Friday, September 13, 2013

Julie Chen and her Plastic Surgery To Look 'Less Chinese'

I'm just saying, I'm really tired of people, women in particular acting like they didn't sell themselves out. Just admit it!  Yes, it hurt for someone to tell you the way you naturally look will not get you success in America.  So you went to the doctor and changed your face.  

YES!  You gave into 'the man' and PLEASE do not take consolation from Ms. Underwood!  And, Sharon Osborne ought to be ashamed of herself for saying it was the 'right thing to do' UGH that made me sick.  Sarah your comment was too cliché.  

Instead of talking about the racism in her old supervisor's comments, the racism in the idea that Asian eyes look disinterested, they console Julie for changing her appearance, they make her feel like looking more European was the RIGHT move.  Why can't we own up to our own self hate and insecurities and just say, maybe that was a bad decision, I wish I didn't have to do that to get ahead.  Or, yea I want to be white and famous, and I will do any and everything I have to do to get there, I have no conscious. 

Chen says, "Nobody is more proud of my culture than I am", mm hmm, that is why I had surgery to change the way I look.  Get out of here!

Oh yea, before I get off my rant, why is she only talking about her eyes?  It is clear there was more work done than just the eyes!

Monday, September 9, 2013

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Sheryl Underwood Apologizes...My Point of View

I have been debating about writing about this, but I do want to explore this topic and get it off my chest. Just for the record, I have never been a fan of Sheryl Underwood even before her "don't save afro hair, but save white hair" comments.  I really do not like her brand of comedy.  It reminds me of Steve Harvey, and I almost laughed when I found out that it was the Steve Harvey Morning show that she used to voice her apology.

In any event, when I heard of Sheryl Underwood's comments, I was not really as outraged by her comments as I was by Sara Gilbert's laughter, and the rest of the table's laughter as well.  I guess I just expect Underwood to say some ignorant mess and in a way I feel sorry for her.  I really think she has some self esteem issues at hand.

Nevertheless, I used to respect Sara Gilbert and the opinions she shared on The Talk.  I remember on one episode they were discussing extended breastfeeding and everyone was saying how gross it was, she was one of the only ones who stood up for mothers who breastfeed beyond a year.  I was disappointed that Sara didn't say anything in response to Underwood. She could have said something very short and simple, like "hair is hair" and kept it pushing.  Or she could have challenged Underwood and asked her why she felt it was ok to save white hair but not black hair?  But no, she said nothing, and then laughed in agreement with Underwood.  Truth be told that angered me more. I have white friends and white people who have married into my family and I expect them to stand up to ignorance just as I would anyone else.  But that is where the whole hash tag #solidarityisforwhitewomen came from.

If we are to move forward we have to be united against ignorance no matter who it comes from.  So many people are saying that Aisha Tyler should have spoken up because she is black, and I agree she could have said something.  But the comment was made to Sara and I hold her responsible for her laughter and her lack of support for black natural hair.  That is how I feel.  Is it too much to expect from white people to not laugh at self hating black folk?  Naw I don't think so.  Sheryl was wrong for her comments and so was Sara, she shouldn't have laughed. Just saying.

Sara Gilbert

Sheryl Underwood

Friday, September 6, 2013

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program

This summer we participated in Barnes & Noble Summer Reading program and received the following free books:

This was our first time reading from the Pete the Cat series, and I was surprised my daughter was able to read it from beginning to end with no help.  The story is nice, it emphasizes "trying" as opposed to winning.

I love the National Geographic Kids books.  My little one loves these book as well, we read them together and she loves learning about animals with these books.

This book was a little challenging, so I helped her with this one.  Lots of big vocabulary words, as well as a smaller text size than most beginner level readers.

My little one loves watching PBS so it was great that this book was a freebie as well.  I absolutely LOVE that it is bilingual.  She read the English while I read the Spanish.

We haven't read this one yet, but I picked it up anyway as one day she will be reading chapter books with less pictures.  Not sure about the topic though, we haven't discussed death, even animal death, but hey it was free.

This is a chapter book with lots of black and white illustrations, we are reading this one chapter at a time.  So far its a cool little story.

The summer is over and it was nice to get these free books.  My little girl is only 3 years old and is reading on a 1st grade level, so you know I am buy books left and right.  This program helped me save some money for the summer.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Sex and Breastfeeding

This weekend I was discussing nursing with friends and sex came up in the discussion.  I found it odd that some women have to stop nursing because their partner has an issue with it, as it relates to the bedroom.  So glad that has never been an issue for me.  After the discussion I got online and came across two breastfeeding headlines that are on totally opposite sides of the fence.  First, a dad writes an article venting about how seeing his wife nurse their 5 year old son turns him off sexually.  (See article here)

On the other hand, another father says that latching on and nursing during sex has cured his erection problems.  (See video here)

What are you thoughts?  Have you ever had this discussion with friends?  Has breastfeeding ever been an issue positive or negative in the bedroom?

Friday, August 16, 2013

Saturday, September 1, 2012

More Breastfeeding Hip Hop!

So I ran into another breastfeeding Hip Hop anthem :-) Tell me what you think, cool or corny?  I am always happy to see educational material permeated in music whether its US history, Algebra or health related.  But I always wonder, would you bump this in your car?


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