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Date:2005-08-23 20:38

I know most of you on my friends list have already seen this stuff (I definitely have even though I don't have Lisa on my friends list) but I wanted to let the rest of you know how cool the t-shirts on her site are! I'm killing myself laughing. There are lots of different styles to choose from, and the words include:

'squish a boob, save a life'
'I'm a boob girl'/'I'm a boob guy'
'I'd stare, too'
'Nice rack (Isn't it?)'
'I like your boobs, too.'
'b00bs r0xx0r'
'I use my breasts to get attention'
'I like boobies'
'Save the boobs!'

Buying any of them gives a 10$ donation to Lisa's efforts to raise money for breast cancer.

Now, if only I could decide which one I'm gutsy enough to buy...

(crossposted to my personal journal)

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Date:2005-08-22 16:06
Subject:via Feministing

Hilarious article by "neo-feminist" Elizabeth Sandoval, on why she's waiting until marriage. I should clarify that she's perfectly serious, but I imagine you will find it funny too.

I found it on Feministing, a site of news articles of feminist interest. They linked to a blog entry ripping the article apart paragraph by paragraph, it's REALLY worth reading. This method of attacking an article is called a fisk, I have learned. Some comments I like below:

The second bullet in the Don't Be Afraid of the Penis book is critical, too: The physical reality of sex is exactly the same whether he's got a wedding ring on or not. Contrary to popular culture jokes about how men don't enjoy sex with their wives, thereby sparing you from the supposed indignity of a man enjoying your body, in the real world married couples do have sex and the men enjoy it. Yes, and I know this is hard to believe, they even do dirty stuff like take all their clothes off during the act just like filthy single people.

I know what she means. At my age, I go to weddings all the time and it's just sex sex sex. I have even gone to weddings where the preacher alludes to the children the couple will have. EW!!!!! Don't preachers nowadays know that he has to put his you-know-what into her you-know-what in order to make babies? That's how bad it's gotten--even preachers are part of our sex-saturated cultures, contaminating churches with all the porn liberalism, and at weddings, which are supposed to be pleasant occasions centered around women, who don't like sex, or at least, shouldn't like it.

I guess a neo-feminist is like a neo-conservative: none of the history, none of the philosophy, just some of the latest sound bites and a gluttonous craving to benefit your own clique at the expense of everyone else.

I hate the word slut and all it conveys. What's funny is that (and I'm sure I'm parrotting a point already made by another commentor) the problem usually ascribed to sluts is that they think their sexuality is all they're worth. This seems to be the exact same mistake made by Ms. Sandoval.


Stylistic question: how should I print quotes? Are itallics annoying to read when the text is this long?

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Date:2005-08-19 18:04
Subject:Funny women!

"Miss Piggy was an early trailblazer, starting off as a chorus girl in the Muppets and through sheer force of character ending as one of its biggest stars. With an unwavering self-confidence, she never doubted that she was destined for great things.

A lone female in a male environment with a love for a little green frog that bordered on the delusional, this was a woman who never waited for a man to call her. To her, beauty was in the eye of the beholder although it was sometimes necessary to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye. She saw herself as the most beautiful pig in the world and, to an eight-year-old girl, she was a fantastic role model - after all, what Hollywood star today has a diet based on the notion "never eat more than you can lift"?"

-from The Guardian article: They are not funny women, they are, quite simply, funny

This article is a bit of a disappointment, given its excellent title. It's a resume of women performers that the author loved through the years. But that's it. It doesn't talk about how they shaped the industry, or affected the people around them, or why they were special compared to others. In fact it sort of defies its title, and really does talk about how each of them used being a woman to be funny. Which is fair enough, in comedy or any creative work you draw on what you know.

Anyway, I liked the parts I quoted, but the rest of the article wasn't impressive in its own right. It did give me names to look for the next time I'm renting a movie, though.

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Date:2005-08-16 22:21

Hey, you know what's awesome? PMS. You know what else is awesome? My complete lack of physical symptoms. My only clue being the fact that I've become a RAVING PSYCHOBITCH. I hate being a cliche, I hate losing control of my emotions like this, I hate everything about the whole debacle.


p.s. Thanks for the reminder that this joint exists, Mariana...

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Date:2005-08-16 16:36

memaryam asked about the userpic a long time ago. I didn't answer partly because I forgot and partly because I wasn't sure what to say.

The deal is, the photo is a self-portrait of Tracey Emin, titled All Mine. She is a contemporary British artist that is a pretty big name there, and her work is autobographical and often sexual. Some of the work she is known for is My Bed, an installation that was actually the contents of her bedroom following a breakdown (dirty sheets, used condoms, empty bottles, etc.), a tent with the names of all the people she had ever slept with, and a series of hand-stitched blankets with slightly creepy sayings. From the little I've read about her, some people in the art world think she's a genius, and some think she's going only for shock value. She's recently done some anti-American stuff.

I saw the real picture in the Saatchi Gallery and I liked it, because it is shocking, and eye-catching, and supposed to be. I don't think there are too many layers to it. She's making money off her sexuality, and revelling in it. Her pose is both childish and sexual. Her delight is almost endearing, but it's excessive. But why is it excessive? Should women not be (violently) happy about having money? Is the money a sex toy? Is it going to impregnate her? Is she using her uterus as a bank/safe hiding place? You could even say it looks like she's trying to stuff the money back in. That's my trying-to-be-an-art-critic response.

I agree with your comment, that if she's actually stuffing money into her crotch it would be really unsanitary. :)

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Date:2005-08-16 16:32
Subject:Designer Vaginas

From the Globe and Mail: Designer Vaginas

A doctor in Los Angeles reshapes women's genitals.

"There's a need for this,” he said. “Women are driving this. I didn't create this market, the market was there.”

The trend has even reached girls as young as 15. In the past 18 months, the number of teens — and in one case an adolescent and her mother — who come to Dr. Matlock for designer vaginas has doubled.

But gynecological experts say there is no proof that vaginal tightening improves sex and warn the procedure risks harmful side effects, including infection, hemorrhaging, loss of sensation, nerve injury, formation of scar tissue as well as becoming too tight. (Dr. Matlock says he has been reluctant to submit studies for publication in medical journals because he does not want to reveal his techniques.) “There are definite potential downsides to this,” said Dr. Young, adding that any possible benefits of tightening are not permanent. (My emphasis)

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Hey girls! I wanted to take a stab at this community again. Anything to say?

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Date:2005-01-11 23:39
Subject:Girls reunited!
Mood: satisfied

Yo yo!
So we just had our girls night at my place. It was really fun. As usual, we had wine and chocolate, and a tad of Iranian tea (we are so girly aren't we?)
It was really fun. for those of you who missed it, it was basically us sitting around and chatting about anything and everything. Good old hanging out, you know?

Anyway, i posted something about the picture that is on the profile page but I accidentally did it in the comment section of the previous post instead of here. So feel free to read that, if you want.

ok that is pretty much it for now. I hope everybody is doing alright.

peace out!

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Date:2005-01-08 01:14
Subject:um..... hello

so sorry if this is kinda perhaps not too relevant but who's picture is that??? in the info page? Is that you Mariana?

peace out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Date:2004-12-27 13:46

An lj friend posted this list of the differences between men and women, in computery terms (it's probably aligning men with Macs and women with PC's).

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Things like this annoy me. The thing is, they annoy me both because I think they make untrue generalizations and because I sort of relate. I find it frustrating that certain behaviour is characterised as bad and typically female, and other is good and typically male.

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Date:2004-12-23 15:23
Subject:Let's get the ball rolling


I couldn't think of anything more creative or 'nuanced', so I figured we could talk about feminism and what that means. To me, it should simply be the belief that men and women are equal and have equal rights.

It seems that Google define more or less agrees with me:Collapse )

I think the question then becomes what is equal, and what is a right.

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