Posts Tagged ‘beauty’

I love Facebook fights. <_<

February 28, 2011

A friend of mine, generally open-minded and accepting, recently posted the Yahoo! Finance article “Ways Your Appearance Affects Your Paycheck” on his page. The article begins with the incredibly privileged statement, “How successful you become is mostly up to you. Success also depends on how you’re perceived by others. Numerous studies have shown looks can impact career advancement,” and then lists several qualities that will “earn” you a higher salary, including symmetrical features, the “right” height and weight, an “appropriate” degree of attractiveness, and so on. Cue Facebook Fight.

Me: “This is disgusting.

Me: “And the use of that picture in conjunction with this article is hilariously sad, because it’s from the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty. Which, skewed as it is by capitalism, is still a call to value the beauty of real people instead of holding them to standards of perfection that are not only impossible to reach (or maintain), but offensive (often racist), as well.

Friend: “I didn’t think it was THAT bad. It doesn’t explicitly say, ‘If you’re prettier you get a raise.’ In fact, it even says if you’re ‘TOO pretty’ it can actually be bad. It just gives tips on what to wear and how to present yourself, and it’s not something that everyone can’t do. Like no beards, or smile, or don’t be overweight.”

Me: “‘Skinny women.’ That right there’s actually a huge chunk of what’s wrong with it. Not everyone can (or should) be the same weight. It’s not like there’s one ideal weight for everyone. This article isn’t just about presenting oneself professionally, it’s about how people with symmetrical features or the “right” body type, and also people who conform to society’s gender and sexual expectations, are more highly-paid than those who don’t measure up in terms of physical appearance and those who aren’t interested in altering their appearance, quite literally, for the Man. If two women hold the same job, should the femme one have a higher salary than the butch one? Why is salary based on appearance and personal expression? It should be about skills, qualifications, talent.”

Friend: “I do agree about the skinny women thing and I don’t think everyone should be skinny, but I do think everyone should be healthy. And I’m all for equality and self expression and individuality, and I think it’s sad that more of our society isn’t, but I think it’s on it’s [sic] way. 100 years ago, women and people of alternative ethnic backgrounds couldn’t hold the same positions as white men did. Look how much things have changed since then, our president is black (my lambo is blue), we have female senators, CEOs, etc. I think the same thing is about to happen for people with alternative sexual orientations. They just take time though.”

Me: “I want people to be healthy too. Especially the people I love. So. Is an unhealthy weight grounds for paying someone less money than a person with the same job description but a healthier weight for their body type? (And that can only be determined by a doctor, contrary to popular opinion. Not everyone who’s considered “overweight” actually is.) Is it an employer’s job to regulate the weight of their employees? Or their health? If that’s the case, what about all the people with other health issues–cancer, diabetes, pregnancy, depression, etc.? You’re right, we’ve come a long way, but there’s still much room for improvement. There are still glass ceilings that haven’t been shattered. Women can head powerful corporations, but women as a whole still earn 77 cents to a man’s dollar. If you live in the right state, you might be able to elect queer politicians, but queer kids are still being bullied to death, literally, and much of mainstream pop culture does nothing but drive home the point that people who are different are wrong. Part of the process toward social progress is fighting the harmful things we find in our culture. There WON’T be progress without teenage lesbians suing their schools for the right to wear tuxedos to prom, people refusing to participate in a system that bases worth on physical appearance over innate qualities, etc.”

THE END, he didn’t want to play anymore. v_v


I could watch this video ALL DAY LONG! And I’m a dog person!

July 22, 2009

Thanks once again to CuteOverload for steering me toward another tremendous gem for my hoard of cuteness. Haha. Here’s what they have to say about it:

“In this charming animated short for Swarovski Crystal, a classy clique of crystalline cats shows off its multifaceted personalities. Despite the cute kittens, the delightful animation, and the jazzy musical score, we might almost have overlooked this gem, but for its distinguished taste in cat names…”

Smiles all ’round!

May 31, 2009

Aunt Fran, do you think I’ll ever have what the magazines call a lure?”

“You’ve got the best of all qualities! You are completely yourself.”

Isn’t this gorgeous?!

May 2, 2009

“Georgetown Rain” © Tom Statas. 

How to be Gorgeous

April 6, 2009

More, more, more!

Hall of Shame: What’s Wrong With Us?! :(

March 15, 2009


(March 13) – A British woman dying of cancer plans to spend about $55,000 on plastic surgery so she can go to the grave looking like her idol, Demi Moore, London’s Daily Mirror reports.

Lisa Connell, 29, will fund the surgery with the money her mother had saved to pay for her daughter’s wedding. The procedures will include liposuction, a breast enhancement, an eyebrow lift, and work on her skin and teeth.

“People think I’m crazy for wanting to do this, but I know it will make my last months or years happier,” she told the newspaper. “I want to die beautiful. This is my way of getting the control back in my life.”

Connell was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor known as a meningioma when she was 27.

Her mother, Angela Connell, said she objects to the surgery but wants her daughter to be happy. “It was really hard for me to accept when she said she wanted to do this but she is my daughter, I love her and I want to bring joy to her life for however long she may have left,” she said.

Get the full story from the Daily Mirror.
Here she is: 
I just think it’s sad that she’s dying, for pete’s sake, she’s been here 29 years and now she’s dying still thinking she’s not already beautiful. :(

What Not to Wear: Starving Artist Edition

August 31, 2008

Let me tell you not what to wear on a windy day: a trapeze dress.

Observe a trapeze dress:

I know they’re supercute. Why do you think I adorn myself with them?

And let me tell you why not: you will feel like either a human kite or a human hot air balloon. Listen honey, when you haven’t got shorts on, it’s not worth it. Just save it for tomorrow.