Follow by Email

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Men that are Feminist (or could be)

Why is the idea of feminism such a polarizing concept? Bet you didn’t know these guys were feminists. Some people believe that men can’t be feminists. The UN just announced a campaign called He for She, designed to get men involved in women’s rights

Ben Affleck- The future Batman star, encourages his wife and mother of his child to act. The father of two is making a point to raise his daughters as proud feminists. (This was before their break up but I’m sure his attitude towards raising his girls hasn’t changed)

 “Well, [they’re] a little young for a sort of Gloria Steinem doctoral thesis, but without getting into exactly what it means politically to be a feminist, our daughters understand what my wife understands full well, which is it’s important to be strong, present, and powerful, and accept nothing less than a man would — in fact, ask for more. And, you know, that’s part of what I admire so much about my wife, and I know that through her example, my children will absorb that.”

Joseph Gordon Levitt- Another star of the Batman realm, Joseph Gordon Levitt posted a new video where he not only explains why he’s a feminist, but also gets into some of the debates raised in the “Women Against Feminists” Tumblr blog. 

Pharrell Williams- Pharrell embodies the entire notion of male feminist. This year he came to the realization that just because you have male genitalia doesn’t mean you should understand the need for equality among the sexes. “I’ve been asked, am I a feminist? I don’t think it’s possible for me to be that… I’m a man. It makes sense up until a certain point. But what I do is — I do support feminists. I do think there’s injustices. There are inequalities that need to be addressed.”

In September he endorsed a feminist party leader in Sweden during a concert. “Let’s give women a shot for once in a while to try to run this world,” he yelled at the concert. And earlier this month, Pharrell previewed Gwen Stefani’s “Spark the Fire” during the Odd Future Carnival in Los Angeles, playing the song from his cellphone. “It’s about feminism,” he told the crowd.

Aziz Ansari- Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world confronts America’s racism, politics, fear of feminism and gay rights more now than he did at the start of his career. And it makes sense that the comedian appreciates a strong woman seeing that he worked closely with Amy Poehler in Parks and Recreations.
His stand up special Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden covers misogyny, Internet cruelty, dating, and even factory farming, is hilarious and smart. He believes that people shouldn’t be afraid of the word ‘feminist.’ Most people are a feminist and yet don't want to identify with that word.”
Ashton Kutcher- I commend new dad, Mr. Kutcher, because of his stance on changing tables in men’s bathrooms. It's not every day that the world gets up in arms about the institutional and social barriers faced by male parents. Everyone knows that parenting is hard.  So when we structure everything around the assumption that women are the primary caregivers, like "NEVER" putting changing stations in public restrooms for men, for example, it happens by default. The buildings say it's mom's job.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Why I won’t let my son play football.

The brain damage. The tortuous and scarring hazing. Being a privileged student athlete in college. These are the MAIN reason I won’t let my son play the sport of football. Call me overprotective but this America sport has created a culture within our young athletes that is both dangerous to their morals, priorities, and health. Think I’m being over dramatic?

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease, which can currently only be definitively diagnosed postmortem, in individuals with a history of multiple concussions and other forms of head injury. Paul Olivier, Andre Waters, and Jovan Blecher are just some of the names of former players that have shot themselves in the head due to brain injuries. Brain injuries caused by the excessive and undetectable disease, CTE. 

One of the causes of CTE would be the rigorous practices student athlete endure on a regular basis. Football players in the NCAA's Division I Bowl Subdivision spend an average of 44.8 hours a week on their sport — playing games, practicing, and training— compared with a little less than 40 hours on academics. Student athlete practice more than professional football players, which of course takes a toll on their grades.

Student athletes are being robbed of their educations because educator are letting them pass with subpar work. College educated student athletes that can’t read or write exist because the school system is designed in such a way that profiting off the football team is more important than said player’s. Student-athletes who can't read well, but play in the money-making collegiate sports of football and basketball, are not a new phenomenon. They are things called “bird classes’ that don’t really exist and their sole purpose is to inflate the GPA of the players. 

My apprehension isn’t reserved for college football. The hazing that occurs in some high schools is horrendous. In the last 10 years alone, there have been multiple reports on high school hazing in the football locker rooms across the country. Sayreville, Mepham and Hoover  are just a few that have been plagued by similar scandals. 

I apologize to my fictitious future son. You will not be lacing up boots or putting on helmets. There no pre-game chants or post-game glory. You will, instead, not be subjected to undetectable brain injuries all while having more time to study and be a kid. You will not suffer through any of that or have to worry about brutal high school hazing because you will NOT be playing football.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Dupe alert! L'oreal Revitalift wet cleansing towelettes vs. Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Cloths

I know I was JUST raving about the Koh Gen Do Cleansing wipes and how I wouldn't go back to drugstore... So my hopes weren't high when I picked up the L'oreal Revitalift wipes from Ulta because of a Buy 2 Get 1 Free Deal.

What I love about these wipes are how moisturizing and wet they are. They are soothing and effective. The one con is that they leave a film on your skin. That is probably to promote the anti-aging benefits of the product and I don't mind too much because I always follow up with a toner anyway...
Image result for l'oreal revitalift makeup wipes
The price difference is another factor to take into consideration. The Cleansing Spa Water cloths can run you between $13-$39. While the L'oreal costs around $7.

I think that the formula is worth a try. Even though I will be mainly buying my Koh Gen Do because my skin is so sensitive. One night I had to really rub my eyes with the L'oreal to get some tough mascara and liner off and the next morning my eyes were a bit irritated.

That doesn't really mean the product is bad because I have suuuper sensitive skin. 

Monday, March 9, 2015


I am actually quite pleased with this hair. At first I was really debating if I should put this on a U-part or actually do an install but I didn't know how thick the bundles would be and didn't want to be assed out.I took the bundles and made a U-part of of them. I cute the tracks and split SOME wefts. I felt like the company provided you with enough hair that I didn't feel the need to split my tracks (except towards the top which was starting to be a struggle... so I only split the track for two bundles)
As promised, they do provide you with six bundles of varying lengths. The longer the lengths, the shorter the bundles.
I really liked the texture of the hair. it did tangle a bit but the tangles are EASILY brushed out. even though i cut the wefts and split some of the tracks, I really don't have excessive shedding.
I do not plan to dye, bleach or perm this hair... not because of the quality but because I'm a purist in a sense. ("get and wear as it is" mentality)
I though blending this texture with my nature hair was going to be difficult because I'm natural and I can't exactly straighten my hair then wet set it in a braid to mimic the waves. So I tried flat ironing my hair and braiding it at night (dry) to see if i can get a wave... no.
/Content/Upload/Product/BOMBSHELL_BODY_6PCS_L_L.jpgIt doesn't really resemble the hair in the stock photo.

I found it was best that I curl my hair with a wand AND curl the unit to frame my face.
The closure was basically a waste of time. I didn't use it.
I found this map on how to do your instal interesting. I followed it loosely. I probably won't in the future though.
Am I the only person in the world that find unraveling S-curl bundles like this stressful? I kept getting tangles while I tugged on the hair. (Thank god the quality of the hair was good or we would have had problems)

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Wipes

I don't know what made me pick these wipes up from Sephora, but I'm sorry I ever did. Not that they are bad... but they are SO GOOD that going back to drugstore wipes just won't suffice for me anymore.

If you are they type who doesn't like soaking wet wipes, this might not be for you.I absolutely love them. You only need one wipe to take off all your makeup. That includes waterproof mascara, long wearing foundations, and pesky (but sometimes necessary) lip stains. All of that gets gently wiped away.

These cleansing spa water cloths are soft and accoriding to the website, they provide the skin with mineral rich water "Infused with six essential herbs—rosemary leaf, sage leaf, lavender, artemsia princeps leaf, perilla ocymoides leaf, ginger root—to protect and nurture skin, they replenish, refresh, and cleanse for a smooth, healthy-looking complexion."

I have sensitive skin, so I'm a little weary about using anything on my skin but these are not harsh at all (unlike the Neutrogena oil free makeup remover that was like rubbing evilness on my face).

I think you should try these wipes out because Sephora has mini versions for $10 and you get 13 wipes. Be forewarned... you won't be able to look to drugstore wipes in the same light again. This is an expensive habit.