The Daria Perspective

May 24, 2015

2015 Headspace Girl's Night In

This video is my recap of the 2015 Headspace Girl's Night In. I also talk a little bit about societal stigmas relating to sex, sexuality and mental health.

At the beginning of this year I joined the Headspace Youth Advisory Group, and recently attended the 2015 Headspace Girl's Night In. The event was incredible and I am so proud to say that I am a small contributor on the Headspace team. 

Headspace is an organisation focussed upon helping and educating young people, working with them to come to terms with or work through, problems with such things as mental health, societal stigma, sexuality, gender, sexual health, and so much more. 

An entirely free service providing counselling, sexual health clinics and events for young people, the work that Headspace does, and its impact on those it helps, is immeasurable. 

If you need help, or would like to get involved, contact with your local Headspace:

May 10, 2015

April Playlist

I don't have a collective of songs to share this month, but rather one performance and the importance behind it. 

The following is the recently debuted 'backyard session' featuring Miley Cyrus, Laura Jane Grace and Joan Jett- three people working to challenge societal prejudice. Three people who I respect and very much look up to.

This performance was designed to raise awareness of Cyrus' newly founded charity, The Happy Hippie Foundation, which focusses on a mission to 'rally young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBT youth and other vulnerable populations.' 

It is a sad fact that close to half of all homeless youth identify as LGBT, and that the prejudice and rejection experienced by this demographic is a prime factor in the high rates of LGBT homelessness. It is a sad, and horrific, fact that we as a society are responsible for causing so much undue suffering to people for nothing other than simply being who they are. This is a prime example of why it is so important to actively challenge long-held, oppressive societal beliefs. 

It is a known truth that I am not a fan of rich people, because more often than not, their wealth will never be used to do any substantial good. It is entirely fantastic that Miley Cyrus does not fall under this category of the self-centric, bourgeois elite, and is instead using her wealth, status and prominence in youth media to actively contribute some good, focussing on something that is far larger than herself. I can't help but wonder how much better the world would be if more people with the fortunes of Cyrus responded to it in a similar way. 

May 04, 2015

In Support of Bruce Jenner

I posted this short video on Youtube a while ago, and figured it would be a good idea to share it here also. 
I thought it was important to contribute to the incredible positivity that has come out of Bruce Jenner's recent interview (and by extension push against the corresponding negativity).

April 18, 2015

March Playlist

In March I discovered the film Pump Up The Volume, written By Allan Moyle and starring Christian Slater and Samantha Mathis. 

The film is based around a reclusive, introverted teenager called Mark who anonymously begins a pirate radio station discussing a wild array of teen angst problems and pretending to beat off on air. As the film progresses, and his radio show grows in popularity amongst his school peers, he begins to reveal many of the flaws and inequalities that are rife within his school, which draws the attention of the corrupt school principle, and also the police. 

Pump Up The Volume was one of the most inspiring and motivating films that I have seen in such a long time and it really resonated with me because, instead of just being another film all about teen angst, it was created to empower the teen demographic. 

It strove to give teenagers a voice in a time of their lives when it seems that we are powerless.  

In addition, it has an incredible soundtrack. Everybody Knows has been on repeat in my car for weeks now, no joke. 

Check out the trailer and the soundtrack below, and let me know if you have any film suggestions for me, I would love to check them out.