Tag Archives: humor

Dani’s HOTD (Happiness of the Day)

6 Apr

It’s this.

To me, Tumblrs are the best internet distraction since, well, blogs I guess… (cue Keanue-esque “whoa” here.  Or, if Blossom’s more you’re thing, the Joey Lawrence “whoa.”).

In the past 48 hours, this meme has shown up everywhere, and even though I’ve always been an Obama gal myself, I’m totally digging it.  Funny and showcasing a woman in power? Check.  Add a Ryan Gosling cameo and I’m in love!

Laugh to Keep from Crying

7 Mar

… or, in this case, screaming.  How can anyone not be incensed at the offensive, hateful (not to mention illogical) statements that pundits and politicians make about women on a regular basis?

Last week, law student Sandra Fluke delivered an eloquent testimony before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee about Women’s Health and Contraception.  Then, she impressively conversed with the chair and other members of the Committee, maintaining a slightly informal but respectful posture.  After having been blocked from testifying at an earlier hearing, it seemed as though her well-thought-out position was finally getting some consideration.

Until she got called a slut that is.  Oh, and a prostitute.

Wait—what?  This woman writes a pages-long testimony about health equity that incorporates both published findings and personal anecdotes, and she’s dismissed as a slut seeking free OCPs?

Ugh, I’m so sick of this!  Rush and other “shock jocks” trade in the currency of dehumanizing soundbites, of which women almost always bear the brunt.  Words like “slut,” “whore,” “bitch,” etc are ubiquitous in popular lexicon.  Invalidating the argument of an intelligent woman in any scenario is practically shooting fish in a barrel–pick one of the many insults at your disposal, apply it with a creepy laugh, and immediately have the support of half the blogosphere.

To engage with such antics easily devolves into angry blogposts (^whoops…).  It’s pretty hard to counter such absurd attacks with reason, so what to do?

I don’t know if it’s the optimal solution but, for now, I just gotta laugh.

See link above for video!

Bear With Me: An Open Letter to Past and Potential Dates

21 Dec

To all those I have dated or might date:

I know I might not be the best date, despite following 8 out of the 9 expert-recommended dating habits.  Upon some reflection, I’ve narrowed the reasons for my occasional romantic dysfunction.  Below are a few key ones of which to take note:

First, I can be sarcastic.  While you may initially smirk at my spunkiness, it’s only a matter of time before I put my foot in my mouth, or accidentally hit below-the-belt.  This, combined with my reluctance to indulge half-assed or dull stories, makes me come off as aggressive.  You just need to believe me when I say that my banter comes from a place of affection.  If I really thought poorly of you, I wouldn’t spend time with you.  On the other hand, the wry humor sometimes takes a backseat to truly awful not-yo cheese jokes, which might be even more off-putting.

Moving past the humor into substantive conversation, there is a very high likelihood that I will bring up abortion or STI prevention on the first date.  Sexy, I know.

I also realize that I have my own set of quirks which rivals those of my past romantic interests.  For instance, I’m a huge people watcher.  Try not to be insulted if I can tell you the brand of shoes the girl at the next table is wearing, but not the color of your eyes.  Also, I sometimes get unexpectedly buzzed off two beers.  Just so you know, I really didn’t mean to show up drunk that time.  And just so you know, that’s probably why I asked you what town in Vermont you were from three times.  Lastly, dancing with me is kind of a Jekyll-and-Hyde prospect; sometimes I shake it like Beyonce, other times I look like an orangutan.  Really just depends on my mood.

Oh man, all this and I haven’t even gotten to the check awkwardness yet…

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So, anyone of relevance brave enough to point out other quirks?