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zebra t-shirt

i think it looks more like a jaguar. $15.99. Urban1972.

Fishcondo by Teddy Luong

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Fishcondo by Teddy Luong

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doesn’t look too hip, or trendy or very much fun for the fish. they are in kept in even smaller bowls, and don’t even have all-around glass panels now. but what is their purpose except to make our lives seem more glamorous: “i’m so fabulous, even my fish has his own condo”. maybe i secretly want one. maybe i secretly want to live in

having sex on earth day

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instead of just recycling or planting a tree this Earth Day, think about not having sex. because that pleasurable act of human nature can lead to babies, and there are already too damn many of us. <- this type of rhetoric drives me insane. yes there are lots of problems here, compounded by the fact that most are human-created, so let’s not add more to the mix. but too often this rhetoric falls into the territory of “it’s the poor people – they shouldn’t procreate, they are causing all the damage”.  birth control has a double-edged sword – it can be liberating and (i hate to use it but…) oppressing. but moreover, the concept of birth is about access – to the physical pills themselves, to the information about the different forms of birth control, and to the concept of family planning.

it is becoming harder and harder to compromise with the logic of overpopulation harms the earth. this point of contention is making it difficult for the reproductive rights and environmental movements, however progressive they may individually be, to ally with each other. if you talk about actively promoting family planning and birth control as a means of population control [environmental movement – Malthus, Ehrlich], there is the danger of discriminating against the poor, and underprivileged – those without access. similarly, you cannot promote family planning and birth control as the ultimate liberator without considering who you are targeting.

i agree that the human-made global warming is having quite an effect on our planet, and adding more people at an exorbitant rate won’t help the matter, however we also need to be looking at the people living here now: how can we reduce consumption or our ‘carbon footprint’? i am nowhere near reconciling or coming to a conclusion to end this physical and sociological fight. i will say that touting abstinence as a form of birth control to help save the earth is logical, but not entirely reasonable. despite the overseeing and overarching umbrellas of religion or global warming, people will continue to have sex – we are too wrapped up in fufilling and enjoying our carnal desires, often so much so many of us probably don’t even know or realize or care that it’s Earth Day.

i was told there’d be cake, sloane crosley

recipient:

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington/ PO Box 96140/ Washington DC 20090-6140

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Philadelphia Weekly review and excerpt of I Was Told There’d Be Cake, Essays by Sloane Crosley

reasoning:

this title definitely caught my eye while skimming through the stacks and mounds of books at the bookstore. how many times have i been lulled to an event b/c there’s free food? how many times have i 20080421190140_crosley2eaten crap food that’s totally bad for me, but tastes so good, just because it’s free? too many times. the hoarding behavior i developed in college has transferred over to my real life now that i’m even more poor as an intern living in the city who has to pay rent and buy groceries, and sometimes lives in the dark b/c lightbulbs are an extra expense.

any collection of witty, real-life short stories, and the david sedaris comparisons start. i love Mr. DS. along with eddie izzard, there is no one who understands the frustration of learning french better.  when i first began reading I was Told There’d Be Cake, i thought about David Sedaris and Me Speak Pretty One Day. but crosley has a way of being insecure and curious about life events and scenarios that is easily relatable, and totally charming.

on suddenly being asked, out of nowhere, to be part of the bridal party of a high school best friend she hadn’t seen or spoken to since high school,

So I agreed because, barring exorbitant plane fare or typhus, you can’t not agree. Not only is it a social slap in the face and a personal kick in the feelings, it also puts a silent price tag on the friendship, no matter how faded that friendship is. If the average bridesmaid’s dress costs $250 and the average bridesmaid’s shoes cost $125, and you refuse to participate, that’s like saying you wouldn’t pay $375 to maintain that friendship. It’s like saying if deranged pirate terrorists kidnapped the bride and demanded $375 and a few hours of your time in exchange for her life, you’d hand them the musket yourself. Continue reading