13 Reasons Why You Should Watch Thirteen Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why You Should Watch Thirteen Reasons Why

have been emotionally drained, had my soul ripped out and set on fire, and yet, I would still do it all over again.
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I just recently finished watching Thirteen Reasons Why on Netflix, and let me tell you: I have been emotionally drained, had my soul ripped out and set on fire, and yet, I would still do it all over again.

In fact, I've already started watching it for the second time!

Why would you do that to yourself? You ask.

Well, let me tell you why!

1. The Book

This book was just as heart-wrenching as the Netflix series and deserves to be read. Even my brother, who is a self-proclaimed book hater, finished this book in less than a week. To-date, this is the only book he has ever read on his own accord and enjoyed. I don't care if you read the book then watch the series, or watch the series then read the book, but you have to read the book!

2. Clay Jensen

Okay, first off, Clay Jensen is too pure for this world and we must protect him at all costs. But seriously, I love his character so much. He's relatable, flawed, and honestly just real. You'll find yourself constantly nodding your head and saying "Same," to the television screen as Clay talks/acts.

3. Diversity of the Cast


Thirteen Reasons Why boasts a diverse cast with multiple ethnicities in major roles with lots of screentime. They also break a lot of stigmas related to sexuality and race. Instead of making Tony the stereotypical gay best friend, he is interested in cars, can fix anything, and is seen as a bad-ass. This is something you, unfortunately, don't usually see on television. It's definitely something that should become more popular.

4. The Banter

Although this series is mainly soul-crushing, it does include a lot of comic relief that you can appreciate. You can especially appreciate any of the conversations Clay and Tony have; they're all fantastic.

5. Redemption

Each person on the tapes has made a mistake, and while some people don't show any remorse, others are able to redeem themselves by fighting to right their wrongs. Zach Dempsey, for example, does something stupid (like teenagers do) but continues to work towards making up for his mistakes.

6. Hidden Messages

**THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS SO IF YOU CARE, SCROLL DOWN TO #7**

There are all of these small things that kind of all build up to this massive hidden message. Throughout the series, everyone is so focused on Hannah and Clay that they don't notice how Alex is spiraling out of control. Everyone seems shocked when he shoots himself in the head at the end of the series, even though all of the warning signs were there. This shows us how in real life, we can get so caught up in our own issues that we don't see what others are going through and that we should take the time to notice the pain/struggles of the people around us.

7. Trigger Warnings

Netflix does an amazing thing by showing trigger warnings before every episode that is particularly graphic or disturbing. Netflix didn't have to do this when the entire series is based on a girl committing suicide, but they still look out for those whose mental health could be affected, and I just find that fantastic tbh.

8. It's Raw and Authentic

Thirteen Reasons Why does not dance around tough topics, but instead, faces them head on without apology. It talks about rape, alcoholism, self-harm, suicide, abuse, and much more. I absolutely love that they take things that nobody wants to talk about and puts it out there for the whole world to see.

9. It's Relatable AF

This series is one that you'll often find yourself relating to, whether personally or hearing from a friend. This might actually be one of the scariest things about this series; that you can look at a character and think "That person is just like ____!"

10. Digs Deep into the Characters' Actions

Those of you who have read the book know that it consists mostly of Clay just walking around all night and listening to the tapes. All of the emotions you feel are from Clay's inner-monologues. This series does something different in that it follows all of the characters, not just Clay, as they react to the tapes and the situations around them. It really puts things in perspective and forces you to see that not all people are just innately bad.

11. THE FACT THAT THEY DID AN EPISODE PER CHAPTER THE WAY IT SHOULD BE DONE

I feel like this doesn't need any further explanation; Netflix did a magical thing when making each episode based on one chapter. Because they did this, they were able to delve deeper into the details without leaving anything out.

12. Tony (Including Massive Heart-Eyes for this Wonderful Character)

Okay, I just really, really, really, really love Tony. He's just this amazing friend who protects everyone around him and wants the best for those he cares about. He's the kind of person you'd want to be your best friend. Like, I really don't think Tony gets enough appreciation for staying loyal to Hannah, even after her death. He deserves the world and I would gladly give it to him if he were real.

13. The Not-So-Hidden Message

Some people might think that Hannah sent out those tapes as a way for her to get last-minute revenge to those who wronged her. I think they'd be missing the point. I think it's her way of trying to get people to think about how their actions affect others. Yes, I'm sure it hurts them to hear such horrible things about themselves, but that's kind of the point. Sometimes you need to face the awful truth about yourself before you can change for the better.

So now that you've read why you should watch this series, you have no reason not to! GO WATCH IT!!!

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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You Can Dislike 'Captain Marvel' And Still Be A Feminist

It's good to watch Captain Marvel. But we don't have to love her.

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When "Wonder Woman" came out in 2017, I got a lot of flak from male friends when they gushed over Gal Gadot (supposedly as her superhero character?) and I didn't overwhelmingly ooze the same sentiments. "You're such a bad feminist!", I was told, for merely thinking the movie was enjoyable and a decently positive step forward rather than a life-changing poster-child feminist movie. There were things I enjoyed, and things I thought the movie could do better—but because I didn't unconditionally love "Wonder Woman," I wasn't really a feminist

Seeing "Captain Marvel" after hearing it lauded for months as a ground-breaking feminist movie, I found myself disappointed again.

Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the movie. (Every observation here is based on the film alone; I've never read the comics.) The CGI was great, the plot incorporated fun references to the MCU universe that will amuse fans, it had no more plotholes than any average superhero movie, and I did love that the main character was a woman (and a strong supporting character is an African American woman, which is wonderful: let's certainly celebrate the intersectionalism of "Captain Marvel.")

Yes, a MCU superhero who's a woman is ground-breaking—that's great. But it's okay to not unconditionally adore "Captain Marvel." We can have reservations about the movie—or even not like it—and still be a feminist.

In her article "Diamonds in the Rough," Janine Macbeth writes: "Way back in the day when the pickings were slimmer than slim, maybe, just maybe, enjoying a book like "The Five Chinese Brothers" (first published in 1938) was alright. But today […], any book that opens, "Once upon a time there were five Chinese brothers and they all looked exactly alike" is completely unacceptable."

Similarly to feminism in movies: back in the day, when "pickings were slim," it behooved feminists to support any remotely positive female representation in any film. But—even though there's still a discrepancy today—we no longer need to unquestioningly and indiscriminately accept every aspect of a women's representation.

I would posit that it's actually anti-feminist to love everything about a character simply because she's a woman, or everything about a story because it features a female lead. Should we go see the movie to support it? Sure, that's great. Should we be happy we're taking strides forward in female representation? Hell yeah.

But do we need to be happy that half a loaf is better than none? Absolutely not. We can still expect, demand, and yearn for a full loaf. We can support the movie financially as half a loaf if we choose while also acknowledging there are aspects of the film that were lacking and we wish they will be present in the next movie: insisting on, someday, a full loaf.

We don't have to lower our liking-something standards merely because the film highlights women. We don't have to happily embrace every plot-hole and trait we'd ordinarily dislike just because of that.

Case in point, I would love to see more women in political office and I'm thrilled with the current diverse representation in Congress. I love when I get to vote for a woman! But if I ran for office and someone voted for me just because I was a woman, I would be offended. Vote for me for my ideals, my principles, and my policies—be happy that I'm a woman, but don't vote for me just because I'm a woman. That's almost as offensive as not voting for me just because I'm a woman.

At the end of the day, it doesn't matter why I didn't fall in love with "Captain Marvel"**. I genuinely do feel "Captain Marvel" let me down as a feminist idol. The point's not whether or not she's an amazing poster-child or a flawed one or even a bad one. The point is that feminists (or, decent humans) shouldn't feel obligated to walk on tiptoes around any valid criticisms merely because she's a woman.

Feminine representation is no longer so fragile that having reservations about a specific film will cause the whole house of cards to come tumbling down and shove women out of films forever. It's not a matter of being a "diamond in the rough": if someone loves "Captain Marvel," they should love her! And if someone doesn't, that's okay too. Feminism is broad and strong enough to encompass both perspectives.

Studios don't necessarily care about all of these nuances, they largely care about money. So sure, if you feel so drawn, go buy a ticket to show that people will watch a movie about a female superhero. However, it's worth noting that no one feels the need to support every male superhero movie out of fear that if we don't support it, studios will stop making male superhero movies. There are enough men represented in superhero movies that there can be crappy movies and amazing movies and people can dislike a particular movie without being accused of being a manhater. No, they don't hate men, they just didn't care for that particular film.

I went to see "Captain Marvel," and I'd see it again (even knowing that I felt a bit disappointed) to support the representation of women in films in general; but I'm disappointed because I expected better: I expect, someday, my full loaf. Maybe next year there will be a female superhero movie that I absolutely love; maybe someday, we won't feel we have to go see a superhero movie just because it features a woman. We can go see it just because it's awesome.

There's a great argument to support movies like "Captain Marvel." But women in movies are not diamonds in the rough anymore. We no longer have to uncritically love all film characters just because they're women. Some people may love her representation, and that's great. And some will not. (A quick Google search shows my disappointment is not unique.) The pickings aren't excessive, but neither are they non-existent. We can appraise Captain Marvel on her merit, not merely unquestioningly accept her just because she is a woman.

**Regarding the reasons: my next article is on what "Captain Marvel" got right…and where it missed the mark.

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