8.09.2013

Blog Power and Human Barbie Dolls

Here are a few stories that caught my eye from the June and July issues of Marie Claire magazine.  Click the links for the full story.

The Blogger vs The Dictator 
This just goes to show you the potential power of blogs.  Yoani Sanchez started her blog Generation Y in 2004 and has been writing about the oppressive life in communist Cuba ever since.  Apparently, the government didn't shut down her blog because they didn't see her online activity as a threat.  This woman is not concerned about being popular.  She's too busy trying to change the world and yet she is so well known that she's interviewed Barack Obama on her blog.  How many bloggers can say that?  I find it refreshing because sometimes I do get a little bit caught up in the whole mania of being liked and popular.  This is just another example and an excellent reminder of how little that really matters.  Blog with a purpose, whatever that purpose is.  Whether it be lifestyle, fashion, cooking or politics.  Forget about the rest. 

Kidnapped
Jessica Buchanan was kidnapped by Pirates while she was doing work in Afghanistan for a non governmental organization.  She an her co worker were carjacked, had AK-47's pointed at them and were held captive.  I have no clue how I would handle such a terrifying situation.  Every now and then I'll here a bump in the night while I'm at home causing my mind to wander.  What if it's an intruder?  What if a stranger came into my home with a gun?   Sometimes when I'm at the ATM I think, what would I do if someone tried to rob me?  How would I react?  When I get really scared my body freezes up so I have a bad feeling I'd be totally helpless to defend myself and might even pass out.  Luckily, I've never had to find out.  Jessica and her co worker were rescued by Navy Seals after 93 days on orders from Barrack Obama.  We all know about the Navy Seal mission to capture Osama Bin Laden but reading this story made me think about all the other missions that they are probably doing around the world right now that nobody ever hears about.  This stuff is happening like a scene from an action movie but it's not. It's real people sacrificing their real live everyday.



All Dolled Up
I'm very concerned about the mental health of these women.  I admit that I have body image issues and may have obsessed over a Barbie or two in my lifetime but to see the lengths that these women have gone to BE Barbie is quite disturbing.  The first real life Barbie was Valeria Lukyanova.  She claims to be from another planet placed on Earth to spread her message of spirituality.  The next two living Barbies from Ukraine were Olga Oleynik and Nastasiya Shpagina.  They're calling it the Barbie Flu and apparently it's spreading.  There are a few others popping up in other parts of the world.  Valeria is the only one that claims to be otherworldly and I'm not sure which is worse.  To truly believe that you are a Barbie from Venus or to just really really want to look exactly like one.  Valeria claims she's had no plastic surgery but I found this video on You Tube suggesting otherwise.  She was a very pretty girl before she went Barbie and now she just looks like a weird plastic person.  When I saw those pictures in Marie Claire I couldn't believe that they were actual people.  Look at how vacant and creepy their eyes look.  Scary.  I think there has to be something wrong for these women to strive for this standard of beauty.  I couldn't be Barbie if I tried and I'm glad I don't want to.

Skin For Sale
Young women in Tokyo have been enlisted to advertise on their thighs.  Yes, you read that right! And it even rhymes. I've heard about people being paid to advertise on their cars but never on their actual body.  The company isn't interested in having men do it.  Only women.  It's obviously another case of objectification of women.  I really don't like the the message that targeting females to advertise products on their skin sends but if I were a poor college student I might actually consider doing it.  It beats working retail or fast food, it takes up less time leaving more time for studies and probably pays better.  It's an easy way to make good money legally and quick without having to take off your clothes.  My only issue is that I'm always cold so having to wear a skirt short enough to bare my thighs would be a big problem.


9 comments :

Gee | EverythingWeddingsAndMore said...

I totally agree about blogging with a purpose. Honestly it is so easy to get caught up with these blogging stats that it really takes posts like these to bring you back to that purpose. Gossssh...I just sounded like my husband! LoL!

Amanda @ MyLifeIGuess.com said...

GREAT idea for a blog post! And really interesting stories!
I agree with, well, all of your commentary. Those girls look scary...

Nicole N A said...

Wow! What interesting stories. I actually clicked and read each link. It was either that or go out and buy the issue:-)

The Blogger v. The Dictator: "She's been called a liar, a traitor, a spy, and a hero." Isn't that what they always call you when you choose to go against societal norms. I'm just surprised she was able to leave Cuba for the 12-nation tour. Such a brave woman. I hope they leave her alone. She's already been arrested 4 times. And I love what you said about blogging with purpose. It's what I strive for.

Kidnapped: Chilling. I wouldn't know what to do under those circumstances either. And i'm like you - I freeze in the face of danger. I can't even scream when I feel threatened. I just stand there and shiver o I can just imagine what something like this would do to me. Matter of fact, I don't even want to imagine:) I'm so glad those two made it out alive but it makes me wonder of all those who didn't - if any.

All Dolled Up: now I don't know what to say about these freaks. Seriously, this is scary. I don't think they're normal humans. I keep staring at their pictures thinking this can't be real and if it is people might want to stay away from them. It reminds me of the Stepford Wives movie:) I scrolled all the way down and read the story about the Vancouver sex workers' new emergency device too. lol. Very good Friday reads.

Skin for Sale: I wouldn't mind doing this either if it means money and I get to keep my cloths on:)

Thanks for the great Friday reads. I wouldn't have seen them otherwise. Have a lovely weekend!

Danielle said...

Wow! Such an interesting post. There are some really scary things happening in our world but knowledge is really powerful so props to you for spreading the word :)

The Sweetest Thing said...

WOWWWWWW. Spread it, girl. We all should talking about these things...

Mrs. K said...

Wow these were some interesting and some crazy topics. Learned a bunch new info from you so thanks for sharing. Those Barbie looking women were scary. I can't imagine the emotional distress that these women may be enduring.

Whitney Cypert said...

I have read and researched about those women that want to be Barbie too! So strange! And they look creepy if you ask me! Also, I freeze up when I am scared too. I always tease that I would just curl into a ball and cry, but it's probably true.

M. at Making Sense of Cents said...

The Barbie girls are crazy. It doesn't look good and is a thing of my nightmares!

dreamingincashmere said...

Those stories are so disturbing. I'm such a tender heart that I can hardly stand reading or hearing this kind of thing. Makes me so sad.
xoAmy
www.dreamingincashmere.com

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