My One Hundredth Post!

Today’s post is my one hundredth! I would have never thought when I started this blog that I’d get here so quickly, but since I’ve been blogging daily, the posts have just been adding up! For today, I figured I’d do something a little different. A hundredth post merits a hundred things, right? So today I’ll be sharing a hundred things about myself.

Ten songs I can’t stop singing right now:

5 unforgettable Taylor fails

  1. The time I stabbed myself in the foot with a rusty trowel by swinging it toward my foot while trying to participate in some demolition work
  2. The time I accidentally gave my mom’s personal cell phone number to a telemarketer
  3. The time I hit our boat with my car
  4. The time I dumped Chinese food all over my boyfriend’s lap not five minutes after we’d reunited
  5. The time I sprayed dry erase board cleaner (it was called Awesome) in my eye and ran around my house screaming, “I HAVE AWESOME IN MY EYE!” to the confusion of my family

Ten foods I cannot live without:

  1. Sesame chicken
  2. Blueberries
  3. Pasta
  4. Bread (any kind)
  5. Black tea
  6. French fries
  7. Burritos
  8. Creme brulee
  9. Chocolate
  10. Cheese

5 unforgettable Taylor falls

  1. The time I fell down my stairs over Christmas break and bruised everything on my body
  2. The time I tripped over a full-sized safety cone in a construction zone while trying to be super cool during my first time visiting my boyfriend in DC
  3. The time I fell down an escalator face-first
  4. The time I fell down a hill while carrying my saxophone and took a random guy out with me
  5. The time I fell out of a booth at a busy restaurant because I had no idea there was a step down and drew a crowd

Ten things I will probably never write about on this blog:

  1. Video games
  2. Politics
  3. Anything super-controversial
  4. Science fiction
  5. Architecture
  6. Microbiology
  7. Tap dancing
  8. Astronomy
  9. Statistical models
  10. Brad Pitt

Five books I’ve reread multiple times:

  1. The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot
  2. All American Girl by Meg Cabot
  3. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  4. The Diary of Anne Frank
  5. Disciplines of The Beautiful Woman by Anne Ortlund

Ten women I want to be like:

  1. Michelle Obama
  2. Beyonce
  3. Ellen DeGeneres
  4. Amy Adams
  5. Jennifer Lawrence
  6. Amy Poehler
  7. Hillary Clinton
  8. Sandra Bullock
  9. Eleanor Roosevelt
  10. My mom!

Five winter fashion staples I cannot live without:

  1. Leggings
  2. Combat boots
  3. A comfy sweater
  4. A blingy sweater
  5. A tunic

Ten things I wish I could do:

  1. Dance
  2. Sing
  3. Draw
  4. Cook (well)
  5. Paint
  6. Run without dying
  7. Take good photos
  8. Walk without falling at least once
  9. Ice skate
  10. Walk in heels gracefully

Ten things I am very thankful for:

  1. My family
  2. Friendship
  3. My health
  4. The opportunity to study here at Penn
  5. Diversity
  6. Forgiveness
  7. Love
  8. Hugs
  9. Miracles
  10. Second chances

Ten little things that make life worth living:

  1. Impromptu drives/jam sessions
  2. A well-made Starbucks latte
  3. A hug when it’s most needed
  4. Opening the blinds in the morning and seeing a blue sky
  5. When a plan falls into place
  6. Giving someone the perfect gift
  7. Receiving the perfect gift
  8. Someone that knows you inside and out and still loves you
  9. A great hair day
  10. A comfortable pair of really cute shoes

Ten of my favorite posts I’ve written:

  1. On Unpredictability and Being Punched by My Five-Year-Old Sister
  2. Leaving a Legacy
  3. Diamonds Aren’t Forever
  4. I’m Not Fun-Size, I’m Just Short
  5. Love’s Sorta-Kinda Like the Movies
  6. What I’ll Tell My Future Daughter About Love
  7. Life’s Too Short to be Miss Photogenic
  8. The Unhelpful Guide to Being In a Long-Distance Relationship
  9. Fashion Tips from Tiny Taylor
  10. Clouded Vision: My Struggle with Anxiety

If you’ve been with me for awhile or have just started reading, thank you for your readership! I’ve enjoyed writing these 100 posts and I’m excited to keep writing. 🙂

Xoxo,

Taylor

Queen Bey and the Grammy’s

Sunday night was the Grammy’s, as you probably know. In my opinion, a Facebook friend put it best when she said, “Who invited all of these people to Beyonce’s award show?” Beyonce and Jay-Z obviously stole the show with their dramatic performance of “Drunk in Love.”

As I watched Beyonce look super hot on stage in her un-clothes, I couldn’t help but think a bit about Beyonce and what an interesting case study she makes in the area of female empowerment. Beyonce has said multiple times that she is all for making women feel empowered and beautiful about themselves, and this is clear through her music, especially her new song “Flawless.” Yet her clothing choices and racy music videos could suggest that she has submitted herself to the sexualization of women that has become so prevalent today. So what should we make of this?

First, let’s be honest here: if I had Beyonce’s body, I probably wouldn’t ever wear clothes, so props to her for even covering it up at all. But all sass aside, I think she poses an interesting challenge to many people’s traditional notions of female empowerment.

The issue of women’s modesty has been long contested, it seems. Most people fall into two camps. One believes that modesty is empowering because it allows a woman to own her body and share it with whom she wishes instead of being pressured to share it with anyone and everyone. This group then believes that immodesty is degrading to the woman, that it limits her, makes her lesser.

The other group views the option to wear less modest clothing as empowering, as a step toward shaking off the chains of sexual oppression. This group views immodesty (with no negative undertone) as a symbol of equality, that women may wear what they’d like and expose what they’d like in the same way that men can without the stigma of being “promiscuous” or “inappropriate.”

Coming back to Beyonce, I personally find her interesting because she has managed to be both powerful and sexual. She is generally well-respected in the music world as an entertainer and singer, while still dressing more provocatively than most of us would in our own houses (and looking about a hundred times better doing it).

I find it to be a “tree in the woods” sort of question. If you’re a sexual object of sorts (she has to be, as she’s like wearing no clothes), but you know you are, are you really? That is, if you have embraced your sexuality without letting it define you, you’ve controlled it instead of letting it control you, are you allowing yourself to be sexualized or are you just expressing yourself as a female?

It’s an interesting issue, and I’d love to hear your opinions. Meanwhile, I’ll be singing “Drunk in Love” at top volume….and trying to be cuter than this kid.