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The strangeness of food

April 5, 2010

Food and eating and weight and nutrition are such strange things to us and land in such a strange place in our culture. It is not uncommon to hear conversations where one party spends time belittling the food, eating, weight, and/or nutrition of another. Things like…
Why are you eating so many carbs?
Why don’t you do yourself a favor and get fruit instead of a bagel?
You need more protein, but not bacon.
Don’t complain about your weight then eat a bunch of carbs.

This is all taken from three conversations I’ve heard while reading the times and harvesting my farmville crops this morning here in Pearlstone. Why is that okay?

Let’s preform a bit of a test. Here’s two sets of phrases.
Batch 1:
You’re too stressed out, you should relax tonight.
Take a nap today, please, you’ve been awake for two days.
Why won’t you go to the health center if you’ve felt like shit all week?

Batch 2:
Why would you be religious when you know all religion is idiotic?
That shirt is very ugly.
If you aren’t going to wear make-up, then don’t complain about not getting laid.

Now, which batch seems more like the example quotes?
Okay, it’s not a perfect test, but it seems to me like there is a distinct difference in inquiring about a friend’s health and belittling their choices. The sad thing about eating, food, weight, and nutrition is that it falls under the guise of health concern. But it’s not, is it? Not usually anyway. Not here. It’s about beauty and standards of appearance.

It would not be okay for me to approach a friend and mock parts of their identity with total sincerity. Of course friends disagree with each other, but there is a difference in disagreeing and judging. Also, weight has serious stigma in our culture. To be fat is to be ugly, lazy, stupid, undesirable, pathetic, etc. so maybe it’s extremely hurtful to criticize our friend’s eating.

Food and eating are such strange creatures in our culture.

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I don’t wanna go

January 9, 2010

Well, I finally saw it. Doctor Who: The End of Time Part 2. The last Doctor Who episode with the beautiful, amazing David Tennant. The only Doctor I really cared to watch, although I’ll probably dog back through the Doctor Who annals because I’m going to miss him so much. I mean, I was never a Doctor Who fanatic, but since I’ve been home for this break, I’ve been recording and watching all of the David Tennant episodes I could find, and find myself quite hooked on the show.

The Doctor’s final words were “I don’t wanna go.” Chills. Seriously, I got mad chills. It was so fitting and honest. He didn’t face his “death” with open arms and total nobility. He tied up his loose ends in a restless, sad sort of way, dreading what was to come next. And when it came, he wanted to avoid it, to continue living. I love that! I’m so sick of the accepting death thing that everyone things is so great and right. Death is not so cool. It’s the end that doesn’t necessarily have a new beginning. Religion, After Life, Karma, Cycles, whatever. If I was facing death, I wouldn’t want to go, either. And it only makes my nerdy fan crush on this Doctor grow to see that he’d rather continue living than complacently accept passing into nothing.

Okay, sorry. I’m just really pumped after watching that episode.

Another cool thing about this Doctor Who is Donna Noble, his last female traveling companion. Donna is different that the other ladies on the show because she is older and bigger. She is not too big, nor is she even above average, but she is not like Rose Tyler or Martha Jones, who are both stunning and slender. And you can tell that the Doctor loves Donna, and that even though he still loves Rose, she’s special to him. And for someone as strangely attractive as the Tenth Doctor to fall for Donna, it means that TV did something really cool and mature. It’s not like every single other TV couple that looks like this.

When I find money, I’m so going to invest in the Tenth Doctor seasons, DVD style.