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.
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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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17 'Winnie The Pooh' Quotes To Remember When You're About To Have A Final Exam Panic Attack

"People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day."

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Stressed AF about finals?

Let Pooh take the wheel:

1. "You're braver than you believe and stronger and smarter than you think." 

2. "Think it over, think it under." 

3. "Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day." 

4. "People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day." 

5. "It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"

6.  "Think, think, think." 

7. "The nicest thing about the rain is that it always stops. Eventually." 

8. "Could be worse. Not sure how, but it could be." 

9. "To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks." 

10. "Home is the comfiest place to be." 

11. "So perhaps the best thing to do is to stop writing introductions, and get on with the book." 

12. "I must go forward to where I have never been instead of backwards where I have." 

13. "One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries." 

14. "Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved." 

15. "It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine." 

16. "Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known."

17. My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places."

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5 Songs to Add to Your Playlist This Month

Spring into finals week (and the summer) by "cleaning up" your playlist

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Here are some fun, fresh new tracks to check out as you finish out the rest of the school year and help you get out of your "music comfort zone!"

“Patience” by Tame Impala 

Genre: Electronic/Alternative

Tame Impala FINALLY released new music (!!), and this track is absolutely stunning. With frontrunner Kevin Parker staying on brand with the band's psychedelic, seemingly ethereal style, it sounds like a combination of 70s soft rock and waves of modern-day electronica, with Parker's voice drifting in and out in a kind of otherworldly, mellowed-out manner.

“Harmony Hall” by Vampire Weekend 

Genre: Alternative/Indie Pop

Vampire Weekend is also releasing an album, entitled "Father of the Bride", on May 3rd. From the looks of it, this track relates to the theme of marriage/weddings present in the album's title, and it is a fun, upbeat song that I have been listening to a lot in the morning as I'm getting ready for class! Ezra Koenig's voice is so unique and can cover a broad range, and I highly recommend listening to some of the band's other work as well ("Step" from their 2013 release "Modern Vampires of the City" is one of my all-time favorite songs!).

“Ready to Let Go” by Cage the Elephant 

Genre: Alternative/Alternative Rock

So many great artists are (finally) releasing new albums this year, and Cage the Elephant falls into this category. This track is an absolute banger and doesn't stray much from the band's style in that it includes a lot of loud guitar and dynamic vocals. Like Vampire Weekend, Cage the Elephant has been around since the early 2000s, and I highly recommend checking out some of their earlier work as well (big fan of their most recent album, actually!)

“Apple Orchard” by Beach House 

Genre: Indie/Electronic

Beach House is one of my favorite bands of all time, as I find a kind of an ethereal, beautiful sadness in the dreamy style of instrumentalist Alex Scally and lucid vocals of singer Victoria Legrand. This track is from their 2006 self-titled debut and is probably one of my favorite songs they've ever released. The lyrics are poetic and perfect for the post-finals enjoyment of spring weather, in that they preach relaxation and restfulness, and the song's electronic rhythms echo the essence of spring as well. If you like this song, then I highly recommend checking out the band's other albums as well (Depression Cherry is one of my favorite albums of all time).

“April Come She Will” by Simon & Garfunkel 

Genre: 60s Pop

No spring playlist is complete without a little Simon & Garfunkel! This song is a classic, its timeless, poetic lyrics capturing the epitome of the coming of spring and all its glory. In fact, I consider the entire album (entitled Sound of Silence) to be perfect for the pleasantness and feelings of renewal/natural revitalization associated with the coming months, so be sure to give it a listen if you haven't heard it before!

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