I am in a digital photography class, a class that I really like, with a teacher who is about the most awesome teacher I've ever had. And our assignment, due tomorrow, is to submit three photographs to JPG Magazine, in one of their themes. They have a dozen standing themes, and thre rotating themes, which change for every issues. Surprise surprise, I find out tonight that the third and final theme for this issue is "Beauty Redefined: Alternative Pin-ups" sponsored by--you guessed it--the Suicide Girls. My reaction: ICK! So I wrote them this note:
"Re: Suicide Girls
Hey, I just don't think exploiting women is awesome! In fact, it makes me feel really icky inside to see JPG Magazine have a tie-in with internet porn. I know everyone is all "Suicide Girls is alterna-porn! It's feminist!" Actually, the models get paid next to nothing, have their images sold to hard-core porn sites when their not as popular as they used to be, and the body types are the same old skinny ladies, just this time with body piercings and tatoos. It's like photography hasn't been used enough to exploit women in its short history.
Very poor form."
Man, this is just gross and creepy and so sad.
Global Climate Change! Think of all the new beach-front property. Imagine how the highways will be underwater--how will we get around without our cars? Maybe the climate change will force us into behaving better. Maybe we'll condense ourselves. I don't know, but it could happen.
Our furnace broke a couple of days ago and we've been very cold. But this morning someone stopped by and fixed it, and now I'm warm. But my throat is sore and that's a bummer.
I'm reading The Dialectic of Sex
by Shulamith Firestone. It's pretty interesting. I'll tell you more about it later.
Classes are going really well. Our water smells like chlorine.