Tagged by remedier, who I’m almost 100% is no longer 22 despite what their tumblr header says (but if they are, whoops, I’m old).
1. What are you top three favorite TV shows?
Archer. Bob’s Burgers. Parks and Recreation.
2. What’s your favorite quote (If you have one)?
I don’t have one…
kajar your first kiss story was ridiculously riveting. Also yes, I am still 22 until October!
Tagged by legaragerage, I love these! Thanks for tagging!
1. What is your favorite food, and if you could eat only this food for the rest of your life, would you make that choice?
Spaghetti! Nostalgic reasons—my mom would always make it before she went to work since it was easy and kept well. Ummm, I already eat it for a week every other week… I don’t think I’d eat it the rest of my life, I just couldn’t make that commitment to any food…
2. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I’m somewhere in between—I abhor staying up past 1am, waking up earlier than 7:30 or later than 9:30. So really the ideal is that I go to bed at midnight and wake up at 8. But really, I just like sleep. I want to sleep ten hours a day every day.
3. Books or movies? And what is your favorite of whichever you choose?
Books. It’s so hard for me to pick a favorite though!! Top Five in no order: Mind of My Mind by Octavia Butler, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, A Wind in the Door by Madeline L’Engle, The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula LeGuin.
3. Should Leo win an oscar already? What is your favorite Leo movie?
Yeah, he probably should! I don’t care enough about him to actively advocate though, which sounds really rude haha! I wasn’t a huge fan of the movie in retrospect, but I did think the he was absolutely out of control as Gatsby.
5. Ability to fly or telekinesis?
Telekinesis! I would say flying but I’d really use it just to travel long distances, and if flying were anything like walking I’d still have to do it on my own for like hours… so that’s ok.
6. What is something you hope for more than any other?
For the people I care about to live well and be happy.
7. If you could live in one city in the whole world, what city would you pick?
Gualala, CA. My parents used to take us there some summers and we’d rent a house for the weekend, pretending to be bourgeois! But I love the Pacific, the rocky beaches next to meadows on cliffs, the smell of salt on the air… granted I don’t know exactly how racist it is out there so maybe I should forgo that ha!
8. Do you do your homework the day it’s assigned or the day before it’s due?
Before it’s due! Ideally days before it’s due. I HATE doing it too late, it gives me so much anxiety I could puke.
9. What is your favorite season?
Autumn. Besides it being my birthday season (October hey!) the weather is most agreeable then, and the changing of the leaves (where it happens) against a backdrop of clouds is great.
10. If you could have power over one element, which would you choose? (yeah avatar all up in this bitch)
Yeaaahh!!! Water. Water is beautiful and it’s the stuff of life and I could have ice cubes and snow whenever I want, so…
11. Do you have any pets? If so, what are their names and what animal are they? If not what would you like if you would like one?
I used to have an adopted bunny named Marshmellow (sic) and she was my main homegirl in high school. I currently co-own an cat with my partner, her name is Proxy and I have a kind of weird love-hate relationship with her? I don’t know, my relationship with cats and dogs is very complicated but in general she is a very sweet cat who only attacks me sometimes.
1. What are you top three favorite tv shows?
2. What’s your favorite quote (If you have one)?
3. What’s your Myers-Brigg personality? If you don’t know, do you believe in personality tests, or are they more of a pseudoscience thing?
4. Which punctuation mark resonates with you the most?
5. What’s the story of your first kiss?
6. What’s your favorite terrain?
7. In what position do you usually sleep?
8. What’s your favorite dessert?
9. Do you believe in ghosts and/or spirits?
10. What’s your favorite technological development in the last ten years?
11. Favorite time of day?
Tagging: lo-cotidiano, boygetoveryourself, foreveronthesearch, kajar
My name is not Annie. It’s Quvenzhané.
— Quvenzhané Wallis (then age 9) correcting an AP Reporter who said she was “just going to call her Annie” instead of learning how to pronounce her name. Never forget.
Ryo Oyamada, a 24 year old student from Japan, was struck and killed by an NYPD vehicle in a hit & run. Witnesses say the police car had no lights or sirens on and was going over 70 mph. The released footage by NYPD was proven to be heavily altered in a cover-up, showing “lights” on the vehicle, when compared to footage from the NY Housing Authority on the same street with the same timestamp.
On a personal note: I know that this will probably not be shared or reblogged very much, because Asians are not very prominent in American culture. I understand this, because Asians (like me) are partially at fault for being so passive. But I am begging you to please consider signing this petition out of human decency. Ryo was just a student walking home, then struck by a nearly silent police cruiser going at excess speed, and the NYPD covered it up.
Here is the side-by-side comparison of the released video footage, including updates from the case. *Edit* This article contains a link to a graphic video moments after the crash, showing the body of Ryo Oyamada and NY citizens yelling at the police. Please advise, it is highly disturbing.
And the following is an excerpt from the petition, which as of now only has 286 signatures.
On February 21st, 2013, Ryo Oyamada was struck and killed by a police cruiser while crossing the street. NYPD claimed that the cruiser’s lights and sirens were on before the collision, but multiple eyewitnesses stated otherwise, that the lights and sirens were only turned on afterwards, and that the cruiser was speeding in excess of 70 mph down a residential street. None of these eyewitnesses were interviewed for the police report.
and it’s also not just about one region.
cops are out of control and don’t protect anyone who isn’t white.
"AG Holder is in St. Louis Today. I should go in early and punch him in the nose for so many different reasons." - Tweet by Sgt. Mike Weston, Velda City Police
A Velda City Police sergeant assigned to the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, couldn’t hold the hate inside.
Sergeant Mike Weston took to Twitter this week, complaining about “libs”, giving out false information, insulting Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson’s approach to community policing and threatening to seek out visiting U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, in order to “punch him in the nose.”
Asked by followers on Twitter why police had gassed a group of people who were in their own back yard, Sgt. Weston responded that gunshots had been fired from that location. The problem is, a Daily RFT reporter was in that back yard and caught the incident on video. No shots were fired; no one was armed and everyone had their hands up in protest. When presented with that information, Sgt. Weston admitted he was not even in the area when the gassing occurred.
"I wasn’t spreading misinformation." Sgt. Weston defended himself. "There were shots being fired some yards, maybe not this particular one."
Too bad police didn’t gas the “particular one” instead of the innocent people.
Sgt. Weston, who has since deleted his Twitter account, @officeranon2, also made a point of running down Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson. He called the Captain’s interactions with the protesters “Hug a Thug” and accused him of a double standard based on skin color, posting this tweet:
Sgt. Weston also took it upon himself to post photos of Mike Brown, the teenager shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson, participating in a strong arm robbery. Sgt. Weston tweeted:
"Happy to release this now. Here is the innocent Mike Brown moments before the shooting."
He then mocked Mike Brown’s death, tweeting:
"what I learned today was Mike Brown was shot 625 times in the back by the grand wizard in ferguson."
Sgt. Weston also shrugged off the gassing of the Al Jazeera news crew as collateral damage, and the fault of the journalists. But he outdid himself with his tweet about Attorney General’s visit to Ferguson. (Photo above with Capt. Johnson.) He tweeted he was considering assaulting Eric Holder:
I had the thought yesterday that we should change our relationship with police. If our elected officials gain their power through the consent of the governed, maybe we should use that model for police - they gain their power only through the consent of those policed. What we need is a mechanism that will enable that dynamic.
There has to be a workable way to get the Mike Westons off police forces everywhere. A referendum process? A public complaint forum? Some way for a community to force a judgement about an officer’s fitness by some group not affiliated with the police.
You can see more of Sgt. Weston’s tweets preserved by RFT here.
Mike Weston’s photo in uniform via LinkedIn, in civilian clothes via Twitter
this is why we keep saying it’s not about that one officer.
why is glorifying obesity okay but when someone glorifies anorexia it’s totally wrong ?
i’m hoping the-exercist will drop some knowledge on any peeps who reblogged this…..
*bursts into thread with citations in hand*
Anorexia is a disease, not a body type. This word cannot be used synonymously with “skinny,” nor is it the opposite of being fat. People can be both obese and anorexic at the same time. And in fact, many people are. It’s a common misconception that a person can only be anorexic once they’re “thin enough.” It’s that mentality that actually prevents many people with eating disorders from getting proper treatment. So please, please do not ever talk about obesity and anorexia as if they exist on opposite ends of some spectrum.
But to answer the question:
When you glorify anorexia, what you’re doing is praising a fatal disease. You’re feeding into the idea that thinner is inherently better, even if a person literally dies in the process of losing weight. You’re praising people whose daily life includes obsessive dieting, an intense fear of weight gain, a distorted body image, self-disgust, frequent lies about their eating habits, compulsive exercising past the point of exhaustion, beliefs that denial and self-control are the only ways of attaining perfection, and/or an intense need to reach an “ideal” weight before they can love themselves. Glorifying anorexia is telling people that all this shit is perfectly fine, because at least they’ll be skinny! Yay! :-/
However, obesity is not a disease. It’s simply a measurement of how much fat is on a person’s body. It is not inherently reflective of their lifestyle, health or value as a person. Obesity is not a psychological problem or a mental health issue, nor is it inherently linked up with any particular behavior. People can be obese while still maintaining perfect health. Obesity is not a homogeneous condition.
When you glorify obesity, you’re telling someone that their body is worthwhile and valuable just the way it is. You’re saying that someone is worthy of being loved and respected no matter what they may look like. You remind people that they are wonderful, no matter their size, shape, health or appearance. They’re awesome simply because of who they are. Glorifying obesity is a way of fighting back against the unattainable beauty standards that are forced upon women every day. Glorifying obesity is a way of saying “I love myself enough to know that if I don’t want to change, then I don’t have to.” In most cases when people are accused of “glorifying” obesity, all they’re actually doing is displaying their bodies without shame or guilt. They’re choosing to exist rather than hide themselves. That’s all.
Glorifying anorexia is encouraging people to actively kill themselves through denial and fear. Glorifying obesity is telling people that they’re gorgeous and worthwhile human beings. You tell me why one is okay while the other isn’t.
I’m not sure why this showed up on my dash, and I normally just skip stuff that irritates me, but I’m gonna give my non-medical opinion on this, inclusive of the medical opinions of people who study this sort of thing. You know. Doctors.
First of all, neither anorexia nor obesity are awesome. And I agree it is incorrect to classify these conditions as opposite ends of the spectrum. Neither of them are body types, and anorexia is not the same as simply “being skinny.” However, obesity IS a medical issue. I’m not talking a bit of chub or lack of a thigh gap. Being obese can kill you. Will it definitely kill you? No. Neither will anorexia. But they both are deadly.
If you actually read the sources provided, http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/overweight-and-healthy-the-concept-of-metabolically-healthy-obesity-201309246697, you will find that the concept of metabolically healthy obesity is tenuous, at best. And there are caveats to who will be healthy, and what is dangerous. The article specifies no more than a 40 inch waist for guys and a 35 inch waist for women. Look at pictures of that. That is the low end of being obese. Take a look at webmd. More artery plaque is evident in obese people. This article also mentions the metabolic differences in “healthy obese” people, and that it won’t last, but rather represents a transitional stage. “Metabolically healthy obese are in the minority”, the report states, from a study done in Australia.
This study even goes so far as to explain how the reports of “healthy obesity” were poorly structured, resulting in skewed conclusions, such as not comparing them to lower weight individuals, or only using the criteria of weight and blood pressure.
What this means is that, no, you are not healthy if you are obese. You are not healthy if you are anorexic. Stop trying to promote unhealthy and (purely my opinion in this moment) unattractive lifestyles. Neither should be glorified because both are dangerous.
No one has claimed that obesity isn’t a medical issue. Everything can be a medical issue. What state you live in, what career you pursue, if you’re married, whether you own a cat - All of these things have the potential to impact your health in some way. However, that does not mean that obesity is a disease comparable to anorexia. It is still primarily a measurement of how much fat a person’s body contains. To make assumptions about someone’s health or lifestyle using only that information? It’s irresponsible.
So thank you, but I’ve read the sources that I linked to. If you wanted to discuss a certain aspect of the Harvard Health article, you could have simply said so: The point of linking that particular article, as stated, was to demonstrate that obesity is not a “homogenous condition” that affects every person in the same way:
Some people who are overweight or obese manage to avoid these changes and, at least metabolically, look like individuals with healthy weights. “Obesity isn’t a homogeneous condition,” says Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. “It appears that it doesn’t affect everyone in the same ways.” … “Further exploration of metabolically healthy obesity could help us fine-tune the implications of obesity,” says Dr. Hu. “It supports the idea that we shouldn’t use BMI as the sole yardstick for health, and must consider other factors.”
Concerning your other links, please keep in mind that the WebMD article is a summary of a 2014 study that hasn’t been peer-reviewed yet, the New York Times article confirms that it is possible to be healthy while obese (no one has claimed that “good” health will last forever, we are simply discussing the potential for obese people to be healthy), and the Time Magazine article links to the same 2014 un-peer-reviewed study that WebMD did. This isn’t a huge range of academic research. There are many more studies than these that should be taken into account. If you’d like to read up on them more, BigLiberty has a wonderful resource page here.
In terms of how obesity is related to health, please remember that correlation is different than causation. Just because various health problems are associated with obesity does not mean that they are caused by obesity. Not all health issues (related to body fat percentage) can be solved by weight loss.
But honestly, much of this conversation is irrelevant. It’s ignoring a rather important point that I posted above:
[When you glorify obesity,] you remind people that they are wonderful, no matter their size, shape, health or appearance. They’re awesome simply because of who they are. Glorifying obesity is a way of fighting back against the unattainable beauty standards that are forced upon women every day. Glorifying obesity is a way of saying “I love myself enough to know that if I don’t want to change, then I don’t have to.” In most cases when people are accused of “glorifying” obesity, all they’re actually doing is displaying their bodies without shame or guilt. They’re choosing to exist rather than hide themselves. That’s all.
Praising anorexia is often about teaching other people ways to restrict, to hide their obsessive exercise routines and to engage in anorexic tendencies more efficiently. It’s about praising unhealthy and dangerous actions, as well as actively encouraging further weight loss through radical and un-supervised means. But praising obesity is about praising a body. Regardless of what someone’s health is like, they deserve to be loved, to be respected and to be valued. Their bodies are still wonderful things that can be both beautiful and sexy. It’s not wrong for obese people to be happy. Telling people that they are wonderful human beings, regardless of their health or size, is the exact opposite of what the voice of anorexia screeches into a victim’s ear - Eating disorders tell someone that they are worthless until they can change their bodies, while self-love (including obese self-love) says that you are valuable no matter what. Because even if you are so unhealthy that you only have hours left to live, you are still a worthwhile human being who deserves to feel happy, pretty and worthwhile.
When you say that someone is glorifying obesity, I want you to think hard about what that person is actually doing. Most times, they’re just being open about what they look like. They’re dressing in a way that actually makes their fat visible, or they’re posting sexy selfies, or they’re refusing to hide themselves away from the world. Never forget that they have every right to do this - Looking a certain way does not mean that you should inherently hate yourself.
But honestly, what gets me the most about your reply is the sheer entitlement at the end - How dare you bring your personal aesthetic into this conversation! How someone else controls their body and chooses to live their life should have absolutely nothing to do with what you personally find attractive. Your opinion on whether or not an obese “lifestyle” is attractive or not is 100% irrelevant - Get out of here with that ego trip.