CRISTEN ON CAMERA
YouTube has been an especially gratifying creative and personal adventure, minus the trolls (duh). It's challenged me to reinvent my abiding Stuff Mom Never Told You ethos of information credibility and creativity for a short-attention span platform. But rather than hindering me or the messages, the format has empowered my directness, sharpened my scrappiness and afforded me an impressive wig and costume collection. And along with hundreds of standalone videos, I’ve developed miniseries including Herstory, Stereotypology and Ask Cristen, in order to continually broaden my range of visual storytelling.
As a result, my sizeable YouTube viewership trusts me not only as an educator explaining bodies, identities, cultures and their intersections, but also as a friend. I don't take that level of audience intimacy for granted.
Now, if I had the time and fancy editing skills, I'd make you a sizzle reel of my 500-episode deep video catalog to showcase my sharpest, funniest and former homeschooler-est moments on YouTube. Seriously, you'd love it. Instead, the best I can offer is this bulleted list of my fondest videos I genuinely enjoy watching the entire way through...
- Gender Rolls for Kids (Infomercial)
- Stereotypology: Angry Black Women
- When Mrs. Meant Business
- How Viagra for Women Works
- The First Woman to Run for President
- 13 Reasons Menstrual Cups Are All You Need in Life
- 5 Facts About Sluts
...and this embedded video about tampon taxes.
While building this page, I was reminded that the Stuff Mom Never Told You YouTube channel description is: "Cristen gets down to the business of being a woman and all the Stuff Mom Never Told You about bodies, boys and the female brain." It sounds like I fancy myself a Melanie Griffith in Working Girl, shoulder-padding my way to into The Kids' These Days' smartphones. And it turns out....
...it's not too far from the truth.