Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
Julie, founder & editor of theFBomb.org is coming to dinner!
Julie Zeilinger, an 18-year-old from Pepper Pike, Ohio and rising First Year at Barnard College, Columbia University is the founder and editor of The FBomb, a feminist blog for teenagers who care about their rights and want to be heard. The FBomb posts the articles of teenage feminists from all over the world about issues such as pop culture and self-image, while also promoting open dialogue about issues like politics and social justice. She is currently writing a book about teenage feminism for Seal Press that is slated for a Spring 2012 release.
How To Accelerate Making Your Voice Heard In The Community
There are many ways to accelerate the process of making your voice heard, but there is one thing that is absolutely essential. Without it, you could spend months, years, or even a lifetime completely unheard.
That essential ingredient is fearlessness.
You would be surprised how much time second guessing yourself takes. It’s a lot like grief, and like grief, it’s an extensive process. First there’s denial: I couldn’t possibly make a difference, you think to yourself. Nobody will listen to me. Then there’s anger, usually directed at yourself: Why do I suck so much?
If I were smarter/funnier/nicer people would definitely listen to me. Bargaining comes next. You try to make a deal with the devil (or an alternative greater, evil power of your choice), offering him your soul for the opportunity to have even a dozen people visit your blog/listen to your podcast/join your organization. When the bargaining doesn’t work, you become depressed.
Eventually, you accept the perception that you could never make a difference and give up.
This is why it’s so important to be fearless. Not only does it speed up the process of making your voice heard by eliminating all of the aforementioned, time consuming bullshit that comes along with a lack of confidence, but you’re much more likely to achieve your final goal if you simply accept that you are amazing and are capable of making a difference. If you believe that you’re awesome and that your voice is valuable, others will, too. And they’ll listen.
What are your favorite types of videos to stream?
I love coming across videos of people speaking about a topic they’re really passionate about. For example, the FBomb’s current intern (Angela G)
filmed herself advocating for Planned Parenthood and we recently posted a video of a 16-year-old named Andre’a
promoting positive body image.
It’s so inspiring to see that totally unadulterated and genuine fire in people – they care so much about something that they just have to record it whether anybody sees it or not.
What is your favorite fast song to belt out
I belt Tubthumping
by Chumbawamba when I care about singing the lyrics correctly and Lichtgestalt
by Lacrimosa when I don’t.
What is the one thing you’d like to speed up in your life?
If you had asked me this question at any point over the past four years, I would’ve said high school. Now that I just graduated I’m desperately trying to slow everything down.
Although if things like, say, reaching pay equity or eliminating sexual violence could speed up and occur within my lifetime that’d be nice.
What most irritates you when you have to wait?
I get irritated while waiting if the reason I’m waiting stems back to somebody else’s laziness or close-mindedness. Otherwise, I’m relatively patient.
What are your top three websites you can’t live without?
1. The FBomb (thefbomb.org): this is a complete cop-out because I founded and edit this blog for young feminists, but I don’t know where I’d be / what I’d do without it, so I think it qualifies.
2. Feministing: because it introduced me to the world of feminist blogging and I feel smart every time I read it.
3. Facebook: I’m still a teenager, after all.
What happened this past week that you are most thankful for?
My mom celebrated a big birthday and I got to spend quality time with my family. Also, the world finally realized that female athletes kick ass.
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