Monday, December 13, 2010

Best Advice I Didn't Take-- Part 1

Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep
it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it you can never get it back.
--Harvey MacKay

Don't live your life according to someone else's schedule.
Do you ever feel like your life is being influenced by the pressures of others? The average American follows a very specific timeline, and we are made to believe that deviating from this timeline can impact our success. It all starts when we are children. We go to primary school for 5 yrs, then middle school for 3 yrs, and finally high school for 4 yrs.

Then, once you have that short sweet taste of freedom with your diploma in your hand, it is time for the next step. College. There is pressure from all levels of society to go to college immediate after high school (or risk forfeiting your scholarships and possibly your future). Let's be honest, what 18 year old is ready to make the life altering decision of choosing a trade immediately after high school? On average, college students change their major 3 times! 80% change their major at least once. Clearly, these statistics show some reluctance.

Then after college, it isn't over! It's time to get a job. And not just any job-- one that will move you towards a "career." Any later life career changes could set you back time and income. College doesn't prepare you for a career. It prepares you for academic thinking and fills you with book learning. Most jobs are a little more hands-on. So, what will you do with that college major in English? Book publisher, librarian, teacher, business, etc. What about your degree in psychology? Are you going to continue your education and become a psychiatrist? a social worker? or will you join corporate America, working your way up the food chain? Heaven forbid you take a year off and work at a ski lodge or try your hand at numerous jobs.

Then, comes marriage between 24-30 and kids between 27-32. Not everyone is ready to get married by 30, and some people are ready to get married at 20.

The point of my rant being. Everyone must come to things in their own time. Don't let yourself feel pressure because of what other people think of you. I got married at 22, and I am happy. A few people judged me for it, but I don't care. I have a friend that graduated college and postponed several prestigious law school acceptances to work at a national park for a year. She has never been happier. So, just live your life.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Barbie isn't a Bitch

Barbie - Bratz Showdown

When did Bratz start trying to step in and replace Barbie as top doll?!

Yes, I see the complaint that Barbie is "too perfect." She is thin with blonde hair and erm big boobs (there is just no polite way to say it). However, I think parents have done Barbie an injustice. They *gasp* judged Barbie by her appearance.

Barbie is awesome. She is pretty, well-liked by her peers, and constantly following her dreams. Barbie is always clean cut and conservatively dressed. Barbie must be a good friend since she has so many. She isn't prejudiced. All of her friends look different. Barbie is a one man woman. Her boyfriend Ken is an upstanding guy and always by her side. Barbie is also also well educated. She has been a teacher, a doctor, a veterinarian, etc.

Then along came the alleged savior of children from Barbie's crappy example... Bratz dolls.

But alas, the Bratz are far worse. I mean look at this piece of trailer trash. She looks like Sandy from Greese. She's wearing a freaking cat suit. They all have strangely disproportionate heads, big lips (not unlike Angelina Jolie's freak show), excessive makeup, and revealing clothing. There are several Bratz dolls: Cloe, Jade, Sasha, and Yasmin. Unfortunately, they were all given stripper names.... On the plus side, they are all of different races. Other than that, they have the exact same body type.
Barbie Pros:
Boy Dolls
Different Races and Appearances (since 1968)
Appropriate clothing

Barbie Cons:
One body type
Main doll is stereotypical beauty
Possibly materialistic (she has a lot of clothing/houses/shoes)

Bratz Pros:
Different Races

Bratz Cons:
Excessive Makeup
Racy Clothes

Interesting Facts:
The American Psychological Association has expressed concern over Bratz oversexualization and its impact on children.

"On December 21, 2006, the National Labor Committee announced that the factory workers in China, who make Bratz dolls, labor for 94½ hours a week, while the factory pays only $0.515 an hour, $4.13 a day. The per doll amount is $0.17. The retail price for a single doll ranges between $9.99 to $22.99, depending on the included items and specific retailer." -- Wikipedia

In 2005 figures showed that sales of Barbie dolls had fallen by 30% in the United States, and by 18% worldwide, with much of the drop being attributed to the popularity of Bratz dolls. -- Wikipedia