Oct. 5th, 2004

keryx: (polkadot)
This morning, I've been bombarded by what I'd call luddism if so doing weren't an insult to Luddites and a misappropriation of the term.

First irksome thing: the slow food people. They want to eat only artisanal [read: expensive] foods and have created restaurant guides that allow you to do so. Because mass production of food is eeeeevil. I didn't read very much of their site, so I can't really comment in detail. If they're working to make sure everyone has access to handmade food, they're just kinda tunnelvisiony (handmade food and slowing down is good, but mass produced stuff and speeding up has its uses to, yo); if they're not, though, they're a bunch of wicked yuppsters (an assessment based entirely on their restaurant guide).

Second irksome thing: actually, it's 90% thought-provoking article and only about 10% irksome. The Go Animal newsletter proposes that we think of nutrition beyond edible food. Interesting, right?

Until you get to this quote (from the "Modern American Imbalance" segment): As TV tyrannizes our culture, many Americans show a decreasing interest in the world of ideas; many of us no longer read books or seek out new ideas. That's right. Because TV NEVER CONTAINS A SINGLE NEW IDEA. I hate that smart people can believe stupid things like that; it's a countermedia stereotype of the medium, and it just isn't borne out by the reality of our experience. The media that we curse (TV is always first on the list, but the net follows right behind) are essential to the large-scale distribution of ideas. And seriously, do you think those giant Barnes & Nobles survive just cause people like coffee?

We're entirely too embarrassed by our own technology. Why is that?
keryx: (zil)
I'm anxious about starting the intermediate dance class tomorrow, so I decided to chill by looking at Flying Skirts gorgeous costumey stuff. Now I'm convinced that I can't actually dance in my comfy pants. Nope, I need this and this and this.

My ass is incomplete. But I'm just going to have to suck it up and deal. I can't spend several times over the cost of the class itself on a belt.
keryx: (tummy)
When I originally posted about the whole Curves=anti-choice thing, I ended up with a lot of people sending me info and comments on the subject (my favorite was Cinnamon's post on Feministe); some of those commenters were adamant that Curves offers, for many women, a rare opportunity to become active in a supportive and semi-feministy environment. In short, you shouldn't judge the franchises by the corporation.

I hate to drag this issue back up again, but I got this request from Planned Parenthood to thank a NYT magazine dude for his thoughts on being pro-choice and going to Curves.

text of the message from PPFA )

I'm offended by the dismissiveness of his "oh, you're only worried about your figure" as if that's the only thing you might get out of Curves, as if appearance is the only reason a woman might work out. What if you see your woman-only workout as a sort of safe space?

Yeah, it's a stretch to see working out at Curves as feminist, but damn, I hate pat answers like that.

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