caoilfhionn: (Default)
This morning's PSA is an "eff-you haiku":

don't you just hate it
when people don't hate themselves
like you want them to?
caoilfhionn: (Lungs)

I score a -11, but it becomes a -16 if you choose to interpret "Doesn't like children" as "Uninterested in making her own." I don't think that purple nailpolish is any better than red, either. And I'm curious about how one manages to be properly dressed for breakfast (assumed to include hair and makeup) in the 1930s without wearing curlers to bed.

via Punkass Blog.

UPDATE: You can take the entire test for wives AND husbands!
caoilfhionn: (Maillol)
I am damn lucky to know the people I do.

Case in point: Fresca
"Body-image advice for American women often sounds like advice to colonized people on how to assimilate better into the master culture: 
work harder to please, and you will be rewarded.

"And so we will, but it will take our valuable energy, and it will not be on our terms. That is a recipe for domestication, not liberation."

Sure, I could get thinner. I could put some thought into my wardrobe and get up an hour earlier to do hair and makeup. I could have an image. But those are hours of exercise and food obsession and wage-earning that I could use for something I feel is vitally important. Energy I could put into something that makes me feel good and productive, rather than helpless and ugly. Something that might make a difference in the long run.

* * * * *

An unrelated note via Making Light: Gin, Television, and Social Surplus, because I have the feeling it will feed my thesis somehow.
We're going to look at every place that a reader or a listener or a viewer or a user has been locked out, has been served up passive or a fixed or a canned experience, and ask ourselves, "If we carve out a little bit of the cognitive surplus and deploy it here, could we make a good thing happen?" And I'm betting the answer is yes.
caoilfhionn: (Lillian)
Quote of the day, from Miss Conduct's Blog:
I've noticed that whenever I suggest treating fat people with courtesy, I get criticism for it--even hate mail. (The other two groups that this is true of are smokers and Muslims.) People really, truly believe that it is not only acceptable, but right to treat fat people with disdain. I'm sad to say that I've been inculcated with enough societal garbage that I occasionally hate my own body--but as a thin (white, able-bodied, etc.) person I cannot fathom what it must be like to have others take it upon themselves to hate my body for me. As I've said before, if you think fat people have no self-discipline, consider the fact that they haven't killed you yet.
caoilfhionn: (graduate)
Useful advice from today's thesis readings:

"Learn to respect time, and your life. When I use the term budgeting I mean nothing cold and automatic. I mean develop self-discipline. Respect what you are doing, learn to recognize the importance of things, and the budgeting will pretty well take care of itself. A good night's sleep usually helps. This respect and recognition will lead you, with some luck, to the right choices.... Respecting the whole work will enable you to make distinctions, say, as between poet and poetaster....Soon, miracle of miracles, you will be recognizing your mistakes, in judgment, in intentions, before you make them, and start teaching yourself." --Felix Stefanile, "A Revolution of Twerps"


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