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People suck.

I give up on humanity.

Three things that have pissed me off today:

  • The "fuel crisis". There's only a crisis because YOU'RE MAKING IT ONE, idiots. The oil refinery workers haven't even gone on strike yet, they've barely begun a scaled shutdown. The strike isn't due till Sunday, and think about how many planned strikes in the past six months, even, have been averted in the week before they were due to happen. And no, they're not "workers crucial to the running of the country", and yes, they have a right to strike about their pension scheme being dumped.

    Britain has enough of a stockpile of fuel to last us for 70 FUCKING DAYS. You don't need to go and panic buy petrol, and then panic buy food because none of the delivery trucks will have fuel and the country will fall apart. The reason the petrol stations are running out is because a bunch of selfish fucking idiots have decided that they're so important they can't possibly take the minuscule risk of running out of petrol, and filled up their petrol tanks and their jerry cans and their coke bottles, meaning the petrol stations have sold more today than they usually do in a week. Argh.

    I can't believe so many people are blaming the Ineos workers for this "crisis" instead of a) the management, b) the media, and c) the general bloody public.

  • The reaction to John Prescott admitting he suffered from bulimia. That's a Mail link and the comments are fairly predictable for there, but they've been sadly similar in other places. Apparently bulimia, unless it's happening to a teenage girl, is a cause for insults, sarcasm and jokes.

    I'm wondering if I'm over-reacting, because, you know, usually I'm arguing that nothing's off limits for comedy, but threads like this really got to me today. The sheer ignorance and, more importantly, complete lack of interest in either learning about bulimia or just listening to other people who know more than them about it. So many people just don't believe it, and I've seen at least a dozen people going "Huh, he must have forgotten about the throwing up part, hnuh hnuh hnuh", and thinking they're so bloody clever.

  • Emma Watson (Hermione from the Harry Potter movies) celebrated her 18th birthday on Saturday night. And the paps were there, shoving their camera up her skirt so that they can claim she flashed her knickers. You can't see in the picture there (I'll link to more in a minute), but she's wearing black sheer panties with stripes down them, but the camera flashes have caused the sheer bits to go see-through.

    So far, so normal, I guess, but I heard about this story in ohnotheydidnt, via cavalorn. This is the post about it. (With photos! Probably NSFW!) It's caused a huge ruckus because - ZOMFG! - she's got PUBES!! The comments are absolutely horrendous, what with one faction blaming her for flaunting her bits (she's clearly got her legs together and is getting out of a car, with a paparazzo at an odd angle), and another deeply disturbing, and large, faction going "Ewww pubic hair get a wax dude!!". I mean, ARGH. I'm not one of the people who think that liking shaved crotches means you're a horrid paedophile - I quite like it myself, on men and women, or a close trim - but it's not fucking compulsory, and as far as I know most guys don't care. As far as I can tell, most of the "eww pubes" brigade are teenage girls, though, with a few teenage boys, and that's just scary. It brings out my normally dormant feminist side.

Ahh. And now I'm going to watch the Discovery Channel The World Is Just Awesome trailer again, because you can't watch it without smiling. It's just awesome.



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Apr. 21st, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
I'm glad Ms Watson doesn't feel pressured into doing something that's apparently itchy, uncomfortable and (in the opinion of most men I've ever discussed this with, usually when drunk) less aesthetically satisfying than the natural state. (The shaven look always reminds me of the more tediously derivative kind of porn... silicone tits and "ooh yeah baby...")

I'm disgusted that the paparazzi went out there with the intention of zooming in on her undercarriage (although this sadly seems to be an occupational hazard for any woman under about 60 in the public eye these days). That's entirely a matter for Ms Watson and anyone with whom she feels she wants to share it.
Apr. 21st, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
What he said.
Apr. 21st, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
Hurray! I do wonder sometimes where these men are that the media seem to think are "the norm", because most of the guys I know think like you, thankfully!
Apr. 21st, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
Might be generational. I'm knocking on 40, and, if you'll pardon the expression, grew up on (ahem!) a 'natural diet', back in the days when Nice Girls wore Big Knickers and one considered oneself thrilled and indeed 'well in' if one was vouchsafed a vision of anything twixt waist and knees ;)

I fear the inexplicable rise of the vile thong in the 1990s (I have never seen a less appealing undergarment - if I wanted to look at a joint of beef tied up with string I'd go to the butcher's, thanks!) led to the craze for downbelow depilation.

No, no, they're not romantic. Bring back 'harvest festivals' ('all is safely gathered in', to quote Victoria Wood) and a sense of mystery.

Maybe I'm just old-fashioned, or maybe I've just always preferred real women with all their glorious imperfections to airbrushed, photoshopped identikit plastic bimbos ;)
Apr. 22nd, 2008 07:45 am (UTC)
Might indeed be generational. Or merely linked to IQ. Or we could blame the Spice Girls. I usually do.
Bring back Marks and Sparks black knickers, I say.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
Urgh, thongs. I've never seen the point of them. Surely they don't do any of the things knickers are designed to do - instead they just try and cut you in half.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 12:27 pm (UTC)
less aesthetically satisfying

Ah . . . the "last chicken in Tesco's" look.</BillyConnoly>
Apr. 21st, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
1. YES, OMG. They have a fucking right to go on strike. I would too if I was told all of the money I paid the governmnet FOR MY RETIREMENT was gone. Jesus. I have no faith in any pension scheme: when I start work, I'm setting up my own savings account.

2. I had no idea that this was going on, but I'm sickened by the response. "LULZ IT'S FUNNY 'CAUSE SOME OLD FAT GUY HAS IT! AHAHAHAHA." Losers.

3. ...I hate the reaction nowadays that if you don't shave/wax down there, you're somehow a freak. Personally I find it kind-of sickening that guys want to have sex with girls who have no pubic hair...when it is a sign of a grown up female as opposed to a pre-pubescant child. But that's just me.
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Apr. 21st, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, good. 'Cause when stupid_free picked up this post, there were a load of, "but shaving is sexy!" posts and I was all, "well...okay...maybe it is just me. o_O"
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Apr. 21st, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
I prefer a neat trim to shaved, because, hello, stubble rash on your labia = NOT SEXY, but you know...

Tell me about it.

Also: having put my sanitary towel on backwards more than once, I DO NOT want to go through that agony once every three weeks or whatever it is just to have a bit of me nobody's gonna see for a while look good. OUCH.
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Apr. 21st, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
Oh good god no. I could barely cope with the concept of putting a tampon up there. D:
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Apr. 21st, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
I second this *nods*
Apr. 21st, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
The idea just squicks me. :( I'd much rather it...fall...out...oddly. D:
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Apr. 21st, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
Ha, yes, ouch, I've done that.

I once tried to wax just the outside of my bikini line with the home waxing strips. It may have been the most painful experience of my life. I'm prepared to believe I wasn't doing it right, but...no.
Apr. 21st, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
Give me a bigger swimming costume anyday. Hurts way less. :D
Apr. 21st, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
Yep - like miss_s_b says down below (!!), there are people who just like it for, like, aesthetic reasons, and that's fine, but to be that concerned about whether or not it's fully waxed? Freaky.
Apr. 21st, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
Are they making a big deal out of the pending strike in the Scottish media because it's not even a headline story down here in Englandshire. I can only imagine it is the media desperate for a shock story as there are 9 oil refineries in the UK, of which Grangemouth is only 1.

I'm quite sure with a little re-organisation, the petrol industry can cope with a reduction of 12% of production for a whole week. After all, like every other chemical plant in the world, refineries must cease production occasionally for maintainence.

As for number 3, it's stories like that that make me question my beliefs in free speech. I'm sorry, but there is absolutely no justification for publishing those photos. Frankly, it makes me ashamed to be a citizen of this country if the majority of the population buy newspapers for crap like that.
Apr. 21st, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, they're making quite a big deal of it up here. I think it's been on News24 quite a bit, too. They seem to think it could hit Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northern England quite a bit, and we've been getting live! pictures! of queues at petrol stations.

And for 3, yeah, I know. And it's not even so much the photos themselves as the lengths they go to to get them, just to publish them with a hypocritically sneery comment. Gah.
Apr. 21st, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
RE: the petrol 'crisis' - I was looking at the headlines yesterday and today (as I do, being checkout chica) and noticed that yesterday they said "ZOMG there's going to be a crisis!" Today, they said "ZOMG the public are panicking!", as if it were somehow news that people had listened to them and were now panic buying petrol. They're doing that because you made such a big deal out of it, jackasses!!
Apr. 22nd, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
I know! I try not to rant about responsible reporting too much, and people should really know better than to believe the Record, but REALLY. Gah.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 11:19 am (UTC)
I like pubic hair.

I don't like John Prescott. I think he's talking about this because he's missing all the media attention he used to get.

The right to strike is inviolable.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
I don't like Prescott either, and he's almost certainly releasing and autobiography for the attention, but I'm pretty sure there must be better things in it to insult him about!
Apr. 22nd, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)

Oh, are we having another fuel crisis? I think we should just burn it all and have done with it -- that'll learn 'em!


One has kind of come to expect 'eew pubic hair' reactions to such things, but I am really boggling over the people saying 'she did it as soon as she was legal'. What? Get out of a car? The harlot!
Apr. 22nd, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
3. Yeah, I know. The requirements for sluttihood really seem to be plummeting.
May. 1st, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
Apart from anything else, it's not as if it's the worst mess you could ever see "down there". Even if it were...well, as you say, the camera does seem to be at a slightly odd angle. I'd have a face like thunder too.
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