"I went in the operating theatre a celebrity - and come out anonymous," Grey said. "It was like being in a witness protection program or being invisible."
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
"But I do remember a point, sometime in my 30s, when it hit me: I really didn’t care what anyone else was doing. I didn’t care what other people looked like, or weighed, or if they did or didn’t have a boyfriend/husband/kids. That comparing myself against all of the rest of humanity meant that I was always going to come up short. I was always going to be not smart enough, or pretty enough, or funny enough… I could never win.
The day I woke up and looked in the mirror and saw myself for ME was the first time I really felt sexy. The first time I even knew what that actually meant. I couldn’t have been any younger than 33 or 34. Maybe even older. I don’t know what prompted it. I just know that one day I woke up and poof, it happened. I looked in the mirror and saw me. Just me. Not everything that I wasn’t or wanted to be. I saw who I was/am."
I thank my mother and step-mother for my non-reaction to aging. I didn't worry about turning 30, I'm not worried about turning 40--and that's because my mothers didn't. Or if they did, they kept it to themselves!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
"We groped for the knowledge The Little Princess confers, which is that we truly are what we feel ourselves to be, that we can trust our inner certainty regardless of how others perceive us or what they wish us to become. This truth comes to everyone eventually, one way or another (at least I hope so), but I was lucky to find it in a book."
*If you don't know the book: "It is the story of young Sara Crewe who while growing up in a well to do household suddenly finds herself impoverished when her father, Captain Crewe, dies penniless in India. Sara is forced to abandon her life of privilege for a life of bare existence at Miss Minchin''s boarding school. To survive those hard times she imagines herself to be a little princess as she awaits her rescue from a mysterious benefactor."
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
My brother sent me this article:
PARIS - How would the Last Supper look if it were painted according to today’s appetites? Would it be a simple, frugal meal, or cosmopolitan and supersized, in the spirit of our times?
That intriguing question is addressed by a pair of U.S. academics who analyzed 52 of the most famous paintings of the Last Supper painted between 1000 and 2000.
Over a thousand years, the portions of food placed before Jesus and his disciples grew astonishingly, the researchers found.
Using computer-aided design technology, the pair scanned the main dish, bread and plates and calculated the size of portion relative to the size of the average head in the painting.
Over a thousand years, the size of the main dish progressively grew by 69.2%, plate size by 65.6%and bread size by 23.1%, they found. (The National Post online)
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
I have hemachromatosis, and chronic headaches. I have lots of black heads, my hands are aging, and my hair's too oily. I interrupt people, try to finish their sentences (without success), and am less organized than I like to think I am. I'm always almost late, I don't exercise, and I nag too much.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I've often thought that very few punk chicks are really punk because they all shave their legs. Nothing NOTHING is more anti-society, appearance-wise, than a woman not shaving her legs. At least not where I live.
Mo nique doesn't shave her legs, and doesn't hide them behind long skirts. Such an interesting woman!
"He [her husband] loves the hairy legs," she says, "and if Sid likes the hairy legs, there you go." She adds: "I tried shaving one time, and it was so uncomfortable and painful. I said never again would I do that to myself." Besides, says Mo'Nique, "I'm 42 and I'm very hairy." (usa today)
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
"Did the Post go too far? Of course not. The photo deserved to be in newspaper and on its Web site, and it warranted front-page display. ...There was a time, after court-ordered integration, when readers complained about front-page photos of blacks mixing with whites. Today, photo images of same-sex couples capture the same reality of societal change."
[Click the picture to read the ombudsman's article about reactions to a front page picture in The Washington Post.]
Sunday, March 14, 2010
"The battle is over!" -- Oprah
How she ended her war with food
And it is, of course, yet another book. Another book that Oprah has discovered and it's completely transformed her mind! And is "an opportunity to finally end the war with weight"! Which is a little different than claiming that you have already ended the "war."
Look, it's not like I don't wish the woman well. But I wish she wouldn't get all freaky right after reading Yet Another Health Book and go all "you must all read it!" on us. Take your time. Do your little life transformation. And get back to us in a year or so. When, you know, it has actually helped you.
The article consists of a teeny bit of an interview with the author, and then a couple pages from the book. The book is Women Food and God by Geneen Roth. The couple pages are alright, but... not enough to warrant the headline. Ease.
"Diets are based on the unspoken fear that you are a madwoman, a food terrorist, a lunatic. ... Losing weight on any program in which you tell yourself that left to your real impulses you would devour the universe is like building a skyscraper on sand: Without a foundation, the new structure collapses."
If I find anything interesting by this Geneen, I'll post it for tomorrow.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
It annoys me when people are all Frowny in the before picture, and Smily in the after. It's obnoxious.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
For today's post, I'm just going to put up a comment from yesterday's post. Thanks Anon! How informed you are!
(For the record, I have talked about a couple other trends previously.)
Let's see, the Carb Queen has gained and lost the same 200+ pounds numerous times, going from food plan to food plan, and last I read before she shut down her last blog was she was going to try intuitive eating and give up on dieting;
Pasta Queen has been plagued by headaches that no doctor can find a cause or cure for AND she has moved to an apartment complex that doesn't have a walking track right outside the door and has regained about half the weight lost while writing the book;
Diet Girl got married, I think moved to the USA, and is struggling to maintain her weight loss but AFAIK most of it has stayed off (So far). I guess it helps to have a husband who's heavily into sports and exercise;
I haven't read the book but heard that the Finally Thin lady spends a few paragraphs explaining why she chose WW (again - she did the plan multiple times and always regained) and the rest of the book on recipes and the usual generic diet hints (Drink water!). The other books I either never read or read anything about.
You forgot to include the latest "sure fire" thing for weight loss, Beck Diet Plan (write yourself loads of motivational sayings on index cards and read them every time you think of eating).
And of course, there are still dozens of food plans you ignored, such as the low fat starch based vegan ones, the high fat and protein based low carb ones, and everything in-between. The Atkins people just released a new one, with a whole section devoted to combining the 2 - how to do low carb and be vegan.
Do they "work" and cause you to lose weight? I'm sure they *all* do, at least temporarily. But who wants to eat that restricted way for the rest of their lives, having to cut out more and more foods and calories, exercise longer and harder, just to maintain those hard lost pounds? Not me!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Here's the thing. I think a lot of people have forgotten the point of fashion. I don't believe your goal has to be to wear THE most beautiful outfit, or to look better than everyone else in the room, or to even look "your best" as decided by the What Not to Wear crowd. You've also got to express who you are. So if these ladies feel like these dresses expressed something about them then... fine. End of.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I was reading a blog entry about black women and beauty, and the author noted that not only is Whoopi Goldberg considered ugly by many people, but her supposed ugliness is "a pop culture staple." [D.C.GIRL@THEMOVIES]
The easiest way to test the truth of this statement is to Google "Whoopi Goldberg" and "ugly."
Yep. It's true.
What's amazing to me is that a site like Angry White Dude calls Whoopi Goldberg ugly, and yet they're so ugly they'd make Dorian's picture scream. (In response to Goldberg's claim that blacks and whites live in different worlds:)
Poor Whoopi Goldberg! She is not only hideously ooogly but stupid to boot! ... Today on The View poor ugly Whoopi ... stated that “blacks and whites live in different worlds.”
...Angry White Dude does agree with poor ugly Whoopi that whites do live in a different world than most blacks. While whites are the majority of the population, we are not the majority of criminals. That dishonor goes to blacks who are only 13% of the US population. Whites don’t have children out of wedlock at a rate of over 70%. That “different world” again goes to blacks. School dropouts? Guess who? Welfare recipients as percentage of population? Yep, you know. So I do agree with poor ugly Whoopi that whites and blacks live in different worlds. What a pity!
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
I’ve had much of my humanity stripped away over the last week, as people discuss me as a concept, more than a person. The Southwest Air incident (or as it’s been called in the more polite corners of the internet, “ChubbyGate”) has hit home with folks, apparently. It became an issue, splitting people into sides - and boy, had I forgotten how much the Flabby are detested. In the last few days, I’ve seen some intense hate-rhetoric online, all stemming from some subtly anti-fat propaganda that made me wonder if Goebbels had really died in the bunker, or if he’d ducked out, came to the states, and gotten a job in Dallas.
Monday, March 1, 2010
Danielle Steel has picked up on the trend--her new book, Big Girl, has a fat protagonist. Publishers' Weekly isn't impressed: "The premise of the story is sound, but it doesn't ring true: the parents are two-dimensional, cruel monsters and Victoria seems to have everything: fantastic job, amazing apartment, perfect best friends. It's hard to believe that her parents would still wield such power. Steel barely grazes the surface of an important topic, but it's not reality that has positioned her at the top of bestseller lists."
The cover model doesn't look like a "big girl" though maybe she just has a skinny face.
Storm was my favourite X-Men character growing up, because my idea of feminism at the time was limited to tough chicks and warrior women:
If I'd grown up in the 90s or 00's I would have been ALL in for Xena, and Zoe would have been my favourite Firefly character.
So yes, I was disappointed that Storm--the 5'11'' African superwoman--wasn't played by someone more like Iman.