When you make a list of all the things that are important to you, what comes to mind? Your family and friends, of course. Having your thoughts and opinions heard on the issues that affect your life, surely. Learning new things about the world and its people? Yes. Having a fly lipstick color that doesn't rub off the second you take a bite out of your lunch? That's somewhere down there on the list too.
But of course, that's what makes all of us unique and well-rounded individuals. We can care about more than one thing at once, and to varying degrees of importance. We care about One Direction and social justice, politics, and helping people through tragedies.
That's something School of Rock star Jade Pettyjohn wants to put out there. The Nickelodeon actress experienced an uncomfortable situation that, unfortunately, many of us can relate to – where her intelligence was underestimated simply because she is a teenage girl.
"The other day I had a conversation with someone (who will remain nameless) who had been talking about different social issues and his political stand point on things," Jade wrote. "He had turned to me and said 'Sorry. Let's talk about something you'd know. What's your favorite shade of lipstick?'"
Say what, now?
"I stared at him for a bit and replied with 'what a condescending and patronizing thing to say to someone' not to mention the fact that I am very interested in what's happening in the world and have opinions of my own that are stronger and deeper than a shade of lipstick," Jade continued.
"I bring this up not to roast or throw shade at the person who had said this. I say it for this reason: ladies, and gents for that matter, it is so incredibly important to stick up for yourself," she said. "Don't think for a second that you are inferior or that you don't have ideas of your own. Speak with intelligence and grace and stay true to what is true for you. That's all. (Respect to those who actually read through this entire rant) xx."
We're so proud of Jade, not only for standing up for herself when faced with condescension IRL (which can be really challenging), but also for really clearly getting her point across for fans online to learn from!