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Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004
4:35 pm - "Maggie Goes on a Diet"

what are your feelings are on this book?
It definitely sends a "being skinny will make you popular" message.


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Monday, July 11th, 2011
8:45 am - from i love charts

every cosmo cover

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Monday, June 27th, 2011
8:43 am - stretch marks


This pisses me off. Not only as a woman, but as a young mom. Why are my stretch marks "ugly" and "embarrassing"? I'm sorry, I'm not five years old anymore, so I actually don't have perfect five year old skin. I'm an adult woman who produced another human being in my body, so forgive me if my skin reflects that.

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Friday, February 4th, 2011
5:50 pm - from ontd-science, on the subject of skin lighteners


The objective is to find an alternative to hydroquinone, which is harmful enough to be banned in the EU. The question raised is whether it is better to bleach the skin with better chemicals under the assumption that this will never change or to find a way to change attitudes towards color.

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Sunday, January 16th, 2011
4:44 pm - Tim Minchin

This fills me with warm fuzzies when he gets to the second half of the song.

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Tuesday, December 21st, 2010
10:59 am


Prepare yourself. The above article is the worst pile of steaming shit I have ever had the misfortune to read in a SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL. Here are a couple of quotes:

"To understand what it takes to be beautiful, we need to be very clear about what being beautiful means—being sexually appealing to men. "

"A woman needs to come up with a workable routine for maintaining her looks throughout her lifetime and avoid rationalizing slacking off— while she's seeking a man and after she has one. Yeah, you might have to put five or ten extra minutes into prettying up just to hang around the house. And, sure, you might be more "comfortable" in big sloppy sweats, but how "comfortable" will you be if he leaves you for a woman who cares enough to look hot for him?"

This gem was in PSYCHOLOGY TODAY. Yet not one psychological study, fact or even IDEA was mentioned in the "article." Just a big long rant about feminists and ugly women. The article also makes a point to insult The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf, insinuating that it instructs all feminists to shun makeup and turn themselves into "hairy old men." Which I find ironic because that very book was what inspired me to learn how to do makeup - with a healthy, feminist mindset towards the entire idea of makeup and beauty - and eventually to become a makeup artist, to teach my clients that mindset as well. Interesting how she missed the entire point of the book. Or the entire point of everything that isn't running after some dim-witted male in order to keep his attention via visual gymnastics that distract him from other attractive women. How does the writer even handle the stress of existing in a world where her male lover is apt to get up and run away at the very sight of another attractive woman? She should be visiting a psychologist, not writing fact-deficient articles for a bunk magazine.

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Sunday, July 11th, 2010
10:18 pm

Sorry I haven't posted in a while. But, hopefully this awesomely funny youtube video will make up for it!


Just a warning...there's a lot of foul language. Just wanted to let you know in case you try to view this at work or wherever. Otherwise, pretty innoccent.


current mood: amused

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Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
12:15 am - new show


No one seems to go on here anymore, but nonetheless here is a new show you might be interested in


thoughts? I think it looks cute and "inspiring" I guess, even though I hate that word. I liked nikki blonsky in hairspray so I'll at least watch it, even if it's on abc family :) I can't watch videos on my computer so I can only read the descriptions, so I've only been able to read about it. I guess it's already premiered also

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Friday, April 16th, 2010
10:10 am - great music video

A friend of mine just posted this; yeah, there's still some corset-wearing that might promote unrealistic shapes, but whatever, it's happy, realistic, not airbrushed and made of awesome! Oh, and a darn catchy tune.

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Friday, March 5th, 2010
10:59 pm - What is the Purpose of Feminism?

So I've been thinking.

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current mood: thoughtful

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Thursday, February 25th, 2010
10:26 pm - lotions, etc.

I was wondering what the general consensus here was on various moisturizers.

I haven't worn colorful cosmetics in years, but I have come to realize that I have a lotion addiction. It bothers me because the reason I use these products is that I am afraid of aging, and I am physically uncomfortable without it. The latter seemed almost legitimate, until i realized it was the same justification I've read people give to hair removal, and I wonder if it is an acquired need.

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Friday, November 6th, 2009
7:39 am - new Reebok ads

...are horrific. One of my friends recently started a group on Facebook to spread the boycott: BOYCOTT REEBOK AND THEIR NEW ADS THAT OBJECTIFY WOMEN!!!!!!

A snippet from the info page:

Reebok recently created ads that claim that their shoes will "help make your legs and butt look great", "tone your butt up to 28% more than regular sneakers", make "88% of men speechless, 76% of women jealous, "and guarantee "better legs and a better butt with every step." In the ad "Dialogue", the following transcription is read by...what appears to be a woman's breasts, jealous of her butt.

"Stupid butt. Gets all the attention now. She's so tight now, so pretty, so--STUPID."

Then the male voiceover reads: "Make your boobs jealous, with the shoe proven to tone your butt more than regular sneakers."


So, yeah, KMA Cosmo - go forth and let Reebok know that shoes are not an excuse to objectify women!

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Sunday, November 1st, 2009
5:40 pm - Clothing Size


Hi, I'm new to this group. The clothing industry has made me feel inferior since I was 10 and I started to go through puberty. When I was in girl's sizes I always felt that your age should match up to the size on the tag because I was a size 6 when I was 6 years old. When I was 10 I was size 14/16, and that crushed my self-esteem.

When I was 14, I developed an eating disorder. I lost a lot of weight, and for the first time ever, I was wearing size Smalls and 0s. This made me feel great every time I went shopping. I continued to maintain a low weight for the next year and a half.

When I was 15, I went into an inpatient eating disorder unit for treatment. At this point, my eating disorder had gotten so bad that the 0s were falling off of me (I took that to be a good thing.) I gain some weight, but I was still small. I only really had to go up to a size 1.

While I was at a healthy weight when I left the hospital, it was not the weight that my body wanted to maintain. To my dismay I gained more weight. I never became overweight, but I wasn't "superskinny" as I had been. I was devastated.

When it came to shopping, I had a dilemma. I had been buying the smallest sizes for years because they fit. Now they no longer fit, but I still wanted to be a size 1 and wear a size Small. I found a way to satisfy this desire by buying clothes that "ran big" but were still in these sizes.

Over the past few months I've been making peace with my body. I began trying on clothes in bigger sizes. I came the the realization that while I no longer fit into the smallest size, my size was still on the smaller end of the spectrum. I also realized that "I wear a size 5" does not mean "I am a size 5". I had been using clothing Size as an identity. Now that I don't, I feel liberated.

Here comes my conclusion (warning! cliche): Woman of all shapes and sizes are beautiful. I had thought that I needed to be thin to be beautiful. However, when I was thin, I felt ugly. Now that I am healthy and confident I feel beautiful for the first time.

I apologize for sounding so sappy.

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Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
10:40 pm - Some thoughts....

I was just musing on how much of what "society" dictates as "sexy" is purely due to habitual exposure. F'rinstance, a friend pointed me to this website, which laudably uses models who wear what looks like the actual sizes they're selling. (Unlike some other larger-size clothing suppliers.)

I browsed through for a while, looking at the products and the women wearing them, and then went to pick up the mail and leafed through the free magazines up there. (There's a bin near the mailboxes.) The cover of Maxim featured its usual scantily-clothed women--only now, with my vision accustomed to the ample outlines at hipsandcurves, they looked grotesquely underfed.

I suppose what I'm trying to say is that perhaps it IS all due to societal conditioning....but maybe it's easier to break than some would have you believe. Maybe it's all in surrounding yourself with alternatives to the barrage of conventional images.

Anyway. *shrug* I probably didn't phrase this well, but for what it's worth.

current mood: contemplative

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Saturday, October 24th, 2009
3:58 pm

I.....just can't believe this ad. Or wait, maybe I can.

Image and ranting behind cut.

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current mood: annoyed

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Thursday, September 17th, 2009
7:41 pm - Sarah Haskins

So my unemployed self decided to dig up every Haskins link I could find...
sneaky cut to my lj post

And please let me know if any of the links are broken, go to the wrong video, or you've found a video that I missed!

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Monday, September 7th, 2009
5:59 pm - Pissed about children's clothing for the zillionth time

My almost-four year old (they grow so fast!) needed new long-sleeved shirts for preschool, so we bought her some. The Halloween themed ones were cheapest and cool, and she nor I have no problem dressing her in a Halloween shirt any old time of year, so we got her two of those.
They're the same brand, same size (according to the labels).
One is purple with polkadot bats, very stylized, on it.
One is white with black spiderwebs and spiders, rather more realistic, on it.
Guess which one is "boys" and which one is "girls".

Anyway, hanging up laundry today, I noticed the purple one is simply smaller. I double checked the sizes. Yep, same label size, same brand. Sadly, I am not at all surprised.
I put the two shirts together, and the sleeves, the headholes, and the lengths were almost identical. But the shirt from the "boys" section was wider, with much wider sleeves.

My conclusion is that kids clothing designers think that girls should be wearing tighter clothing than boys. And apparently, girls should start to be shamed by their clothing size labels as early as possible. (Remember the "does this diaper make my butt look big?" baby onsie? A six-year-old daughter of a friend has been asking her "Am I fat?" because said daughter wears "husky" sizes.) And differences between the sexes (sizes, shapes) should be anticipated by gendered clothing several years before puberty actually starts to cause those differences. (Warning: now I'm starting to get really tongue-in-cheek) Because if little boys and little girls wear clothing that is too similar, then, um, someone might use a wrong pronoun? Horror! Worse yet, what would happen if children grew up realizing they have plenty of things in common with the opposite gender? Would no child grow up to be heterosexual any more!?


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Saturday, September 5th, 2009
12:10 pm - Cellulite

I have a problem with cellulite. I know that there is pretty much nothing that can be done about it, but I still haven't grown to accept mine.

I am 28, have always been fit and have always kept my weight fairly stable. I have cellulite on my butt and thighs anyway and I know that it is prevalent. I see it on pretty much every female post-puberty who wears a skirt or shorts above the knee or a swimming suit.

What do you ladies say to yourselves or think to make yourselves feel better about it? I don't wear shorts/skirts above the knee and anything other than board shorts to swim due to the cellulite. I also have a new boyfriend who says that he isn't bothered by cellulite. I can't help but worry about sexual positions that will exhibit cellulite anyway (namely doggy-style.) Sorry if this is TMI, but it's true!


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Thursday, August 27th, 2009
12:49 pm - brilliant Russians


It's basically a photospoof that some Russian men did after seeing a bunch of women advertising cars. Love, love, LOVE it!

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2:28 pm - Supersize vs Superskinny

I don't watch a lot of diet shows, but channel 4's Supersize vs Superskinny is interesting (for the UKians out there, it's available on 4od).  In each episode, they take one person who is unhealthily overweight, and one who is equally unhealthy and underweight.  They swap food for a week, to contrast their diets, and then come back a few months later to see how they're getting on.  They also explore why they have these issues with food, and what their specific health risks are.

I find it interesting because, from the little I've seen, most shows like this only talk about how fat is bad, and it's interesting to see that skinny isn't any better.  Two of the 'superskinnys' stick out, in my mind.  One was a nurse who lived on diet coke, and the other a single father who lived on chocolate.  He was quite surprised to learn that his cholesterol was through the roof, since you generally assume that thin = healthy.

I also like the distinct lack of bitchiness.  I keep expecting people to make snide remarks to each other,or whatever, and they just don't.  I kind of like it.

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