Wait a Minute Mr. Postman…

For some odd reason, this week when my husband brought in the mail there were two very surprising oddities included in our usual mosh.  Along with our Time Magazine, bills, Urban Oufitters and Free People catalogs and spam were two issues of Allure magazine addressed to me.  Not only have I never subscribed to Allure but I’ve never even read it.  Any magazine targeting one racial standard yet calling itself the “Beauty Expert” is something I absolutely prefer to judge by it’s cover.  Since my husband immediately started tagging the cover of the January issue, I only had the remaining February issue to analyze.  I looked at the highlighted topics on the cover.  “Powerful Hair Straighteners – Long Lasting Results as Home”, “Seduction Starts Now – Bedroom Hair, Glowing Skin”, “Get the Sexiest Eyes EVER – The Best New Mascaras & Extensions” and the quote underneath this month’s cover model “Zooey Deschanel – Hollywood’s Cutest Weirdo”.

This magazine landed on the wrong doorstep...

It doesn’t take a magnifying glass to see that the overall message is that absolutely nothing you do and nothing you are is good enough.  You’re not sexy enough to your man, your hair isn’t straight enough and even a beautiful, talented actress who chooses not to conform to typical Hollywood standards is deemed as a “cute weirdo”.  Being that the target audience for a magazine like this is women between the ages of 18 and 34 years old, also the largest market of consumers in the country – it’s not at all a stretch to say that this magazine is one big commercial and it’s selling away the soul of every woman who buys into the hype.

Reality Bites

It’s sad that there is no financial profit in empowering women – otherwise that would be the target goal of every major magazine and cosmetic company on the face of the planet.  For instance the truth really is that confidence – not HAIR is what’s sexiest to men in the bedroom…even if they don’t realize it themselves.  And that there is nothing sexy about having a porcupine hovering over your eyelids – I see women with lash extensions and I literally have to keep from laughing.  Most people will tell you that the most beautiful woman is one who embraces her unique natural gifts, takes care of herself and walks with confidence – and there are NO products in the market that can do that better than you can yourself.

I’ve begun to look at these things a bit differently over the years.  While once they were simply innocent side-effects of a backwards society now they are possible predators to my own little unborn consumer.  Will he or she be bombarded with these insane standards, left to feel inadequate and small?  At some point, the reality is YES they will…most likely sometime in Jr. High or High School.  But I hope that my husband and I can combat those monsters with truth – the truth that what is inside of you and outside of you is there for a reason.  That embracing your thin eyelashes, or kinky hair only makes you more beautiful – and that the naysayers are generally just people were are too afraid to love themselves as is.  Eventually, when the critics die down and we each take to our own stages – having more to say than “Ditto” is what matters the most.


London Riots

I’m from Oakland, California.  I understand the chemistry that sparks a riot.  I understand the heat that must first be applied to the water, the boiling point it reaches, the desperate emotions that fly through the blood stream igniting an overflow.  I’m no one to judge.  Especially since our country has been shaped by outrage.  Our entire world, in fact, has challenged the idea of self-governance for hundreds of years.

The reasons aren’t even important anymore.  The outcome isn’t either. But the fact that riots happen…THAT is what should matter.  THAT is the entire point.

(AP Photo/Sang Tan)

When people feel silenced and ignored and without choices, they tend to react.  That reaction, depending on its vantage point, generally comes out jagged and unorganized.  Chaotic.  Seemingly in need of control – instead of a microphone.

The underlined problem is that people pay attention to what goes on.  Yes, even those who are generally discounted.  Especially those who are discounted.  And until there is less mindless bureaucracy, less thumb pressing to the foreheads of those forced into the line-up, the pressure boiling beneath the surface will only grow hotter.

“They want you to rise up…” someone once told me, “So they can shoot you down, like a whack-a-mole.”  My question is: Does anyone’s point get made?

(Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The “powers that be”…also known as, those sitting on the top of our little pyramid-scheme of a world, riot against us all the time.  The complex tiny laws that brick by brick chip away at our so-called “freedoms”.  The prison-by-design nature of our economic structure.  The disregard for our health – the over-regard for the top and bottom dollar.  The hush-hush preference for the rich and shooed away quick-fixes passed down to the luckless masses.  – Are these not crimes??  The point of settling the riots as quickly as possible and blowing at the media embers to paint them as horrible criminal acts, regardless of what triggered them, is to post a clear message.  That message is “Stay seated, young people.  Buy a house, watch MTV, eat your GMO tomatoes and be glad you don’t live in the DR Congo.”


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Weighing In: The Flu “Epidemic”

I make it a morning habit to read the news headlines on my Android as I brush my teeth.  I’m sure one day my room mates will wake to my screams after dropping my $500 phone into a pool of sudsy toothpaste water; but until that day it remains a daily staple.  This morning however, as I browsed headlines I rolled my eyes as yet again the focus of health news surrounds that new favorite buzz word “flu”.

I am well aware that the flu is a terrible…uh…epidemic inconvenience.  Achy body, fever, sinus congestion, headache, sneezing…and the ubiquitous “ugh” feeling that floats like a gray cloud above the victim’s head.  However, being that I wasn’t born yesterday, I feel as though the over all dramatization of the flu has miraculously increased since the introduction of the flu vaccine.  Coincidence?

Beware the runny nose!

All due respect to those who have died from the flu.  One of my good friend’s father died a few years ago from complications with the flu.  But when nearly every “flu scare” headline is accompanied by details of words like “obese”, “elderly”, “infant”, “complications”…I can’t help but think that the intensity of the flu is being puffed up when perhaps the victims who have died from it were already in a weakened state of health.  For example; my friend’s father was always in and out of the hospital.  Just one of those unfortunate people who had a weaker immune system.

No one wants to stand up and shout “BLUFF” when we’re talking about grandmothers and 4-year-olds, but I have to say it….this is FISHY!

A few weeks ago I began to feel flu symptoms and nursed my ailment with all 100% homeopathic treatments.  I was all better in less than 7 days, with not ONE trip to the doctor or one needle prick to the arm.  Does the media hype up homeopathic remedies?  Nope…just shoot yourself with this concoction that we mixed up and everything will be juuuust fine.

We live in a society that allows the media to completely run our lives, that’s just an undeniable fact.  From product placement to website ads to newspaper headlines, the media guides nearly everything we do.  It’s just a simple observation – this flu topic that sticks to the back of my throat.  They want us to be afraid of the flu, to associate it with death tolls and suffering.  They want us to feel as though it’s practically our obligation to our fellow mankind to line up and get a flu vaccine.  In the same country where millions of people are unable to afford a doctor to mend a broken bone, your local drug store is passing out free flu shots as though it were water.  All I’m asking…all I ever ask…all anyone reading this should ask  is why?

How did I beat the flu in less than 7 days without a drop of medicine?

Find out in the premier issue of RIVYRSE Magazine!

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