basic access to STI/STD testing and treatment will die. Women without access to abortion will have to carry to term life-threatening pregnancies. Women without access to legal abortion will seek illegal abortion, which is historically unsafe. Children raised by women who are either mentally and financially unwanting of motherhood will die of neglect.

For those of you reading and thinking, “You’re being too drastic, there are checks and balances, you dumb millennial!” Trump is backed by both a Republican House and Senate, and is pushing to elect a conservative judge to the Supreme Court. With the GOP behind him on all fronts, it is very possible that he passes these anti-women initiatives. Take your ‘checks and balances’ blanket statement elsewhere.

Women on Twitter have been expressing their disdain all morning. Last night when Donald Trump was a elected a message was sent to young girls everywhere.

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I don’t have happy ending to this post. There’s no playful joke. Women and minorities are scared. I am passionate about gender equality and the support of women, but I have lost hope. I am scared for a dark period ahead for women and minorities.

I’m not sad because the woman lost, I am sad because all women lost. I hope we can heal and come back stronger. Women right now are mourning, their perspectives are valid, and you need to respect that.

Miley Cyrus is a non-binary, pansexual, happy hippie.

This past weekend Miley Cyrus was honored at Variety’s Power of Women event for her charity work alongside Helen Mirren, Ava Duvernay, Scarlett Johansson and Laverne Cox.

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She arrived to Variety’s red carpet at the Beverly Hills Wilshire arm and arm with her main squeeze and former co-star Liam Hemsworth. She wore a cute, low cut navy and white lace-rimmed floral pantsuit, and her short bleach blonde pony was fastened atop her natural roots with a navy ribbon bow. Cyrus, all smiles, was honored for her charity work initiatives for the homeless.

The Miley Cyrus that spoke at the podium on Friday is unlike the many Miley Cyrus’ of the past. To be honest, this is my favorite Miley yet – because 2016 Miley so far has been all about helping people.

Hannah Montana died a long time ago.

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imageIn her final Hannah days and since the Disney show’s official end in 2011, we’ve seen many different transformations of Miley Cyrus. At first she was ‘just bein’ Miley’ and then she couldn’t be tamed. The ‘Breakout’ star made it clear she no longer wanted to be associated with her former Disney franchise.

Her infamous 2013 ‘Blurred Lines’ VMA performance as a sexualized baby destroyed the Miley we thought we formerly knew. Subsequently, the release of her album Bangerz finished the job – ushering in a new, adult-yet-childish sexed up era of Cyrus in both her music and image.

Her long brown wavy layers disappeared into a short bleach blonde bun. Then her small bun disappeared into a a practically shaved blonde pixie cut. This was a Miley we hadn’t see before – she openly smoked weed, stuck her tongue out, and wore nipple-pasties. The world didn’t know what to think. Cyrus was subject to a ton of slut-shaming for expressing her comfort with nudity and twerking.

Following her VMA performance with Robin Thicke, an alarming amount of people criticized her sexual nature, rather than Thicke’s, who at the time was singing about how he knew a woman “wanted it” even though she had said no. Blurred lines of sexual consent? Yuck.

In 2013 Bangerz was new, it was good, and it was an iconic shift. This album was perhaps the first honest representation seen of Cyrus since the start of her music career. We Can’t Stop and Wrecking Ball were the songs of that summer, and suddenly everyone saw Miley Cyrus as much more than a former child-star. To teenagers everywhere she was dope, relatable, and something their parents didn’t approve of.

Since 2013 Miley has continued with her more honest, open, “I don’t give a f***” image. In 2014 she sent a homeless young man to accept her award at the VMAs on her behalf to raise awareness of homeless youth. Then, Cyrus was subject to controversy again when she hosted the 2015 VMA’s wearing white, matted dreadlocks, that some might describe as ‘hippy hair.’ This was problematic cultural appropriation – but aside from this, the real controversy centered around artist Nicki Minaj calling her out onstage for some pre-show comments made. Nicki’s Miley What’s Good? is now on T-shirts everywhere.

Since then, it seems Miley has rebounded by helping others. In 2015, Cyrus founded and appropriately named The Happy Hippie Foundation, a non-profit organization that rallies young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBTQ youth and other vulnerable populations. The foundations works with The Trevor Project, Planned Parenthood, and several suicide prevention centers. Last year she also released and toured for a completely free Soundcloud album, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz. This was when it started to seem that Miss ‘I don’t give a f****’ did actually give a few f****s.

Fast forward to now, in 2016, Miley is in her most powerful final form: a happy, non-binary, pansexual hippie. She’s ditched the problematic  dreads (finally). She’s working heavily within charity and social activism – encouraging people to vote, raising awareness around LGBT issues, and showing us some authentic passions of hers.

She’s mentoring on The Voice, focusing on the music, and helping others. She recently revealed to Variety that she identifies as pansexual and is attracted to both genders. She also revealed that she is non-binary, considers herself genderless, and has never truly felt comfortable as a girl or as a boy. To many, Miley Cyrus coming out publicly adds validity to their own stories and identities, which are frequently misunderstood.

The Miley were are seeing now is evolved, open, and genuine. Some people are always going to hate Miley Cyrus. She is a symbol of sexual freedom, provocativeness, and female power (which we know is constantly being attacked – see: Donald Trump).

Whether you hate her or not, it’s time to give some credit where credit is due: 2016 Miley Cyrus does a lot for the homeless, LGBTQ+ communities, and struggling youth, all while continuing to work as a woman in Hollywood (no easy task there) mentoring aspiring and often underprivileged contestants on NBC’s The Voice.

I’m here for this Miley. 🎤👅 👏 Are you?

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Mansplaining, Womansplained

Since the first presidential debate on Tuesday, the term “mansplaining” has shifted back into the main spotlight following Trump’s incessant interruption of Hillary Clinton. Mansplaining, for those who don’t know, is a term used by women to describe when women are either interrupted or corrected by men unsolicitedly.

During Tuesday’s debate Donald Trump interrupted Hillary Clinton 51 times. He even told her some foreign policy tips, that you know, as Secretary of State, she doesn’t know anything about right? (To quote Trump in his whiny voice, “Wrong.”)

Women in power constantly have to deal with this because a lot of men feel as though even their uneducated opinions weigh heavier than an educated woman’s.

The term ‘mansplaining’ popped up in 2015, but this concept has existed since the dawn of time. Once, a boy at a party tried to tell me that I was pronouncing my own last name wrong. MY OWN LAST NAME.

Well I’ve come up with a solution to the problem. Let’s start womansplaining. Instead of ignoring stupid comments made by men in our lives (sorry not sorry, guys), let’s start correcting them. When someone tries to mansplain you, call them out, and womansplain them. Here’s 3 tips for womansplaining.

The first step to womansplaining is asking for sources: “Where did you read that?” “Are you sure?” “Why do you think that?” “Are you sure that’s not outdated information?”

The next step is to smirk and watch as your opponent in front of you begins to crumble and sweat once they realize they can’t quote Reddit as a source.

The third and final step is to educate; let them know why you believe differently, and why your perspective shouldn’t be dismissed.

To clarify, womansplaining unlike manplaining is not about talking over anyone. There’s no interrupting, or offering unwanted comments. Rather, it’s a response tactic/a way to move forward when mansplaining happens to you.

MANSPLAINING:A societal disease that affects approximately 50% of the population, curable, exists across the globe.Symptoms: uneducated comments, unsolicited advice, and sweeping generalizations. Often paired with a, “Well, actually..” Side effects include: headaches, eye-rolling, society-taught cynicism.

It’s time to fight this disease head on.

Republicans Talk About Women’s Health For First Time In A While

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had a medical scare and was forced to depart early from the 9/11 memorial ceremony this afternoon in New York City. Video footage captured what appeared to be Ms.Clinton slightly stumbling while helped into the campaign vehicle. The Clinton campaign officially announced that on Friday that Clinton was diagnosed with a case of pneumonia. Not only has this earned criticism from her opposers, many of whom she recently called “a basket of deplorables” but it also marked a time when many republicans have even mentioned a woman’s health in a long time.

Meghan McCain, daughter of former Republican presidential candidate John McCain, was quick to start the conversation by firing out this quick tweet. 

Just a reminder: John McCain was criticized on his campaign tail run for having had skin cancer, while Hillary is being criticized for a case of pneumonia. Hmmm. 

Nonetheless Meghan’s tweet started a Twitter firestorm about sexism, and #HillarysHealth became a trending topic. Which brings us to why we’re here–how come republicans only talk about women’s health issues when they’re Hillary’s? Also why is the rhetoric that women are fragile and can’t handle “a man’s job” so rampant in 2016? 

People are so quick to hop onto the idea that because she is woman she is physically inferior. It’s 2016, we live in the same age as Beyoncé, and yet people still question women in power. Within the campaign trail or not, it’s time to demand a space to talk about women’s issues in a healthy way (no pun intended).