shoutout to my friend's older sister for corrupting me with most of this
  1. WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE (and Todd Solondz in general)
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    Can't say my life was anything like Dawn Wiener's but it was pretty monumental for me to see a story about someone my age with very recognizable problems that don't get fixed in 90 minutes
  2. 2003-2007 VH1
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    Still using this trivia on the daily. I was so obsessed with VH1s "I Love the 70s/80s/90s" series that on a 6th grade first day of class survey I said my favorite actors were Rachael Harris and Michael Ian Black. And I bought three stuffed Monchichis at a flea market in Vermont
  3. Le Tigre, The Dresden Dolls, Xiu Xiu, Peaches
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    Introduced me to feminism at an age when feminism was not considered cool at all. Taught me that music can be politically confrontational AND sonically adventurous AND a blast to listen to
  4. South Park
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    Words I had never heard before watching South Park too young (mostly the summer before 5th grade): abortion, dildo, condom, slut, AIDS, bris, stem cell, veal, hermaphrodite, gerbilling, Barbra Streisand. There are probably dozens more, much to my parents' chagrin
  5. Anime
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    Right now the most lasting benefit of this very expensive obsession is that everything I'm learning about new technology reminds me of CHOBITS (see right)