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: (motivation)
Good grief. The cross stitch project I haven't touched in *five years* is calling to me from across the room. I mean, before I could work on it, I would have to move it to a completely different frame and completely refinish the raw edges of the fabric.

...which would be good, because I'm too smart now to finish with masking tape, and I'd probably have to trim the sticky bits off to put it on the floor stand and...

Argh.
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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