| Politics, Feminism, Princess Tutu and Sandra Lee
||[Jan. 9th, 2008|02:05 pm]
How's that for a subject line?
Bad phrase of the week: “I’m caveating everything today...”
Heard on the Diane Rehm Show this morning.
Also heard on the Diane Rehm Show:
“Barama is new, he’s fresh...”
I’m sure he is. Who the heck is he?
I was going to write about Princess Tutu today, but I find myself increasingly drawn to writing about women’s issues instead. Or in addition, or maybe they even go together.
On the good side, there’s Senator Clinton’s win in New Hampshire as well as the shaming of the pollsters.
On the bad side, someone linked me to this op/ed piece about a hideous op/ed piece from Forbes, Don’t Marry Career Women (Link is to the op/ed piece about the op/ed piece, not the op/ed piece itself – how’s that for confusing? Sorry!)
Back on the good side, the imdb reports that PBS will air The Complete Jane Austen on Masterpiece Theater, premiering January 13th.
So, do I have to struggle to somehow make Princess Tutu relevant to women’s issues? Because on the surface, before you watch it, it appears to be a fairly traditional fluffy-girly anime with lots of ballet. ( And yet, ... )
And finally, I’m going to briefly discuss one other woman I was re-introduced to over the holidays. I’ve scoffed as much as anyone over Sandra Lee’s show on the Food Network and mocked her in my head more times than I care to remember. I admit that upfront. A little over a week ago I watched her “Chefography” on Food Network. While I still think the food prepared on Semi-Homemade is unhealthy, after watching that show I have much more sympathy for her than I ever thought I would have, and I can even understand why and how she came up with the concept. Just as she did, I started cooking the family meals when I was 12, but I at least had a little guidance and direction and my parents, though almost completely absent as parents, were foodies and cooks themselves and had taught me how to prepare food. Ms. Lee did not have that advantage. She had, at that time, been ripped away from the only person who tried to parent her and forced to become a parent herself to her siblings. That she arrived at using prepared shortcuts to make meals appealing to her younger siblings isn’t surprising. The rest of her teenage years were focused on abandonment, loneliness and self-sufficiency. It was hard for me to watch, but I’m glad I did and I can’t snark on her anymore after doing so.
| Exhaustion, Horoscope, TV Show Meme
||[Oct. 15th, 2007|03:05 pm]
I am so exhausted it hurts. See, D Kitty is afraid of rain and thunder and lightening and last night was all about rain and thunder and lightening so he woke me up about every 15 minutes, poking me, meowing at me, standing on me, whatever it took to get me awake to pet him and/or hold him. It was the absolute worst he’s ever been about it. I think I got a total of about 1.5 hours of sleep. I have to bake tonight for our boss’ day breakfast tomorrow. These two things are related because combined they mean I’ll barely keep my eyes open for Dancing with the Stars, much less manage to work my VCR to watch Chuck and Heroes while simultaneously baking. Hopefully I’ll be able to watch them both online later this week. I hope it is not raining again and that D Kitty is tired enough to let me sleep tonight.
Because I was so very tired and it was raining I treated myself to taking a cab to work instead of the bus. And then because I was so very, very tired I gave the driver $20 for a $6.50 cab ride and told him to keep the change. I just figured that out since I no longer have a $20 in my wallet. No wonder he seemed so courteous and nice.
My horoscope today sounds like a movie synopsis:
You are playing the role of the investigator now as your intellectual curiosity draws you deeper into a politically charged mystery. You cannot walk away from the truth, even if its disclosure is likely to upset someone. Don't worry about the consequences of having integrity. Others will have to sort it out for themselves.
( TV Show Meme )