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Hunger As Ideology

December 5, 2009

We live in a world where image is everything. If you don’t have your looks then you have nothing. The norm isn’t to be natural anymore. You don’t like something on your body, you can get it fixed. Don’t like the bump on your nose? Have it flattened. Don’t like your boobs/pecs? Get implants. Too fat? Lipo is the answer.

It doesn’t come as a surprise to me that more and more people have some sort of eating disorder because it’s not hard to hate your body in the society that we live in. Advertisements are shoved in our faces telling us of what we should look like and if we don’t meet the standards then we’re imperfect.

Not everyone should be expected to fit into the size zero pants.

Dorian Grey is 100% Gay

December 5, 2009

“I believe that if one man were to live out his life fully and completely, were to give form to every feeling, expression to every thought, reality to every dream–I believe that the world would gain such a fresh impulse of joy that we would forget all the maladies of mediaevalism, and return to the Hellenic ideal–to something finer, richer than the Hellenic ideal, it may be. But the bravest man amongst us is afraid of himself. The mutilation of the savage has its tragic survival in the self-denail that mars our lives. We are punished for our refusals. Every impulse that we strive to strangle broods in the mind and poisons us. The body sins once, and has done with its sin, for action is a mode of purification. Nothing remains then but the recollection of a pleasure, or the luxury of a regret. The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful”

Obviously the “forbidden” desire is wanting men and the “monstrous and unlawful” is the act of homosexuality and is a “hellenic ideal” in the Bible.

The book also mentions how practically every male association Dorian has ever had has either left the country, been disgraced in the town, or committed suicide/murdered.

This book screams homo.

The Innocents

December 5, 2009

The Innocents is based off of Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw. The film cleverly leaves in doubt how much of what occurs may be paranormal, and what might be in the nanny’s mind. Miss Giddins discovers that the nanny before her, Miss Jessel, was having an affair with the valet Quint, and that they had both died. Miss Giddins starts seeing their spirits in the house and grounds and comes to believe that the ghosts of Quint and his lover are trying to possess the bodies of the children, Miles and Flora. 

Although this movie was meant to be scary, it didn’t really phase me. I was rather bored throughout the whole thing; I didn’t enjoy it at all. I watch scary movies all the time and The Innocents may have been scary at the time of its release, but I almost fell asleep watching it. I definately wouldn’t recommend this movie to anybody.

Relationship between art and life

November 11, 2009

Art is a way for an artist to express how he appreciates the life around him/her. Life  changes daily, but an artist seems to make time stop on the canvas. In The Picture of Dorian Grey, however, it is the painting that ages and he is the one that stays the same. Sibyl Vane is seen as an artist to Dorian because she is an actress. Then after he tells her he loves her, he no longer sees her like that.

I agree that there is an art of living, but not in the sense of paintings in museums and such. There’s so much beauty in the world. Aesthetically, its not hard to see something God has made to make your day a little better; seeing the beauty and grace. The art of living should just be enjoying the time you have, and treasuring every moment. Ethically, it would be expressing yourself through your actions; by what you say and do.

There is a significance to Dorian’s “awakening”. This book almost mirrors Oscar Wilde’s life. Basil is the conscience, Lord Henry is the friend who knows his secret, and Dorian is Oscar.  “Why is your friendship so fatal to young men? There was that wretched boy in the Guards who committed suicide. You were his great friend. There was Sir Henry Ashton, who had to leave England with a tarnished name.” (pg. 144) And it continues, listing other men and how they had to leave town. Dorian’s “awakening” is his knowledge of sexuality. Oscar was gay and so was his main character.

The text shows secrecy and disclosure by Dorian’s sexuality. There are rumors of Dorian’s escapades with men, and Basil comes to Dorian’s house to get answers. At first, Dorian doesn’t want to admit that he likes men so he tries to take an interest in Sibyl, but really he’s just lying to himself. After she dies Dorian realizes he’s homosexual and proceeds to be attracted to men. Dorian keeps his portrait a secret while also trying to hide his sexuality, but rumors spread and Dorian eventually reveals his portrait to Basil.

Liberals vs. Conservatives

November 10, 2009

Liberals are more accepting of alternative  lifestyles such as being gay. Economically they want entitlement programs; they want the government to help the poor and elderly more.

Conservatives are more about deregulation and cutting entitlement programs. They are more religious: against same sex marriage and are pro-life.

The question that is being debated is: You’re walking down a deserted street. Suddenly, a dangerous looking man with a huge knife comes around the corner and is heading straight for you. You miraculously have a gun in your hand. What do you do?

Liberal: Well, that’s not enough information to answer the question. Does the man look poor or immoralized? Have I done anything to him that is making him want to attack me? Could I run away? Is there a possibility I can just hit him with the gun and maybe knock the knife out of his hand? Does he want to kill me or just wound me? This is just too over my head. I’m going to have to think about this for a few days.

Conservative: I’d shoot him. BANG!

The Way We Dress and Our Identity

October 1, 2009

In high school, I tried to look nice every day. Whereas in college, I dress in sweatpants all the time. I don’t feel the need to try and impress people as much as I did in high school. I believe identity is defined in how we dress because how we dress is determined by how we feel about ourselves. I felt the need to look nice everyday because I wasn’t very confident in myself, especially freshman year. But as time went on my confidence rose and the need to impress people lessened. People judge you so much on what you wear in high school. A girl came up to my friend one day and said,”Hillary, you can always tell when you wake up late.” Implying that she didn’t look “nice”.  No wonder we dress to impress.

Gattaca

September 25, 2009

I liked the movie; it was entertaining. The typical “underdog” story, but like every Hollywood film, it has unrealistic situations. I don’t believe that we will ever make our kids from test tubes, it’s completely unnatural and unmoralistic. I realize that people can already choose the gender of their babies if they’re rich enough. But I don’t think it’s right, and I doubt I’m alone.  Every parent wants their kid to be accepted in society, and every parent already thinks their kids’ perfect anyway so why play God?  Committing blasphemy isn’t one of my items on my list of things to do.

Memoirs of a Geisha Movie Quote

September 16, 2009

Chairman “None of us find as much happiness in this life as we should.”
          We take things for granted so easily and we’re never satisfied with what we’re given. The simple things in life seem to go right over our heads and we don’t appreciate them until they’re gone. When we’re young we want to grow up, and as we age we want to be young again. Instead of living in the present, we look towards the future.  My grandparents lived in Vincennes, one of the most boring towns I think I’ve ever been to. I would go to their house and be bored out of my mind; I just couldn’t wait for the weekend to be over so I didn’t have to stay their anymore. However, they died when I was a freshman. I would give anything to go back in time to just have one more embrace, one more laugh, and another “I love you”.  If only I had enjoyed my time with them more instead of dreading it,  I wouldn’t have just made my life easier, I also would’ve made them happier as well.