Beloved got a TV and cable two days ago.
I've nothing to do, more or less, besides watch TV and browse teh intarwebs, while he's at work.
This is a recipe for disaster.
Actually, the show I'm watching (yes, show, singular) isn't bad. After reading Shakesville for a while and seeing the weekly Top Chef Open Thread, as I was scrolling through the channel guide I saw said show in the list and thought, "Well, the Shakers seem to like it. Maybe it won't make me want to throw up..."
And it doesn't. It really does focus on the food, so it's rather egalitarian. Also, I think it's fantastic that they don't try to hide the scars on the arms of Padma, the female host. I am kinda annoyed that she always does the "running and fetching" type things on the show, even though she is given equal judge stature with the guys. Rubs me the wrong way, in a, "Hey, sweet cheeks, why don't you go make us boys some coffee, k darlin'?" type way. As Melissa would say, "Wev."
Anyway. So the actual show I'm watching isn't the problem.
It's the commercials.
Have you heard about this new birth control, "Yaz"? I. Want. To. Kill. Something.
Okay, The Pill rawks. I think it's great that there's such a reliable birth control method available. But. Yaz purports to also "cure" the other symptoms that "impact your life." What are these symptoms?
Yeah, not kidding. Oh, you're not always nice and smiling and cheerful and helpful? You must have a disease, lady! Let's medicate you until you don't feel anything at all! Again, as Melissa at Shakesville has said repeatedly, my period doesn't make me irrational or make think/do things I wouldn't do normally. It doesn't change me. It lowers my tolerance for bullshit.
I don't want you to erase the way I feel when I'm on my period. Bloating, sure. Cramps, sure. The physical aspects suck. Ibuprofen and using the DivaCup have gone a long way toward making my period a pleasant experience. To be honest, aside from painful cramps, the worst part for me was always feeling like I smelled bad - eliminating pads took care of that problem.
I am not trying to downplay the possibility that the mental/emotional aspects of some women's periods can be debilitating. If that's the case for you, maybe Yaz is your savior. But the way they advertise it sounds like little things. Just your everyday, non-crippling lowered bullshit tolerance.
It sounds, to me, like they are advertising a medicine whose goal is to cure women of their humanity.
I'll be okay with Yaz, maybe, if they come out with a male contraceptive in pill form that cures male aggression and immaturity.
Also, if I see another advert for cleaning/housekeeping products that features a woman, and never a man in sight, I'm going to go fucking apeshit.
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