The Bold Type

10 Ways 'The Bold Type' Does, In Fact, Make Me Feel Bold

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“The Bold Type" premiered in summer 2017 and became one of the most influential shows that I have ever seen. It centers around three best friends—Jane, Kat, and Sutton—who work at the fictional Scarlet Magazine in New York City. It shows the highs and lows of working entry-level jobs at the most prestigious magazine, and how they navigate through their personal lives. They are badass, carefree, and take the world by storm. I see pieces of each character within me, and they all teach me important lessons about adulthood, womanhood, feminism, and many other things!

1. Women supporting women

"We don't tear each other down, not as women and definitely not as women of 'Scarlet.'" This quote will always be memorable to me because it brings to light how society continues to degrade women. Even worse, how women continue to bring one another down. In all honesty, I have never seen a friendship like Kat, Jane, and Sutton's. May I say they have their heart-to-heart moments in a closet? Depicting women as empowered and supporting one another is refreshing to see on TV.

2. Headstrong characters

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Jane, Kat, and Sutton each have their own pursuits and all strive for success. In the pilot episode, Jane was promoted to become a writer, Kat became the director for Scarlet's social media platforms, and Sutton ended up as a fashion assistant. No matter the risk, these girls will do anything to make a name of themselves in the work industry. I aspire to do the same and be ready to work hard for what I want in life.

3. Fierce and poised leadership

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That sums up Jacqueline Carlyle, the editor-in-chief of Scarlet magazine. She is the type of female boss that should be prominent in movies and TV shows. She connects with her employees, gets the job done, and exhibits confidence in herself and the magazine. Though underestimated by the male-dominated Board of Directors, she does not let any bring her down. Jacqueline is the definition of slay. All I am saying is whenever she comes on screen, I feel liberated.

4. It spreads awareness.

From sexual assault to discrimination, "The Bold Type" tackles many social issues that continue to affect our society each day. And it comes to light in different characters' story arcs, such as Adena who faces discrimination due to the fact she is a Muslim lesbian in America. I have become more mindful and think to myself, "how can I take part in ending these issues?"

5. Communication is key.

With any type of relationship, communicating is a necessity. Though it may be tough for the ladies of 'The Bold Type', they end up communicating to resolve any issue.

6. Self-acceptance takes center stage. 

All of her life, Kat has struggled to find her true identity because she is mixed-raced. It was not until she was offered the job as the social media department head to claim her racial identity. This act of self-acceptance and discovering your own identity is very enlightening to see. And it gives me courage to love myself and never deny all that I can offer to the world.

7. I've learned to never settle for less.

Nothing is ever easy in life. Risks must be taken and sacrifices should be made in order to live the dream. Even when Sutton chooses her career over her love life, that is an example of someone who is willing to play the long game to finally make it.

8. It is okay to be vulnerable.

While the show depicts strong female characters, it does not shy away from their emotional moments. Struggling and feeling down may seem like terrible things, but it gives balance to a well-rounded individual. We need to go through the bad days to appreciate the good days even more.

9. The endless adventures show me to live life to the fullest. 

Everytime I watch an episode, I just think "Wow, they are living their best lives!" The many things that these characters do with one another shows that we all must just do something to spice up our day. If it is dancing in the office late at night with your coworkers while there is a lockdown, so be it!

10. Do not bottle anything up, just scream about it!

If I ever need to get anything out of my chest, this trio told me to just let it all out. Good news or bad news, let the world know how I feel. It is absolutely therapeutic.

"The Bold Type" has taught me lessons that prepares me to enter my 20s and the workforce. There are hierarchies and unfortunate setbacks, but through confidence and hard work, women can rise up the ranks as well. We must be strong. We must have our voices heard. We must be fearless.

And finally, be bold. And that is what I shall be.

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The Risky 'Stranger Things' Casting Mistake That Needs Fixing

Not only am I disappointed by such a great show's dangerous decision, I'm upset by the fact that no one has corrected it.

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Like many, "Stranger Things" is one of my favorite shows. But after extensive research, I feel like it's my moral responsibility to refrain from watching the upcoming third season of a show that encourages fans to starve themselves.

This article uses potentially triggering language related to eating disorders.

Natalia Dyer is an actress best known for her role as Nancy Wheeler in Netflix's original show, "Stranger Things." Despite its enthralling plot, the first time I watched it, I found myself distracted by her unusually thin frame. While I know many naturally skinny women and actresses, I've never seen someone whose skeleton was so prominent.

Flickr- Natalia Dyer (left)

Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are two serious eating and emotional disorders characterized by loss of appetite, refusal to eat, excessive exercise, body dysmorphia, and (specific to bulimia) compulsive binge eating followed by purging.

While I didn't find any direct quotes from Natalia about suffering from an eating disorder, I did stumble upon pictures of her from the 2009 premiere of "Hannah Montana: The Movie" and was shocked at how drastically different she looks today.

Youtube- "Hannah Montana: The Movie" Premiere

In 2014, Natalia starred in "I believe in Unicorns," where promotional pictures also illustrate how much she's changed. For those who believe she's "naturally thin," these past films, as well as pictures from her childhood prove that she wasn't always this skinny.

Youtube- "I Believe in Unicorns" 2014

When I first researched Natalia, I found forums in which people who have battled with eating disorders discuss the physical signs of anorexia and bulimia that Natalia exhibits. The most obvious being her frame, visible bones underneath thin skin, sunken-in eyes, "hollow" face, as well as more subtle signs, like scabs on her knuckles (called Russell's sign), white or blue fingernails, and lines around the mouth that seem to age her face.

I am fortunate enough to have never suffered from an eating disorder, so I did a lot of research to keep from jumping to conclusions about Natalia's health. What I've found is that symptoms of eating disorders closely mimic those of gastrointestinal diseases, such as Celiac and Crohn's disease. In this sense, it's possible that those who criticize her for disordered eating are evaluating the body of someone with a dysfunctional digestive system (though the aforementioned physical signs pointed out by people who have had anorexia convince me that this likely isn't the case).

Youtube- Natalia Dyer 2017

While there's little factual information about if Natalia has an eating disorder, there is much speculation that she does, both from those who have overcome such disorders, and those still struggling.

During my search for information, I found several "pro-ana" websites—a contraction of "pro-anorexia," used to admire eating disorders in a positive light—idolizing Natalia's weight loss and expressing jealousy of her outrageously thin frame. In one particular forum, people describe her in "Hannah Montana: The Movie" as "on her way to chunky town," and "mad chunky" in "I Believe in Unicorns." Even going a step further by stating that Natalia's "Stranger Things" co-star Shannon Purser "needs to take pointers from [Natalia]."

Flickr- Shannon Purser

Finding this forum made my blood boil. Not because of the responsibilities of its participants (that's an article for another day), but because of the irresponsibility the casting director—Carmen Cuba—and creators of "Stranger Things" have exhibited in casting a potentially anorexic actress, and Netflix's lack of opposition to this choice.

As a rule of corporate management, businesses have what's called "corporate social responsibility" (CSR) which is defined as "the idea that businesses should balance profit-making activities with activities that benefit society. It involves developing businesses with a positive relationship to the society in which they operate."

From my point of view, Cuba's casting choice for the character Nancy violated the sense of CSR that such a popular show should have, given that she's provided fans who struggle with body dysmorphia a potentially dangerous source of "thinspiration."

Youtube- Natalia Dyer at ages 17 (left) and 20 (right)

There are many different solutions to this problem, but without knowing Natalia's exact situation, it could be thoughtless and damaging to bombard her with messages about gaining weight, meaning the issue of casting an actress who inadvertently (I cannot stress the word "inadvertently" enough) inspires young fans to starve themselves lies solely in the hands of the show's creators.

There are still many facets of this issue I have yet to discuss, but until then, if you believe that you, a friend, or a relative have an eating disorder, contact an eating disorder hotline now.

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In Case You Haven't Heard, My Body Means My Choice, So Deal With It

With all the political differences and laws trying to be passed, based on what a woman can do with her body, demonstrates how the United States decides to use their power and control others by the means of it.

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Since the beginning of America, there have always been minority groups, which include African American, Hispanics, the disabled, homosexuals, and women. Such minority groups have made it their responsibility to fight for their rights and earn justice for it. However, there has recently sprung up a debate on abortion policies, attempting to alter and re-write the rules on Roe vs Wade per state to pursue when or if abortion is illegal based on certain circumstances.

Now, I am not writing this in any means to deter you from your individual opinion on this situation or your perspective, but I do believe that I have a voice in this situation since I am a woman and this situation affects me if any of you individuals like that or not. And most of all, I deserve to be heard.

Starting off, in no means should a man, government officials, or anyone for that matter be able to decide what is acceptable to do with my own individual body, EVER. How have we become a country that thinks it is more than okay to tell what others can do based on the decision of another person. See, we have this thing called bodily autonomy which means we have independence over our own body, or at least we should. A prime example of this is when an individual dies, a surgeon can not remove the person's organs (if they were an organ donor) until the designated power of attorney says it is okay to do so. However, it is apparently acceptable and illegal for someone who has become pregnant through rape or in general is unable to care for a child to receive an abortion and loses their bodily autonomy for the following 9 months. How does a corpse have more rights and bodily autonomy than a pregnant woman does today?

Currently, the state of Alabama has passed a bill that makes abortion illegal under any circumstances and committing this now known felony, can lead to a very long jail sentence. In fact, committing abortion in Alabama (for the woman or the doctor) can lead to a longer jail sentence than someone who raped another individual. Wow. How is that acceptable????

Many states are following in Alabama's lead and we need to put a stop to it before it becomes too far. We women, need to fight for achieving our bodily autonomy and band together and show America that we are a force to be reckoned with.

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