It’s a Soap Ad – Not the End of the World!

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In case you weren’t aware of it, many women are very particular about the products that they use to take care of their own skin (and the skin of their babies.) The makers of Dove products have made a cozy home for themselves on the market for women with sensitive skin. In case you’re wondering what that means, when you go into a store with entire aisles of soaps and shampoos, the people with sensitive skin can buy maybe a handful of products on the shelves without fear of adverse reactions.

That means burning, stinging, rashes, break outs, and all manner of other nasty things.

There’s another little problem for many women when it comes to products they like. Manufacturers have a horrible habit of taking some off the market entirely, without bothering to even attempt to replace them.

(My aunt used to say, “Never say you love something, because someone in the factory will hear you, and they won’t make it anymore!”)

Dove is guilty of removing some products, but they’re really good about coming up with a “new and improved” option that often really is at least as good as what it’s replacing. Sometimes, it really is much better.

That said, when I came across people talking about boycotting Dove, I rolled my eyes.

Nope. Not happening in my household.

When I heard why, it was all I could do to keep from spewing coffee everywhere.

Seriously? People are upset about an advertisement about mothers that happens to include a transsexual?

I believe the argument was that Dove was somehow endorsing LGBT lifestyles by just having “those people” in the commercial.

Well, not exactly.

If you watched it, great. If not, just take my word for it on this one.

No, they were not “endorsing” anyone in their commercial.

Yes, they were saying that every mother is entitled to being able to make her own decisions about how she raises her own children. (It’s safe to assume that they aren’t suggesting that can include mistreating or abusing any precious children.)

If you really want to push it to the political end, this commercial was promoting the individual liberty of mothers everywhere, period, full stop.

Dove wasn’t telling anyone how to be a parent.

Dove wasn’t saying any parent is better than another.

Dove was saying all parents (especially mothers) are created equal, and are endowed with the right to raise their children how they see fit.

Oh no!

That’s terrible!

Let’s boycott them right now, for making the radical suggestion that everyone (from government down to in-laws) should stay out of the business of mothers!

Needless to say, this is just another case of people looking for a reason to be outraged.

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It’s a Soap Ad – Not the End of the World!

Subculture – 3-30-17

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Let’s talk about English, shall we? To be accurate, today we will explore how our language is being manipulated (hijacked?), and how far that’s reaching. Also, there will be talk about legal theft in Texas. Women are trouble. Really. At least when you consider what is happening overseas because of them! We’ll take a look at two extremes when it comes to how women are treated in society. There will be some entertainment news, and something about yet another upcoming movie. All of this, plus Ivanka Trump and the Tune of the Day!

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Subculture – 3-29-17

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It’s the middle of the week, so let’s try to keep it light. A couple stars who were in an iconic film together several years ago are both in the spotlight now for still being in movies. We’ll see what they’re up to now. There’s some talk about both morning and late night television, so let’s find out how certain people seem to get special treatment, and how an underdog became a contender in just a year. Then there are the sexy women who are begging for healthcare. All that, plus consequences of questionable investigative journalism, and of course the Tune of the Day!

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Texas Failing at Replacing Planned Parenthood

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First, as usual when getting into the mess that is the abortion debate, I want to point out that my views on this issue are split – personal and public. My personal views are, well, personal and do not make it to the page. Don’t ask. All you will do is make me annoyed with you. My public view is simple – I’m not prepared to tell anyone else what to do with her body. I’m not living her life, so it’s none of my damn business.

Now, on to dealing with the folks who can’t just leave other people’s business alone. Oh, Texas! You’re just so precious! Your lawmakers thought it would be a good idea to try and make a replacement health care network to replace Planned Parenthood. And, to make it even better, you thought that sending women to clinics that probably would come off as at least a little judgmental to many women would be a great option. Of course, that isn’t the really big problem with your little venture here, is it?

In the effort to kill the hated Planned Parenthood in your state, yes you did spend a whopping $1.6 million – for NOTHING! Well, you gave it to your darling, Carol Everett, and her anti-choice organization The Heidi Group. They were supposed to get women to go to a group of clinics that you claim are better than those other ones you hate so much. Of course, that might be a little difficult for them to manage, right? They’ve been busy…. doing…. well….

No one seems to know what they’re doing.

Dropping by their website today, it was noted that they’ve been real busy doing nothing…

No site updates since September of last year! Wow!

What could possibly be the problem?

Well, it seems Everett isn’t happy with just $1.6 million. Her good work is stalled as she’s waiting for the taxpayers of Texas to shovel over another $5.1 million to her!

But, life is priceless, right?

Seriously, I think it’s time for Texans to think a little bit about this whole war on Planned Parenthood deal. It’s expensive, for one thing. Also, it’s not really addressing the underlying problems. Yes, we all know you want to stop abortions from happening. You won’t. That’s a fact. So, once you accept that there will always be abortions one way or another, maybe you need to think more about how to prevent them. How about campaigning for at least some of the birth control pills out there to end up over-the-counter? While you’re at it, just stop saying that there are piles of women who use abortion as birth control. It isn’t true, and it just makes people who are fence-pole sitting hate you – or at least back away from you because you might be crazy. Then there are the alternatives to abortion itself. While there are small pockets of activists who talk about improving the adoption system, there aren’t enough of them. Seriously, if you want to stop abortions, stop talking about just saving babies in the womb, and start fighting to make adoption easier. Also, please stop jumping on the “end all entitlement programs” bandwagon, not because I think we should have lots of them myself. You want to force women in low income brackets to have children, then you can’t turn around and tell them “too damn bad! I’m going to campaign to stop government programs that can keep you from being homeless!” Sorry, but you can’t have it both ways.

In case anyone is wondering why this experiment to replace Planned Parenthood isn’t working, beyond the possibility that the state of Texas was just scammed, women who go to those clinics know that those other clinics are all about forcing their beliefs on patients. Whether that’s true or not doesn’t matter – perception is everything, and the fact is that women who go to Planned Parenthood aren’t interested in being lectured to at all. That’s why they go there.

Lesson for the day? Back to the drawing board, anti-choice folks!

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Texas Failing at Replacing Planned Parenthood

Subculture – 3-9-17

It’s Thursday, so that’s the end of the week here. There will be talk about LSAT’s, International Women’s Day, pineapple on pizza, and LGBT Veterans. That includes some talk about people’s heads on fire about silly things, like logical comments by the wife of a world leader. Also, there’s another “gotcha” moment happening on campus, and you’ll just love the sexism on this one! As usual, there will be a Tune of the Day, and as for the mood of the day? Well, let’s just say it’s “interesting.”

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