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Post by Guest on Sun Jun 26, 2016 2:03 pm

@Kashathediva wrote:\
Just because!

Beautiful Kasha. Thanks so much for sharing that.
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Post by SLA44 on Sun Jun 26, 2016 2:28 pm

^^^^I agree with you hopelessly that was indeed beautiful and brought tears to my eyes!  Thanks again Kasha for posting this.

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Post by albean99 on Sun Jun 26, 2016 3:48 pm

Thanks, Kasha. Loved it!


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Post by pavalygurl on Sun Jun 26, 2016 5:25 pm

Amen to all the sentiments above!


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Post by GuardianAngel on Sun Jun 26, 2016 7:07 pm

@Kashathediva That was wonderful! Thanks for posting it! yes


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Post by GuardianAngel on Thu Jul 07, 2016 9:57 pm

Sorry for the double post.

Discussion in another thread about reality tv in general. I can't think of any other reality tv that I watch other than TB and the 'ette.

If it's not hockey season, I watch HGTV, Amazing Race if it's on, Sports, True crime if i catch any....??

What shows does everyone watch, like, don't like?


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Post by Junequilts on Thu Jul 07, 2016 10:10 pm

I am enjoying the new "old" game shows. To tell the truth and The Pyramid. I like the same ones as you mentioned. Right now, it is the Blue Jays. Not much else on.

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Post by stuckinsc on Thu Jul 07, 2016 11:01 pm

@Kashathediva wrote:\
Just because!
Thanks for sharing that Kasha, it is beautiful.
@GuardianAngel wrote:Sorry for the double post.

Discussion in another thread about reality tv in general. I can't think of any other reality tv that I watch other than TB and the 'ette.

If it's not hockey season, I watch HGTV, Amazing Race if it's on, Sports, True crime if i catch any....??

What shows does everyone watch, like, don't like?
I watch the Voice, then scripted comedy and drama with hubby and almost any true crime show. Investigation Discovery is my default channel, I go there immediately.

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Post by Guest on Fri Jul 08, 2016 12:46 am

I also watch Dancing With The Stars and Survivor. I am excited that The Great British Baking Show is back again. That is one of my faves.

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Post by veg_out on Wed Jul 13, 2016 7:11 pm

Really powerful op-ed by Jennifer Aniston:

For the Record
Let me start by saying that addressing gossip is something I have never done. I don’t like to give energy to the business of lies, but I wanted to participate in a larger conversation that has already begun and needs to continue. Since I’m not on social media, I decided to put my thoughts here in writing.

For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up. I’m fed up with the sport-like scrutiny and body shaming that occurs daily under the guise of “journalism,” the “First Amendment” and “celebrity news.”

Every day my husband and I are harassed by dozens of aggressive photographers staked outside our home who will go to shocking lengths to obtain any kind of photo, even if it means endangering us or the unlucky pedestrians who happen to be nearby. But setting aside the public safety aspect, I want to focus on the bigger picture of what this insane tabloid ritual represents to all of us.

If I am some kind of symbol to some people out there, then clearly I am an example of the lens through which we, as a society, view our mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, female friends and colleagues. The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing. The way I am portrayed by the media is simply a reflection of how we see and portray women in general, measured against some warped standard of beauty. Sometimes cultural standards just need a different perspective so we can see them for what they really are — a collective acceptance... a subconscious agreement. We are in charge of our agreement. Little girls everywhere are absorbing our agreement, passive or otherwise. And it begins early. The message that girls are not pretty unless they’re incredibly thin, that they’re not worthy of our attention unless they look like a supermodel or an actress on the cover of a magazine is something we’re all willingly buying into. This conditioning is something girls then carry into womanhood. We use celebrity “news” to perpetuate this dehumanizing view of females, focused solely on one’s physical appearance, which tabloids turn into a sporting event of speculation. Is she pregnant? Is she eating too much? Has she let herself go? Is her marriage on the rocks because the camera detects some physical “imperfection”?

The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing.
I used to tell myself that tabloids were like comic books, not to be taken seriously, just a soap opera for people to follow when they need a distraction. But I really can’t tell myself that anymore because the reality is the stalking and objectification I’ve experienced first-hand, going on decades now, reflects the warped way we calculate a woman’s worth.

This past month in particular has illuminated for me how much we define a woman’s value based on her marital and maternal status. The sheer amount of resources being spent right now by press trying to simply uncover whether or not I am pregnant (for the bajillionth time... but who’s counting) points to the perpetuation of this notion that women are somehow incomplete, unsuccessful, or unhappy if they’re not married with children. In this last boring news cycle about my personal life there have been mass shootings, wildfires, major decisions by the Supreme Court, an upcoming election, and any number of more newsworthy issues that “journalists” could dedicate their resources towards.

Here’s where I come out on this topic: we are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child. We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies. That decision is ours and ours alone. Let’s make that decision for ourselves and for the young women in this world who look to us as examples. Let’s make that decision consciously, outside of the tabloid noise. We don’t need to be married or mothers to be complete. We get to determine our own “happily ever after” for ourselves.

We are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child. We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies. I have grown tired of being part of this narrative. Yes, I may become a mother some day, and since I’m laying it all out there, if I ever do, I will be the first to let you know. But I’m not in pursuit of motherhood because I feel incomplete in some way, as our celebrity news culture would lead us all to believe. I resent being made to feel “less than” because my body is changing and/or I had a burger for lunch and was photographed from a weird angle and therefore deemed one of two things: “pregnant” or “fat.” Not to mention the painful awkwardness that comes with being congratulated by friends, coworkers and strangers alike on one’s fictional pregnancy (often a dozen times in a single day).

From years of experience, I’ve learned tabloid practices, however dangerous, will not change, at least not any time soon. What can change is our awareness and reaction to the toxic messages buried within these seemingly harmless stories served up as truth and shaping our ideas of who we are. We get to decide how much we buy into what’s being served up, and maybe some day the tabloids will be forced to see the world through a different, more humanized lens because consumers have just stopped buying the bullcrap.
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I thought that others might enjoy reading her words against the stereotypes of American culture.


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Post by Kashathediva on Wed Jul 13, 2016 7:17 pm

They featured it today on the Today Show. It was shown on the news this past 30 minutes again. 
Good message, IMO. 
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Post by GuardianAngel on Wed Jul 13, 2016 10:42 pm

That was a great read. She is so right. We've discussed some of it here. Whether these reality tv contestants want to be or not, they are setting examples.

I have not bought a tabloid magazine, in I can't tell you how long. Maybe 20 yrs ago? It's all garbage. Some of it is so ridiculous.



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