Thursday, June 24, 2010

The true definition of curvy

This is getting very annoying. This, like the words thick, big, voluptuous, etc., are being used to make fat girls feel better about themselves (and as a market ploy that is working brilliantly, I might add) which I think they should if they're healthy, but it's very much incorrectly used, and in doing so, they're making women who are actually curvy (thin women, who are usually curvier-looking since you can see their forms better due to less fat on their frame, and yes, chubby and fat women can be curvy too) sound shapeless by that definition.

Let me start with this: curviness is NOT subjective. Being curvy is not a body type. It's your shape. Your bone structure is what makes you curvy. Saying the word "curvy" is subjective is the exact same as something along this imaginary conversation:

Person A: I think squares are my favorite shape. I love their 4 sides.
Person B: I don't think squares have 4 sides.
Person A: Well, they do. That's a fact.
Person B: NO. Just because squares have four sides to YOU doesn't mean we ALL have to think that. To ME, squares have FIVE sides.
Person A: It doesn't matter what you think it is- a square is SHAPED with 4 sides. You wouldn't say a triangle, meaning 3 sides, had 4 sides, would you?
Person B: Actually, yes. To ME, a triangle has 4 sides. That's just my opinion, though. Now stop forcing your opinion on me.

See what I mean? I've seen (and sometimes been in) countless debates like this. Curvy implies lots of curves (which as I pointed out in my first rant, every woman technically has, but some are more, shall we say, noticeable or prominent than others), especially in an hourglass shape, but pears and cones (which are often confused with hourglasses by people who don't know how to understand women's measurements) can be curvy too, like Jessica Simpson (cone) and Alexis Bledel (pear).  Honestly, do you think this

 looks anything like this?

(Note: While Mo'nique does not in fact have an hourglass- her measurements according to celebrity fashion designer Bradley Bayou- and isn't curvy, this is not a personal jab at her.)

No, it does not. That was only one example but it's a good one. These women have hourglass shapes (and I'm not gonna use the overused, overrated examples like Beyonce, Marilyn Monroe, Christina Hendricks, or Kim Kardashian- the last two who happen to have bought their breasts and Kim, her rear), and yes, these measurements have been checked:

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Pear shapes:

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Cone shapes:

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and for the sake of some bigger ones that still have actually curvy figures (sorry there's only 2, but there actually aren't that many to find):

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I could go on, but there are literally tons of slim curvy women. There are actually lots of curvy women (well, maybe not "lots", really, but you get what I mean) besides slim ones, and it has zero to do with how much fat you have or how big your breasts are, as you can see. And let's remember there are multitudes of beautiful women with collumn shapes! It's a pretty common shape, so surely you must like at least one. Reese Witherspoon, Liv Tyler, Charlize Theron, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Coolidge, Demi Moore, there's quite a few stars with 'em.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Guys who say they prefer little/no makeup to a lot... no

About, say, 90% of guys will say they like little to no makeup in opposition to a lot. Yeah... no. About 80% at least of those guys will be lying through there teeth to not sound shallow (which they are). I'm lucky enough that the person I like truly hates caked-on makeup as much as I do, if not even more, but he's in the minority sadly.

Guys, this is not to bash you or these girls, but you cannot tell your girlfriends and female friends (assuming married men are man enough to not do this) that you like them with no makeup or a little bit only, and then constantly remark about celebrities or other girls you find "hot" that really pile it on

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^This is attractive, 5 gallons of makeup, per feature, plus hair products? I remember my dad once saying something about girls who wear so much that the next morning, it looks like a clown slept on their pillow instead of them. It's true- why would you want that? If you genuinely like girlfriend or girl friend for who she is, you wouldn't want to be friends with her just because you liked how she looked because she's already fine the way she is... right? Then why do you insinuate to them that women who wear lots of makeup are better?

Guys who like makeup-masks, stop pretending you're not shallow. Guys who actually like little to none used, I love you, and you're right- natural is better. If you need 50 pounds of makeup to hide what lies beneath, that's not attractiveness. That's what works in a circus.

Friday, June 4, 2010

My favorite quotes

A few (ok, many) quotes that I found to be either amusing or agreeable with my views and philosophies of life or are just bizarro:

([[ ]] = my personal commentary on the quotes)

Franky Shaeffer: The secular humanist, although he would never dream of committing the social faux pas of calling a black man a negro, feels perfectly free to castigate Christians and their leaders in any way he likes.

Voltaire: The world embarrasses me, and I cannot think that this watch exists and has no Watchmaker. [[Exactly. An embarrassing amount of the world takes pride in bashing Christianity and forcing its belief that there is no God. I know not all atheists are as bad as this, but come on- realistically, have many have you met who don't get angry and offensive when arguing about or even just hearing a discussion about Jesus or God alone? I'm not trying to offend anyone but this is from what I've seen in the world and my own experience. What's particuarly embarrassing is that part of the experience comes from my own friends.]]

Audrey Hepburn: Sex appeal is something you feel deep down inside. I can convey as much fully clothed, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.

Audrey Hepburn: I think sex is overrated. I don't have sex appeal and I know it. As a matter of fact, I think I'm rather funny looking. My teeth are funny, for one thing, and I have none of the attributes usually required for a movie queen, including the shapeliness. [[Did I mention how much I LOVE this lady? Although she's wrong- she obviously had tons of sex appeal, or else all the men that adored her and her beauty would've just seen her as a sister-figure. She was sexy not only for her exotic face and lovely figure but for being the epitome of classiness and modesty that she was. RIP.]]

Audrey Hepburn: I don't want to be alone, I want to be left alone. [[I'm not sure how to explain what I think she means, but I agree with it in a sense. I don't want tons of friends surrounding me all the time as if I'll die if they aren't with me or tons of boyfriends. I like being alone a lot, but being with someone could be nice.]]

Hobbes: What's the point of being "cool" if you can't wear a sombrero? [[this is just cute. anyone who does not LOVE Hobbes the stuffed tiger... what is wrong with you?]]

Calvin: MOOOOM!!!
Mom: What's the matter???
Calvin: How do ugly things like octupuses and hairy bugs reproduce? Are they actually ATTRACTED to each other?
Mom: IT'S 3 AM! GO TO SLEEP!!!

Thomas Paine: 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.

Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of our own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world.... [[an anticonformity quote, followed by a few more]]

Dr. Seuss: Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.

Katharine Hepburn: I never realized until lately that women were supposed to be the inferior sex. [[D'OHH]]

CS Lewis: Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.

Gregory I: When a girl ceases to blush, she has lost the most powerful charm of her beauty. [[as in, when you lack modesty, you lack beauty. Dressing like a tramp and sleeping around does NOT make you sexy.]]

Alyssa Milano: Women are innately self-conscious. This is not a choice; it's a gender-wide condition. On a bad day, I look in the mirror and see my ten-pound-heavier alter ego. Her name is Bertha. On a really bad day, Bertha sees her two-hundred-pound-heavier alter ego. Her name is Brian Dennehy.

Stephen King: People think that I must be a very STRANGE person. This is not correct. I have the heart of a small boy. It is in a glass jar on my desk. [[this is the one where I was mainly referring to when I said "bizarro"]]

Ruth 1:16-18: But Ruth replied, "Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me." 18 When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her. [[My favorite book in the Bible. Ruth is easily my favorite female in it, someone I'd like to be more like, and her story is like Cinderella.]]

William Newton Clark: Faith is the daring of the soul to go farther than it can see.

Paul Goodman: It rarely adds anything to say, "In my opinion" - not even modesty. Naturally a sentence is only your opinion; and you are not the Pope. [[YES. I'm so sick of people acting like when you don't bother to add "in my opinion" every single time you make an opinionated statement, that you're acting like what you say is a fact. Get over it, please. If you're gonna assume we think we're being factual, can we just assume you're dumb?]]

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: There are two kinds of women: those who want power in the world, and those who want power in bed. [[HA. She's right, but could she be vaguely referring to Marilyn Monroe, who her husband, along with other women, cheated on with? Also, I should think a lot of women who have power in bed originally strived for power, period. But sex doesn't bring you power, just no respect, which if you lack, you can't have power, obviously.]]

I have a lot more, but most of these are from my Quotes on Facebook and quotes I Googles when thinking about topics that interested me off the top of my head. Mozel tov.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Marilyn Monroe... as a role model?!

I know kids today are lacking badly in the role model department regarding celebrities (hey, maybe we should just encourage good examples leading from parents?). However, an alarming amount of girls seem to look up to one classic star in particular, Marilyn Monroe.

Looking at some of the famous pinups of Ms. Monroe, does this even look like someone you want your daughter to look up to or your son to be attracted to? Someone who, most unfortunately, was so misguided and craving attention that it ultimately killed her?

She was famous for her bathing suit pinups, her waist, bleached hair, glamorous makeup, suffering from a drug drinking problem, being difficult to work with in movies, and, infamously, promiscuity. She may have been intelligent and disliked not being taken seriously by most people, but that tends to happen when a sharp mind goes to waste on partying, drugs, and sexual immorality. I think this was a sign of how bad her mental problems were, which is pretty sad, especially if no one helped her.

I'm not trying to bash her, even if I am annoyed with what she did and the fact that she is praised inspite of it, as if people not taking someone who insisted on making people think she really was a dumb blonde like her movie roles were made her a hero and then overdosing made her a martyr. I'm just wondering why so many girls look up to her as a role model (other than they think she's "pretty", which is a superficial reason, especially when you remember just how much surgery and makeup the average celebrity gets) when in reality, she's no better than any other pop star around. Nice and fun, maybe. But probably not who you want your daughter to emulate or your son to date. Which is what generally what you ought to keep in mind when you consider what celebrities you like or will let your kids watch shows/buy songs from-- "Are they someone I'd want to my child to be just like?" If you wouldn't, I think that says a lot.