I also witnessed something else this weekend that I’m afraid I’m just going to have to go off on. I mentioned a billboard advertising Maidenform bras in these ponderings before. This weekend I saw those same advertisements on the sides of buses in downtown Chicago. The ads feature well tanned (aka, future skin cancer victims), skinny, women wearing (what else?) nothing but their underwear. The caption reads, “Inner Beauty only goes so far.” A blatant lie. As soon as I can find an address to send a letter to, I’ll be writing this company to complain. I’d like to see a poster of those same models when they’re 40 with a caption reading “Outer Beauty doesn’t last.” I’d like to see the advertising executives who came up with this campaign tell their daughters inner beauty only goes so far. Explain that one when their daughter can’t get a date. Explain that one when their daughter is one of the 3 out of 5 teenage girls who suffer from some type of eating disorder. Explain that one when their daughter is horribly disfigured in an accident. “Inner Beauty only goes so far.” I’ve never heard such a complete and total lie. Is selling bras that important to them?
Today the shaggy mass of hair attacking my neck became too much and I had to get a haircut. Getting a haircut in a strange town is always an adventure. Some how describing to another person how you want your hair cut is always an adventure in communication. I usually end up losing. I walked out of there looking like some kind of Ricky Martin wanna be. Thank goodness you can’t screw up my hair that bad–I took a shower as soon as I got home and I was back to my usual self.
Today I saw a bumper sticker that said, “I love smut.” For the first time in my life I was tempted to rear-end somebody.
While I’m on the subject, you know what else I hate. Those Bally’s and Vic Tanny (yeah, I’m probably spelling it wrong) commercials warning you to work off those extra pounds so you’ll look good for the summer. And how do they do it? They show you people working out who should probably stop exercising and eat a little more. Cuz summer’s all about looking sexy on the beach, right? That’s all that matters in life. What happened to exercising just so you’ll feel better? Isn’t that the point? Do we want to be healthy or just skinnier than a rail?
My third day of cooking, and the dorm is still standing. Aw yeah.
Today I began reading C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity. I got through the preface and the first chapter (not even 15 pages), and already it’s Daily Ponderings worthy. C.S. Lewis was talking about how there are definite moral standards in different cultures that are relatively the same. People have debated how many wives you should have, not whether you should be true to one woman. People have debated who to consider most before yourself, your family, your country, or your friends? But no culture values selfishness. However, I look at today’s generation, and I can’t help but wonder. Selfishness may not be valued, but it is accepted. And few people see the need to be faithful to the opposite sex. Times they are a changin’ Mr. Lewis.
How sad is it that because girls don’t look just like some swimsuit model, they don’t think they’re attractive. They don’t think they’re sexy. Let me tell you, a woman is a woman. No amount of plastic surgery, silicone implants, liposuction, or computer graphics will ever change the way God made men and women and how they’re attracted to each other. The standard of beauty has already been set, and man’s cover model perfectionism can never change it. Now if only the rest of the planet would realize that.
I think today’s ponderings are going to be totally non-intellectual. It’s been a rather lazy Sunday, and I think I’d like to keep it that way.
Did you see the Vikings pound the Cardinals today? I’m not much of a football fan, but you have to respect a team that plays that well. They’re just entertaining to watch. I think it’s gonna be a lot of fun being in a city that wins the Superbowl.
Wow, it’s been pretty cold out there. But to everyone suffering from the frigid cold weather, I have some advice. It’s pretty good advice too, because Minnesota’s been below zero pretty much since I came back from Christmas break. It was -16 on Saturday. First of all, throw fashion out the window (which is good advice no matter the season). Sure, the nice warm hat will do some major static cling to your hair, but your ears will show no signs of frostbite. Secondly, keep your vehicle in good shape. Check those window wiper blades (I just put new ones in, and it was really easy and inexpensive), fill up on wiper fluid, and start your vehicle everyday and warm it up to keep it going in this extreme cold. Finally, don’t just huddle underneath your parka and shiver, complaining about how cold it is. Put on some long johns, and get out there and enjoy the weather! Am I nuts? No, just smart. Twice now I’ve been outside in sub-zero temperatures without a jacket. Crazy? Maybe. Just enjoying some Broomball. But no matter the sport, get out there and enjoy the weather. It may be cold, but once you move around you won’t even notice it. Cold weather is no reason to stay cooped up inside. I made that mistake last year and missed some great fun. (Mom’s Note: Just don’t be dumb about it. Be aware of frostbite and all that good stuff)