Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Donald Trump and "Sexism"

Thank you, Dean Obeidallah of CNN, for writing Donald Trump doesn't understand what 'sexism' is.

He gives a ton of examples where Trump displays his ignorance. And this is the man that a whole bunch of Americans would like to see run our country.
Trump about fellow GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina: "Carly -- look at that face. Would anybody vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?! I mean, she's a woman, and I'm not s'posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?" Conversely, saying a women isn't qualified for a job because she isn't pretty enough is again textbook sexism.
I guess I shouldn't be surprised that there are people out there who hear statements like this and think he would make good presidential material.

I keep waiting to get pinched, wake up and realize it's all a big joke.

Go on...somebody pinch me.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Looking to the Individual

A hospital in Italy that would not accept a stripper's blood donation illustrates how strongly the belief is embedded that strippers are prostitutes.

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Even after explaining her monogamous situation to the hospital, they refused her donation because they still believed she posed an STI risk.
“It is not clear in this case what risk the woman posed. She was in a formal and stable relationship," Agitalia was reported as saying in Corriere della Sera. "Even if her job could be seen as 'immoral' or 'unorthodox', it cannot be seen as an STI risk.” 
We are so quick to judge people based on the cultural beliefs about groups of people.

In no situation is it correct to stereotype people, whether it be because of race, gender, sexual preference, or occupation.

We need to base our opinions of people on the individual. On the person standing in front of us.

No one person is an ethnicity, color, job, or anything.

We are all individuals.

Let's start treating each other with the assumption of uniqueness and goodness.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Grace Jones In Your Face

Recently, Grace Jones got a bit peeved that the father of her child, photographer Jean-Paul Goude, recreated her infamous champagne glass on booty photo with Kim Kardashian.

Well, to show the world that she's still the original, the almost 70 year-old flashed what her Mama gave her at a book event for her new autobiography, I'll Never Write My Memoirs.

Jones has been vocal about being the original rabble-rouser and that most current pop female artists are mere copycats of her outrageousness.

I suppose the magazine cover of Kardashian really does illustrate how she is being copied, but when the art in question is as apparent a copy as this, does it not then become a sort of tribute to the original?

Perhaps Jones could see her imitators as carrying the torch that she first carried?

And come to think of it, was Jones actually the original bearer of the exhibitionist flame? Perhaps she, too, had inspiration of those who shed before her?

 Isn't much art or creative expression a reflection or an amping up of what came before?

Friday, September 25, 2015

Female Writers Needed

It's all about stripping down and revealing truth.

Every day we see more people feeling courageous enough to step out of the shadows and explore their own truths for others to witness.

Actress Liv Tyler spoke out about how the great roles have dried up now that she is 38.

When you have well-known actors revealing the difficulty, imagine how hard it is for the unknowns in their thirties and forties.

The answer?

More female writers creating scripts with middle-aged women protagonists.

Life doesn't stop for women at 30, 40 or 50.

Yes, we may stop living just as arm candy for men. Yes, we may be living our own stories with ourselves as the star. Yes, we may no longer be the ingenue.

But that doesn't have to be a bad thing.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Body Positive and Proud

Big Gal Yoga shows that anyone, any size, can practice yoga and even be flexible.

Valerie discovered yoga the same way I did, in a college class.

She was hooked.

And now, she shares photos of herself and her body positive message to encourage everyone to practice yoga, no matter what body type they may have.

She exudes a serene vibe and I feel like she really believes her message.

Another woman encouraging us with her body positive and breaking expectations style is Molly Soda, an artist sharing photos of what she looks like in what some might say are unflattering circumstances.

Soda is shattering the selfie expectation, which is usually of women trying to look their very best, by showing the parts of her that many women try to hide, like body hair and an unmade-up face.

The more women who share their “truths,” the more we will all feel more comfortable to embrace and share our own realities without distortion.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Plastic Surgery as the Golden Ticket

In certain circles, it's totally normal to get lip-fillers and Botox even before one has graduated out of one's teens.

I remember meeting a young woman in her early twenties who was flabbergasted that I had not had anything done, what with me being in my forties and all.

She explained that everyone, everyone, she knew had at least Botox done.

Granted, she was a stylist's daughter and lived in New York City and worked in the fashion industry, but still...everyone.

Jezebel points us to Kylie Jenner's website today, but saves us from having to pay to receive the information promised by this title: My feelings on plastic surgery: The Whole Truth.

The gist of it--yup, she'd done lip fillers before she was eighteen.

And now, the whole truth part about how she feels about the possibility of plastic surgery: "Never say never."

So basically, she hasn't gone under the knife yet, but she's self-aware enough to recognize the world she lives in and the person she is and that, hey, you know, "Never say never."

Oh, and her website, is going to teach us how to look good without plastic surgery, but, you know...never say never.

My brain hurts a little bit.