Week In Review: Dogs, Beer, Reese Witherspoon...Another week in LA. 

My first full week in LA.

After sketchy neighbor stole borrowed my bike. Don't worry! He gave it back when the cops came to fill out the police report. That doesn't count, right? At least I got my bike back. Unfortunately, I am going to have to place a voodoo curse on the neighbor.

Don't fuck with my fucking bike, fucker.

Bike-related insanity aside, catch up around here...

  • vlogging about doppelgangers. Warning to the ladies: This can be used for amunition on dates. I am not Reese Witherspoon.

  • Highlighting a (hopefully) great movie project highlighting some of the inherent shittiness of how women are represented and directed by the media: Missrepresentation.

  • What to do when you hear someone putting another girl (or guy) down about their weight and eating habits? Disparaging Diet Talk: Support or....?

Wyatt: Pre-kicking my asRevenge is mine, dog.










Also reading:

  • Advice From Aunt Michelle (via @ragemichelle's hilarious blog "Rage Your Way Thin")

  • Do you like beer? I fucking do. I'll be at the opening for fellow Ivy swimmer Meg Gill's new venture Gold Road Brewery in Atwater Village in Los Angeles tomorrow. Come hang out. Meg is an amazing chick know, there's beer of the not-shitty variety.

  • Best Running Dogs (from the September 2010 issue of Runners' World). I've been taking the foster dog Wyatt (the weimaraner...and new mascot of this blog. :p) out on some 10k's lately and he's kicking my ass. My ass is also getting back in shape, so I guess that's net-net.

Send/tweet me ideas for vlogs. Or say hi to me on twitter because otherwise I'm going to keep talking about getting hit on and that is going to get awkward sooner rather than later.



Disparaging Diet Talk: Support or STFU?


I just overheard an awkward conversation that went something like this: 

Girl: "That salad was delicious."

Dude: "Yeah, that's a lot healthier than the fucking hamburger you were eating before. Maybe now you'll lose some weight."

I can elaborate that this conversation was in the context of the girl starting a new eating plan to improve her health due to a medical condition (because I know them personally...and will be cooking the food for her food plan for the next month).

It's not my business, so I did not get involved in the conversation, but I can say here that it bothers me to hear this kind of exchange.

No matter what you are eating, it's nobody's business. Personally, when I comment on how something tastes, I'm not inviting comments about the nutritional quality of that food or any food I've eaten prior to it or how I look while I'm eating it. It's generally because I think it's too exceptional (or too exceptionally bad) not to say something.

But somehow, that's what happens so frequently. One of the best things about cooking for other people, in my experience, is showing them that they can cook things that taste really great but aren't unhealthy, full of preservatives, frozen, etc.

My approach to personal cheffing is similar to that Jesus parable about teaching someone to know the one. I want to give people around me agency in their food choices so that they don't have to rely on the ever-changing marketing onslaught of diet, nutrition and health products. That stuff generally poses as an authority yet teaches very little. Anyway...

So to go back to the conversation between the girl and the dude...There is nothing more counter-productive to an effort to try to find what combination of food works for you than hearing negative comments from people in your life. It can negatively effect body image, overal mental state and seriously derail attempts to be healthy and happy. Unfortunately, it's very acceptable now to make presumptive comments about how or what other people should be eating since there is such a huge industry built around that very thing.

Should I have said something? I'm never sure.

I just wish that what we eat and, by extension, the state of our bodies weren't subject to such "public" scrutiny. Health is a personal thing and there isn't a single statement about it that can be applied to every human being on earth.

Basically, support the people around you. Don't presume to know why they're eating what they're eating or what they want to accomplish in their own health. You can be supportive or you can shut the fuck up.

What do you think? Would you have said something if you were me?


Missrepresentation: Of the Women, By the Women, For the People.

I know this is funny following a post where I'm wearing a wig and making fun of myself but this is an important look at women in the media: The way the media creates the shape of the discussion it presents.

Newest Miss Representation Trailer (2011 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection) from Miss Representation on Vimeo.


I'd watch and get ESPECIALLY upset with what happens around 2:00.

Media make up such a large part of the guts of our culture now. If there's going to be a change in our culture towards more parity for women, it's going to have to start there. And it's going to have to be lead by women.

(Pssst. I'm going to go to the screening.)



One Girl WTF: I am not Reese Witherspoon

I love this game. Who do people say YOU look like?



Comment from Miss Johanna

Yesterday, I changed the title of the "A Year without Mirrors" post and inadvertently lost this lovely comment:

I agree with you that if this exercise is an effective recovery tool for the girl undertaking it, then it's a good thing. But seriously, if "feminism" is about ignoring your body, deciding that there are only "on a diet" and "fatass" as choices, only "obsessed with appearances" or "don't look in the mirror", then I want to start a new movement. One where what we should all do, as you say, is to really look at the wondrous, amazing, beautiful machines we all are, with all our quirks and our fantastic intricacies and idiosyncrasies, and really truly love that. Each of us. And once we all love ourselves as individual organisms, maybe we'll all love each other, and not need to fight to show that one gender or color or whatever is just as good as the other. Because maybe we'll get that we're all, every single one of us, worthy of that love.

Have a good weekend.

PS catch up with Josie @Johanna_Lynne on twitter or @ CanMakeDoThink, her blog.