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At first this was going to be my status message, but what I needed to say called for something bigger: a note here on Facebook which I’ll copy-paste onto my blog as a blog post.

I am sick and tired of hearing stories from my sister in which her friends degrade themselves and call themselves “fat” when in fact they’re skinnier than my sister (who’s a normal weight for her age and height). And just now she said a four-year-old girl told her big sister (who’s friends with my sister) that she shouldn’t eat too much or she would get “fat”.

NO. That is UNACCEPTABLE. Adults have got to STOP teaching their kids that weighing more than X means you’re fat. And mothers who weigh less than I do (a normal, 16-year-old girl) are setting a VERY bad example for their daughters.

These daughters are, at 13, watching what they eat and talking about how “fat” they are on a daily basis. They turn to boys, try to get their attention, wear make-up and become obsessed with what’s fashionable and what isn’t all in an effort to rebuild the self-esteem that the adults around them have unintentionally destroyed.

I know too many girls who stopped paying attention to their grades and turned to boys all because they thought they were “ugly”, “fat” and “worthless”.

I can remember this one girl crying at a party because she thought she was ugly. This girl was and still is very pretty: she’s short (which is NOT bad thing), has blue eyes and blonde hair and is petite. How on earth could she have thought she was ugly?

I used to be skinny–as in “people thought I was anorexic/bulimic” skinny. And I hated it. Sure, I got to eat as much as I wanted without gaining weight, but finding clothes that fit was a NIGHTMARE. I wished and wished that I would gain weight so I wouldn’t need to wear a bloody belt anymore.

Now I weigh a normal weight and I can honestly say I love my body. Sure, I’ve got a “flabby” stomach (which my little brother points out whenever he can), but I’m not a supermodel–I’m a teenage girl who loves to write and read and who never exercises. Of COURSE I’m gonna have a little fat in certain areas. And yes, there are days when I wish I had a flat stomach, like some friends of mine, but they don’t have flat stomachs because they don’t eat, it’s because they, can you guess?

Yes, they EXERCISE!

So either accept your body as it is or exercise. Or you know, maybe your perception of your own body has been skewed by the adults around you and in reality you’re normal/on the skinny side but just can’t see it. In that case, take a good look in the mirror–do you REALLY believe you’re fat?

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See this to get why: http://twitter.com/DancingDeer/status/6010383892

Pictures of the sunset tonight: http://img130.imageshack.us/g/94930968.jpg/

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This time, the school opened the gates at 4 am so students couldn’t chain them together. When I got there at quarter to eight, I saw small dumpsters and people standing/sitting on them, etc. Unfortunately, they weren’t as organized as yesterday. Anyway, even though I could have easily gone to class, my friends and I decided to participate.

This means that an hour or so later, we went looking for more dumpsters. Why? The teachers and students had a tug of war over the dumpsters and the teachers won. Also, the principle shook one of the dumpsters that a friend of mine was sitting on. She almost went flying off.

Around town, we found 6 dumpsters that we ended up pushing/pulling around until we got back to our school. And yes, people who saw us and didn’t know anything had this kind of face: o.O or O.O or *disapproving face*

By 10 o’clock, we got what wanted. We won.

See, the blocus/protest was against a reform that would make our French school system even more confusing, could make more students fail, could make us pay to go to a public school, could control us for weapons… They’re already trying to make sheep out of us, and are already employing fear as a way to get us to do what they want us to do, but this reform would make all of this even worse.

I’m not 100% certain about all this, I haven’t read any article about the reform. I only know this from speeches that the leader of the protest gave. (He had a megaphone this time.)

What they wanted was a reunion with the "rectorat" to talk about all this. Now guess how they won in the end?

Well, it’s something that doesn’t surprise me: it’s so typical of my dad. He showed up sometime before 10, heard the leader’s speech, talked to him the other students and the school principle. Principle walked away, my dad then gave the leader advice on how to obtain a reunion. (I was embarrassed/proud. The proud part only really came later, when I asked my dad what he’d told them. At the time I was just "Ugh, typical…")

I don’t have anything more to add, although there are rumors of another blocus tomorrow. How knows?

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-Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
-Street Magic and Demon Bound by Caitlin Kittredge
-Strange Angels and Betrayals by Lili St Crow
-Max by James Patterson (it’s the fifth in the series)
-The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz
-Shadowland by Alyson Noel
-Tempted by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
-Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? by Louise Rennison
-Going Bovine by Libba Bray
-The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
-City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
-The Giver by Lois Lowry
-Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip M Hoose
-Graceling by Kristin Cashore
-Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
-Wit’ch Fire by James Clemens
-Going too far by Jennifer Echols
-Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard
-Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
-The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance
-You Know You’re a Writer When by Adair Lara
-WAKE and FADE by Lisa McMann
-Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
-A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
-Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

ipod with camera
lapdesk
lungs by florence and the machine
tape recorder
typewriter
new camera

Snow white
Cinderella
UP
Alice in wonderland
Robin Hood
Peter Pan
Sleeping Beauty
The Jungle Book
The Aristocats
The Little Mermaid
Beauty and the Beast
Aladdin
The Lion King
Pocahontas
Hercules
Return to Never Land
Atlantis: the lost empire
The Sound of Music
Bednobs and Broomsticks
Grease
Chicago

lost season 5
supernatural seasons 1-4
skins seasons 1-3
heroes season 3
true blood seasons 1-2

I’m not delusional, I know there’s no way my parents are going to buy me all that. But a girl can dream that her parents will win the lottery, right? In any case, look up those books, you might end up wanting to get them. (Think of them as recommendations. Even though I haven’t read them yet.)

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[If you didn’t already know: I live in France and go to a French school.]

A "blocus" (a french word) is a manifestation where high school students (lycéens) block the entrance to their high school. These "blocus" are always in revolt of a change in the school system that they don’t want.

Today, there was a blocus.

Around quarter to 8 am, I arrived at school. Two cars in front of us wouldn’t move. I decided to get out of the car there and walk the rest of the way up to the school. I see a crowd, closed gates and remember seeing a group on Facebook about a blocus happening today. I hadn’t taken it seriously because you often hear "There’s going to be a blocus: no school!"

But this wasn’t a joke.

There were already a few policemen there, ready to restrain violent students. (It never got violent.)

Students, I learned later on, had come to the school at 4 am, pushed dumpsters in front of the gates and chained the gates together with padlocks to stop them from opening. They also tipped over a recycling dumpster (bin is too small) and lit the magazines and such that were inside on fire. I didn’t see the fire.

A mass of people were blocking the only gate they hadn’t chained: the gate leading to the teacher’s parking lot. They let the teachers in their cars go through, but refused any students who wanted to get to class. (Why would you want to go to class when you have a very valid excuse not to?)

They booed the students who wanted to get in. (This I disapprove of. It makes you feel ashamed and it’s just mean.)

They also had a speaker and played music. At one point, one of the students, either a junior or senior (première or terminal), stood on top of something and gave a speech. I couldn’t hear him that well — he didn’t have a megaphone or anything. However, it must have been good because the huge crowd of people listening cheered.

Once or twice we heard people chanting something.

At some point, we went to a café. When we came back, the crowd blocking the entrance had been reduced. Instead of going to class, we went home. (There’d have been no point. Hardly anybody was left and we’d already missed a few lessons.)

Oh, and they played Get Up Stand Up on their speaker.

I’ve got a few videos of all this, but they’re very bad quality:

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My X-mas wishlist

I told myself that this christmas, I wouldn’t ask for books, just movies. I have enough books, I told myself. Now you’re probably asking me in a deadpan tone, "How many books?" Yeah, that’s right: I’m asking for books anyway.

-Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
-Street Magic and Demon Bound by Caitlin Kittredge
-Strange Angels and Betrayals by Lili St Crow
-Max by James Patterson (it’s the fifth in the series)
-The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz
-Shadowland by Alyson Noel
-Tempted by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
-Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? by Louise Rennison
-Going Bovine by Libba Bray
-The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
-City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
-The Giver by Lois Lowry
-Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip M Hoose
-Graceling by Kristin Cashore

That’s 16 books, by the way. I couldn’t help myself! Now, it’s 1 am and I should dry my hair and get some sleep.

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