Really. REALLY? THIS is what Dr. Pepper’s ad people could come up with? “It’s not diet, it’s MANLY. It’s so MANLY that GIRLS AREN’T ALLOWED.”
The marketing folks say women won’t mind — they’re in on the joke. Implication: Anyone who objects is a humorless feminist.
I’ve never been a Pepper, and I’m damn well not becoming one now. Probably just as well — I wouldn’t want my girl-cooties infecting your uber-masculine drink.
1) Oh hell yeah. Thank jeebus someone made this.
2) Oh hell — someone needed to make this. STILL.
Public and charter schools in Washington, D.C. are adding “human sexuality, contraception and drug use” to standardized testing. If they did this in S.G., we’d have a 90 percent fail rate…. and the parents would be thrilled. So why is D.C. doing this?
A 2009 District study found that nearly half of the city’s chlamydia and gonorrhea diagnoses were among District residents 15 to 19 years old. Two-thirds of all diagnoses were among those younger than 24. Also, more than 3 percent of District residents older than 12 were living with HIV or AIDS in 2009, the report said.
Oops. Yeah, that’s a problem. Meanwhile, this just in from the National Partnership for Women & Families:
More young people worldwide are having unprotected sex, compared with three years ago, and they know less about contraception.
This is what happens when schools teach abstinence, and when people believe a purity ring is all a young woman needs to protect herself against pregnancy, VD and whoredom. Idiocy.
Meanwhile, I was heartened to see that even the those holier than thou (and moi) can’t pray away their hormonal urges in this piece on cnn.com, Why Young Christians Aren’t Waiting Anymore. To quote Hairspray, you can’t stop the beat — so why do the conservative or über-religious members of our species keep trying?
Look, I’m neither pro-abstinence nor pro-teen sex — I’m just pro-reality. There are a lot of us teens who haven’t had sex yet, have no prospects for doing so in the near future, and are just fine with that. But I damn sure want to know how to be responsible about it when the day does arrive, and I wish more people my age (and younger, god help us) who are already “doing it” did, too. Why isn’t the emphasis on sex as a normal part of the human experience, and what we can do to make that experience respectful and healthy (physically AND mentally)?
Aargh. Gotta get to class, where you can rest assured NO helpful information on this subject will infiltrate my brain and lead me down the road to Satanism and slatternliness. (Yes, it *is* a word — look it up!)
“Explain to me why someone who is making $50 million a year should pay 15% while a teacher making $50K should pay a higher rate. It’s not ‘class warfare’, it’s just the right thing to do. We can either ask the rich to pay more in taxes, or ask seniors to pay more in Medicare. This is not class warfare. It’s math.”
Of course, math is perilously close to science, and the Republican leadership doesn’t believe in THAT either.
We want a time machine to go back and change the 2000 election, or to convince your parents to never have sex. Everybody has a dream…
Okay, can we seriously do something about this now??
(I don’t mean for this to seem flip on the heels of my last post about Kenya. But I really do She-Hulk out if I don’t get my RDA of chocolate. It’s not pretty, folks.)
I can’t believe this brutal procedure is still going ANYWHERE in the world, but bravo to Kenya for putting a stop to it. I pray, for all young women there, that they diligently enforce the law.
ARE YOU FRICKING KIDDING ME?
Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system… Well, actually I haven’t. I’m afraid it’s time for yet another rant about how we as women are STILL being trained — and way too young, at that — to believe that our bodies and being pretty are our only truly marketable commodities in life. And I’m so OVER IT.
So apparently Highlights (remember reading their magazine in your pediatrician’s waiting room back in the day?) conducted a survey that revealed some shocking results — kids today have ideas about gender roles that are way closer to “Mad Men” than “Free To Be You And Me.” From the Washington Post and Care2Causes articles:
“There was a strong consensus from all respondents about what boys are better at doing. The highest response, sports (64.1%), was much higher than the next most common response, video games (3.9%). There was less of a consensus on what girls are better at, and the common answers included fashion/makeup (12.9%), cheerleading/gymnastics (10.2%), school (8.2%), cooking and cleaning (5.1%), and listening (3%).
In some of the specific answers, particularly when asked if girls are better at anything, the answers revealed some alarming assumptions… For instance:
Being pretty wearing stuff boys can’t wear and wear make up. Having a lot of pink.
In cleaning houses because boys don’t sweep very well like girls do.
Girls are better at wearing high heels.”
Paging Marlo Thomas and Mel Brooks — we need a “Boy Meets Girl” sketch triage team STAT!
Meanwhile, even some of the sources we’d like to turn to for empowerment are letting us down. Fantasy author Michele Lee wrote this exceptional article for io9, in which her seven year-old daughter responds eloquently to DC Comics’ sexed-up new version of their Teen Titans character Starfire. This excerpt from Lee’s conversation with her daughter speaks for itself:
“Do you think the Starfire from the Teen Titans cartoon is a good role model?”
*immediately* “Oh yes. She’s a great role model. She tells people they can be good friends and super powerful and fight for good.”
“Do you think the Starfire in the Teen Titans comic book is a good role model?”
“Yes, too. She’s still a good guy. Pretty, but she’s helping others all the time and saving people.”
“What about this new Starfire?”
“No, I don’t think so.”
“Because she’s not doing anything.”
“Is this new Starfire someone you’d want to be when you grow up?”
*she gets uncomfortable again* “Not really. I mean, grown ups can wear what they want, but…she’s not doing anything but wearing a tiny bikini to get attention.”
IMHO, Lee’s daughter is one of the lucky ones because she actually recognizes that not doing anything other than posing and showing off your body is *not* the end all and be all for a young woman. Someone needs to teach that to the girls on “Toddlers & Tiaras,” and the kids surveyed by Highlights, before it’s too late. There’s a whole world of opportunity out there for us, ladies — and the best of it doesn’t involve dressing like a pink-frosted prostitute while running a vacuum cleaner.
(I can’t believe I just had to write that in 2011. *le sigh*)