No Nude Movement Afoot

Many of you who have read this blog know of my personal frustration with finding pantyhose that suit the many skin tones of women of color.  Little did I know that there is a whole movement to get retailers to lose the description “nude” from a whole range of beauty products.  Now ladies, you and I know if you are any shade of brown, a product called “nude” will look beige on you and me.  In truth, the word “nude” in the beauty industry is targeted to Caucasian women and really is misleading.  The “Rid of Nude” movement seeks to encourage more diversity language in the beauty industry.  I think this is fabulous and long, long overdue.  What do you think?


2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 22 trips to carry that many people.

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This week a Dutch magazine called Jackie printed an article calling  pop princess Rihanna a “n–gga bitch.”  WTF????  The editor of the magazine apologized, calling the reference a “joke.”  Rihanna put the editor on blast on Twitter and dropped an F-Bomb for good measure.  The editor ended up resigning her job, but was still a bit clueless about the extent of her piss poor judgment.   Here’s the lesson–white people can never use the ” n” word to refer to a black person. NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!  It doesn’t matter if the use of the word is in jest or not.  It’s hurtful and degrading in any and every perceivable context.  So just fucking stop it.

Two Penguins in Love

I thought this story was interesting.  Apparently penguins sometimes pair into same-sex couples.  Buddy and Pedro have bonded at the Toronto zoo, although zookeepers will be splitting them up placing them with females to preserve the species.  I don’t know–I think Buddy and Pedro should be given an egg foster.  What do you think?

My Qadaffi Moment

The dictator is dead.  All  the hoopla has reminded my of I trip I took to Egypt in 1988 as a high school exchange student.  I had a host family and was able to hang out with the friends of my host family’s teen-aged daughters.  One of the friends was an teenager who I believe was from Lebanon.  Over 20 years later I remember him for two reasons.  First, he had the most beautiful red-brown skin that I had ever seen.  And his hair was the same color.  I have never seen anyone else with that skin tone.  Secondly, the boy couldn’t really speak any English and my Arabic was comprised of helpful phrases like “where’s the bathroom.”  Anyway, when we met, he smiled at me with his beautiful skin and pearly whites and said “F–k Qadaffi!”And we bonded instantly.  I suppose this sentiment has remained relevant to this very day.

This week UC Berkeley College Republicans will be hosting a “Diversity Bake Sale.”  See here. Yes, if you’re white, your cupcake will cost you $2, $1.50 if you’re Asian descent, $1 if you’re of Hispanic/Latino descent, $0.75 if you’re black, and $0.25 if you’re Native American.  Also every woman gets $.25 off.  What the *((()(&^^&%%%&%&^?  Supposedly this little bake sale is supposed to be some sort of protest against affirmative action.  My first thought was, are these guys insane–they go to Berkley the epitome of institutional liberalism.  Granola, anyone?  Next, what does this really say about affirmative action?  Really all it says that cupcakes for white people are more highly valued than cupcakes for all other races.  Really, what the fudge?

CeeLo as Urkel?????

Whatever, just don’t cry about it. Enjoy!

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