I knew I didn't trust those Dove ads

..the ones where they try to convince you that they are protesting all the pressures society puts on women to look perfect.

"Part of Dove's "Real Beauty" campaign, this commercial shows a wide-eyed little girl being barraged by ads promising to make a woman "younger, smaller, tighter" and ending with the line, "Talk to your daughter before the beauty industry does." It's a compelling 60 seconds that makes a gal want to lather up in gratitude. Unfortunately, Dove is owned by Unilever, which advertises its Axe body spray to men using a lingerie-and-stiletto-clad girl rock band called the Bom Chicka Wah Wahs. What do we tell our daughters about that??"



This is unbelievable. They are selling underage girls as "brides", and it's legal?

Age 14 1/2, $27,995 - "..while she has little direct experience with the opposite sex we have made sure she is aware of everything she needs to know to be a good wife and mother."

Age 16, $49,995 - "She likes parties and has spent more time with boys than we’d have liked her to....She’s a bit fiery but worth it."

Age 16, $5,995 - "Cheyenne has had trouble with unchristian desires... "

Age 15, $29,995 - "She knows God put her on Earth to serve her husband like it says in the Bible and we’ve made sure she knows exactly how to do that."

Age 13, $49,995 - "She got an A in Home Ec. and has read up on what else would be expected of her as a wife and is looking forward to it."

Marry Our Daughter

Update - Whew, it is a joke.


I'm embarrassed by how many I recognized

Fishy Fetish

Sounds fishy to me

This headline ought to get me some traffic. Anyway, this article, which may or not be legit, claims that all Japanese fisherman have sex with...manta rays.

Dept. of the Obvious

Food additives may cause hyperactivity: study | Health | Reuters.com

This is not news to anyone with a brain...


A Star is Born

This is beautiful. Just stunning.

"Abstinence" performed by Robert Breaud

The way he sings "Human Papillomavirus" will drop you to your knees. And then towards the end, he throws in a little gay-bashing, just to make sure you're paying attention.


Things I miss about New York...

...even though this is supposedly in Paris. A group known as Naturally7 starts singing and beatboxing on a subway line full of passengers.


Major Feminist Rant

So there's this article on a UK feminist web site about the evils our patriarchal society thrusts on women. You can read it here. It's the sort of thing that's been surfacing a lot lately - how the media is filled with images of an airbrushed perfection that is impossible for women to obtain in real life, and the horrors of women trying to live up to that standard.

This is all true, but lately, these articles are going completely overboard and simply making the problem worse. They're truly turning it into a Battle of the Sexes.

Personally, I like men. Not boys; not the twits who leer at you as you walk across a parking lot; not the assholes who think that women were put on the earth for the purpose of pleasing males; but actual men who, after all, are simply human beings with different appendages than women.

So I posted a comment that turned into a rant (via StumbleUpon, rather than on the actual site), and after I was finished I decided I should put it here as well, because I said a few things that no none else seems to be saying. Also, because they didn't allow enough room for my full rant. :P

So here it is - let the hate mail begin:
This (article) starts out okay but then veers over the edge. Yes, it's true, society puts completely unrealistic pressures on women to achieve a level of perfection that's simply impossible without artificial help. And it's wrong, and it's making it impossible for men and women to have normal relationships, and it's screwing up a lot of women's lives and destroying their self esteem. And it's making younger women and girls think that the only thing that matters in life is having men find you attractive. And it's indirectly causing a lot of college age women to pull all that Girls Gone Wild crap in an effort to attract men's attention. These things are all true. However:

There's been a lot of similar articles lately decrying the trend of women wanting to be a size zero. Oh, the horrors! Um, hello, people? Size zero of today is what was called a size 8 or so a few years ago. Size zero is not anything close to emaciated, it's just slim and healthy. Size 8 - and I'm going to probably the only person with the balls to say it - the size 8 of today is FAT. Unhealthily fat. I am SO tired of everyone making excuses for not taking responsibility for their own health. You're not curvy, you're fat. Sophia Loren in her heyday was curvy, but you there with your blob of blubber hanging over your low rise jeans - you're not curvy, you're fat. Put the fork down, and go out and get some exercise! The shape your body is in from eating lots of crap and sitting in front of the computer or TV all day is neither healthy NOR attractive. And no matter how much you trash people who DO take care of their health, deep in your heart you know that they look and feel much better than you do. And guess what? If you actually took care of yourself, your self esteem might increase to the point where you didn't feel like you need to take your clothes off for random strangers just to prove to yourself that you're attractive.

And the bit about plastic surgery - oh, please! I am so tired of the myth that women who have plastic surgery should only do it for themselves. WTF? For themselves? Of course it's not for them...what the heck does any women care about breast size or wrinkles? She's not the one who has to look at it. Women (and at the risk of being non-PC, for this rant, I'm speaking only of straight women) don't get boob jobs because they want to stand in front of a mirror and play with their new big boobs, they get them to look more attractive to men. Whether or not that's a bad thing is a whole separate issue, but don't delude yourself into thinking that you're doing it for yourself. You'd be totally at peace with your B cup breasts if it wasn't for knowing that most men like big breasts. You wouldn't care about a few wrinkles if men didn't have a biological preference for young women. Get the surgery if you want, but be honest about why you're doing it. Personally, I've always had more tolerance for someone who said she was getting a boob job "as a birthday present for my husband" than for someone who said it was something she was doing for herself. Those "for my husband" women always seemed to have a lot more self esteem, frankly. I think that being okay with your body the way it is, but understanding that men are visual and wanting to please one particular man that you love, whether its a boob job or face lift or whatever, is a lot healthier than deluding yourself that you're doing it for yourself. And how can it be sexist, when men do a lot of things to improve the way they look to women? True, it's not been pushed to the same extreme, but the basic desire of people to look more attractive to someone they'd like to be with is there in both sexes.

Then the article goes on about how we should all go around with hairy armpits. Um, right. Yeah, that's empowering. The same way men's hairy armpits are empowering. Yep, that's why they make more money than women - it's their hairy armpits. Did you know that there are porn sites specifically devoted to "hippy chicks"? They feature pictures of naked women with hairy armpits. So...do you shave in order to please the majority of men, or not shave in order to turn on the subset of men that find hairy armpits arousing? Personally, I shave because I'm not a big fan of body hair, period. Deal with it.

They also mentioned that the women being interviewed in the article they were referencing had been asked to rate themselves on a scale of 1-10, and that they had rated themselves a four, and isn't that horrible that they don't have better self esteem. Two thing going on here - first of all, of course they're not going to rate themselves very high; these women are apparently a pop group, and they undoubtedly don't want to appear arrogant. Secondly: how can anyone rate themselves? It is still true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and what one person rates a ten, another might only give a two. If you look like someone's ex-husband, I don't care how hot you think you are, she's only gonna give you a 3 at best.

The basic premise of this article is well intentioned, but they take it to extremes, and all that does is create friction between the sexes. I have said this before - it is possible to both be a feminist AND to like men.

So there it is, with some additions that I didn't have room for in the original post, and now I'm off to shower and shave my legs.


We Will Not Be Silenced, Part I

"To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes ... all » cowards out of men" - Abraham Lincoln

We Will Not Be Silenced, Part II

"Stunning and Powerful follow up to the acclaimed We Will Not Be Silenced movie. Powerful, emotive speech from Rev Graylan Hagler set to phenomenal psychedelic dance music soundtrack and mind blowing visuals."


Just Say N.O.

A friend of mine is spending several days visiting a friend of his who is living in New Orleans. He called a few minutes ago and he was telling me about how jacked up it still is there.

He said that all the houses have all these symbols painted on them by the national guard - the symbols tell you that bodies were found there, or dead animals...they also warn about packs of wild dogs. He said he's staying in a really high rent area, but right next door are houses that are just burned out shells. There's one with the door hanging open and stuff half out, and you can see inside and there's no roof. There's a house down the street that people are living in, but the balcony is barely attached to the building, and people are just sitting underneath it hanging out.

He also said it's really hard to find your way around, because they haven't even bothered to put the street signs back up. He was pretty incredulous, and it's not like he hadn't heard that it was a mess down there, so I guess it's even worse than what you would think.

I remember people were saying that the government was trying to keep the poor from returning - that they were trying to make it so that only rich white people moved back. But from the sound of what he said, it seems more like they're trying to make N.O. just a giant slum that they can dump undesirables in.

It's been almost two years since Hurricane Katrina.


How to Tie Your Shoelaces

...and many more. Who knew?


Old blog, new blog

I haven't been posting here lately, mostly due to a lack of time. Been putting all my efforts into my new website, where I'm going to be selling the jewelry I've been designing for 30 years. So far I only have one item on the site (because I'm having a terrible time getting pictures to do the pieces justice), but in conjunction with that, I've started a new blog.

The new blog is about all forms of art and craft. I'll be posting about all sorts of interesting artists I find on the web and elsewhere. I'm hoping to use it to give them (and ME, of course), some more exposure.

My new blog address is jordanbaileydesigns.blogspot.com, and my new jewelry site is jordanbailey.etsy.com.

My jewelry site is part of a much larger site (200,000 members, last I heard) called Etsy. Etsy.com is an international marketplace of artists and artisans, and even if you're not really into that sort of thing, the website itself has all kinds of neat apps and widgets that are fun to play around with. Explore some of the items in the menu on the left of the site, like "Colors", for instance, to see what I mean. In the "Colors" widget, as you drag your mouse around the page, different colors appear. Click on a color, and it will pull up items that match that color.


ABC News: Al Gore Will Not Only Run, but He Can and Will Win in '08

"Feb. 27, 2007 — Make no mistake: Former Vice President Al Gore will be our next president. Feb. 27, 2007 — Make no mistake: Former Vice President Al Gore will be our next president."

"Gore is the right man at the right time, for many reasons. And it's clear that the momentum and buzz is shifting his way big time"

"That's right, Al Gore is suddenly cool.

It gets even better. In October, Gore will also likely be the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for being the planet's biggest advocate in the fight against climate change. "

"So wait, he's hip, he's brilliant, he's highly experienced. Is America ready for a real leader after two terms of a guy who makes Jim Carrey's "Dumb and Dumber" character seem downright cerebral? You bet your asinine Bush-isms it is.
I even have the perfect campaign slogan for Gore: "Imagine how it would've been." "

Works for me....


Woman on the wrong bus lost for 25 years

This is nuts.

"BANGKOK, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A woman who boarded the wrong bus on an attempted shopping trip from Thailand to Malaysia has returned home after 25 years.

Jaeyana Beuraheng told her eight children she accidentally boarded a bus bound for Bangkok instead of Malaysia, and once there she boarded a second incorrect bus because she could not read or speak Thai or English, The Times of London reported Wednesday.

Beuraheng, who speaks only the Yawi dialect used by Muslims in southern Thailand, said the noise and traffic of the big city confused and disoriented her, leading her to board the second wrong bus to Chiang Mai, near the border with Burma.

The woman said she spent five years begging on the street in the city and was often mistaken for a member of a hill tribe because of her dark skin tone.

She was arrested in 1987 on suspicion of being an illegal immigrant and was sent to a social services hostel when authorities were unable to determine her origins.

However, last month, three students from her home village arrived at the hostel for training, and they were able to communicate with Beuraheng and help her find her way home."


Molly Ivins Dies After Long Battle With Cancer

"AUSTIN, Texas Feb 1, 2007 (AP)— Witty best-selling author and columnist Molly Ivins, a Texas liberal who died after a long battle with breast cancer, left legions of admirers, even among the politicians she regularly skewered.

President Bush, referred to as "Shrub" in Ivins' writings, said in a statement issued after her death Wednesday evening that Ivins was a Texas original who was loved by her readers and many friends. "


This Time, There Is Every Reason To Believe Michael Brown

"Like an imprisoned drug dealer on a witness stand, Michael Brown is not exactly in a position to give credible testimony. But his latest so-called bombshell--that the White House decided to take federal control of Louisiana during the Katrina crisis in order to control and embarrass a Democratic governor--hits the target."


National Shoot a Hunter Day?

I think we need a new holiday. Here's why:

"Duck survives two days in fridge

A duck in the US state of Florida has survived gunshot wounds and a two-day stint in a refrigerator.

A hunter shot the duck, wounding it in the wing and leg. Believing the bird was dead, he left it in his fridge at his home in Tallahassee.

The hunter's wife got a fright when she opened the fridge and the duck lifted its head, a local veterinarian said."

National Shoot a Hunter Day?

I think we need a new holiday. Here's why:

"Duck survives two days in fridge

A duck in the US state of Florida has survived gunshot wounds and a two-day stint in a refrigerator.

A hunter shot the duck, wounding it in the wing and leg. Believing the bird was dead, he left it in his fridge at his home in Tallahassee.

The hunter's wife got a fright when she opened the fridge and the duck lifted its head, a local veterinarian said."


Make Your Own Posters

Turns your art into a PDF file that you can print in sections on your own printer. It's fast, too.

Link is in the post title, above.

Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.


"Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls:

Welcome to circusmuseum.nl, the ultimate image bank with posters, photos and prints from the collection of Jaap Best, the Netherlands’ largest collection of circus memorabilia.

For your enjoyment, our online show, now has nearly eight thousand circus posters from 1880 to the present, from the Netherlands to America, from A2 format to several square metres. At the heart of the collection, and dating from 1880-1930, are nearly 3,500 colour lithographs by the Hamburg printer Adolph Friedländer. This year alone we have added 7,000 circus photos and picture postcards.

Our sophisticated search engine has hundreds of headwords – not just for acts and artistes, and for owners and individual circuses, but also for fairs, variety shows and the theatre."

It's National Pie Day!

Here's some found photos and free pie.

Light Reading

Link above is to a list of philosophy links about culture, media, and 42.
Also here.

Some good conspiracy theorist stuff here.

Off the Charts

You write a poem - they make a song out of it. A PBS documentary about song-poems. A whole subculture you never knew existed.

Some more background info.

The King of Song Poems.

Some free mp3's of song poems.

Some you can buy.

Wing It!

Go visit Wing
Then listen to her
(Dancing Queen is especially spectacular)

Le Grand Content



Look what I found! Very rare...actual video of Ian Moore live!
*goes off in search of more Ian videos*

Edit: I found all the Ian videos. They're all hiding on Yahoo:
Ian Moore


Columnist Art Buchwald dead at 81

"WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Art Buchwald, who took humorous jabs at Washington politicians in syndicated columns for decades, has died, a close friend said Thursday. He was 81.

Buchwald died late Wednesday, said CNN anchor Kyra Phillips. Buchwald was her mentor for 18 years, and she became a close friend of the family. The unofficial cause of death, she said, was kidney failure."