The Top 10 Queer And Feminist Albums That Saved 2018

The Top 10 Queer And Feminist Albums That Saved 2018

2018 has been a wild ride from start to finish, but at least we have gotten some good music out of this year.


Music helps us get through everything and as crazy as this year has been, we have all definitely needed some good music. Here are the top 10 queer and feminist albums that have saved us from 2018 so far!

1. "Expectations" -March 30

Everybody's favorite Hayley Kiyoko released "Expectations" early on this year. Since the release, Kiyoko has gone on to tour with Panic! at the Disco and make every queer heart flutter across the globe. "What I Need" ft. Kehlani got everyone's attention from the start.

2. "Dirty Computer" -April 27

Janelle Monáe took the world by storm with the release of "Dirty Computer". This album has pulled us all in and is a personal favorite of mine. Monáe went above and beyond for this one with releasing a video to go along with the album that immerses the viewer in the mind of a dirty computer. Trust me you will want to watch the whole video.

3. "Pray for the Wicked" -June 22

Our Kinky Boots bisexual babe is back at it again with another killer album that is perfect to sing along to on any long road trip. "Pray for the Wicked" is sure to be the best of times and not the worst of times when you turn it all the way up and dance like crazy. So, if you're ready for a crazy dance party, be sure to check out "Pray for the Wicked."

4. "Bloom" -August 31

Troye Sivan has come a long way since YouTube and is proving it once again in his newest album "Bloom." Troye is definitely on the rise and is showing us that he isn't ready to back down.

5. "This Time" -September 7

Donna Missal describes her elegant vocals as "feminist stripper music" and this bisexual badass' description is right. Missal has slowed down this insane year with "This Time" in a way that we can all enjoy.

6. "Chris" -September 21

Chris (formerly known as Christine and the Queens) is breaking our hearts again with their androgynous style and voice. Their self-titled album has songs in both English and French for whichever you prefer. In my opinion, it's best to listen to the English first then you really appreciate their voice and the French language all the more. Don't forget to checkout some of the music videos for their new album, Chris really stepped out of their shell for this one but their incredible dancing did not go unnoticed.

7. "A Star is Born Soundtrack" -October 5

Yeah, we're all still crying over this one. If you haven't seen the movie- I don't know what you're waiting for. Bradley Cooper definitely shocked us with his vocals on the soundtrack for "A Star is Born" but not as much as Lady Gaga. Gaga has never ceased to surprise us but this one was a completely new way of getting all us Little Monsters to go insane. If you live under a rock and haven't seen the movie or at least heard the soundtrack for "A Star is Born," please go listen now! Also, if you figure out a way to listen to it without sobbing please let me know.

8. "Bohemian Rhapsody Soundtrack" -November 12

Mr. Fahrenheit himself was brought back to life (as best as he can be, come on, he's Freddie fucking Mercury) with the new movie, "Bohemian Rhapsody." The movie takes you into the life of Freddie and the rest of Queen with an ending that recreates the Live Aid performance so that is like you are there. With covers of some of Queen's most popular hits and remastered vocals of old tracks, everyone in theaters near you are singing along to the "Bohemian Rhapsody" soundtrack.

9. "Bought to Rot" -November 9

Laura Jane Grace is back with another album and a new band. "Bought to Rot" is brought to you by Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers. As always, Laura Jane Grace surpassed all of our expectations and has given us another punk rock album to listen to while we fight against the patriarchy.

10. "Heart to Mouth" -December 7

Yes, I know that "Heart to Mouth" is not out yet but it will definitely be on this list regardless because LP always gives us what we need. The first single from the album "Recovery," is sure to get you in your feels but don't worry- you can wash it down with "Girls Go Wild." LP's new album is available for presale now and trust me, it is not one you will want to miss.

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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