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After watching this week’s episode of Law & Order: SVU, I was reminded of Rep. Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” theory.  When his controversial statement first went public, I disregarded the entire thing as trash.  I gave no attention to Todd Akin and “legitimate rape” because I didn’t want to waste my time contemplating such a garbage and ridiculous statement.

Less than a year later, here I am, putting some time and thought into this “legitimate rape” theory.  The expert witness on SVU testified that “the body shuts down ovulation under stress of legitimate rape.”  And wait- it gets better- one juror actually bought this nonsense and obstructed the conviction… of a rapist.

Here’s my problem: Todd Akin apologized and “took back” his words because he was hurting the Republican party AND Mitt Romney.  But I’m sure Akin still believes in legitimate rape… I mean, it takes more than a public outrage to change a person’s personal opinion.  With that said, there is probably a handful… or a group of… people out there who believe in this legitimate rape myth that has been chiefly propagandized by Dr. John Willke.  Willke has been published in fringe anti-abortion journals and strongly promotes the notion that women rarely become pregnant after being raped because of natural physiological defenses against pregnancy.

Ok, so we are supposed to believe that rape victims can control whether or not they get pregnant after a rape… because apparently they are so emotionally traumatized that their eggs can’t be fertilized… by mind control.  Yes- and I just became the Queen of Nova Scotia.

When a woman sticks to her story and says she was raped, we can at least give her the benefit of the doubt and fairly see the case in court.  And if she’s pregnant and decides to keep the baby, well that sits as evidence of the rape.  Certainly… it does not mean that because she is pregnant, she wasn’t raped.  There just… isn’t logic connecting the two ends.

If anything, this whole “legitimate rape” theory seems to kick itself repeatedly.  Think about it this way- let’s say legitimate rape is true.  Well, we can’t really count on physiological functions to be accurate all the time because things happen.  And so a woman gets raped, her physiological reaction is “broken” at the time and she gets pregnant by her rapist.  Now, she can’t cry rape because she’s pregnant… which means her rape wasn’t legitimate.  Shoot.  What does she do now?  ABORTION (maybe illegally depending on the laws in this “legitimate rape” world”).  Wait, I’m sorry, but isn’t this whole legitimate rape idea supporting pro-life?  I think that wall just fell down… just as the Berlin Wall collapsed…

The victim in SVU has to continually suffer and face her rapist (for child visitation rights) due to that one juror who believed in the botched theory.  So this is fiction, it’s going to happen in real-life one of these days.  And what if it happens to you?  to your friend?  to a family member?

There is absolutely no basis in Willke’s theory.  I am not really sure where he got those funky ideas from, but to be honest, one has to be pretty stupid to buy it.  And sure he is a doctor, but he is not a female.  What does he know about being raped and the consequences of rape (emotionally and physically)?  Does he really know what goes on in a woman’s mind and body during rape?  The answer is NO.  Only rape victims know… because they experience the torture first-hand.  Willke really has no right to judge whether or not a rape was legitimate.

Please don’t believe this “legitimate rape” trash… it’s like believing Nazism.

If you do, I just might have to pull out the “Chewbacca defense.”

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Barium SwallowI’m pretty sure most of the elements on the periodic table taste nasty- actually, most of the time, we shouldn’t even be tasting them in the first place.  But science these days does incorporate those elements into medical testing.  For example, barium is used in a barium swallow… which I unfortunately had to taste yesterday.  That stuff is nasty.

The exam was pretty miserable.  I mean… first, the radiology center that I always go to when I need some ray or scan done didn’t have the barium for the swallow.  Apparently, there is a nationwide barium shortage… and so I had to find a place that does have barium supply.  That place happened to be in the city, which didn’t turn out so bad because my parents go grocery shopping there anyway.  AND since the center was in the city, the work was more efficient due to the amount of patients.  Good good.

But when I went yesterday, as if the barium wasn’t bad enough… my robe had no string thing so I couldn’t tie my robe together.  I was grabbing my robe together for dear life just in case it flew apart.  I thought it was supposed to be like that… but then I saw other women with it tied together.  In the end, the technicians had to tape my robe together.  Out of all the robes… seriously???  I had to get the ropeless robe?? 😦

The swallow began and that was when the misery hit.  The first part of the test was swallowing barium sulfate/ sodium bicarbonate crystals.  It kind of tasted like a mix of bubbly soda and pop rocks.  The catch was that I couldn’t burp!  The point of the crystals was to produce gas, which is low in density, so that the X-rays could pass through easily.  But the gas really made me want to burp… but I had to hold it in.

The second part of the test was drinking this thick, chalky substance- thick barium sulfate- in multiple positions.  At one point, I faced my X-ray and I watched as the liquid passed through my esophagus- weird.  Ugh, the thick barium sulfate was the worst taste ever, worse than cherry flavored Tylenol.  I felt like throwing up, especially when I had to continuously drink the chalky substance.  But, again, I had to hold it in.  >_<

The third and final part of the exam was drinking a thinner version of the barium sulfate while lying down.  Only thing is… they didn’t warn me when they turned the machine from vertical to horizontal while I was still on it.  It wasn’t so fun with nasty, chalky substance gurgling in my tummy either.  I had to take sips of the barium sulfate, which just tasted like a liquid version of the bubbly soda/pop rock mix.

I hope I never have to do another barium swallow ever again.  After the exam, I kept burping and my stomach kept rumbling in dissatisfaction with the chalky substance.  I don’t think I ever burped so much in one morning.

I’ve learned my lesson.  I’m going to take better care of my health from now on… I don’t want to keep going back to the doctor’s and getting all of these wacky exams done.

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Once you enter East Asian entertainment, it is a whole different world.  That is, in terms of body and weight… an extremely sensitive issue in America.

America has always been one to abstain from criticizing people about their weight and body shape.  In fact, there are many famous plus sized entertainers.  For instance, we have Queen Latifah and America Ferrera, among other plus sized stars.  Even on shows, like American Idol, we make it a point not to judge contestants by their size, but rather their talent.

In Taiwan, there is a singing competition show called 超級星光大道 One Million Star, which is like the asian version of American Idol.  Last week was the premiere of Season 6 and many, many people auditioned for the show.  One contestant was slightly out of shape (at least by Taiwan standards) and was told to lose weight if she wanted to continue competing.  I was shocked.  How can a judge say that to the poor girl on camera????  And there was even a specialist telling her how difficult it would be for her to lose weight (that’s right, I’m talking about Roger).  I thought the girl would be angry and retaliate.  Instead, she said that she knew and was already on a diet.  This happened at least twice more on the airing (including one girl that was on the 11/13 episode).

As it turns out, this is fairly… natural in east Asian countries.  Natural that you have to have practically a size 0 waistline and be wholesomely small and petite.  Maybe it’s the fact that I’m an ABC and don’t get it, but seriously, like why does every girl have to be so small and skinny?  What’s wrong with a little shape and curves on a girl’s body?

In a way, this idea explains why so many female Taiwanese stars are so skinny.  Compared to these Taiwanese girls, American entertainers are “fat.”  For example, Scarlett Johansson is considered skinny here, right?  Well, she would be dubbed “too fat” in Taiwan and other east Asian countries.  Here are examples of what the Taiwan industry would say is the perfect body shape and size.  Keep in mind that the camera usually adds 10 lbs…

Yes.  I know.  They are indeed the dream size we all wish we were.  Even if I lose 30, 40 lbs, I could never match their body size.  *sigh*  Well, actually, personally I like the healthy look.  Imagine when Brooke Shields was a young, teen model.  That’s what I want to look like.  It just disappoints me to see stars succumb to the business by losing tons of weight.  Just take Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan as examples.  In the asian world, I’m very disappointed in 林依晨 Ariel Lin.  She was my idol because she was the exemplary size.  She was skinny, but not to the point of being just bone.  I guess you can say she used to be chubby.  But recent pictures of her show that she has turned into another skinny Taiwanese girl.  What made her lose the weight?  I have no idea.  But the Taiwanese industry certainly won’t question the lost, they probably embraced her newfound “skinniness.”  Another girl to accept into their circle of “skinny bitches.”  And please don’t get me wrong, I love the music these people make and they have great personalities, but I just think the body image message they are sending out is just inappropriate.

This is 林依晨 Ariel Lin before (notice how she is skinny, but not as skinny as the other girls you saw previously) :

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Ariel Lin

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And here is 林依晨 Ariel Lin recently:

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Ariel Lin

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Please think about this.  Body image and self-content with it should be totally up to you.  Do not let the media or society influence how you look, or how you view yourself.  Feel comfortable in your own skin, and do your body a favor.  That’s all there is to it.

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My question is HOW in the world did Jessica Simpson get skinny so quickly?????  It was about a month or so ago that I found out that Jessica gained weight.  And just recently, I saw on a magazine cover that she had lost weight and was back to her old weight again.  Last time I checked, people don’t lose weight that fast.  Losing a lot of weight is a difficult thing and sometimes people can’t handle it anymore and resort to eating again!… And then gaining more weight!  I’m having my doubts about Jessica’s “weight loss solution”.  Honestly, I believe she starved herself.  That is the only way a person could lose weight that fast.  If you take a look at the photo I included above, you’ll see a comparison of Fat Jessica and Skinny Jessica.  You see all the fat she trimmed off of her body?  EXACTLY.  How does one shed fat off so easily?

She’s taking the media on a roller coaster. *rolls eyes* This whole weight gaining/losing thing is pissing me off these days.  It seems like it’s all the media talks about… “blah blah blah… ___ lost weight, is she anorexic???” or “______ is fat!”  Who cares if they gain or lose weight????  It’s their issue so let them deal with it!  Jeezzz…

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