By Heather O.
I have been ruminating about a couple of things the last few days, and I’m going to abuse my blog (and, I suppose, by extension, you, the reader) by venting. Here goes.
Haitians are not stupid or lazy. Or if they are, it’s only some Haitians that are stupid and lazy, just like some Americans are stupid and lazy. But their economy isn’t collapsing because they are stupid and lazy, or, worse yet, dark-skinned. It’s a little obscene to say that Haiti as a country isn’t working because there is something inherently wrong with the Haitian people, or that black people can’t make a country work. The problems behind Haiti’s poverty are complex and varied, and involve long standing agricultural, political, environmental, and economic issues that the average Haitian family has almost no control over. And Haiti is NOT IN AFRICA.
People assume skinny women are shallow and vain.
I am a skinny woman. My weight is a result of a moderate diet, a regular exercise program, and genetics. I don’t care what YOUR body looks like, I’m too busy dealing with my own body issues. I work out and run because it helps with my kidney pain, because it helps with my depression, and because there is a certain freedom that comes with being fit. I don’t work out because I want to look better than you, or because I buy into the media-sold idea that skinnier people are better, or because I’m obsessed with looking a certain way (although I admit I like that my husband thinks my legs are sexy). The only time I compare my body with yours is if you are standing next to me at the starting line of a race, and even then, I’m only doing it to gage how fast you might be. And I don’t do races to brag about my fitness, I do them because when it comes time for a new kidney, I want my body to be in the best shape possible, and running races is what motivates me to keep my body in good shape. So quit making assumptions about me and my body, and I’ll extend you the same courtesy.
Some women whine a lot.
I’m not saying all women whine, and I’m not saying that everybody doesn’t deserve a good cry now and then when things get overwhelming (and I don’t care who you are, life is going to get overwhelming). But when I hear women constantly whine about their husbands, their children, their bodies, their homes, that so and so has it better, that they wish that so and so was different, and that so and so said was SO RUDE, it makes me want to roll my eyes and say “ENOUGH! GO OUT AND DO SOME GOOD ALREADY!” I recognize the irony/hypocrisy of venting about whining, but sometimes, the negativity of women gets to me, and I wonder when the last time we took a moment to truly rejoice in the goodness of our lives.
Because holy cow, have you heard what is going on Haiti lately????
That is all.
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