Ah, yes, I am against teen beauty contests, (what grown women decide to do is their own adult decision)-but I never said I was against make-up, dressing up or bikini's. Tom-boy, girlie-girl, biker chick, prim and proper, Birenstocks and fleece--any or all of the above-be who you are; don't raise girls to compete against each other on the basis of how they look in a bathing suit.
In the dance world I was often in conflict with the emphasis on uber-technique and thinness. (along w/ witnessing a lot of eating disorders). The dance world can be a f----ed up place that I embraced and rebelled against, making my own company with women of different sizes. I never found the ideal. I still search in my work for what the meaning of dance and women in dance is for me and maybe for others,too. It's big, like I said, women and beauty, and women and men, and what we value as being important.
A beauty contest? Shouldn't our non-profit be supporting young women writing, dancing, painting, playing an instrument, learning how to fix a car, take a martial arts class? Sure, the identified as pretty and skinny girls like the pageant.Perhaps it's more forgiving these days and more forgiving in Humboldt where even ballerinas don't have to be bone thin, but swim suits? That's pretty horrifying. If you win or lose. Why not a big dress up dance or party, where everyone can strut their stuff in their own way--but not be officially judged by a panal. Judging young women on how they look? Do the high schools here still have prom queen?
And I disagree, supporting PRIDE events are not the same as training young women to out-pretty and out-sexy each other.
Inner beauty and outer beauty and self-image and sexism and feminism and humanism are complicated enough to navigate without contests.
And little girl pageants? They should be actively boycotted.
And sweetie, the Barbie thing has been a feminist issue long before you were in college. It doesn't mean it's been resolved. Like nukes, I got my ass kicked by police 30 yrs ago protesting nuclear power plants at Seabrook in NH. I believed building new plants was a dead horse, but here we are, again-even our progressive pres pandering to the nuke builders.
Issues of men and women are always evolving, that's why we dialogue like this, but on this one I stick to my early women's lib ideology-no teen beauty contests and esp none put on by a non-profit arts org. Like I said, have a dress up party and all the girls who want can go home to Facebook who was prettiest.
Jada, You know I cook many of your recipes and steer others toward them, but I have to correct you here. A Passover recipe would never have pita BREAD in it. Oy vey! Stephanie
Matzon brie is manna in ou rhouse, esp with a friend's homemade jam. Try a savory version, cooked more the pancake style, with asparagus and shaved parm.
I'm making this again right now for a famil who just had a baby. So easy! So Delicious!
I add shaved Parmesan on top. Yum.
Loved the placement of this T.T. at this time of year. Thanksgiving week, native American acorn soup. No need to belabor the significance. Perfect time to read about foraging in these forests to make meals eaten for a thousand years.
David, This poem was brave coming from that place of secrets. It spoke to my own. Bold choice for the Journal to print.
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In Print This Week:
Jan 19, 2017
vol XXVIII issue 3
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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