Think Before You Pink

I know I should’ve written this way earlier in the month, but perhaps if I haven’t gotten around to it, you haven’t either.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month which has become synonymous with Susan G. Komen’s pink ribbons. But with everything from grocery aisles to football fields going pink, it seems similar to what probable Baby Boomers call “slacktivism.”

This might basely include “online activism” but could understandably refer to the mass performance of menial tasks such as changing one’s social media avatar or sending a tweet and not much else (with perhaps even a boastful or overtaking attitude).

Komen, the very organization that started the pink ribbon-BCAM association, has dropped in standing for shady business practices like withdrawing Planned Parenthood mammogram funding, sponsoring products actually linked to breast cancer, use of donor funds, and suing organizations with similar mottos. All in all, it makes the group/business out as more concerned about paying the CEO six figures rather than “finding a cure.”

Unfortunately there are exploiters and opportunists. But it’s especially disgusting to see disease sexually exploited. Cancers are a scary disease that can make people feel powerless, and doing something as simple as wearing pink might lessen that fear or helplessness, but consider it a thank you gift. You don’t get it unless you’ve given. So give your time, research a foundation with whom you can be proud to be associated, donate, share the facts, and share the stories. Those who’ll really appreciate it will thank you. 🙂

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I Gotta Stop Giving Money to White Boys

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Last week I saw Bo Burnham, and first of all I gotta say I wholly appreciate all entertainers who come to my humble, drunk city-town instead of or in addition to the easy pick of a nearby tourist town. I can’t drive 100 miles; twenty is my max. When you’re south of South, you might as well be in a different country.

I’ve seen Mike Birbiglia and Pete Holmes at the same venue and true to “Words, Words, Words,” he blew those dudes out of the water. I suppose I was expecting stand-up, but they were in a performing arts center, so I suppose Mike and Pete’s shows fall under the category… However in regards to Pete’s show with that pastor guy whom looks like he would’ve lent Conor Oberst his ID to buy beer– second of all– I didn’t pay theatre money to hear what I could hear at church for free.

I enjoyed Bo’s show. It fit with his previous work and not like, a complete upheaval for a Tartuffe the Spry Wonder Dog like my mind jumped to based on his website. I feel like whenever I encounter this kid I should ask if he’s ok. His crowd is really big and weird. Like: it’s great for him that he has such an audience, right, but it’s weird, right? A lot of “stand-ups” don’t break 1 million Twitter followers.

There was a part where he hates on that celebrity karaoke game. Like: isn’t a beloved, white actress lip-syncing to a rap song about police brutality and institutionalized racism cute and silly and fun? Which got the crowd worked up and I, too, applauded, but then Bo says, “How dare you express yourself” which I wasn’t sure if he was referring to the actresses or what, but if he were, I don’t even care. Fuck that shit.

So was the crowd out for this? Was that person who cheered for Bo’s breakup out for this?

There was an opener to which I’ve usually looked forward. More for the money, right? But I think that’s going to change. Like: maybe they are/aren’t, but I have just not had a good experience with them. They tend to be new or local and rely on shitty, bigoted jokes. “Rely” might be considered too strong for one joke, but if you’d one handful of shit in your dinner, I’m sure it’d spoil your evening and make you reconsider your future choices.

And yeah, that includes my own choices. Bo made a joke about Jews making the nice theatre, and I’m sure he’s made other questionable jokes. But nobody’s gonna be 100% ideal. I feel like some things are in a “gray area,” i.e., this isn’t explicitly racist but feels, as Larry Wilmore says, “racist adjacent.” And Asian accent jokes are definitely past the exit. Is Jewish people being good builders even a stereotype? Look, obviously I’m going to be more offended at something that involves me than something that doesn’t which is why it is in gray for me. I’d much rather see an actual Jewish or whoever’s response and support them.

I just feel like white boys are finding any excuse to do it (Stephen Colbert, Thomas Middleditch) and if you can’t even name a specific accent for a region that encompasses 60% of the population and 50 different countries with most having more than one language, you just… you just fuckin suck. Like: get out of the game, do not collect MY $200. That’s the other thing. It’d be one thing if I saw this on tv, but I spent money on this trash, so here’s my internet complaint.

I gotta stop giving money to white boys. They just end up disappointing me. I’ve been trying to keep off white stuff like a diet, but the lack of representation, man. It’s like a fucking compulsion. Right now I’m thinking about John Hodgman and Jamie Kilstein in Orlando and Doug Benson and Matt Mira coming to town. If I could drive 100 miles, I’d be able to see two white boys see about their privilege in two weeks. Is there like a nasty nail polish for this shit?

Steps

If you read my last post, you saw the little notice of Chelsea Manning. I picked it up at a local event to raise awareness about the criminalization of homelessness. NationalHomeless.org explains:

The criminalization of homelessness refers to measures that prohibit life-sustaining activities such as sleeping/camping, eating, sitting, and/or asking for money/resources in public spaces. These ordinances include criminal penalties for violations of these acts.

There are multiple types of criminalization measures which include:

  • Carrying out sweeps (confiscating personal property including tents, bedding, papers, clothing, medications, etc.) in city areas where homeless people live.
  • Making panhandling illegal.
  • Making it illegal for groups to share food with homeless persons in public spaces.
  • Enforcing a “quality of life” ordinance relating to public activity and hygiene.

At the event, I met a man named Rick who took part in a documentary about homelessness in Orlando. The first thing that comes to mind from Orlando is Disney World; not the city with most violent acts against homeless people.

 

I’m nervous around people in general which is why I don’t really go out and volunteer and lead or whatever. This event seemed like something I could do, and I did it. I never yelled at a homeless person, but I also never really acknowledged them. So I’m going to try to take this next step as we’re all not that many steps away from being in the same position.

What’s in My Bag

What's in My Bag

Hello! Another post I’ve seen on fashion and beauty blogs but in Googling if I should include a picture of my keys, I’ve also seen people not in those circles do, so here’s mine. Sans keys.

I really don’t “travel” or even leave the house much, but I do kind of change my bag depending on where I’m going, so I don’t pack a lot. Although if I know I staying a single place for a bit longer (like: not even a slumber party. Maybe just my mom’s for half the day), I’m packing wardrobe.

So this is pretty typical, plus a little pack because I’d actually been out over the weekend. Hooray!

American Eagle Outfitters satchel

First of all, my bag is this lovely dark brown American Eagle Outfitters satchel. I’d been planning to sell it (tags still attached), but I wanted to use something different than my usual purse, it’s fall. I think it’s great, right? Here, I’ve a little green sticker from the art museum.

Bodycology Bath Goods

Got this Bodycology Brown Sugar Vanilla Mist and Lotion as a gift a while ago. Perfect for just in case moments.

Lip Balms

I live in Florida, so I figure if I’m going to have chapped lips, my balm might as well have SPF. I usually use Nivea’s Kiss of Shimmer, but I can’t find it, so here are two products that are on either end if Nivea was in the middle. Maybelline’s Baby Lips tinted balm and Softlips’s balm with SPF.

I got Baby Lips to try out; it’s like if you take my lip color with full saturation. Softlips is good if you’re outside; it has higher SPF than Nivea. Nivea’s product is in fact, shimmery, so you’ll have to find something else if you want that effect.

Foundation Powder

This is pretty much all the makeup I pack for everyday. Powder, brush and a mirror if a compact like Rimmel’s Stay Matte doesn’t have one.

Attack on Titan Wallet

Gotta drive to get around, so here’s where I keep my license and things! A cute little Attack on Titan wallet my brother got me for Christmas last year.

Notices and maps

Some memorabilia from the weekend. A notice about Chelsea Manning and ticket from the art museum and my crudely drawn map 🙂

Geocaching Pack

Since I’d be out, I thought I might be able to do some geocaching. Here’s my little pack with stickers and charms as well as a magnet in case a cache might need one and a pen to sign logs.

Thanks for reading!