Aug. 8th, 2016

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Aug. 8th, 2016 06:02 am
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U.S. Male Gymnasts Want to Be Objectified
Even when they medal, they stand in the shadow of female gymnasts. Might the answer be disrobing?

When the United States men’s gymnastics team came to the site of the Olympics earlier this year for a reconnaissance training camp, the American athletes did what anyone in Brazil with a carefully sculpted body would do. They went to the beach, stripped to their Speedos and whipped out a selfie stick. The soaring peaks of Sugarloaf Mountain in the background have never looked so meek.

What happened next was exactly the reaction the U.S. team imagined. The Internet went gaga for the ensuing Instagrams. That wasn’t an accident. It’s one of the ways they think they can get attention in a country that showers glory upon gold-medal-winning women gymnasts while ignoring America’s less-successful men’s team. So the men’s team has been brainstorming ways to market their sport better. They would like to be objectified.

“Maybe compete with our shirts off,” said U.S. star Sam Mikulak, the four-time, reigning all-around national champion. “People make fun of us for wearing tights. But if they saw how yoked we are maybe that would make a difference.”
Frankly, whenever I watch the Olympics, I am reminded that aesthetically, I find the male gymnast's bodies to match my personal ideal of the male form - more than any of the other athletes (swimmers, runners, etc).

Okay, slice of peanut butter cake for breakfast - check.
giandujakiss: (Default)
So, for example, when cab drivers, or hairdressers, try to strike up a conversation with me, I pretty much give one-word answers until they give up. But I understand what they're doing. If we're just sitting together for a while, it makes sense to talk. They want higher tips, and if you see a steady stream of new people every day, you probably enjoy learning a little about them.

But I do not, will never, understand the dental hygienists who keep trying to talk to me. My mouth is busy. This is not a good time
And tipping the hygienist is not, as far as I'm aware, standard. Why are you talking to me? Why are you asking me questions??? You yourself are fully aware that I cannot talk right now. Just finish the tooth polishing and let me leave.

On the bright side, I am so enchanted with the varied flavors of tooth polish available these days. Vanilla, strawberry, orange? When I was a kid, you got mint-vomit and liked it.

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