Ben and I just recently finished watching this... chilling and beautifully dark and mysterious little BBC miniseries, Top of the Lake. It's about a girl who goes missing in a rural town in New Zealand (where the show was shot--man, just watch it because of the scenery. It's in-credible. ) and a detective (Elisabeth Moss) who becomes dedicated to finding her. There are a lot of secrets in this small town that are unwrap throughout the show, but it's utterly excellent. It's just so beautifully shot and so darkly told. I recommended this show to my friend Wes a few weekends back and he watch four episodes (out of 6) in one night.
Here's just some cute song I found on FreePeoples YouTube channel. Sometimes I wish I could just run off with some band and play the tambourine and travel across the states playing covered-wagon shows. Or something like that.
My goodness. I was in tears by the end of this video. I've been really appreciating a lot of the messages coming out of the beauty industry recently (the Dove commercial, the Pantene ads, etc) and they've been really opening my eyes to what being a girl means. And what it means for girls. And how society can just quietly pull away our strength.
I was the ten-year old in this video throwing a baseball the right way and believing in myself. And I was fast and strong. My dad would take me out to the high school field when I was a kid and he would pitch my brother and I ball after ball and we would spend our afternoons just doing that. Hitting balls and then running after them. I had a lot of confidence in myself, especially in my physical abilities, but it just did not continue when I got older.
I'm glad that any future children I have will be raised around messages like this. And I'm glad that advertisements--who have so much responsibility with how they effect people into buying their products--are finding touching and truthful ways to reach out to their audience. To remind us of our struggles don't have to continue to be our struggles if we make a conscious design to stop a potentially negative thought and replace it with, "I'm a girl, hear me roar!"
So what do you guys think about these? Are you going to watch Top of the Lake? Are you also keen on the idea of grabbing a flute and hitting the road with a band? Do these girl power commercials make you feel a little weepy/empowered? Let me know! And leave me some videos to check out too.
EDIT: My awesome mom has alerted me to the fact that some of the youtube links aren't showing up on here for some reason. Here are the direct links if you're interested: