Saturday, February 4, 2012

Why girls hate each other

Look at me! Posting again after only a few days, WOW!

Aaanyway. Watched this awesome Jenna Marbles video that I think all girls should watch. If you don't already know, Jenna is this super funny, straight-talking, comedic genius who talks about issues, life, and what girls do in the bathroom amongst other things. Swears a lot, so if you can't take that.... well... JUST WATCH HER ANYWAY! It's worth it. This particular video is about why girls hate each other. Ready??


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Obesity isn't the only alternative to anorexia

Ok I know it's been ages since my last post, but I really didn't have much to say and even though having a blog is really a large indicator of narcissism, I didn't really feel like blathering on about myself any longer. Today, I do have something to say. I was reading this article about the latest anorexic model-bashing ad, and the writer - in-your-face though he was - made an excellent point: We're endorsing obesity, cue scary music and background live-audience gasps.

Manuel Pfister, the writer of the article I linked above, calls it 'enabling' and I think he's right. Ads like this might be doing more harm than good; the model is gorgeous, but she's not really very healthily-sized! Hello, she's 2 large pizzas away from being really fat! Why couldn't they get someone who's large, yes, but fit? Or a normal-sized woman? That ad, while condemning excessive skinniness, is actually condoning fatness. And in an era where obesity levels are skyrocketing, THIS. IS. ENABLING. We are telling all those people with triple chins and dimpled knees that 'Hey! It's great to be fat! It's beautiful! Eat more fast food and chuck that gross-looking salad!' Sure, some models are scarily thin to the point of being unhealthy, and anorexia is a very real disease that can eventually kill. I completely agree, we shouldn't be advocating photoshopped, fake standards of beauty and idealising disproportionate bodies (super skinny women with DD boobs? Hello back problems, wtf). But saying 'no' to an overly-glossed woman who looks 30 pounds lighter in her picture than she does in real life is NOT the same as saying 'yes' to obesity and clogged arteries! Are we being cruel by being kind? Is it not better to tell your friend

"Ok, you might be a little overweight, but it's not the end of the world! Dump the burgers and go for a jog"

rather than

"You're not fat, those skinny bitches look like starved, rabid dogs"? Of course, this only applies if you like your friend and want her to have a longer lifespan. If you hate your obese friend's guts, then by all means buy her another Quarter Pounder, extra cheese.

 This is unhealthy...
But the more socially-accepted end of the spectrum is just as bad! Say no to both!

 That being said, there are people who find it a struggle to lose weight and keep it off, even while eating healthy and exercising, AND they feel unattractive because they're larger in comparison to the average XXS covergirl (aren't we all, lol). Personally, I think this can be fixed by there being more pictures of healthy role-models, minus the slimming effects of that miracle weight-loss product Photoshop, after all, if you're already eating healthy and regularly exercising how fat CAN you be? Not really fat at all, IMO.

Normal-weight woman. I see cellulite!

 About the fake representations of beauty in the media: I don't really get why it's so hard to tread middle ground in the mass media's arena: Why is it either skinny or fat? Fuck the extremes, how about pictures of normal humans? How about a nice picture of Kim K without excessive Ps-ing? Issues aside, her body is pretty damn hot even if her boobs look fake (hey, at least they're proportionate). She's fit, sits squarely in the middle of the weight spectrum, and has an ass to die for. Let's be shallow and advocate her solely for her body. All in favour say aye!


Friday, October 21, 2011

Don't Duck It!

As you may already know, my mum was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer ('nose cancer' is so much easier to type out wtf.. had to Google 'nasophy' and wait for the proper spelling to pop up) about 12 years ago. Since then, we as a family have been so much more aware about cancer and health in general so it only made sense that, when I was given the opportunity, to do something to support the cancer awareness cause.

Don't Duck It is a collaboration between Assunta Hospital, Asia Assistance, Jaya One and Pj Live Arts, founded to encourage community support for the breast and cervical cancer awareness cause. Also, Don't Duck It hopes to raise funds for Assunta Hospital Foundation's Social Welfare Fund which provides subsidised or free-of-charge treatments to patients who can't afford healthcare otherwise 
But Don't Duck It isn't all lectures and/or uniformed nurses going around and dispensing medical information: it's going to be FUN! With Quacky Kart Races, a Fashion Walk (I'm going to be walking in it, whee!), a raffle draw, a go-kart track as well as breast check-ups, you will definitely be entertained.

Your participation in this event doesn't just stop at getting your boobs checked or taking part in the raffle draw - DDI (getting seriously lazy to type it out in its entirety) is actually a social media campaign under Passionately You that aims to further their reach into the community using social media in various forms and ideas (on-ground as well as going viral). Want to make a larger contribution to this effort at promoting breast and cervical cancer awareness?

1. Pledge at and stand a chance to win a 32-inch Panasonic LCD TV.

2. Take a photo with ‘Don’t Duck It’ sculpture and win prizes.

3. Be part of the Wall of Heroes and Heroines by submitting your photo HERE!!

4. Contribute a quote or story that you want to share HERE.

5. Spread the word by printing out a doorhanger and placing it in every other place you frequent so that nobody misses the message. It’s all about being caring and fun. Download it HERE.

6. Add a #dontduckit Twibbon to your Twitter/Facebook display picture to show your support. #Dontduckit Twibbon can be added HERE.

7. Buy the #dontduckit T-shirts and Charity Raffle Tickets to support the campaign! You can contact Assunta Hospital, Asia Assistance, or Jaya One. Check out the details HERE.

I'm going to be there, will I see you there? Don't duck your check-up!