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Androgynous as a Commonplace

Androgynous:

Adj. 1. being both male and female; hermaphroditic, 2. having both masculine and feminine characteristics, 3. having an ambitious sexual identity

We have all heard our people preach about how we need to “be our own individual” and “do what we want”, which is exactly what we did. The media has such a small coverage on androgyny and understanding it, the media ends up reenforcing mainstream beauty and norms. As Suzanne Tick discusses in her article about gender and society, androgyny has stemmed form a confusion of appearance. Gender is becoming such a fluid term as society comes to term with this new concept. It is no longer just in the media but in our everyday lives. Coming here to AU, my first day I was asked to share my desired pronouns. Androgyny isn’t just a commonplace anymore but a common movement.

This article outlines the most common misconceptions and lies media tells about androgyny.

4 Harmful Lies the Media Is Telling You About Androgyny

 

George Elliot, Middlemarch

“For there is no creature whose inward being is so strong that it is not greatly determined by what lies outside it.” – George Elliot, Middlemarch

This quote describes how influential surroundings actually are on an individual. I think this is a very interesting thought. Perhaps, we were raised in a different environment – how different would we actually be? All creatures bear concerns about the external environment. But how could we not? In order to do well you have to be well liked by others. Having a sense of community is vital for happiness. People say they don’t care what others think about them – but that, in itself your inward being is being determined by what is outside (and not caring about its effect).

Fig. 1. This shows how an individual’s mind is effected by those around him. In this case one is influenced by the minds surrounding but it can one can also experience influence by the environment.

Bad Luck – A Good Thing?

“You never know what worse luck bad luck has saved you from.” – Cormac McCarthy

It’s true. I really like this quote. It is a positive way of looking at life. No one is denying anyone has bad luck (because we all do),  but they are saying because of that bad luck you may have been saved from something worse. Looking at the sentence structure, I think it is interesting that McCarthy used “worse luck” and “bad luck” in the same sentence. Normally I would use “worse” as a stronger and past tense form of bad in a sentence not including “bad’. Very interesting literally choice but really gets the point across.

Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You

“Everyday discovering something brand new” Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You

I really like this lyric because when combined with the lively and funky tune, the listener becomes excited about life and ready to explore. While the song is about lust and love, I feel like this line speaks more. In fact, I think it is great words to live by. Approaching each day as if you are looking for something new that you hadn’t noticed before. Here is the link to the song. The up beat music almost force you to dance along. The music video was also done very interesting. Instead of having people act out falling in love at a club, it conveys the same story using the lyrics in different ways. In one part the lyrics appear as text messages, in another they appear as LED bar signs. Very Interesting!

 

It’s more than just a picture book…

“You have your food. When this is over with, you go to bed. Your days – what more could you ask for? That’s it.”  (Morton 15).
I really like this quote from the book (that went a lot deeper than just a normal picture book – hence the title of this post) because I think oftentimes we forget how much privilege we are actually given and how lucky we are that we have more than the basic necessities. The quote is talking about how you really only need food, water, and shelter. He makes the reader think about everything they have – all the clothes, accessories, materialistic problems. It kind of puts everything into perspective.

 

Here is a link to the authors website: http://margaretmorton.com/artist/the_tunnel.html