It’s a new year, so why not think of some things we should try not to carry over to 2015?
Here are some trends and topics I think are 100% okay left in 2014.
This year has been incredibly big on a concept: booty. Though seemingly playful, it has been the ultimate form of body shaming. Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea’s song literally called “Booty”, Megan Trainor’s new song “All About that Bass”, Nicki Minaj’s single “Anaconda” including Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back”, Major Lazer’s “Bubble Butt” and of course “Wiggle” by Jason Derulo, all promote the same thing: a subtle bash on skinny girls and of course the promotion of butt shaking. Though this music may be catchy and fun to dance to in the bars, it really does put women into a world where if you have no curves or don’t do squats, then you are not worthy of being in a music video. In fact, I believe Nicki Minaj literally sings something all the lines of “F**k all the skinny b**ches in the club”… Like, how rude? This is something that should be really left in 2014. How about this years resolution is to make sure all girls know their bodies are beautiful just the way they are?
#legsorhotdogs? Just kidding. Take whatever pictures you want. This was just a silly tag I am definitely guilty of.
It may be hard to because it is literally in parody form just about everything, but it is worth a shot.
Slacktivism is both a mix of activism and slacking. This is often found in the form of tweets and Facebook. Ever see a trend such as #BringBackOurGirls or #FeedTheStarving? This is slacktivism. Doing something on the internet and considering it compensation for dealing with real life events is slacktivism. This is a thin line between laziness as well as raising awareness via social media. Often what is missed is that while people are busy tweeting about feeding the starving, they could actually be feeding the starving with raising money or donations in their local areas! Not to dismiss those who tweet about it AND do charitable things, but bigger things are to be done than simply reposting a Facebook article to show your rigour.
As Scott Gilmore wrote in a Maclean’s article entitled “The Problem With #slacktivism”, “Don’t embarrass yourself by demonstrating you need a gimmick to give. If you want to help, just give money or time. Anything else is only about you.” Let’s leave this in 2014, and make 2015 a year of action! Attend protests, show your interest, raise money, and start change in the smallest of ways.
It is now 2015 people. Now is the time to shine in the world of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender acceptance. It is a perfect year to end things like homophobia, and just try your best to accept that other people are different. Try your best to be confident enough in your sexuality so that you don’t have to make fun of anyone else’s. Try your best to know that some people aren’t fortunate enough to know first thing what they prefer in another human, or if they were even born in the right body. Ignorance is not bliss. Acceptance is. Did you know that in Russia it is illegal to be gay? Or that transgender people are no longer allowed to have their licenses because they claim that anyone who is transgendered has a “sexual disorder”? Honetsly, shocking and disgusting and totally against a vital human right. 2015 should be a year of acceptance!
Not to poke at a touchy subject, but Ray Rice beating his wife is not funny. Neither are witty tweets about abuse, school shootings, death, celebrities who self harm, and ebola patients. People are actually physically suffering, and I am 100% positive they don’t do it for your entertainment! Let’s be a little more sensitive this year?
Ladies, you don’t need a thigh gap to be beautiful. The space between your legs is not an accurate depiction of your weight, beauty, OR self worth.
Though we all love a well placed man bun, it is hard not to notice the pressure that society, especially us girls, put on guys to have that desired top knot. I know it sounds silly, but we really really do! The man bun epidemic is at an all-time high. In reality, any hair style you guys choose is totally okay. Long hair, short hair, man bun, no man bun, mohawk, purple streaks … you do you, men. 2015 is your year to embrace whatever hair your heart desires.
Anyway, this is my short list of things that I feel were a big part of 2014. Obviously personal resolutions are the best, and most achievable, but in a wide range, sometimes it is good to change your perspective on things. If there are any topics you think should be left in 2014, please please please leave them in the comments! I am curious. 🙂 Have a happy, heathly 2015.
Thanks for reading guys,