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    A Review of “Mona Lisa Smile”

    Mona Lisa Smile

    The Run Down

    “Mona Lisa Smile” is a movie starring Julia Roberts as a professor at a women’s college. It is set right after World War II when women were still seen as housewives. The college is very traditional and conservative in view, while Julia Roberts plays a more liberal woman who wants to teach the girls that they can break tradition, get an education and get married, and other newer ideas of the time.

    My thoughts

    It is a great movie to watch, even though some of the issues do not apply in today’s world. The various girls at the school represent different types of characters and their lives address different issues. Despite the women going to college, the school teaches them how to be a proper wife, marriage takes priority over their education. One of the women has to choose between going to law school or marrying her boyfriend. Another simply marries the man her family wants her to, and her life becomes a disaster. Julia Roberts’ character, Katherine Watson, guides them through different ideas of women empowerment through her art history class.

    It is a great movie to watch with friends or on your own. It is interesting to consider the different roles that were expected of women and how far we have come. The setting combined with the different characters truly makes an amazing movie that urges you to think along with the women at the college. It is also just a feel-good movie as it has an inspiring and happy ending. It leaves you feeling good, so if you need a happy movie that also addresses some interesting topics, you should watch “Mona Lisa Smile.”

    You can see the movie on Netflix and watch the trailer below:

  • Articles, Relationships, Tough Questions, TRENDING, Woman's History

    How To Be an LGBT+ Ally

    LGBTQ Ally


    If you’ve been on the internet lately, you might have noticed that June is LGBT+ Pride month. It’s a time of empowerment for queer people and a time to shed light on issues within the  LGBT+ community. If you’re straight, you may feel like you have no place talking about these issues. However, this is definitely not the case. Straight and cisgender people have a place in the LGBT+ community as allies.

    What is an ally?

    According to Wikipedia an ally is “a heterosexual or cisgender person who supports equal civil rights, gender equality, LGBT social movements, and challenges homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.”

    How can I be an ally?

    1. Educate Yourself

    LGBT+ communities differ from straight communities in a lot of ways and, as an ally, it’s your job to be aware of these differences. For example, in LGBT+ communities, it’s probably more appropriate to use non-gendered language and ask for a person’s pronouns before assuming their gender identity. In addition to educating yourself on how to navigate LGBT+ social interactions, you should also make an effort to learn about current issues surrounding LGBT+ rights. Without knowing policies to fight against, it’s impossible to be an effective ally. Another very important thing to educate yourself on is the history of queer people in America (or whatever country you live in). Learning the history behind the issues that queer people deal with today will not only deepen your knowledge of the issues themselves, but enrich your understanding of LGBT+ people and their struggles.

    2. Stand up

    Allies should always be willing to stand up in defense LGBT+ rights. This doesn’t mean that every ally needs to be an activist. Standing up could be as simple as calling out a friend who makes a transphobic joke or choosing not to support businesses owned by people who are homophobic. If you see someone being bullied for their sexual orientation, don’t be afraid to intervene. You should always be outspoken in your support of LGBT+ rights.

    3. Listen

    Remember that you don’t know everything. Even the best ally makes mistakes or says the wrong thing sometimes. The difference between a good ally and a bad ally is the ability to listen. When someone criticizes you or calls you out for something, be open and ready to change. Don’t be proud and stubborn. A good ally also realizes their place. Even if you are a great ally, you can never truly understand the experience of a queer person. Always listen to what they have to say and make sure not to silence them. Allies should understand that it’s important for LGBT+ voices to be heard. There is a time for allies to speak up and there is a time for allies to listen. Be aware of this and stay mindful of how much space you’re taking up.

    The steps to being a good ally are straightforward but not easy. It takes a lot of effort to become an ally; it’s not just something that you can do for a month. Being an ally is something that you have to do 24/7. LGBT+ rights are human rights, and it’s important for everyone to do their part in defending them.

  • Articles, GirlSpring.com, Health, Puberty, Sexual Health

    Periods Made a Little Easier with Clue

    clue app

    Being on your period is always an unpleasant experience with the physical and emotional pains that come with it. However, it becomes an even worse situation when you’re out somewhere and you start, but you didn’t plan ahead because you weren’t supposed to start at that time or you don’t have a set schedule for your cycle. I know that when I started it could be as short as 28 days to 40 days in-between cycles. Even if there are symptoms that signal your period is about to start, not everyone is the same, and they won’t experience them right when they begin having frequent cycles. That’s why to make things easier girls can get the app, Clue.  

    What is Clue?

    Clue is an app that helps women keep track of their monthly cycles. It collects data based on how often you start to how low you are on your period. There are even different tracking methods that help you not only understand what is happening with your body but to also get an idea of what is normal for your body. You could be someone who is very emotional during this time, or you could need extra sleep. Because periods usually only last 4-7 days, it can be hard to pay attention to how you’re feeling and live your life. This app helps you catalogue the information in just a few seconds, so when you have some downtime you can always go back and see what happened during that time.

    Give me the Data

    The Clue app has an easy set up. You download it, create an account, and put in your birthday, height, and weigh. These details can help Clue give you better research based on who you are. After that on the home page, you’ll see a circular arrow with a red circle in the middle. This is the page that helps keep track of everything. It shows how many days it has been since the last cycle started. This is the most beneficial part. I know that there have been days for me where I think I’m supposed to start at the beginning of the month, but I have no idea when. The day represented on the arrow just lets me know whether I’m close or not.

    Moving on to entering the data. The green circle with a white plus in the middle or the red circle with “Enter today’s data” are not hard to see because they are about the only pop of color. This part is what I really enjoy while using this app. There are so many little things to add:

    • Pain (cramps, headache, ovulation, or tender breasts)
    • How much you’re bleeding (light, medium, heavy or spotting)
    • Emotions (happy, sensitive, sad, or PMS)
    • How many hours you slept
    • How energized are you
    • Mentality (focused, distracted, calm, or stressed)
    • How motivated you are
    • Hair
    • Skin
    • Cravings (sweet, salty, carbs, or chocolate)

    Each of these can be added to your personal tracking options or taken away. It is all up to what you want to know. The section about the actually happenings of your period is gross to think about, but it helps to know how much bleeding you have to see when your period will be over. It also provides information that a doctor may need to know.

    Other really cool functions of the app

    Another function of Clue that I enjoy is the notifications. Every app has these, but Clue has set reminders to let you know when your cycle will begin, if you’re late, or if PMS is about to hit. This saves so much time. If I get notified that I’m late or about to start then I can make sure I have a pad or tampon with me. Most girls probably already have these any way, but sometimes after using one from the last cycle you forget about restocking because you’re just glad it’s over. That has been a problem for me in the past. Once that last day is over, being on my period is the last thing I want to think about.

    The final part of Clue that really makes it a good app is the Cycle Science section. When first starting your period, you may not know the ins and outs of it. You probably just think, “Hey, I’m bleeding. This is a thing now.” This section explains why all of the functions in Clue are important.  There are little articles with medical terminology, too. Some of this stuff you might not be taught, so having this here will help later when you’re older and go to the doctor. You’ll have the information you need to tell your doctor exactly what’s wrong if your period has something to do with it.

    If there is something to dislike about this app, it would be the “Plus” section. I have never found the need to pay for anything more because it is all provided right there in plain sight. There could be some extra analysis data I could be missing, but with everything that is already there, I don’t think you actually need anything more. This app is pretty straightforward so using it shouldn’t be a problem.

    Wanna download Clue and make period tracking a breeze? Get it on the App Store or Google Play. Or do you have more questions about periods and birth control and everything else that comes to sexual health? Check out our Need to Know page.

  • Articles, Confidence, Music

    June Playlist (Pride Month)

    Pride Playlist
    (parental advisory)

    1. Girls/Girls/Boys – Panic! At The Disco
    – this is a song basically about how a girl and guy can be bisexual. I really like the beat and it is a very catchy song.

    2. Honey – Kehlani
    – I love Kehlani!! She is an amazing artist and this song is literally amazing. It’s basically her talking about her feelings towards other women and how she thinks they are beautiful. It’s a soft beautiful song and it will never not be beautiful in my opinion.

    3. Same Love- Macklemore X Mary Lambert
    – In this song, Macklemore tells a story about someone dealing with coming out and events that have occurred after they did come out. It tells that you can accept yourself if others don’t. Mary LAmbert’s vocals are wonderful also she sounds like an angel. (top on my list!!)

    4. Girls – Girl In Red
    – In ‘GIRLS” girl in red talks about hiding her feelings for other girls and debating if she should hide them and how she wrapped them up inside. She expresses how she really feels this way but she shouldn’t and she can’t help her feelings and that it’s not a phase. overall, a rocking song.

    5. Curious – Hayley Kiyoko
    – This song is a hit from the beginning to the end. She talks about another female companion that moves on to a guy but she’s curious if she is really happy in that relationship and if it’s serious, She also brings up their old times and old things they used to do but in the end she says she can handle it.

    6. Girls Like Girls – Hayley Kiyoko
    – This is yet another Hayley Kiyoko hit! She basically is saying that girls like girls just like boys do and people should just be okay with it. Which, I totally agree. Girls can like Girls just like Boys can and it shouldn’t be a problem.

    7. Born This Way – Lady Gaga
    – Now I’m sure many people know why this is on this list and it doesn’t need an explanation but for the people who don’t I’ll gladly explain. Lady Gaga as the icon she expresses that we are all the same girl, boy, gay, straight, etc. We are all the same and being apart of the LGBTQ+ community isn’t a choice, it’s simply the way we were born.

    8. Bloom – Troye Sivan
    – This is just a great LGBTQ love song that just gets your blood pumping. The lyrics, beat, his voice is the perfect package deal.

    9. HIM – Sam Smith
    – “HIM” is a song about Sam talking to the ‘holy father’ about his secret. The secret about him being gay and how he can’t that he is in love with another man. He also mentions that shouldn’t mean that God shouldn’t love him any different and that he hopes he doesn’t hate him for ut and how god shouldn’t care for him for it.

    10. Cool For The Summer – Demi Lovato
    – In this song, Demi is talking about how this summer she is exploring her sexuality and trying new things. People shouldn’t be scared or ashamed to explore their sexuality.

    11. What I Need – Hayley Kiyoko X Kehlani
    – Two beautiful artists coming together making great music is what this track is. They both express their love and needs from their female lovers. It is a great song just to dance and sing along to and I’d be surprised if you do listen to it and don’t do any of those things.

    12. Bonus Track: Dancing Queen – ABBA
    – not an LGBTQ+ song but come on.. this song will is a HIT to play at any place or party.

  • Articles, Fun, GirlSpring.com, Music, Travel

    Summer Cooldown Playlist

    ocean view

    Summer, perhaps the most widely anticipated season, has finally arrived! With school out and the weather warming up, people are bound to go out and soak in some sunshine. After a long day on the beach or an active workout, it’s nice to take the time to cool down and relax with some music.

    I compiled a playlist of chill and calming tunes that you can wind down to. 

    Songs:

    • Vanille fraise – L’Impératrice
    • Summertime Magic – Childish Gambino
    • You and Me – Shallou
    • Line of Sight (feat. WYNNE & Mansionair) – ODESZA, WYNNE, Mansionair
    • Peach – Broods
    • Better Not (feat. Wafia) – Louis the Child, Wafia
    • Till We’re in the Sea – RKCB
    • Beige- Yoke Lore
    • Love on the Weekend – John Mayer
    • World on Fire – Louis the Child
    • STAY – BLACKPINK
    • Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves
    • Come Home – BAYNK, Shallou
    • Tired (feat. Sophie Meiers) – Medasin, Sophie Meiers
    • Ocean – Ella Vos
    • Intro (Slow) – Quinn XCII
    • Stay With Me – ayokay, Jeremy Zucker
    • Crush Culture – Conan Gray
    • Music Sounds Better With You – NEIL FRANCES
    • delicate creature – iogi 
    • Ramen – Medasin
    • Stargazing – Slushii 
    • Zoom Out – Moods, MALIA
    • Schools Out – MEMBA
    • Hearts – Tourist

    Listen to the playlist on Spotify:

    Summer is all about having fun and doing the things you love, but remember to take a break and wind down from time to time! Enjoy these songs and have a wonderful summer!

    Need some ideas on what to do this summer? Check out some of our suggestions here!

    Finished this playlist and want more? Check out one of our past playlists: Top 20 Road Trip Songs

  • Articles, GirlSpring.com

    I Hate U I Love U

    We are obsessed with Cloe Wilder – check out her newest video here:

    Cloe Wilder – i hate u, i love u [gnash ft. Olivia O’Brien] (Official Video)

    About

    Dark/Pop’s newest powerhouse, Cloe Wilder, is a force to be reckoned with. Armed with incredibly powerful songwriting skills, in addition to a voice beyond her years, 13-year-old songstress Cloe crafts melancholic, yet fiercely relatable songs that touch the deepest parts of the human psyche. Championing the concept of accepting one’s mental health issues and embracing imperfection, she is light years beyond the typical young musician, set to become a revolution in her time, starting with her flawless debut single, “Overthinking”. In discussing her debut single, Cloe states: “I’m glad that this is my first single, because it’s a pretty accurate representation of me”.

    www.cloewilder.com

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  • Articles, GirlSpring.com, Health, Mental Health

    Psychological Effect of Color

    colorful brain

    Do you ever see a bright and vibrant plant in a garden and feel a sudden rush happiness? Maybe instead, you walk into a bright green room and feel a heavy envious tug on your heart. No matter the place or emotion, colors have the baffling psychological ability to morph our emotions. From red, blue, orange, and green, all colors serve a trigger to certain feelings or emotions. Here is a list of colors and the corresponding emotions they stir up in order to organize your life by the colors that represent it.

    • RED: A color closely associated with romantic feelings, especially the feeling of love. In addition, red serves as a symbol of excitement.  
    • ORANGE: A color that also brings on feelings of excitement. It also invokes the need for attention.
    • YELLOW: A color that envelops the viewer in feelings of warmth and energy.
    • GREEN: A color associated with intense feelings of greed and jealousy.
    • BLACK: A color that precipitates unhappiness, sorrow, and stands as a universal symbol of evil.
    • BLUE: A color that revolves around feelings of serenity and sadness. In addition, sky blue can be used to reduce anxiety.
    • PURPLE: A color that exudes mystery, the need for relaxation, and universal wisdom.

    For more information about the psychological effect colors have on you everyday go to https://www.verywellmind.com/color-psychology-2795824!