The Sitcom Season in Rape Jokes: Vulture
Because: When did we start joking so freely about rape?
Perhaps what repulsed me most about reading/watching these pieces (aside from Moore’s laugh, which struck me as jarring and near malevolent, after he cracks the “joke”) was realizing that while I have seen every episode of 2 Broke Girls, and do somewhat enjoy the show, though now I am going to reject that sentiment more. I really never noticed the rape jokes. I’m sure I heard them, but nothing registered as shocking. Apparently, I don’t even notice it anymore, and I do not think that’s acceptable.
Because: Men are tying back their hair in New York City! This is one trend Buenos Aires was onto far before it’s northern “Yanqui” neighbor, the U.S. When I was living in the U.S. I often threw my hair up in a bun when hot, rushed, etc., but I rarely do it in Argentina, for the simple reason that most of the people sporting buns are dudes. And you know what? I
kind of really like the look. I also am partial to men in headbands, another summer and/or soccer hair style choice here. I think both of these male preening trends are borrowed from fútbol culture and style. I don’t need to explicate that I do love watching men’s soccer.
Because: What I think I like most about this article and situation is that the author is a man. When reading this, I kept thinking back to all of the very machista, often misogynistic advertisements in Latin America, specifically my current home country of Argentina. They make me fume (like this gross, offensive ad spot) and I can only hope shock value proves not to sell here, either. We really can’t forget women comprise half (I think even a little more) of the population, especially when the aim is to sell a product to both genders, as is the case with VW or Burger King.
Because: Taking a stand against SOPA/PIPA is important, but this article gets at the deeper, more pressing issue. In the U.S. we are sorely unaware of what goes on in Congress and the decisions our own elected representatives make — on our behalf, supposedly — daily. Let this be what wakes us, me included, up.
4. Twenty Love Poems and A Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda
You could almost pick a line at random with Neruda, really, but here’s a sure thing:
“I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.”” —30 Literary Quotes That Just Might Get You Laid
Because: Neruda! His writing is even more sensual, and I mean he manages to almost always work all five senses, in its original iteration of Spanish, which after all is a romance language. Also, this quotes collection has just lengthened my personal reading list, because it reminded me of some authors and works I have yet to touch.
Because: After months of dormancy (intimidation!) I’ve started using virtual pinboard site Pinterest: pinterest.com/kmartinezcarter/. I think what held me back was that I couldn’t figure out how I wanted to use Pinterest, so it seemed like an overwhelming and unfocused platform. I didn’t want a general travel board with photos from all over the world, then one with cute little home goods, nor one just with pretty images of my current city of residence Buenos Aires, though all of those do sound nice in theory. I was trying to figure out what specific purpose I could get from it, or in what way I wanted it to be a constructive way to
waste spend time.
Today I arrived at my conclusion when daydreaming about two Brazilian destinations — Salvador de Bahía and Florianópolis — I am choosing between for an upcoming trip. Both are very different and therefore difficult to compare, but I was struggling to create a full, visual image of either place independently. I started pinning pictures of both and I started getting it, it being the destinations as well as how I could use Pinterest in a productive fashion.
I see my Pinterest boards, though only a few so far, as functioning as photo-based travel itineraries and planning tools or inspiration. I am pinning pictures to a Buenos Aires board of places and activities on my to-do list, for example, and photos of spots in Punta del Este I would like to see when I am there for the last weekend in January. Pinterest has finally won me over, which I knew would happen eventually and I wanted to happen.
Note: How super girly is Pinterest? Quite?
Because: I’ve always thought Stephen Colbert to be a genius, wickedly funny comedian who did important work. This election season he’s gone far beyond what that “work” previously entailed and transitioned his satire/political comedy from words into actions. Some of his actions might make us wonder if he’s the crazy one or we are (and does he even know?), but we’re all forced to look at ourselves hard and see that all of us collectively are being taken for the fool, and that it’s all our fault, because we made it that way for ourselves.
I am thrilled Colbert is physically inserting himself in the political system to show us how absurd, illogical and wrong many aspects of it are, especially leading up to an election season with viable candidates on the ballot who already have turned much of it into a disturbing embarrassment. (Take for example these repulsive quotes Rick Santorum has made.) Colbert has to be the country’s most talented and effective educator.
Because: I get all excited when awesome things happen to good, deserving people, especially friends of mine. Something like $6.5 million in funding is lightyears beyond a “awesome thing” such that it surpasses all other adjectives. To think this all started when I knew these guys at Northwestern! Now they make me feel cool because I can say that.
Because: Last week Brazil overtook the UK as the world’s sixth largest economy. Brazil is getting rich fast, and the latest indication of said wealth is the debut of a Brazilian television program based in Rio de Janeiro that resembles Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise. As a general statement, Brazilians are very good-looking and love beautifying themselves, and a lot of money goes toward image. (Doctors in the country performs the most plastic surgeries in the world.) This show definitely will be showy.
Because: Same method, different tools. This is a cool story that puts us in our historic contextual place.
Because: You might not make what you would with a USD or Euro salary, but people keep coming to Latin America, and Buenos Aires specifically, to work. I have come to understand it’s the concept of access, the opportunity of “making it” in some sense that seems within close enough reach, that pulls us to come and stay.
An Argentine friend of mine was having trouble finding a job for a bit and would jokingly blame me and other foreigners for taking the potential jobs. He said it in jest, but I wonder, is it true?