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Well, I got a bunch of presents wrapped in super-annoying paper (it tears easily and won't fold properly), Bob's stocking is filled (though part of it is suspiciously box shaped, because some of the contents didn't fit), drivers have shipped their brains by Fed-Ex somewhere nice but their bodies are still driving, I hurt so bad I stayed home today, and I'm in a snarling holiday mood.  Perfect, I think, for a vent on the whole Diet Industry "You can't enjoy holiday parties because you'll get fat, no one will love you and YOU'LL DIE ALONE OMG!!!!!!" scare machine that goes into overdrive right about now (just in time for eggnog).  Their ads are almost as pervasive as the perfume ads on TV.

(By the way, what is it with all the perfume ads?  Do people really want a gift pack of Britney's perfume, or is this a ploy to trick the guy who's desperate for a gift that is nice, but not too personal?  And J.Lo's perfume?  Is it selling as well as her last album?  And what is the "Armarni Code" - I can only assume it's a secret word that gets you into penthouse parties where everyone gets naked?  I do miss the old Stetson ads, though - and I find myself wanting a bottle of "Blue Grass" perfume, which I wore constantly (but lightly!) as a teenager.)

 

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kass_rants
Dec. 19th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)
I have to admit that I don't find Marilyn attractive. She's too... manufactured.

But Ginger Rogers and Myrna Loy and the assorted finger-waved beauties with moxie of the 1930s and 40s, them's some dames I can aspire to be like!

And Katherine Hepburn. I think she was gorgeous. And moving a little closer to my own time, Mrs. Peel was my goddess and inspiration from a young age.

I didn't grow up wanting to be tiny and dainty. I grew up wanting to run my own multinational business, write articles for academic journals, and defeat my foes with Kung Fu kicks. =)

I don't blame advertising execs or Wallace Simpson or Paris Hilton. I blame individuals for being such sheep. I grew up in this culture. I grew up with a mother who obsessed over food and a father who warned me against getting "hip pockets". But I don't want to starve myself. I like some foods and don't like others. I would prefer to eat good food and enjoy it than grab junk or diet food on the go. And as long as I'm a weight that is easy on my knees (currently, I'm not), I don't care about the number on the scale.

I think our weight hysteria comes is caused by national TV. It sends messages that the sheep-like absorb. Do you know why I fixated on Mrs. Peel and not another actress? She has hair the same colour as mine. And she was tall like my Mum, tall like I was going to be one day. I chose her because I had a very good chance of growing up to look something like her. It's insane to want to be blonde and blue-eyed and buxom when you're brown with hazel eyes and long and lean.

Be who you are. Be okay with that. At 80, we're all going to look the same anyway.

Additionally, I have had the dubious distinction to lose a job because the boss's wife thought I was "too pretty". So I really don't want to hear about how pretty people have it so much easier. It works both ways.
vom_schwarzwald
Dec. 19th, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC)
Myrna Loy was HOT. Thin Man films, right?
fabricdragon
Dec. 19th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
she was smokin, but according to the great Gracie Allen Burns, not nice. which is sad....
she was still one hot looking babe.
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kass_rants
Dec. 19th, 2007 10:25 pm (UTC)
Yeppers! Love 'em! Where when Nora wanted to get Nick to come home, she'd have the maid make cocktails. He'd hear the shaker from across town!
fabricdragon
Dec. 19th, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC)
La Liz, myrna loy, Rita Hayworth, and more
the fabulous brunette with the incredible eyes.. who i dearly wanted to look like...the great Elizabeth Taylor...
have you really looked at her movies from way back when? back when she was THE icon of beauty and scandal? nowadays she would not make it past casting calls. much too heavy. (and i am NOT talking about after she gained weight, i mean in her hey day!)

look at the classic photos of Rita Hayworth, or Betty Grable, or almost any of the NON airbrushed icons of the golden age of cinema. while not one of them was what *I* would call fat.. all of them would be denounced as porkers in today's Hollywood.

kass_rants
Dec. 19th, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC)
Re: La Liz, myrna loy, Rita Hayworth, and more
Modern Hollywood actresses look like Pez dispensers.

There must be something wrong with my eyes, because I don't think any of those women look fat. Some are more voluptuous than others (and I always aspired to be the long, lanky type because I've always *been* the long lanky type) but I never thought any of them was fat.

But I could never stand Liz Taylor. She always played such helpless females. Ginger Rogers and Esther Williams could have kicked her ass.

But I'm really a 30s/40s fan. The shine came off the penny in the 50s.
duchessmel
Dec. 19th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)
I love you.
attack_laurel
Dec. 20th, 2007 11:16 am (UTC)
I love you too, darlin'.

And I loved the hand made card!
spranglady
Dec. 19th, 2007 11:04 pm (UTC)
Ya know, sometimes you seem to read my mind and rant about things that I don't know how to put into words.

I used to be an 'I hate my body' person, but two things fixed that: 1) a disease that put everything into perspective and taught me what was truly important, and 2) Sal. He was the first man I'd dated who truly saw ME, and not the tiny waste, the awesome legs, and the humongous taa-taas. He liked the person, and didn't really care about the package... which is good because the package has gained about 75 pounds since we met over 11 years ago.

Amazingly enough, I'm much more comfortable in my own skin now than I was then, and I'm nowhere near as attractive (in my own mind). I think the difference is something that everyone should learn... no matter what you look like, you need to love yourself. Not necessarily your body, but the soul within it.

I had more, but I'll post on my own blog, instead of hijacking yours! LOL
mjcan
Dec. 19th, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
my memory from high school was a scent called "blue jeans" i found a partial bottle in a box o stuff a few years ago and used it . (it was no different to my surprise).

but i agree it is really silly. it seams everyone has some scent to their name.


kittyblue
Dec. 19th, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC)
I'm going to un-lurk to say "A-men!!"


Aaand go back to lurking again.
cathgrace
Dec. 20th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC)
"I think one of the reasons Paris stays so thin is that she hasn't actually mastered the art of putting anything other than male body parts in her mouth."

Oh my gosh, I totally almost choked on my pizza when I read this, I snort/laughed so hard.

chargirlgenius
Dec. 20th, 2007 01:58 am (UTC)
While I pretty much agree with everything that you say, I do have to quibble a bit on the difference between looks and apppearance. We don't have as much control over our looks as our appearance. I could have a crooked nose, be 50 lbs overweight, and not have exactly stellar looks, but if I care about my appearance, and present a groomed and put together look, I'm going to come across a lot better.

I do have a problem with people being judged based on their looks, but I can't really argue much with judging based on appearance. It took me YEARS to learn that I could still look good, even though I'm overweight.
attack_laurel
Dec. 20th, 2007 11:18 am (UTC)
Ah, you made a semantic division I hadn't intended; I was simply trying not to use th same words over and over. :) I was talking about one's basic body shape and attractiveness; pretty much anyone can be well-grromed if they choose (and they should).
chargirlgenius
Dec. 20th, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
Damn you for trying to sound creative! ;-)

You're right, I made a distinction that you didn't. I've been thinking about this in depth lately, so I'm more likely to go there.

I so think in discussions such as these, the distinction is an important one (and I think I'll post about it one of these days). I spent my whole life being told that "looks shouldn't be important", or "appearance shouldn't be important", so I grew up dressing sloppy and rolling out of bed and into work. Yes, I believe that it's very important to drill into little girls' minds that they should be judged by what's on the inside, but I feel like I missed out on the very important lesson of taking care of the appearance that I have, and dressing for my body.
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