Hey, We Have To Talk About How Great Netflix's 'Big Mouth' Is

Hey, We Have To Talk About How Great Netflix's 'Big Mouth' Is

"Big Mouth" is a true icon.

I hit puberty at age 11, and believe me, it was awful. My first period scared the hell out of me, and my body seemed to change faster than my friends, making me feel crazy fat. My mom prepared me for the ailments of puberty, and I had all the books with the little drawings of girls putting in tampons, yet somehow, I was still surprised.

For boys, puberty always seemed so easy; one day you grow facial hair and your voice starts to get deeper. And although I know it's far more complicated than that, I still always wished they knew how crazy puberty was for us girls, or at least how it even worked. I'm pretty sure boys in 2009 had no way to really learn about the terrible parts of girl's bodies. But luckily, 2017 brought us a great outlet.

In September 2017, Netflix graced us with the absolute gem that is "Big Mouth," a show about a group of friends navigating their way through middle school and the horrors of puberty. The show has everything; animation, interesting plot, dirty jokes, dirtier jokes, John Mulaney, Nick Kroll, and even a storyline about a girl going through puberty.

I was absolutely thrilled that the writers decided to include a girl in a narrative usually left to discuss boys and their boners. Not only does one of the main female characters, Jessi, experience her first period in the second episode, but we actually get to see her struggle with it like many of us did. We follow her throughout the first season as she begs her mother for a sexy red bra and even talks to her vagina, voiced by the lovely Kristen Wiig.

It's thrilling to have a series that actually shows puberty as it is for young girls, because believe me when I say it's just as scary and hilarious as it is for boys. I wish I had this show when I was 11 to help me put a positive spin on all the changes that were happening.

"Big Mouth" also does a great job with addressing many different important topics. The first season shows the build up of an adorable relationship between two main characters and allows the audience to relive the awkward middle school relationships we all endured. In the third episode, one of the main characters, Andrew, questions his sexuality.

The writers provide a hilarious insight into the mind of a curious teen which allows this topic to be expressed easily. For young people questioning their own sexuality, having this episode to help them relax and know that they're not alone is amazing.

One of my favorite episodes deals with sexual assault, specifically the age-old douche move known as the "head push," where a guy pushes the head of another person towards his crotch to... you know. I love this episode because the writers provide a clear narrative about how these actions, no matter how slight, are extremely wrong, which is a helpful lesson for young people who may be watching.

It amazes me that the creators were able to cram so much into the first few episodes of the series and that they were able to dive into these topics with such grace and hilarity. I'm beyond excited for season two and, if you haven't seen it yet, what on earth are you waiting for?

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I Didn't Choose To Be A Dance Major, It Chose Me

How my passion became my purpose


I don't remember the exact moment, but I do remember the process. I remember moments in time and the way joy has manifested itself into my life. Perhaps this is the meaning of life—a slow growing journey of finding yourself through experiences and delightfully long conversations with people we care about, long nights filled with laughter, early mornings with dew beneath our toes, waves of utter joy, followed by waves of somber; it's all just part of it. And within these waves and moments of our lives, we begin to see with clarity—a slow but steady process. Clarity occurs when the fog is lifted. It's when you find that thing you're passionate about, and you do it relentlessly. This is the art of becoming.

So, I don't really remember when I became a dancer. I suppose it's been a lifetime of becoming. I can't even really say that it's a choice. I don't think it is. I know that I was born to dance. And this has nothing to do with how I look or anything like that. But it has everything to do with how I feel when I dance. It's this sense of sheer release, and to be able to get to that point of really, truly not having a care in world; this is how you know you're in the process of becoming. It's in the moments where I'm the most lost—the moments where I've really given myself over completely that result in the greatest rewards, usually in the form of self-knowledge. This is clarity.

I have not chosen to become a dancer, but inevitably dance has so gracefully chosen me. And with great appreciation, I've accepted the invitation. I've since made the mindful choice to immerse myself in this art form, because to me this is how joy has chosen to manifest itself in my life. Through movement, and love of music, and love of creating, this is how I've chosen joy.

It recently dawned on me that dance is what we as humans use to declare our vitality. It's an appreciation of being alive. And more so, it's a celebration: of being alive, of our bodies, of human contact, but mostly just of life. We as humans dance to celebrate life.

So with this joy that I've been so lucky to find, I am compelled to study dance. And not just take classes, and not just take notes, but to really study—to really understand what it means to be alive, and to feel gratitude for every ounce of my life.

This is why I'm a dance major.

So before you question me, and perhaps tell me that my major is useless or is not setting me up for a successful life, maybe consider that I've chosen a life of joy. I've chosen to be passionate and throw myself into gaining a greater kinesthetic awareness, a more profound appreciation for music, and for art, and for culture, and just life in general.

I have chosen to celebrate my life, and celebrate what my body allows me to do every day. And through my choices, I've begun to master the art of becoming.

Author's note: The theme of "becoming" was subconsciously inspired by Michelle Obama.

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