Virgin: Really? A girl in a tree?

Female with feline capabilities, plus opposable claws!

Hey! My boss has a great post over at  Laggylife’s Blog, so pop over and read it first, then come back. I started a comment for her post, but it got tooooo large, so I migrated it here!

GO! Then come back!

Virgin is a very clever marketer, but as Laggy says, marketing and advertising are all about the bucks for companies such as this, and nothing about social responsibility. I’ll bet the conversation at the table went something like this:

“Uh, doesn’t that make this girl a stalker?”

“Yeah! You wish!”

“She can stalk me anytime.”

“But stalking is a serious thing—look at John Lennon and Rebecca Schaeffer.”

“Rebecca who?”

“Guys stalk, not chicks. A chick who stalks is hot.”

“Yeah, she can stalk me anytime.”

The ads are clever, but kinda sick and scary. Your tongue must be firmly planted in your cheek to enjoy them. The adverts will definitely win awards, and the creative types will wave them around as they endorse the use of “crazy” people and behaviours to sell their shit. I’m sure Virgin’s creative thinks it’s OK because men usually are the stalkers, and women are the stalkees (although there is a fair amount of male-on-male stalking, but there is always a victim), so hey!

“These ads are cool!”

“It’s a blow for women’s rights and feminism!”

“Chicks should thank us!”

There are stats on the Stalking Resource Center, although from ’98, that put the percentage of male stalkers at 87 per cent.

But what dude doesn’t have a fantasy that a hot chick just wants his body so badly she’ll follow him anywhere? Ask Paul Sheldon or maybe Dan Gallagher, Tom Sanders, Dave, or even Michael. Girl-on-boy stalking is fun!

Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience has an excellent article on the subject: These Boots are Made for Stalking: Characteristics of Female Stalkers.

My takeaways from this?

  1. Dating is hell, but it’s even more hellish a hell that before social networking.
  2. Stalking is creepy. Will she boil a bunny next?
  3. I get unlimited text, talk and data for $45 a month from Wind. Duh.

There are too many alternate realities for me

So, thank you Ms Laggy for a jumping-off point this fine sunny Monday noon.You might want to post the addresses and names you got at Virgin—I’ll fire something over, and I do still write long-hand too!

さようなら

sayonara


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I haven’t had cancer, but I wish I could be this centred if I did

I  accompanied my older son, Graydon, through childhood leukemia, from “phantom” aches and pains and emotional outbursts and the loss of his curly eyelashes, to the trips to the doctor and “weird” blood results, diagnosis, finally, at age 8 and then 30 months of unrelenting chemo, until he was 11, and when it was all over I was a mess. And I wasn’t the one with the cancer. (Graydon is now a 6-year EFS dude, not unscarred by the experience, but HERE.)

This morning I got a list titled “This I Know for Sure” from a group I subscribe to—Foundation for Cancer Research and Wellness—written by  Stephanie Mesaric, a 15-year breast cancer survivor, a registered nurse with over 38 years of healthcare experience and a new Masters of Science grad in holistic health. Wow.

This I Know For Sure

As a breast cancer survivor, oncology research nurse and holistic health practitioner, I would like to share things that I have learned along the way. Read the full article

  1. We are spiritual beings on a physical journey.
  2. Victim mentality never serves us well.
  3. Knowledge is power.
  4. The mind is not separated from the body.
  5. Medical professionals do not have all the answers.
  6. Deep breathing is highly under rated.
  7. Our bodies were designed with an innate ability to heal and balance themselves.
  8. Cancer is a cellular disease.
  9. Balance is the key to health.
  10. Life is to be lived in the present.

I’ve printed out the longer, linked, version to give to a few close, close friends and relatives currently learning to live with and battle the beast at the same time. More power (and ondansetron) to you!!