Hello from the Land of College!

Hi!

Sooo turns out I am in college now. Which is weird. The first week or so was kind of hard because homesickness and the absence of basically anything familiar, but I’m definitely liking things a lot better now. I’ve made friends, I’ve joined some clubs (feminist collective, pride, group theater, ballroom???) and I even go to the gym and take Zumba classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays! It’s pretty rad. I know I look like a newborn giraffe trying to Zumba but it’s really fun AND it’s a workout! Yee!

I’d say I’ve been doing relatively well as an adult. I’m organized, I do my dishes before they grow into pets, I’m making fraaaands. I definitely do still miss home a lot, but it’s getting easier. i really like all of my classes, too. I have one that’s a writing course about the concept of sight as knowledge in medieval Europe, Women’s and Gender studies, Spanish, and a Theatre class. Also my earliest class is noon and my weekend lasts from 4 Thursday to 2 Monday which is a SWEET deal. I NEVER HAVE TO GO TO BED OR WAKE UP EARLY. COLLEGE LYFE.

I’ll post pictures and everything soon, but I just wanted to send out a quick update and some love to my internet frands. LOVE YOU GUYS. And let’s all share college experiences and advice. I’m sure I’m not the only freshman trying to figure things out, so I vote we form a support group. There will be cookies. And memes.

<3,
Morgan

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Why I Like Dirty Rap (comes with videos!)

Hello. My name is Morgan. I’m addicted to profane rap and I know all the words. Really. It’s true. This is the last thing most people save for my very close friends expect of me, and I think that is HI-LARIOUS.

However, I do have standards for my profane rap. I try to be a conscious consumer. When I say profane, I mean it swears a lot and it isn’t going to shy away from mentioning sexuality, sometimes in very empowering and/or detailed ways. Not that it is actually really offensive to groups of people. That ain’t cool.

I like a lot of lady rappers who do not give A FLYING F what people think of them, which means their rap isn’t usually offensive to women or misogynistic and instead normalizes women’s sexuality and power and explores greater issues while using the words “titties” and “dick” a lot. The guy rappers I like tend to avoid the whole mysoginy thing, too. None of that “Up in da club yo ass the only thing I notice about you wiggle wiggle wiggle,” stuff.

I think I like it so much because the artists aren’t afraid to make people to deal with things that I consider very bogus taboos, like sexuality and swearing and being yourself shamelessly even if others don’t like it. And I love it that women rap about it because it’s empowering and I love challenging stupid gender norms. I also think I find female rappers so appealing because I’m not yet at the point where I’m not afraid to be myself (hell, I don’t even know who that is even), and it’s really nice to see these people doing just that.

Obviously, not every song I listen to is perfect. Sometimes there are sentiments I don’t agree with, a LOT of references to drinking and drugs, which I don’t necessarily relate to or promote, but the messages that I’ve talked about above speak to me more than those things. Here are some of my favorite artists right now and a little synopsis of their work.

George Watsky: Probably the most mild of the crew. He is amazing. He raps so fast, swears a lot, but is intelligent and speaks to larger issues in some of his songs. Other songs are literally about getting high and eating Chinese Food. Ps- I saw him in concert which is one step closer to marriage…so…

Brooke Candy: OHHHH How I love Brooke Candy. She does what she wants and she wants other people to do the same. Her songs are usually pretty sexual, and most are variations on the theme “I am woman and I own my sexuality and also lots of blunts so roll it up.” She was kicked out of her house for being gay, and she and her creative friends (all also gay) formed FAGMOB in an attempt to take back the offensive slang term. She also wants to take back the word slut (“It’s time to take the word back, slut is now a compliment/ A sexy ass female who runnin’ shit and confident” YASSS BROOKE CANDY YASS), which you can hear in the first song I heard of hers (and still LOVE) below:

Die Antwoord: Freaky. Weird. Their music videos are kind of gross, so be warned. You may hate them at first, but try to listen to a couple of songs. That’s what happened to me, and now I’m hooked. They have a VERY unique sound, and their rap is in a mix of Afrikaans and English. These guys are probably the edgiest of the crew, especially depending on what song you listen to  (“Girl I Want 2 Eat U”, for example, is actually a little too much for even me.), but I have mad respect for them and Fatty Boom Boom is my JAM. I’m actually going to just include an audio video because I love you and I want you to be emotionally safe. You can go watch the official video if you’re feeling brave and have a strong stomach.

Sooo yeah, that’s my weird music.  And a lot of people totally hate it (my poor family), and I GET that.  But the message “Hey, everyone be yourself and challenge a norm!” is still valid, even if the medium through which it is expressed isn’t someone’s cup of tea. And at the very least, I think this is excellent cleaning/working out music.

Plus if it counts for anything, I also love Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson. Seriously. I don’t understand it either. What is this.

Morgan

Golden Dinosaurs in an Unfinished Bathroom

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Soooo clearly the last week is one of those weeks in which I remember that I greatly enjoy photography. I like to try and branch out from my normal “trees and nature” routine sometimes, just to see what else I can come up with. Lately I’ve been inspired by two things: The gold dinos that live on my bookshelf and the amateur flash look of American Apparel ads (despite their controversy, I think they use cool techniques).

 

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See above ^^^

So I took advantage of my unfinished bathroom’s white walls and did a late night flash photo shoot. I found the pictures were better when the room was dark, but a few of them worked pretty well when the lights were on. Once I got them into my computer, I upped the brightness, contrast, and highlights to get the extra flash effect. Before we continue, I would like to make a disclaimer that these aren’t the excessive selfies they seem to be, I just have no one else around late at night to model for my photo shoots. So here they are.

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And then I guess with these I was trying to say something like “Smoking away a flower is as much a shame as smoking away health because health is beautiful like a flower”????? I don’t know. Something like that. They aren’t supposed to be pro-smoking.

 

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See some other edits on Flickr!

And then give me links to your Flickrs!


Morgan

Just Posted: These Three

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Bee Still, as per usual light leaks and a vintage filter. (I now realize that I should have made this a profound Save The Bees moment.) I found this guy perfectly preserved in the bottom of a wodden box while I was cleaning out my camper. This camper also has a vintage floral couch, and I thought “Hey! Opportunity for an indie photo!”  I buried him afterwards with some honeysuckle, because the littlest creatures deserve honor, too.

#indietrash#proud flickr Sunsplosion, yet another leak and a warm filter. Took this biking home (my favorite time to do anything outside is around sunset because HELLO MAGIC) and could not resist. flockrrrr A Morning for Adventure, amazingly, NO leaks! Taken on the morning of a family trip to Maine, which was, indeed, an adventure. Find more on Pinterest and Flickr! (links) ❤ Morgan

Book Rec: The Mists of Avalon GO READ IT DON’T EVEN READ THIS POST JUST READ IT

GO BUY IT ON AMAZON HERE THIS WHOLE SENTENCE IS A LINK.

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Okay, maybe you want to know more. And that’s understandable. Please read on.

This book. Ermahgerd this book. Okay, so it’s a retelling of the Arthurian Legend from the point of view of the females. And it’s beautiful. It’s female empowerment meets legend and kickassery all at the same damn time. The book also discusses mythology and the conflicts between Christianity and Paganism/Druidism and I would recommend it to everyone. If you’re Pagan/earth-based, Christian, anything. It’s so, so interesting. I lean more toward the earth-based religion side of the spectrum myself, as did Marion Zimmer Bradley when she wrote it, but the book acknowledges the truths in both religions and that all divine beings are One, even if those who worship them are not.

And it is so, so long, but I promise it’s worth it. In almost 900 pages we follow the ENTIRE lives of a BUNCH of characters through the ups and downs (a lot of downs, this is not generally a happy go lucky book but again don’t let that stop you!), and it’s such an experience. Characters are well rounded and complex, and it’s so incredible. I read it slowly over the course of six months (lots of schoolwork. lots.) and never felt like if I went a month without reading, I forgot something. It was like I was just casually living a bunch of lives.
Personally, I’m an Arthurian legend nerd, and of course I enjoy Monty Python’s Quest for the Holy Grail (the Grail is mentioned in this book!), and I enjoy feminism and learning about early religions, so for me, this book was just everything.

And the best part is that if you want to read more, there are two other books in this trilogy, and then four more books co-written by Bradley and her friend, who continued her work after she died. I haven’t gotten to those yet, but you will, of course, be updated when I do.

Okay, now go click on that link.

Happy reading!!

Morgan

Just Posted: Lollipopped

Aloha frands…in an effort to get myself back into photography which is something I love but never give myself time for, I’m trying to upload a new photo to Flickr every other day, and also to share it here. Sooo today’s photo is Lollipopped, and is literally me behind a lollipop on vacation. As one does. On vacation. I used pixlr for editing with a soft canvas overlay and muted vibrancy. Whee!

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Check it out (and a bunch of other ones) here!
Also give me links to your photos so I can say hi!!