Marriage solve all Problems
July 28, 2009, 4:13 pm
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and divorce causes them.

This CNN article explains how divorcees tend to have more health problems than people who were never divorced. And that being remarried solves a lot of those problems, because

Married women have more financial security, which means better access to health care and reduced stress, Waite said.

“Married men have better health habits,” she said in comparison to single males. “They lead a cleaner, healthier life, and less times in bars and eat better. Women tend to manage men’s interactions with the medical system, get him in for colonoscopy and make sure they get flu shot.”

You know, because women do all the cleaning, and men make all the money. And women micromanage. And without women around, men don’t know how to take care of themselves. Meanwhile,

Those who did not remarry after a divorce or a spouse’s death showed deficits in mental and physical health. Waite called this the “double whammy” because they don’t get the protective effects of marriage and have gone through a “damaging, health-destroying experience.”

Where to begin! First of all, there’s absolutely no mention of same sex relationships, so the gender stereotypes abound.

Furthermore, I’m a product of divorced parents. And you know what? Divorce was great for my family. If my parents never got divorced, I don’t think I’d be nearly as well-adjusted or confident as I am – and I know my mom wouldn’t be nearly as happy and independent. My parents needed divorce in order to keep on living. So I’m bound to take issue with this article. And hey – what about abusive relationships? Does losing that financial security matter if you’re getting your life back? Autonomy? NO! Your health will suffer!

And if we start talking about abusive relationships, this article completely fails – in an abusive relationship, you won’t get those all-important “protective effects of marriage” in the first place. and the “double whammy” might not seem so bad, because the “damaging, health-destroying experience” was your marriage, not your divorce.

Sigh. Maybe the divorce rate rising isn’t an indicator that people are giving up or that marriages are less happy overall – maybe it’s just that people are more able and ready to get out of a shitty situation. And that’s something to be celebrated.


Yum, Sprite?
July 21, 2009, 6:03 am
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EDIT: IT’S FAKE. see comments.

Saying “this makes me cringe” would be a huge understatement. so Ill just let you see for yourself. It’s a Sprite commercial banned in Germany:


I saw this a few days ago but failed to blog it before perez did, which is a shame. but that doens’t make it any less upsetting.

It’s tough because reporting this kind of bullshit just give the brand more recognition and more chatter, which is the intention of making these kinds of ads anyway. But I don’t plan on buying Sprite any time soon. So uh, suck on that (pun very much intended).

July 10, 2009, 11:39 pm
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Peta is so good at exploiting tragic situations by objectifying women. In case you didn’t know.

This was outside MJs funeral
via Copyranter

And these billboards were put up right after the death of Dr. George Tiller, in Kansas.
I’m not sure where I saw this first

I think the public forced PETA to take them down. Wow.

Vintage sexism?
July 10, 2009, 12:23 am
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Been meaning to blog this poster for a few weeks now
Saw it at the London Transport Museum

maybe it’s not really “sexist” in the way I mean, but it’s interesting, to say the least.