@wallsdonotfall But Polly's answer to that was so great, it was almost worth the exhaustion.
@Kevin Knox So much truth right here.
I went from reading fashion mags every month to now hardly ever watching TV or reading magazines and my conception of myself wrt "beauty" has improved DRASTICALLY. Now, when I see the magazines at the check out counter (the ones telling you to GET A SIX PACK and WIN HIM WITH THESE AWESOME MOVES IN THE SACK and GET LUSTROUS HAIR FOR SUMMER, the ones with photo-shopped humans on the cover) I almost laugh. I have no connection to that image, it's absurd, it doesn't *mean* anything to me, I don't want to have so-and-so celebrity's pouty lips. I like my lips! When I look in the mirror and see my (30 year old--Hey LW!) face, I usually think, "Yup, that's me, and I'm awesome!" because I don't feel I'm in competition anymore, and my face is not some gift to humanity that I'm required to maintain at any cost.
It's much easier to calibrate your self-image when you're not constantly being reminded of your "duty" to reach an impossible standard of "beauty."
My ex boyfriend would constantly recommend to this movie to whoever would listen, especially in conversations about racism. ("Dude. You really should watch Crash. It's amazing. It's all about racism. It's really deep. Really deep."( I'd only seen the opening few scenes --enough to know it was terrible-- and really wish I had had the presence of mind to respond with, "Crash pushes the sort of middlebrow pseudo-intellectualism that I have zero problem decrying....It's a neoliberal shitshow."
"Third, President Obama can't stand to be made fun of. His pride won't allow it, his amour propre cannot countenance a joke at his own expense. If Mr. Romney lands a few very funny lines about the president's leadership, Mr. Obama will freak out." I feel like this is demonstrably untrue.
I agree with everything you have said. August is lazy and hot and full of delicious beverages and also popsicles, gazpacho, and watermelon. You can wear whatever you want, everyone is sweating so no one cares that you're sweating, the pools are open, and you never have to wear socks. August! I love August.
"Inserting tar or elephant dung into the vagina after coitus..."
I was literally just talking about this with my friend yesterday. Another friend had gone to "some kind of blind restaurant?" in Paris, so we were trying to figure out if there was one in NYC, and found Dans le Noir via Google ("blind restaurant new york") We decided that it was probably not worth the price, and I am glad (?) to see that Eater has validated our decision.
"Michelle is so far and away the best that she makes Jackie Kennedy look like a Lucille Bluth action figure." Truth.
@Eccles As a former evangelical I want to thank you for sharing this. Sometimes I feel like ... people must think I'm exaggerating when I talk about the seriousness and extremism of the cultish Christian groups: Dominionism, patriarchy, Satanism, rapture, Quiverfull...etc. But what you say sounds so familiar to my own experience and to so many stories I've heard from fellow former-evangelicals, I believe you without a second thought.
If you don't already, I'd suggest checking out Stuff Christian Culture Likes on facebook and @stuffcclikes on Twitter. It's been a huge help for me personally in identifying and overcoming some of the more harmful elements of Christian culture in my life. Peace to you.