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Disturbing New Information:
HOW MUCH YOUR VAGINA COSTS YOU A YEAR
Balls deep in some unknown, unnumbered room deep in the basement of some windowless building there are a team of people dedicated to fulfilling the whim of the Magazine Editors of Jezebel magazine. A fefw days ago the powers that be demanded to know how much does it cost every year to have and maintain a vagina.
As temperatures drop and winter begins to tighten its hold on the northern hemisphere, many people’s minds turn to having some fun racing down the slopes. So why not get excited for the season with some shots of actual ski and snowboard instructors posing in the snow while wearing very little clothing? The shots are part of a 2013 calendar shot by photographer Hubertus von Hohenlohe and designed by artistic director Thomas Ebster. And yes, all the ladies appearing are actual instructors, and interestingly, the pair say they were criticized for not showing enough skin. Everyone’s a critic. Click through the gallery, and get ready for your favorite winter sports.
MrMary Weighs In
Uhm I never thought of there being a sexual subtext to skiing. I mean does anyone see anything sexual with crashing head first into bush, or going down at faster and faster speeds to get it over with. Who wouldn’t want love to work my way around the slopes and curves of a good course. I love the winter scenery, it’s quite easy to get caught up by the scenario that it’s easy to crash head-first Sonny Bono style into bush. Ok Jokes aside can one ski with an erection, I would imagine waxing your pole will make you weak in the knees and that can’t be good for skiing ?
After the usual jokes this gets very boring. I wonder are we so prudish that we will shell money out for some half dressed chicks? Who buys this stuff ? Then again I look at most movies nowadays that try to exploit our prudishness by pandering to certain demographics with promises of gratuitous nudity. It’s not like Megan Fox can act but for some reason dudes flocked to see her in the crappy films she happened to be in.
I have always wondered about how prudishness affects relationships. I read this recently what do you think:
“Prudishness has created a situation of relative difficulty in men and women coming together and enjoying dating or their relationship. It hastens people into often ill-fitting marital unions in a misguided effort to avoid pre-marital sex. It has perpetuated a tacit quid-pro-quo in dating, where dating for it’s own sake, is viewed by many as the man taking advantage of the woman. It is one where women, not wanting to be castigated as easy or a slut, cannot simply enjoy a sexual relationship for it’s own sake, but must make pretense at there being a definite future for each encounter she engages in. The result can be an endless string of rebound relationshipsand a propensity to try to badger whomever the “homme du jour” might be, into proposing prematurely.
What do you think do you agree ? disagree ?
- Ice maidens! Ski instructors peel off their thermals for raunchy calendar shoot in the snow (dailymail.co.uk)
- Alpine Valley Ski Area Hosts Annual Ski Swap And Sale (detroit.cbslocal.com)
- How To Stay Safe On The Slopes (essentialtravel.co.uk)
- The Essential Travel Ski Guide (essentialtravel.co.uk)
It’s been a scary election for women given how they have been depicted nad lambasted in the media. One article in many ways sums things up for me:
Do Hormones Drive Women’s Votes ?
This was an article publish by CNN that was eventually taken down because:
A post previously published in this space regarding a study about how hormones may influence voting choices has been removed. After further review it was determined that some elements of the story did not meet the editorial standards of CNN. We thank you for your comments and feedback.
What the title alone implies is that women do not have the mental fortitude or logical capacity to decide who to vote for because of hormones. There were many other similar comments : The Poor don’t think about voting they just vote for whomeever will continue supporting welfare and the system that allows them to leach off of hard working Americans, African Americans vote for Obama because he is black etc.
A lot of peculiar actions come from the mindset of a person that thinks that women cannot function normally because of hormones :
- GOP Senators Unanimously shoot down an equal pay bill - This week, Senate Republicans voted to block Democratic legislation designed to reduce the persistent pay gap between genders in the workplace. The bill would boost protections for women filing gender-discrimination lawsuits, and put the onus on employers to prove that wage disparities between men and women (who typically earn just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns) are not gender-related.
- Mitt Romney‘s Binders Full of Women: “And I—and I went to my staff, and I said, ‘How come all the people for these jobs are—are all men.’ They said: ‘Well, these are the people that have the qualifications.’ And I said: ‘Well, gosh, can’t we—can’t we find some—some women that are also qualified?’ And—and so we—we took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet. I went to a number of women’s groups and said: ‘Can you help us find folks,’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.”
- Richard Mourdock - ”The only exception I have to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother,” said Mourdock. ”I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God. I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.” Romney never really withdrew his support for this guy rather he issued a statement: ”Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock’s comments, and they do not reflect his views,”
- Who can forget when Republican U.S. Senate nominee Tom Smith likened rape to having a child out-of-wedlock
- Idaho Republican state Sen. Chuck Winder who back in March suggested some women might not understand when they’ve been raped and then falsely use a claim of rape as an excuse to get an abortion.
- [In the case of women getting pregnant after a rape] “From what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Akin said. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something, I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.”
Back in April I wrote about this issue in a satirical article entitled: The Commoditization of the Female Pleasure Pit, The War on Women, & the hairy Box my Watch Came in (1) I listed the following:
- Republicans not only want to reduce women’s access to abortion care, they’re actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven’t yet. Shocker.
- A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to “accuser.” But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain “victims.”
- In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that couldmake it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care.
- Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids.
- In Congress, Republicans have a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life.
- Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids’ preschool program. Why? No need, they said.Women should really be home with the kids, not out working.
- And at the federal level, Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool.
- Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill wouldcut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.
- Congress just voted for a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country.
- And if that wasn’t enough, Republicans are pushing to eliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. (For humans. But Republican Dan Burton has a bill to provide contraception for wild horses.)
That to sounds like an entrenched war against women that I personally don’t understand. I am voting this year for the first time. Voting for me this year is like picking between a worst case scenario and an eh scenario. I feel with Obama in office things will be better than if Romney is in office but I am not in love with either candidate. The Drone strikes are heart breaking, the invasion of our privacy by government is deplorable and I can go on. But Mitt Romney is a scary dude. He is like this stripper I know who tells you everything you want to hear so she can make the money. I cannot say clearly what it is he stands for. I agree all politicians lie but he takes it to a whole new level.
I’m still surprised that women vote for him, it doesn’t make sense ? maybe I am hormonal and I jsut cant understand it (sarcasm)
“What actually happened was that in 2002 — prior to the election, not even knowing yet whether it would be a Republican or Democratic administration — a bipartisan group of women in Massachusetts formed MassGAP to address the problem of few women in senior leadership positions in state government. There were more than 40 organizations involved with the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (also bipartisan) as the lead sponsor. They did the research and put together the binder full of women qualified for all the different cabinet positions, agency heads, and authorities and commissions. They presented this binder to Governor Romney when he was elected.”
The Lovely Ms Jen and Tonic wrote a post that I reblogged today called How-to: Suckage Revisited. In it she enumerates the 20 NEW things everyone needs to stop doing. The list is quite exhaustive and poignant however I thought maybe I could add somethings to the list or rather take the list a totally different direction. But before I do that I would like to say a few things.
I am not a famous person or some sort of moral authority. Rather I am a pragmatist in every sense of the word. These are the following things I practice in my own life that have helped me maintain some semblance of sanity in my day. Please consult with a doctor before trying any of these techniques, may not be goo to try if you have a previous heart condition or take MAoi inhibitors.
MrMary Guide To Sleeping well at Night
Everyone is expendable. No one is so important that they couldn’t be sufficiently replaced. This to me applies to all relationships, personal, romantic, familial, collegiate, work-based. It’s best to keep this in mind especially when we have to interact with people. Everyone on the basis of their being born deserve a basal amount of respect. To me in an odd way a homeless man is just as important as a rich man though they may not be so in the eyes of many people. To imagine that we are better than someone or more valuable than someone else is to forget that we are expendable. There is never any reason for meanness, life is too fucking short.
Words to me are sacred, because the human voice is infinitely fragile and delicate. More often than not silence is better than speech. Speaking just to speak is just as bad as eating just to eat. Human beings are social animals which means to me that words and interaction are just as important a food as food itself and its a create misdeed to devalue the worth of words by empty words. There are some people whose entire day can be changed by a single smile or nice word. The more we are engaged in useless banter of any form the less we are aware of the needs of the people who cross our path.
If you are an atheist, or a Christian, or a Muslim or a Buddhist, a feminist, whatever you follow doesn’t give you the right to be an ass to someone else about their belief or to continually attack their credibility as a human being for their beliefs. That just makes you an asshole. What you believe is personal and should stay to yourself. Large sweeping generalization that lump massive amounts of people together should be avoided in public. I think that it would be much more of a boon to society to focus on being a human being first then try to work on the adjectives if ya get me.
No matter how much yoga you do, no matter how much you contribute to Save the Children, or open doors for people, or help old women across the street or eat whole wheat and extra fiber You will always be a bit of a hypocrite and heedless. Nothing wrong with that. Turning a blind eye to that or not apologizing when you get called out on it is fucked up.
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I am an American by birth, but still feel like an outsider to the general happenings of the country. While I always pay attention to Elections this elections I decided to actually vote for the first time and it has been an interesting experience, and I thought I would share my observations with you about the election. In doing so it is my hope more importantly to shed light on the mindset of my fellow American. I have always felt from my interactions with people that when Americans go to the polls to vote the whole world waits in anticipation and I would like in this post and in other posts to explore why that is so.
The Machine Winds Down
Finally this week Tuesday the election will be over and the infernal machine will go fade from sight to reside just beyond the periphery of sight wielding its influence in the most clandestine of ways. It has been apparent to me that elections bring out the worst in Americans. As we move closer and closer to the dramatic conclusion I wonder how will we as a nation interact with each other after the election is over. I have observed over the course of the election a few interesting behaviors both virtually through social media and in person.
I myself do not consider myself part of any party, I rather vote on which party’s agenda matches my own philosophy on a variety of issue so I feel no animosity if someone votes for a party different than the one I will vote for. But if you look at Facebook activity that as I learned is not the case with everyone. As the election campaigns progressed I decided to post interesting articles I found on the election on my personal Facebook page. In doing that I witness a few things:
People spend a considerable energy to insult other people (friends) who don’t agree with them.
It is hard to discern that the people who have access to your thoughts and postings are actually your friends from the comments. The comments left on my page were very I found disrespectful because they call into question not only my ability to gather process and comprehend information but also my self-identity. Here are three type of comments I have either received or saw on my friends Facebook timeline.
Informing Condescending Comments – You obviously don’t have access to or cannot use your intelligence enough to acquire the correct information. Everyone else but me and the people who believe what I believe in is an idiot. It these “idiots” that eventually will cripple America due to their lack of information. I have taken it upon myself to find articles that advocate the opposite viewpoint.
Deconstructing Self-Identity Comments – You vote this way because you are ( black, white, Hispanic, women, gay, old, had this former occupation, follow this religion, are an immigrant). Like a savage you use only your basal emotions to guide you. You are not enlightened enough to gather succinct information, then form a hypothesis , and subsequently and objectively corroborate that hypothesis with more facts.
Accusatory Comment - Clearly if you don’t believe what I believe to be true you are anti-American and don’t care about this nation. You just care about yourself, and if you don’t get your way you will complain and just do anything you can to block progress.
Not a Culture of Discourse
It became clear to me that we are not a culture of discourse or debate. What I mean is that whenever to people of opposing opinions come together to discuss things they do not do so to learn anything from each other. The purpose of debate and discourse is the selling of an ideology. The fact that fact-checking played such a visible role in this election is testament to this fact. The public sphere is not a place for the sharing of ideas or learning, and I wonder if in America it was every the case from colonial times to present day. The essence of American politics has always been to divide, disenfranchise and exploit.
The vision that the Founding Fathers had for America didn’t include Black, Hispanics, Asian, Native Americans or women who shared equal footing with their male counterparts. The signer of the Declaration of Independence were part of the landed aristocracy of the Southern Colonies or the mercantilistic based Aristocracy of the Northern colonies. They set the precedence that the dictates of the legal institutions were not the dictates of the social sphere: all men on paper are created equally but socially that’s not the case. Legally one has the right to free speech and protest but in actuality doing so can put one in a world of hurt or in the worst case scenario cost one their life.
For me without education the democratic process cannot work and I would like to share with you two quotes that for me sum up why:
“Anyone who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities” — Voltaire
”Tyranny is the deliberate removal of nuance”
Scholars, who pride themselves on speaking their minds, often engage in a form of self-censorship which is called “realism.” To be “realistic” in dealing with a problem is to work only among the alternatives which the most powerful in society put forth. It is as if we are all confined to a, b, c, or d in the multiple choice test, when we know there is another possible answer. American society, although it has more freedom of expression than most societies in the world, thus sets limits beyond which respectable people are not supposed to think or speak.
I have a great distrust of government and I feel that so much of political rhetoric is divorced from History. Each political statement is crafted for it to be a self-autonomous sound byte. It not connect to the past and to history. Even in school in America when we are taught american history it tends to be divided up in presidencies; we hear about Lincoln’s presidency and it’s problems, we read about Andrew Jackson’s presidency and its problems. We are never taught a American history that depicts america as one country , one jig-saw puzzle piece in a vast living tapestry. American history stands alone and everything else is tangential and there is a sort of hubris there that is evident in our foreign policy which has been described as having nothing to do with democracy.
I truly believe that if American History was taught in a way inclusive of the history of the many immigrant groups that emigrated to her teaming shores things would be a bit different. We would be less reluctant to go to war I feel. We would care more about the people and less about the ideology. An educated populace is a catalyst for great change and is a buffer to the megalomanic desires of the select few with power. Without education how effectively can we notice the deliberate removal of nuance? How effectively can we be made to believe in absurdities?
This was meant only to be a brief intro into a series of observations. Basically this election is an experiment for me. I really don’t feel voting is an effective means for change really because voting is seen and depicted as being separate from action. The changes brought by the Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, Gay Right’s, Immigrant Right’s Movement were not brought by voting alone, some people had to die first. Voting I feel is a legal and political statement but not an indication of the social reality. I think that disconnect allows us to be exploited and cajoled as a nation.
Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens. – Howard Zinn
It is clear from the election that the race, Women’s Rights, Immigrant Rights, and gay Rights are still an issue; that while we operate a mindset that is stuck in the past and that is always scary to me. More thoughts later