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The Problem With TOMS

Published 04/11/2012 by thefeministfiles

Anyone that knows me is aware of my blatant hatred of TOMS shoes. Yesterday was my University’s “Day Without Shoes” thing, and I didn’t see a single person walking around shoeless. I laughed a little inside. Please, let me explain my reasoning:

Essentially, these shoes are a piece of canvas cloth wrapped around some kind of sole. They probably cost less than $10 to produce (and that’s being very generous.) HOWEVER, they feel the need to charge upwards of $50 for these “shoes”…and people actually buy them! $50 will buy me a decent pair of running shoes, or a few pairs of heels because I am incredibly cheap and shop at Shoe Carnival. No shame.

“But wait,” you say, “TOMS donates a pair of shoes to a kid in Africa for every pair you buy!” Please, let me make you aware of the fact that for MILLIONS upon MILLIONS of years, humans roamed the earth without shoes on their feet. Shoes are quite over rated. I walk around barefoot all the time, because I like the feeling of ground under my feet. The people getting the shoes in Africa REALLY DON’T NEED THEM. They were getting along fine without them before TOMS stepped in.

This is also a strategic marketing ploy to get you to buy a product because you think you’re being socially conscious. If you really want to be socially conscious, read “Creating A World Without Poverty” by Muhammed Yunus. He explains in there that the “help” these companies do is minimal if any, and the purpose of helping others is only to increase the company’s profit. AND IT WORKS. You can’t blame them for doing it.

Please tell me I am not alone in this. I think donating your time is much more beneficial than paying $50 for a pair of shoes that will MAYBE last  you a year, and look like crap after you’ve worn them a few times.

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A Public Apology

Published 04/09/2012 by thefeministfiles

I would like to make a proclamation of my guilt and regret to Andrew Kerr, for blatantly objectifying perhaps the worst fictional character of all time. Even though Bella from the Twilight Saga is a whiny, naive, and altogether detestable individual, that does not make it okay for me to say that she was stolen from Edward by Jacob, like she was a sandwich or a $5000 television. I hope that in the future I can live up to my feminist values and morals and never objectify a fictional character again, even if they predict the downfall of humanity.

(We had an entire Skype argument over this…even if it was dumb, so proud that Andrew is thinking critically about feminism. What can I say? I turn people.)

I am obviously too liberal to be a functioning human being…

Published 03/18/2012 by thefeministfiles

…because I can’t even post on Facebook without getting a lost lamb comment. I swear, religious tolerance is severely underrated. Just because I disagree with something does not mean I am going to go blind, go to Hell, or magically start to believe it after years and years of…not (although it does happen to some people, I doubt that’s going to happen to me.)  And by the same token, I don’t expect anyone to adhere to what I believe in. I don’t even TALK about it unless someone directly asks me! So next time you  (you, reader) feel like disputing someone else’s spiritual beliefs, remember that they, too, have a right to believe whatever they want. And you will probably piss them off instead of offer them good religious advice.

Pudge!

Published 03/12/2012 by thefeministfiles

Actually, I thought about something to blog about instead of, you know, doing productive things.

So, if you have been following my blog (maybe I didn’t write about it, and if I didn’t then now:) you know that I had a pretty debilitating case of mono back in November. You will probably also know that going to the gym is one of my favorite things to do. But, it seems live ever since the mono incident, I haven’t been able to get back into my regular gym routine. And now, I’ve gained five pounds.

And I am angry that I care.

Because I really shouldn’t. I’m healthy, I try very hard to eat healthy foods, and I still have a great figure. Heck, I’m almost twenty. I might still be growing, for all I know. I guess the silver lining in all this is that I am aware of the fact that it’s stupid to care and that I shouldn’t. I have seen people go through their whole lives worrying about their weight and thinking that it’s normal and accepted (usually when they didn’t have a problem in the first place.)

I am also tired of people expecting all skinny people to have a positive body image. I get this ALL THE TIME. I would say that, yes, I have a very positive body image. When I look in the mirror, I like the person I see. But whenever a skinny girl makes any negative comment about her appearance, everybody acts like she’s ungrateful or that she’s doing it to make others feel bad for her. That’s just sad. NOBODY is exempt from societal pressure. NOBODY. Instead of saying something like,

“You’re pretty just the way you are, and the only people who don’t think so are trying to sell you something.”

They immediately go to

“Oh shut up! You’re so skinny! Don’t even get me started about MY BODY.”

I’m so tired of it. I really am. This is not they way we should view ourselves or others, in terms of how much bigger or smaller we are than them. How can we change?

She-Ra The Housewife?!

Published 02/28/2012 by thefeministfiles

So, I found this commercial for the Crystal Castle on Youtube. Really, people? Come on, can’t a superhero actually do superheroey stuff? You don’t see He-Man’s man cave or wherever he lives advertised, do you? And why in God’s name does the castle have to be PINK? Unless you have a castle made entirely out of pink quartz, castles should be gray or maybe white. I’m just saying.

My 100th Post (The Current State of the Union)

Published 02/25/2012 by thefeministfiles

I haven’t blogged any in a couple of days, and I’ll tell you why. Because this is my 100th post, and I wanted it to be special, dammit. The fact of the matter is, I couldn’t find anything revolutionary to write about…so this is a short rundown of my life:

  • I haven’t shaved my legs since Valentine’s Day. And no, I don’t care.
  • I cried in public, again. In front of my teacher. Which was quite awkward. This is one of the biggest issues I face in my life-not being able to keep my emotions under control. And it pisses me off.
  • I sent an email to the volunteer coordinator for our United Family Services branch three days ago, and I haven’t heard back yet.
  • I have been reading about earthquakes and intelligence for the past three hours.
  • I have three loads of laundry in a basket on my floor.
  • I’m ridiculously homesick (or maybe I just miss my mom.) I’ll be going home in two weeks.
  • I got 49 views today, and that warmed my heart. :)
  • I’m scared my Female Ghosts professor is going to think that paper I wrote is complete bullshit…probably because by the night before it was due I had no idea what I was writing about anymore.

That’s that.  My 100th post (which only took a little over a year…) Again, thanks everybody for your likes, comments, and support. That means a lot to me. :) Let’s make this world a better place for everyone.

Athena

Published 02/21/2012 by thefeministfiles

I have been typing away at a paper for the better part of two hours…my brain is slowly frying (ironically, the paper is about neuroscience, so let’s say my left hemisphere is getting a vigorous workout.) I’m basically writing about how Athena, the Greek goddess of law and justice, is the personification of the left hemisphere of the brain. Ironically, if you know anything about Greek society, you will know that it is heavily patriarchal. Why was a female goddess chosen to govern justice in a patriarchal society? I think, personally, that the Greeks weren’t stupid and they knew exactly what kind of power women COULD have, they just didn’t want to give it to them (those greedy bastards.) I actually got into a discussion with my professor on this subject and he remarked “A lot of people speculate that Athena was a lesbian.” Now, as a feminist, sirens started going off in my head. “You’re telling me,” I said, “That because a female has positive masculine traits (like good judgment and bravery) she’s speculated to be a LESBIAN?” ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

I will be the first to tell you that I find absolutely nothing wrong with homosexuality. But I really do not believe it applies to this argument! Athena is the only Olympian goddess I can think of that actually did worthwhile things. Hell, she had a city named after her…Zeus himself can’t even say that. And what do we say she is? Oh, well, she’s not feminine, she must be lesbian. I think this is a prevalent viewpoint in our society, and it’s very negative and I don’t like it. I have seen extremely feminine lesbians, and I have seen powerful women who go home to a husband and children. Why can’t we all just agree that physical traits do not influence our sexual preference?

There is a model of the Parthenon in Nashville, TN that I went to see a loooooooooooong time ago, back when I was still in middle school. This is the statue of Athena in the Parthenon, and it is MONSTROUS. Look at her, she’s so powerful. She looks like she’s about to kick someone’s ass. And then, if you scroll down slightly, we have Aphrodite. WHO. DID. NOTHING. She was considered “most beautiful” and that was about it. Oh, she also had to escape on some fish with Eros (who is her son) and that’s how we got the constellation Pisces (bit of astrology trivia for you.)

Athena>Aphrodite OBVIOUSLY.