A Girl To Watch

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | October 23, 2007 7:56 am

Emmy Rossum’s first album Inside Out drops today. You may remember her from Phantom of the Opera. And what, you may be wondering, does this possibly have to do with The Intersection? We live in a world where girls are hugely influenced everyday by media images of who and what we are expected to be. We’re bombarded so many poor examples of pop icons to emulate making front page news. Therefore, it’s worth pointing out a role model of substance. As a young woman trying to keep up while the world seems to be spinning so quickly around me, I relate to this particular song and video more than perhaps any other at the moment. Listen to the lyrics…

Okay, I’m not falling apart, but according to Emmy, the song suggests that ‘if you don’t slow down you’re going to miss all those little things in life.’ And hey, even though Chris hasn’t exactly gone Hollywood, he knew I’d keep an eye on music in pop culture when he brought on a former radio personality.


Comments (5)

  1. sunnygrrl

    Also an Emmy Rossum fan, was disappointed that this song sounds like she is trying too hard to sound like Imogen Heap…it is a nice message though.

  2. Nebularry

    And who can deny the striking physical resemblance between Emmy and Sheril?

  3. Linda

    It’s a grab-you music sound with good message lyrics. I, too, enjoy Emmy Rossum since hearing her sing in Phantom.

  4. The speaker on this library computer is broken, so don’t know how it sounds, but she seems nice. I focus on pretty songbirds at my personal blog so much partly for that reason — they’re celebrities you can actually respect. MiaRose on YouTube is another good example.

    Girls today put too much emphasis on looking hot — a certain degree is good, of course, but since they’re not going to marry until their late 20s at their earliest anyway, a fair amount of that time would be better spent cultivating an attractive talent like singing or dancing. The nerds here are going to add, “or taking the Laplace Transform of a function,” but I think the jury’s out on that one.

    When you’re 30, your looks have definitely passed their peak, but having a lovely song voice will keep much longer. Aging gracefully and with dignity is something we don’t do well in the US, and that’s a real killer when you plan to marry later rather than sooner. (True also for boys who refuse to grow up.)

    And Sheril, you should start tutoring people in person — it’s a great way to have the positive impact on young people you’re looking for. I did that for 2 1/2 years before going back to school. Just make sure to work with kids you can relate to, and who will easily “get” you — not inner-city kids with behavior problems, in other words. Some teachers can handle those kids and command their respect, but it’s tough to do that if you’re not from their background.

    Teenagers ignore anyone over 30 (except Johnny Depp or Shakira, I guess), including their parents. But if you tutor them, you can play the role of “my friend’s cool older brother / sister” who they think is cool enough to emulate. That’s the best way to be a good role model — not lecturing to them, but leading by example — and you in particular could totally get on their good side.

    Not only would that work out well for the girls who need a female role model, but you’d civilize the boys a little bit too, since they can get out of control. Like it or not, teenage male nature is to pay more attention to what the teacher’s saying if she’s alluring. Having to impress a smart girl will also get them to take their studies & work ethic a little more seriously.

    The other good thing about tutoring is that it’s part-time, unlike teaching, so you can manage it and something else. All you need is a few hours of contact per week, and it’ll last the rest of the week. “Oh my god, Sheril taught me the coolest thing! She’s so cool, I can’t wait till I see her again.” Haha. You should definitely do it.

  5. ks

    this song is stuck in my head… I blame you.


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About Sheril Kirshenbaum

Sheril Kirshenbaum is a research scientist with the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin's Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy where she works on projects to enhance public understanding of energy issues as they relate to food, oceans, and culture. She is involved in conservation initiatives across levels of government, working to improve communication between scientists, policymakers, and the public. Sheril is the author of The Science of Kissing, which explores one of humanity's fondest pastimes. She also co-authored Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future with Chris Mooney, chosen by Library Journal as one of the Best Sci-Tech Books of 2009 and named by President Obama's science advisor John Holdren as his top recommended read. Sheril contributes to popular publications including Newsweek, The Washington Post, Discover Magazine, and The Nation, frequently covering topics that bridge science and society from climate change to genetically modified foods. Her writing is featured in the anthology The Best American Science Writing 2010. In 2006 Sheril served as a legislative Knauss science fellow on Capitol Hill with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) where she was involved in energy, climate, and ocean policy. She also has experience working on pop radio and her work has been published in Science, Fisheries Bulletin, Oecologia, and Issues in Science and Technology. In 2007, she helped to found Science Debate; an initiative encouraging candidates to debate science research and innovation issues on the campaign trail. Previously, Sheril was a research associate at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and has served as a Fellow with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and as a Howard Hughes Research Fellow. She has contributed reports to The Nature Conservancy and provided assistance on international protected area projects. Sheril serves as a science advisor to NPR's Science Friday and its nonprofit partner, Science Friday Initiative. She also serves on the program committee for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She speaks regularly around the country to audiences at universities, federal agencies, and museums and has been a guest on such programs as The Today Show and The Daily Rundown on MSNBC. Sheril is a graduate of Tufts University and holds two masters of science degrees in marine biology and marine policy from the University of Maine. She co-hosts The Intersection on Discover blogs with Chris Mooney and has contributed to DeSmogBlog, Talking Science, Wired Science and Seed. She was born in Suffern, New York and is also a musician. Sheril lives in Austin, Texas with her husband David Lowry. Interested in booking Sheril Kirshenbaum to speak at your next event? Contact Hachette Speakers Bureau 866.376.6591 info@hachettespeakersbureau.com For more information, visit her website or email Sheril at srkirshenbaum@yahoo.com.


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