13 Reasons Why The 'Clay Jensens' Of The World Are Dangerous

13 Reasons Why The 'Clay Jensens' Of The World Are Dangerous

Nice guys finish last? There's a reason for that.
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Warning: This article contains spoilers and triggers such as suicide, rape, sexual assault, self-harm and mental illness. Read at your own risk.

The latest season of the Netflix series, "13 Reasons Why" has sparked its usual conversation about mental health and how it is represented in the media. The first season received an abundance of backlash as viewers were concerned with the graphic scenes portrayed. After the release of this second season, many are still troubled — and rightfully so — by the show's interpretation of mental health awareness. In watching the show myself, I picked up on a particular issue that carried on, perhaps subtle to some and more obvious to others, throughout the entire season.

The show's main character, Clay Jensen, exhibited some dangerous behavior as a result of his trauma coupled with the toxic masculinity he held.

1. He never fully deals with his trauma.

This is nothing to shame him for necessarily, but his inability to confront his trauma head-on creates many conflicts between him and his friends, family, and even strangers. The stress put on him by the events of the past six months create an unhealthy headspace for him.

2. He lashes out at others, often unfairly.

Due to this bottled up anger, Clay is frequently seen yelling at almost every character he interacts with in the second season. His anger is warranted some of the time but other times his friends and family bear the brunt of his indignation.

3. He harshly judges the rest of the characters.

It is made known throughout this season that nearly every person played a role in Hannah's unraveling and unhappiness. Clay, however, spends much of the season forgetting that he, too, played a role and ends up verbally attacking people after their testimonies. Perhaps his guilt is being projected onto the rest?

4. His obsession with Hannah is unhealthy.

We're all aware that Clay was in love with Hannah and nobody should expect him to simply get over it in a matter of months but he spends almost every waking moment thinking, speaking about, or doing something for Hannah. He treats it as if Hannah was only his and therefore he is the only one who can talk or think about her.

5. He tries to guilt-trip his girlfriend into staying.

When his girlfriend, Skye, invites him to visit her at the mental health facility she was sent to and lets him know about her bipolar disorder diagnosis and how she plans to move away in order to cope effectively, he turns on her. In true Clay fashion, he makes the situation about him, saying she is going to forget about him, questioning her decision to take medication and overall making her feel guilty for making an informed and mature decision.

6. He makes everyone else's trauma his own - and he wants to right all of it.

Clay often attempts to make everyone else's trauma his, too, in order for him to be able to speak on it without blame (or so he thinks). In doing this, he also makes it his mission to fast-track everyone's recovery process.

7. Slut-shaming Hannah was a frequent occurrence.

As the trial went on and intimate details of Hannah's romantic and sexual life were revealed, Clay became more and angrier. He confronted Hannah's past romantic or sexual partners and even lashed out at the vision or ghost of Hannah that was following him around for most of the season. He shamed her for being with more people than just him — as if that's any of his business. (Clay and Hannah were never even dating.)

8. His feeling of entitlement clouded his judgment.

Due to the fact that Clay felt so entitled to Hannah and being the only person she had gotten intimate with, he let this mindset drive most of his actions, instead of acting based on reality.

9. He was only interested in helping Justin for his own reasons.

Clay helped Justin get clean but not without constantly ridiculing, manipulating, and berating him just so he could get Justin to testify like he wanted. His intentions were not to get Justin clean for his health, but so that Clay's end goal would be fulfilled.

10. Clay was inconsiderate of Jessica's attempt at recovery.

Clay wanted Justin to testify so that he could out Bryce as Jessica's rapist, without letting Jessica know of the plan. Once it was revealed to her, she let him know she was not comfortable with someone else deciding how or when her story is told yet he continued to push her and disrespect her wishes.

11. He did not understand how to respect boundaries.

This was a common theme throughout the season for Clay. When Skye ended their relationship and asked him not to contact her, he decided to call her cell and home multiple times a day for weeks, leave her messages, and show up at her house. He continually disrespected Jessica's desire to keep her trauma to herself.

12. Victim blaming at The Clubhouse.

When Clay, Justin, and Sheri were looking through the disturbing photos taken from "The Clubhouse" Clay wondered out loud why the girls in the photos had gotten themselves into a "bad situation." It was unwarranted and harmful and Sheri shut him down, letting him know his attempt at victim blaming wasn't okay or even helpful.

13. His hunt for justice was led with the right intentions but he ran people over to do it.

Clay Jensen ultimately wanted justice for the girl that he loved but it was unfortunate that he hurt as many people as possible to do it. Many aspects of his character are aspects of immature men that exhibit this behavior every day and it's important to raise awareness for that as well.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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10 Places From Movies And TV You Can Visit In Real Life

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I am constantly so enamored by the world of Hollywood and by going to visit places I have seen on screen. It's always such an unreal feeling to see where my favorite pieces of entertainment were shot. Here are 10 places from some of our favorite movies to see and visit in the real world!

The High School from "10 Things I Hate About You"

If you have ever wanted to dance on the same stairs as Heath Ledger or just stand in the same courtyard as Julia Stiles then you're in luck! Along the water in Tacoma, Washington, Stadium High School is located which was used both inside and out as the high school from one of the greatest teen movies of all time. This school is massive and so beautiful it's almost Hogwarts level stunning.

Pacific Coast Academy from  "Zoey 101"

Growing up I always dreamed about going to Pacific Coast Academy and being best friends with Jamie Lynn Spears and one of those things can (kinda) become a reality! Located in Malibu is a beautiful campus called Pepperdine University and it is the school they used to shoot scenes of Zoey and the gang at PCA. It is a christian based college and is prestigious in it's own right so if unlike me you are smart enough you can live out my dreams.

Central City Police Department from "The Flash"

Have you ever wanted to show up to Detective Joe West's place of work? Well head to the Vancouver City Hall in Vancouver, Canada and you will recognize your surroundings as the Central City Police Department! If you are lucky enough to show up on a filming day, you might even seen the man himself — Barry Allen.

Forks High School from The Twilight Saga

Personally, I am more invested in Bella and Jacob but for all my Team Edward ladies (and gentleman) you can visit the real-life school where Bella and Edward first met and their love blossomed into whatever obsessive weird thing it was. They also used the parking lot at this school to film the infamous scene where Edward saves Bella from getting crushed by a car. The school is called Kalama High School and is located in Kalama, Washington

Max And Dani's House from "Hocus Pocus"

Anyone with taste loves the movie Hocus Pocus — that's just facts! And I have some good news for fans of the film...you can visit the infamous Denison house! Located in none other than Salem, Massachusetts you will find this beautiful home where my favorite siblings once lived.

Silent Hill from "Silent Hill"

I will say before talking about this place that visiting it is EXTREMELY dangerous as just like in the movie the town as been burning from below for years and years. This small town is called Centralia and is located Pennsylvania and has a roaring population of about four people.

Hobbiton from "Lord Of The Rings"

I am personally not a fan of Lord of the Rings but I know a lot of people are so I wanted to include this super cool place on the list. If you ever find yourself in New Zealand you can visit Hobbinton from the movies and spend a day living like your favorite characters.

Platform 9 3/4 from the Harry Potter Series

Now this place will unfortunately be packed with muggles of course but you can find it at King's Cross Station in London! If you are anything like me and are obsessed with these magical movies this is a dream destination just don't run too hard at the wall if you're a muggle it will probably end in a concussion.

East High from the High School Musical Saga

Located in Salt Lake City Utah is the real life East High that was used in the filming of all three High School Musical movies. It is my absolute dream to attend this high school and walk the halls of the greatest high school of all time. They used both the outside and inside and the school so every inch of the school will remind you of these great teen movies.

Gus and Hazel's Bench from "The Fault in Our Stars" 

If you ever wanted to visit the site of this kiss between star crossed lovers you're in luck! Located along a canal in Amsterdam is a bench that is clearly marked by all the fault in our stars graffiti. Recreate this cute picture with your significant other and use a quote from the movie — then you'll just win in life.

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