Okay, so I'd seen this show before in prior years, and never given it that much thought. Tonight, I was over at a friend's house for a dinner party, though, and the TV happened to be operating in the background with the sound turned down. After a while, when conversation in our end of the room was dying down, another girl asked to have the captions turned on so we could follow it, and I got treated to a goodly chunk of an episode of What Not to Wear on TLC.

Has anyone else watched this show? Is it just me, or is it incredibly skeevy? If someone secretly videotaped me without my knowledge or consent for two weeks, then came to my job and publicly humiliated me in front of all of my coworkers by making a big, dramatic speech about how awful my clothes were, and then tried to pressure me into accepting a bribe in order to allow them to take most of my clothes away and replace them with ones they felt were more stylish...yeah, no. They would not be getting a new contestant. What they would be getting would be very sincere attempt to find out if I could sue them for anything along the lines of harassment, defamation, or invasion of privacy.

I guess a lot of women are reluctant to go on the show and there's wheedling and convincing and harping on how awful they look and by God they had better live up to society's version of femininity if they want to get anywhere in this world until they're shamed into giving in. Utterly despicable. This is not to mention that they insist on putting every single woman in high heels, regardless of her job or the fact that high heels are basically torture devices. Then half the time I can't tell any stylistic difference between the outfits they say are terrible and the ones that are supposedly the best thing since sliced bread anyway. And with this one woman, they seemed to be freaking the fuck out about how she wore a baggy gray hoodie when she was walking the dog on the weekends. Really?

I'm having flashbacks to Letter from an Unknown Woman, here. Why do other women perpetuate this bullshit?
OH HEY. In case you haven't heard, Wednesday is a day of remembrance for six boys who have recently come to national attention after they committed suicide in response to homophobic abuse. Dustin Lance Black (writer of Milk and Big Love) was here giving a lecture last week, and he pointed out that what we're seeing is not a rise in the suicide rate among young homosexuals, but a rise in media attention to the problem. Regardless, I think this is a good opportunity to show solidarity, and if you spend any time reading the comments on the page I've linked here (my advice: DON'T), you'll be treated to plenty of proof that we as a society still have a long, long way to go. I couldn't find anything purple in my closet, so I quickly knitted a purple wrist cuff the other night, and I'm all ready to go on Wednesday.


Apr. 20th, 2010 03:34 pm
So it's no secret that I hate 4/20. Ten thousand people are flooding the campus today for the sole purpose of smoking some weed on Norlin Quad. They call it a protest, but no one gives any speeches, no one carries any signs, and no arguments are made for the legalization of marijuana. If anything, the event itself is an argument for why marijuana should continue to be a controlled substance, as apparently those who smoke it are inconsiderate, self-entitled, rowdy morons not capable of using a recreational drug in a responsible manner.

So about half of campus reeks from the massive cloud of smoke hanging over the quad. They'll be leaving their trash all over the quad, too, rendering it unusable for the rest of us until someone goes out there and cleans it up. And gee, who pays for that? Is it the out-of-towners who come in and encourage this nonsense? Of course not. It comes out of the tuition of all the students at this school, regardless of whether we participate in this asshattery.

Word was it was going to rain today, but it cleared up now that we're nearing 4:20 PM, when the event gets going at its strongest. Too bad. I wish the police would hand out more citations for this crap, but I think they're afraid of starting a riot. As it is they're just keeping an eye on things and ticketing anyone they catch with a joint outside of the main clump on the quad.



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