Monday, May 7, 2007

Think about the NAME.

Taboo: n. a strong social prohibition (or ban) relating to any area of human activity or social custom declared as sacred and forbidden; breaking of the taboo is usually considered objectionable or abhorrent by society.

The way I see it, the way America is progressing, there won't be any taboo's left. America slowly but surely is growing more and more liberal day by day. I was watching Real World Denver earlier...and EVERYBODY was having sex with EVERYBODY! Whatever happened to waiting for the special one? Call me old fashioned, but I'd like to know the person a little better before I let him rock my world if you know what I mean.

It could possibly be the advent of worldwide use of contraceptives that makes promiscuous sex so easy. Perfect example....the introduction of the FREE (that's right folks, FREE) NYC condom. Here is NY saying..."go out and have it safely...but go out and have yourself one heck of a time!!" *slaps on the back*
Don't get me wrong, I'm always down for a good romp...but maybe not with Mr.1st date.
I do think it is very cool that the city is dishing out the free rubbers. It sends out a positive message to people; that sex is natural and apart of life...and why shouldn;t you indulge? Just be safe while your at it...god forbid the wicked STD will rear its ugly head.

If you're even remotely

Speaking of the loss of a taboo...nudity is a pretty up and coming trend too. An American artist named Spencer Tunick takes photos of massive numbers of nude people in pose. He has been at it since 2003 and has photographed people everywhere, form Australia to Germany, to South America. It is so very beautiful. It's a celebration of the human body for its nature-like perfection. His most recent project was in Mexico, where 18,000 people bared it all for Spence (if that aint pimpin...) The church opposes it of course. But oh well...we were born naked...and if we want to be naked again, then we will. BOO-YAH. That's what I call freedom!!
I've signed myself up for updates on his next photo projects.


Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Happiness at the Misfortune of Others

Schadenfreude: [n. SHAW-den-froy-duh] Delight in another person's misfortune.

This is a real term that came up in the Broadway hit; Ave Q. I saw it recently, and it was hilarious!! The term Schadenfreude is a German term meaning people find some sort of pleasure from others misfortunes. For example: finding it funny watching a door close in someones face. Or seeing someone unable to get into the class of their choice...and thinking..."hahaaha glad that wasn't me!!"

It makes me we all experience this phenomenon called SCHADENFREUDE??

I won't lie...I know I do!! Like today this poor unfortunate soul missed his bus...and I thought: 'well that sucks" *chuckle chuckle* Does that make me a bad person?? I always try to put myself in the other person's shoes...but sometimes...its just funny. Sympathy for others should be a natural reaction, but it doesn't always in times when you see some poor sap getting slapped by his gf.

Feel free to comment if you've ever had this feeling of "Schadenfreude" =P

Monday, February 26, 2007

Maybe I don't Want to Have Kids

What is our purpose in life...go to school, graduate, get a job, get married, have kids, retire and then watch as our offspring repeat what we spent the past 50 years of our lives doing? Is this really the agenda of my life? Recently while sitting in my sociology of reproduction class the professor chose to show a documentary that all women dread: "The Miracle of Birth". Not only do they track the conception and process of pregnancy in a woman, but they vividly show in detail, the birth of a newborn. No doubt about it, the graphic film was not a product of special effects. Amniotic fluid and all, they displayed the baby pop out with placenta in tow, and a flood of fluid gushing out of the female's womb right behind it. Needless to say, it was an immediate turnoff. And undoubtedly, I wasn't the only female in the audience digusted by the scene. But that isn't the only reason why a woman may not want to bear children. What if she career driven, with a different agenda besides nuturing offspring? Despite modern times today, there is still an unbalance with how much time a mother spends with the children compared with the amount of time a father spends with them. From the time of pregnancy, womens lives are already significantly affected by a baby. Taking leave from work. Backaches, frequent pains. Its all very grueling, and doesn't leave much time for playtime...or drinking for that matter. But as a woman in society, how taboo is it to not have children? Sure, I want my genes to live on, my own little piece of myself to accomplish the things I may not have in my own lifetime...but what if that means taking a huge chunk out of my lifetime just for that purpose? I mean...I want to be able to go skydiving and bungeegjumping without having to worry: "what if I don't live thru this...then who will teach my kids that its not okay to point at strangers?" Personally, I could care less about people labeling me as that woman who didn't have kids, but I do care about what I think...and how I will feel when I am in my late 50's, and wondering why I didn't pop out a few little ones. I don't have any regrets, and I refuse to create any. So whether it be for a more enriched life, or something for you and your loved one to share, or maybe just to have a bit of your legacy to carry on in this it for the right reasons.