Dear “white girls” of the world,
This letter has nothing to do with race, but how we as twenty-something young women are perceived by the media. Let me preface this by saying I’m totally one of you. I wear too much makeup, I really love One Direction, and I, too, was obsessed with “The Hills” and “Laguna Beach” in high school. But, there’s one thing y’all need to stop with: the epidemic of the “gay husband.”
As a straight person who works as an ally in the LGBT community, I know that this isn’t my place to say anything, but I feel like maybe you’ll all realize that this is coming from a place of love and understanding. Contrary to →
Being raised in Pittsburgh, I have been surrounded by black and gold my entire life. We bleed the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins here, and if you don’t like it, that’s just too damn bad. But, I do have just one dirty little secret. I love the Giants… and the Yankees… and the Mets. OK, I was raised by two parents who love their New Jersey roots and the sports teams that reside there. So, I know the struggle that is being an out of town sports fan. I’ve compiled this list of the worst things about being an out of town sports fan. Enjoy and go Giants!
- Watching the game is the biggest struggle of life. HOW HARD IS →
We all have that friend—hell, we’ve all been that friend—who doesn’t know the correct lyrics to practically anything. You’re driving down the road, rocking out to the radio, when you realize the words you thought you were hearing most definitely weren’t. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. We’ll keep singing ‘em regardless… no matter how tragic they sound.
Misheard Lyrics VS. Real Lyrics Justin Timberlake – “SexyBack”
“Who’s a sexy ho?” | “Get your sexy on.”
Bon Iver – “Skinny Love”
“And I told you to be badass.” | “And I told you to be balanced.”
Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance”
“Double fisted kick in the knee.” | “Leather studded kiss →
On the six-month anniversary of Literally, Darling‘s launch, our writers came to us and said, “We want to tell everyone why we love LD.” As a platform for twenty-somethings to speak their minds and say what they believe in, regardless of how popular or unpopular an opinion it may be, we could hardly say no! Straight from the source, here’s why some of our writers chose to join and write for us for the last six months.
Our love of Harry Potter around here is no secret. The Boy Who Lived comes up and most of us just turn into bizarre machinations of ourselves and instantly start breaking down everything we’ve ever known about the guy. Therefore, when it came time to choose what we wanted to do on Halloween, it was a no-brainer: We wanted to decorate the Great Hall, float pumpkins over the tables, stuff ourselves with Butterbeer, and trade Chocolate Frogs. Sadly, since we haven’t quite pinpointed the exact location of Hogwarts, and we’re about twice the age of when we should have received our acceptance letters, we have to resort to our imaginations. After all, what else is Halloween than proof of Thoreau’s quote, →
Every month we like to highlight our writers who have gone above and beyond. This month, the clear choice is Kristin. Throughout October she’s written more articles than even our Editorial Board, with each one bringing her unique and charming perspective through short but substantial articles. She’s also had a big month as her piece “We’re The Ladies!—Why Friendship With Women Is Important” was republished on the “Huffington Post” the same week that an article she collaborated on went live as well. So just in case you’ve missed any of her articles, please allow us to draw your attention to some of our favorites of hers since she’s joined LD.
Halloween is just for kids… Or is it? We love trick-or-treating as much as anyone, but there are a few moments in every twenty-something’s Halloween where you have to stop and think, “Am I too old for this?”
1. Your costume options included “slutty” anything. 2. You’ve tried a candy-corn flavored alcoholic drink. 3. You get weirdly excited about those neighbors who give out pocket change, because bills. 4. You’re about ten inches taller than everyone else. 5. You’re the same height as the little kid’s parents. 6. You’re more interested in the calorie content of the candy than how tasty it is. 7. You deliberately get a masked costume so no one →
It’s the one thing that can send the most bold person screaming. Something that strikes fear and anxiety into the bravest of people and can incite anxiety into anyone it touches. That’s right, kids, I’m talking about eating alone in public.
We all know how awkward it can be, getting to the restaurant first when meeting friends or a date, and feeling the shame surround you. Yep, all that shame, because everyone is clearly looking at you, and judging, and pitying you. Oh yes, the pity, we all know it too well. And that’s why none of us can ever eat alone. The End.
But, what if I told you, that, most likely, no one is looking at you, or →
Who says all our role models have to be real? Books, movies, and TV shows are portraying some pretty BAMF ladies these days. So we decided to expand upon our original list of badasses and look at some of the best fictional female role models that, through their unique philosophies, are helping us stay on track.
We all have them. The ex who posts The Onion articles as fact. The ones who say incredibly arrogant or many times ignorant things on social networks. The ones we see in bars bothering innocent women.
We all know that being in a relationship with someone means you like them or even love them. But, what about sex? What about these seemingly meaningless hookups that just seem to happen? Do we need to like who we share a bed with?
While I never tell a person who they can or should sleep with, after a particular “hook-up,” I had to make a personal decision: I don’t have sex with bad people.
This may seem like a weird concept, but let →
We all have the moments, times we should have kept our mouths shut, places we would have rather not been, but where we are right now would honestly not be the same without them.
At risk of sounding like a lunatic, I truly believe every awful, awkward thing that has happened to me has shaped me into who I am today. As a person with anxiety, I find myself wanting to say “no” all of the time. I am terrified of planes, of long car rides, of being lost, of crowds. This limits me when it comes to the things I enjoy like traveling, going into the city, and going to parties.
For a long time, I said no because →
The warmth of the lights, the soft hush of the audience as the orchestra begins to play the overture, the 11:00 number. This is my crack—I need it like oxygen to live. I am what you would call a theater addict.
It all started when I was in dance classes like any normal little girl, but then I decided I also wanted to sing. So, my mom put me into an after-school performing arts school when I was 12. I was then given the solo in “Seasons of Love,” from “Rent.” Anyone who knows the show can laugh at how ridiculous a little white girl must’ve sounded doing that, but after it, I was hooked. I became obsessed with not →
As a person who was born into two medium-sized families (although they sound like there are about 150 people more at each family gathering), I’ve been lucky. I always knew everyone in my family, but I always had someone to hang out with at lame family gatherings.
Family is a big part of my life and my mom always made it very clear that family came first—I wouldn’t have it any other way. But in recent years, my family life has been anything but ideal. I won’t get into the nitty gritty, but basically, I’ve been estranged from a lot of one side of my family, and the other half lives around six hours away, so while I love them →
While each new female CEO weighs in on whether women can or can’t have it all, we find ourselves torn. An important topic about women and glass ceilings seems to have become a media buzzword and corporate publishing moneymaker. But what does it really mean, and is it as important as they make it out to be? Furthermore, why doesn’t anyone ask men if they can “have it all?” Is the “all” of the older generation even relevant to our own?
As a group of young women gearing up to climb our own career ladders, we thought we’d throw in our own two cents. We’re not all of the same mind and often disagree with each other about it, but it’s time to start talking about it outside of another C-level interview.
It’s that time of year! Autumn is officially here, and while Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte is good (okay, great) there are many more things to enjoy about fall than just that. Cooler temps bring the LD staff joy in many ways, but here are our favorites.
Wearing sweats everywhere is acceptable.
People are nicer with the holidays approaching.
If you decide to spend a night (read: weekend) at home alone on the couch watching Netflix, it’s now considered “cozy” instead of “lame.”
Let’s face it, we all look WAY better in sweaters and jeans than we do in shorts and tank →
Throughout childhood and adolescence we all heard it. Most of us still hear it.
“I’m a guy’s girl.”
“Girls are too much drama.”
“I’m not like most girls.”
These are seemingly silly offhand comments that I never took much to heart until recently. Then, I sat and thought about what these women were actually saying.
In the worst case they are actually buying into the stereotype that the media has for us that we are all one-dimensional, catty, drama-adoring, celebrity-obsessed Barbie dolls—in the best case they are still disregarding an entire gender’s worth and friendship value.
Maybe it’s just because I’ve been blessed enough to be surrounded by strong, amazing women, but I haven’t a bloody clue what any of →
The Internet was at it again last week when a fake “Playboy” magazine article by the group FORCE went viral.
The group put out an article claiming to be from “Playboy,” which said the magazine giant would now be judging its yearly list of “party schools” by taking into account the school’s attitude about consent, body positivity, and additional sexuality issues. FORCE even published fake articles about the list that claimed to be from the “Huffington Post,” “UpWorthy,” “BroBible,” and more.
Those who follow closely may remember FORCE from their viral fake Victoria’s Secret marketing campaign that featured models of different sizes and ethnicities sporting undies that read sex-positive sayings, including “consent is sexy.”
If you’re anything like me, these →
It’s been a pretty big week at LD—one of our articles was picked up on “The Huffington Post” and our guest writer’s piece, ”An Intervention For Your 20s” nearly broke our servers, it was so popular. So we’ve been feeling pretty slick this week and a little less like the awkward kids at the table.
Just kidding! We’re still amazed we’re let out in public on our own. Here’s a few stories from the last week with the proof of that.
In some respects, half of your twenties is devoted exclusively to college. You start your twenties in college and then spend the next few years trying to figure out how to make your way in a world you might feel unprepared for. In hindsight, there are countless things you’ll wish you’d known or had considered at the time. So today on “Twenty-Something Tuesday” we bring your our best advice of things we wished we’d known about college.
Any professional or even casual rom-com watcher will note that there is a clear winner and loser in these movies. While there may be the occasional rogue who roots for the “Phantom of the Opera” instead of Raoul, generally, it’s pretty clear-cut who we all want together.
We cry over Noah and Allie’s epic love in “The Notebook” and we root for Rose and Jack in “Titanic,” though we know the boat sinks. But I think we’re forgetting some integral characters: the ones who didn’t get picked.
Now, granted, a lot of our favorite romantic heroes and heroines leave rather unscrupulous characters to be with the ones they truly love, but sometimes, some perfectly nice people are just left out →