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A big pet peeve of mine is people calling things they enjoy “guilty pleasures.” There’s so much wrong with that idea! Firstly, you shouldn’t be embarrassed by enjoying a certain kind of music, food, tv show, nerdy game, or whatnot. If people judge you because you enjoy listening to catchy pop music, that’s their loss.
‘Guilty pleasures’ implies that you shouldn’t talk about things that bring you joy, and frankly, fuck that kind of negativity. Own what you love. It is such a delight to be able to witness people light up when they talk about things they enjoy. I don’t want to stop anyone from discussing things they enjoy, so honestly, tell me all about that new game you’ve learnt, artist you’ve discovered, or TV show you’ve binge watched.
Let’s all stop calling things we enjoy our guilty pleasures; own what interests you and don’t be ashamed of it. Secondly, so much of what we call guilty pleasures are things inherently tied to being a young woman, too. I get given so much shit for liking catchy pop music. “Brodie, I thought you were above that.” What? Above enjoying myself and having dance parties? Yeah right, I am all about that solo dance party lifestyle. You bet I’m gonna dance around to Carly Rae Jepsen on top volume. If it brings me joy, why wouldn’t I?
Naturally, life isn’t about always being happy and positive. On the flip side, it’s not about being negative all the time. So find a balance. You don’t like the TV show your friend is really into? Don’t make them feel ashamed, just politely let them know you’re not interested and move on. Whinge about it to someone else who also doesn’t like it, but don’t hate on your friend!
When I volunteered lots we used to tell our youth “don’t yuck other people’s yums.” It’s a silly phrase, but it’s also effective. Remember that a great part of being human is diversity in literally everything. If someone likes something you don’t, it doesn’t give you the right to be a dick about it to them. Move on, yo. There are much bigger fish to fry, like what pop album I’m gonna listen to next. (Just kidding, there are so many important issues we should be worried about. And I’m also still not done with Jepsen’s latest album).