"Steven Universe" Is The Cartoon You Need To Be Watching

"Steven Universe" Is The Cartoon You Need To Be Watching

Sometimes you find representation in the most unlikely places.
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In the ocean side town of Beach City, a group of aliens called the Crystal Gems protect the town from evil monsters while raising a half human, half gem named Steven Universe. The show "Steven Universe" was created by Rebecca Sugar for Cartoon Network and is on it’s fifth season so far. The show gained popularity a few years ago and has had a consistent fan base since. I recently started watching the show and would highly recommend it for several reasons.

One incredible aspect of this show is it’s representation. The show has a wider variety of represented ethnicity, body types, and love. This can be seen from the towns people to even the Gems themselves. Steven’s best friend Connie Maheswaran is a girl with dark skin whose ethnicity isn’t mentioned at all in the show. Sometime shows have a hard time including non-white people in shows without mentioning that they aren’t white. Another example is the Pizza family who own a local pizza shop called Fish Stew Pizza. It’s not directly mentioned by the show, but it’s clear the family is at least third generation Ghanaian, due to Kofi pizza’s Ghanaian accent (it’s described this way on the Steven Universe wiki page.)

Representation can even be found in its casting for voice actors. Two of the Crystal Gems are Asian-American women- Deedee Magno who plays Pearl and Michaela Dietz who plays Amethyst and the third, a black woman from the UK named Estelle who plays Garnet. Estelle is also a singer and songwriter from the UK and this is her voice acting debut.

Body types are represented well in this show because every character looks different in design. The Crystal Gems, all three presented as strong characters, have different body types. Pearl is thinner, Amethyst is curvier and Garnet is taller with wider hips. Even Steven isn’t designed as your average small skinny boy and even sports baby fat. Every body type is showcased as strong and beautiful. There is never a time a character is made fun of for being too fat or too skinny. Their body type is just them and whenever a character gets jealous of another character it's usually because they don't feel as strong as them or as smart as them. It's never about being as skinny or as curvy.

Love is also represented well in this show. We see different types of love, whether it be from a single dad and his son, the Crystal Gems as caregivers to Steven, or Steven and his love for his best friend Connie. What’s great about this show is that they’re able to separate love from attraction to make it that much more real. They show love in it’s purest forms. Love isn’t just between a boy and a girl. Love is between two beings who really care about each other. And love doesn’t have to be romantic. Love can come from anywhere and be anything as long as it’s not destructive.

The representation in this show is super important and I would highly recommend it for every age group. If you have kids, show them this show. If you know kids, show them this show. If you don’t know any kids, well watch it anyway. Just because it’s a cartoon doesn’t mean it’s only for kids!

Cover Image Credit: Steven Universe Wikia

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8 Struggles Of Being 21 And Looking 12

The struggle is real, my friends.
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“You'll appreciate it when you're older." Do you know how many times my mom has told me this? Too many to count. Every time I complain about looking young that is the response I get. I know she's right, I will love looking young when I'm in my 40s. However, looking young is a real struggle in your 20s. Here's what we have to deal with:

1. Everyone thinks your younger sister or brother is the older one.

True story: someone actually thought my younger sister was my mom once. I've really gotten used to this but it still sucks.

2. You ALWAYS get carded.

Every. Single. Time. Since I know I look young, I never even bothered with a fake ID my first couple of years of college because I knew it would never work. If I'm being completely honest, I was nervous when I turned 21 that the bartender would think my real driver's license was a fake.

3. People look at your driver's license for an awkward amount of time.

So no one has actually thought my real driver's license is fake but that doesn't stop them from doing a double take and giving me *that look.* The look that says, “Wow, you don't look that old." And sometimes people will just flat out say that. The best part is this doesn't just happen when you're purchasing alcohol. This has happened to me at the movie theater.

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4. People will give you *that look* when they see you drinking alcohol.

You just want to turn around and scream “I'M 21, IT'S LEGAL. STOP JUDGING ME."

5. People are shocked to find out you're in college.

If I had a dollar for every time someone had a shocked expression on their face after I told them I'm a junior in college I could pay off all of my student loan debt. It's funny because when random people ask me how school is going, I pretty much assume they think I'm in high school and the shocked look on their face when I start to talk about my college classes confirms I'm right.

6. For some reason wearing your hair in a ponytail makes you look younger.

I don't understand this one but it's true. Especially if I don't have any makeup on I could honestly pass for a child.

7. Meeting an actual 12-year-old who looks older than you.

We all know one. That random 12-year-old who looks extremely mature for her age and you get angry because life isn't fair.

8. Being handed a kids' menu.

This is my personal favorite. It happens more often than it should. The best part of this is it's your turn to give someone a look. The look that says, "You've got to be kidding me".

Looking young is a real struggle and I don't think everyone realizes it. However, with all the struggles that come with looking young, we still take advantage of it. Have you ever gone to a museum or event where if you're under a certain age you get in for a discounted price? Yeah? Well, that's when I bet you wish you were us. And kids' meals are way cheaper than regular meals so there have definitely been a couple times when I've kept that kids' menu.

So, all in all, it's not the worst thing in the world but it's definitely a struggle.

Cover Image Credit: Jenna Collins

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16 'Golden Girls' Quotes That Are Still Golden In 2019

Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia..four unique middle aged women from different backgrounds under one roof.

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One of the greatest shows of all time (at least in my opinion) is Golden Girls. I was not born yet when it first aired in 1985, but thankfully it is on Hulu. Here are just some of the many quotes from the series's seven-year run.

1. Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping. -Blanche Devereaux

2. Go to sleep sweetheart. Pray for brains. -Dorothy Zbornak

3. Dorothy, was Sophia naked just now, or does her dress really need ironing. -Rose Nylund

4. People waste their time pondering whether a glass if half empty of half full. Me, I just drink whatever's in the glass. -Sophia Petrillo

5. I've been having a giood time, and there wasn't even a man in the room. -Blanche Devereaux

6. As they say in St. Olaf, Helgenbargenflergenflurfennerfen. -Rose Nylund

7. Have I given you any indication that I care? -Sophia Petrillo

8. I'm as jumpy as a virgin in a prison rodeo. -Blanche Devereaux

9. Blanche, I could get herpes listening to this story -Dorothy Zbornak

10. I had a knack for coming up with the firmest, most appealing yams. -Rose Nylund

11. No, I will not have a nice day! -Dorothy Zbornak

12. Look, you didn't ask for my opinion, but I'm old, so I'm giving it anyway. -Sophia Petrillo

13. There is a fine line between having a good time and being a wanton slut. My toe has been on that line. Blanche Devereaux

14. You'll have to excuse my mother. She suffered a slight stroke a few years ago which rendered her totally annoying. -Dorothy Zbornak

15. Everybody likes me. -Rose Nylund

16. Silly rabbi. Tricks are for kids. -Sophia Petrillo

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