I love this! This article and the shared awkwardness of being a teenager while trying to be "unique" is the very reason shows such as "Freaks & Geeks" are so popular. I imagined your experience akin to Lindsay trying to be a freak and not quite fitting in but not really fitting in with the geeks & good kids anymore either. All I can say is THANK GOD high school is behind me. what strange, confusing years.
Love this! There's also a great episode on this subject in the podcast Stuff You Missed in History Class.
Hmmm. Maybe it's an age thing but I really cannot understand the love for Matthew McFadyen in Pride & Prejudice (though I love him in plenty of other roles). Colin Firth will forever be #1 to me (in the BBC miniseries but he's lovely in Bridget Jones too)
On Wedding Town
This is so well written. Thank you for so clearly sharing your thoughts and feelings about the complex way we perform our gender and identity. I'm a bit surprised that your friend wouldn't let you wear something you felt more comfortable in! You're a good friend and (very) nice person to play along and dress up.
@Meaghan M Kelley I had photos of so many actors all over my high school binder. I'm sure my teachers thought I was insane. I think back and wonder how all the adults in my life dealt with my insane hormonal boy craziness.
Oh my gosh, this is so amazing! Your writing took me right back to being 12 again and being a total hormonally-driven fanatic who didn't really understand sex. I wasn't a huge Orlando Bloom fan (I'm a little older than you are, I was 17 in 2002) but I definitely used to tear photos out of magazines and tape them all over my wall. There was a lot of Mark Wahlberg and Brad Pitt.
Oh my gosh, I remember shopping at the Westwood location when I was a UCLA student. I didn't realize that it was their first US location!
On Two Victors
Molly, this is beautifully written. I'm so sorry for your loss!
Oh my god. Thank you for sharing this experience. I have not yet had (or tried to have) any children but I saw my mother go through several miscarriages (one of which I was too young to understand)and this made me weep for both her and you.
Also, thank you to Belle for being so open about her struggles as she fights addiction. You're a brave girl and I think talking openly about these issues can really help others as well.