Exploring the “Framing Britney Spears” documentary and the lasting damage of normalized misogyny

Photo courtesy of Rolling Stone.

I remember seeing the magazine headlines displayed prominently on the grocery store check-out lines in 2007. They read, “Britney’s Meltdown” or “Britney Hits Rock Bottom,” almost in a celebratory way — like the tabloids had spontaneously struck gold. I was ten years old at the time — a very impressionable age — and my opinion was shaped by what the media fed to me.

I remember feeling uneasy as the photos of Britney Spears shaving her head and the video of her striking a paparazzo’s car with an umbrella permeated the news cycle. Reporters, journalists, and TV personalities alike had…


We have the power to change America for the better — and we’re ready.

As an empath, I can admit that I am acutely aware of the energy that those surrounding me put out into the world. If you’re like me — and, quite honestly, even if you’re not an empath — you have most likely felt overwhelmed by the world’s upheaval during this past year. As the 2020 election quickly approaches, we are faced with arguably the most pressing question of the year so far: how much do we truly care about others?

In the past, being apathetic and aloof could be seen as “mysterious” or “cool.” Think of it in terms of…


The way we think about ourselves has the ability to shape our entire lives. Why not use it for good?

I think I can speak for us all when I say that the year 2020 has thrown a wrench in our plans, no matter how mundane or monumental they were. For example, I thought that on one chilly night in mid-March, I would be returning to work the following day. That I would wake up at the crack of dawn, hop on the bus, and make my way through hordes of people and cars and noise on the way to my office in Manhattan. …


A poem about learning to let your feelings come and go without judgement.

I gaze outside my window and lose myself in the pouring rain: the way the droplets of water bounce off the rooftops, the steady roar of thunder, and the ominous, overcast expanses that unfold before me. I think of how the rain falls without judgement — how the storm makes itself known without a second thought.

The storm rages, but eventually dissipates without guidance or direction, and that is how my feelings come and go as well. Sometimes, my thoughts are like thunder: negative, loud, and intrusive, or even muddy and stagnant like a puddle that develops during a storm…


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If you are white, it is your responsibility to use your privilege to help end racial injustice. (Educational resources/petitions to sign/organizations needing donations are listed at the bottom of the article.)

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘what are you doing for others?’” -Martin Luther King Jr.

The most indisputable truth to life is this: if you are white, then you have privilege. With this privilege comes responsibility–yes, responsibility– to be informed on the injustices surrounding us, uplift the voices of those in marginalized groups, and use your own voice to change the racist makeup of this country. If you haven’t already considered those points, let me pose this question: how many more innocent Black lives need to be lost for white people to finally wake up?

George Floyd was…


A reminder that you’re doing just fine during this global pandemic, and, no, you don’t need to clean out a closet to prove it.

Is it possible to be so vastly overstimulated, yet understimulated at the same time? This is a question that has been circulating through my mind throughout the entirety of this COVID-19 pandemic. As we find ourselves quarantined to our homes for the foreseeable future, the transition from a daily routine that was regularly filled with social interaction, packed classrooms, and shared workspaces has drastically shifted into a completely isolating lifestyle for many — seemingly in the blink of an eye.

While taking precautionary measures and staying indoors as much as possible is absolutely necessary to stop the spread of this…


Sometimes, taking an unexpected opportunity can lead you exactly where you need to be. Read this if you need some inspiration to step outside your comfort zone!

It was mid-November; about a solid six months into my post-graduate unemployment spree, and I was beginning to grow restless. After mourning the loss of the social, academic, and professional circles whose presences became almost second-nature to me, I felt as though I was at a crossroads. My familiar college routine was finally starting to dissipate, and I was ready to forge into new territory in a bigger city.

After lots of interviews, networking meetings, and full-time opportunities that were so close to coming into fruition (but ultimately ended with no job offer), I received an unexpected email from one…


Do you feel trapped by your circumstances in life? All it took me was hearing a simple yet effective reminder to break this sneaky cycle of powerlessness.

One Sunday night not too long ago, I found myself in a familiar position — restlessly mulling over how powerless I felt in my life for one reason or another. Why was I letting my entire mood be dictated by one person? Why was I constantly exhausted after following through with plans that Iagreed to in the first place? Most importantly, why did this lead me into a spiraling train of thoughts that convinced me I would feel this passive in my life forever?

This week’s sounding board for my venting session happened to be my own father, to which…


Real advice to help you get through a life transition, as told by someone who is experiencing one right now.

It was a classic rainy day in October: gray skies were overhead, steady droplets of water were bouncing off the pavement, and that distinct autumn chill was blowing through the changing leaves. Sitting in a cozy coffee shop, I reflected on how picturesque this scene could be to an onlooker. How my life could look like it fit into one definitive box; the simple girl in the coffee shop busy at her laptop. More often than not, I find myself wishing that things could be that simple.

Like the fall season, my life has been in transition for some time…

Kelsey Baum

Content writer. Copywriter. Self-improvement enthusiast. Check out my blog, RawReveries.com, to see more of my work!

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