De-Conditioning: Read Books Of Different Cultures

Harping once more that reading from other perspectives is critical. This is what makes you educated, worldly and cultured. Our ancestors risked their lives to learn for a reason, knowledge is power. All these people travel the world and couldn’t perspective shift to save their life, because they roam through self-absorption. They learn more about their hotel accommodations and tourist itineraries, completely missing the sociological value. Other people matter, their voices are important, they aren’t just your instagram photo backdrop. Why are you so self-involved?

Notable mentions to: Kindred by Octavia Butler, The Darkest Child by Dolores Phillips (needs a movie adaptation it’s so good) and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body; learn about cultural experiences beyond yours.

Korean Read: https://sainttwenty.com/2019/09/10/min-jin-lee-pachinko/ Pachinko, Min Jin Lee

Native American Read: https://sainttwenty.com/2019/10/16/there-there/ There, There, Tommy Orange

Filipino Read: https://sainttwenty.com/2020/02/29/8114/ Dear America Notes Of An Undocumented Citizen, Jose Vargas

Jewish Read: https://sainttwenty.com/2019/09/18/the-strength-of-love/ Tattooist Of Auschwitz, Heather Morris

What other book’s should be added to this list? When’s the last time you read a book from a different ethnic group? Photos: Jobis89, Nicole Richie and Teen Vogue

The Bad Girls Who Made TMZ

TMZ would be NOTHING, NOTHING without this bad girl trifecta. A lot of girls want to be about that life, but they just can’t compare to 2007 Paris, Nicole and Lindsay. I mean you couldn’t ask for better entertainment than these rockstars living their truth, extensively chronicled by TMZ.

Paris Fucking Hilton– An innovator. The first person to turn being famous, for being famous into an empire. That beautiful bird like, chiseled jawed, man-eating waif used her socialite skills to make millions (in addition to family money). You couldn’t turn on a television, flip a magazine, turn on the radio, breathe, blink, sneeze, without seeing this woman everywhere. Three super sexy mugshots in, for multiple offenses ranging from drug possession, to driving with an invalid license didn’t stop this bad bitch from living her life. Watching her and Lindsay squabble though the paparazzi was just the bees knees. I feel bad for all who didn’t witness in real time Lilo asking the paps to leave her and Paris alone the day after saying she’s a bitch who hit her. Golden age.

Nicole Got Damn Richie– Another gorgeous, chiseled faced, bird like goddess. Rock and roll royalty at it’s finest, the way she partied was her birthright. Nikki Fresh now a mother of two married to Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden furthering the rock lineage, was one of the baddest to ever rule. That sharp tongue slashed any basic bitch who dared try her. Two mugshots in for driving with a revoked license, drug possession and my favorite, riding down the wrong side of the Los Angeles freeway (I mean can you imagine). The demise of her friendship with life long partner in crime Paris Hilton broke my heart. The original Jordyn and Kylie…tear. Nicole the stylish, was the funniest of the trio by far. No fucks were given by this one ever.

Lindsay, Lindsay, Lindsay Lohan– Was at the top of the world at one point. The most sought after actress with Mean Girls and Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen under her belt. Nobody danced on a bar top with their mother better than this ginger haired vixen. To be honest she seemed like the root of most of their arguments. A sweeping six mugshots in, her shenanigans were the most outlandish, high kicking in a parking lot in the dead of night was not as bizarre as when she kidnapped those men. Lohan jumped behind the wheel and took the hell off. None of the men knew her personally, she didn’t know them at all. Scared for their lives as she exceeded the speed limit, one of them risked it all jumping out of the vehicle while in motion. A stellar performance.

Now I am not condoning going to jail, buying drugs, or consuming the flesh of men, but I’ve done all of it and I have no regrets. I think every girl should have a moment to unleash their inner rockstar. There is something to be said about women who do whatever the hell they want. We praise men for the same behavior. We always talk about the bad boys, what about the bad bitches? There is no one way to be a woman, despite the mental restraints society pushes on us to be subservient. Which baddie is your spirit animal? Photos via: Trashy 2006, Early 2000 Babes and Slip Silk Pillow