Category Archives: Irony

A grown up beauty pageant?

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If you own a tv or a computer then it’s pretty hard to not have noticed that the Golden Globes took place a few days ago. Since then, the internet and the TV have been filled with photos of celebrity, making us all feel a bit more worried about losing those few extra kilos that we gained over Christmas. Looking at the red carpet pictures, it actually makes you think that these people skipped Christmas all together, I mean where did all the turkey and the chocolates go? They all look amazing. It does however make me think that the Award Ceremonies in Hollywood seem to be turning into more of a beauty pageant than a recognition of film or music. I mean it doesn’t really matter if you win the award for best film as long as you look good in your designer dress right?

Every year there is a trend colour which actresses seem to have to follow, this year it was ‘Pretty in Pink’ whereas next year they might all turn up in purple. It makes me wonder if they are all competing for the best dress in that colour instead of the best movie in the category.  Also, the more the media push the images from the event into our face, the more we subconsciously think about which dress we liked most and who looked best, thus turning it into a competition.

I can’t decide if this is a good thing or not. I’m the first to admit that I love looking through the red carpets photos and judging the best and worst dresses but maybe it’s not healthy for us to be focussing so much on the physical all the time. Not many of us are realistically going to look that good, in pink, in January, just after Christmas indulgences….

However, at these types of events, we must admit that the Hollywood men really do have it  much easier. They can turn up in a black suit feeling pretty confident that they won’t appear in the  ‘ Worst Dressed’  columns the following day…

If you think about it, most of the pictures we see are of the women in their pretty dresses, we don’t often see many photos of the men.  In the same way, we don’t really hear much about Mr USA or little boys in beauty pageants…do they even have beauty pageants for boys??  Definitely something to investigate.

Admittedly, the Hollywood ladies do have a much harder job getting ready, they have to choose a dress that: a) they like b) suits them c) makes them look as thin as possible and way better than everyone else and d) that the press and thus the rest of the world like too. Quite exhausting really! Although, I still think I would swap places with them any day if all I had to worry about was my dress for the Awards Ceremony!

 

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Spoilt for choice

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The grass is always greener is not a new concept and it’s something which I think most of us have experienced at some point. What if I had accepted the other job? What if I’m not going to be happily ever after? What if I never see the world or get married before I’m 30? There are some questions which we might never know the answers to but there comes a time when you just have to make a decision and stick to it (sometimes for better or for worse…) or at least that’s what I thought.

According to the authors of The choice effect: Love and Commitment In An Age Of Too Many Options a new generation of women exists – the choister. A choister is “a woman who, by happy accident of geography and timing, has more options at her fingertips than any previous generation.”

Choisters are normally, like myself, in their twenties living in a western democracy and have everything they could ever want within their reach ( perhaps not always in budget but still attainable!). Fancy a 12 month sabbatical and a trip around the world? Or perhaps a baby at 42? Maybe you want to have 25 boyfriends before you settle down? It’s all possible.

And what about your career? Job possibilities may be slimmer in the current climate but the actual options haven’t diminished. We can still choose between office worker, pilot or president if that’s what takes our fancy. Something previous generations of women didn’t have so easy.

However, all this choice makes it even harder for us to actually choose. With so many great possibilities, how are we supposed to know which is the best one to take? What if we make the wrong decision and regret it. I mean, I can’t even choose where I want to go on holiday. What if I go to the Asia but we could have had more fun in the States? What if, what if…. Life’s great mystery! Really I should be telling myself: “Oh for god’s sake… just be grateful that you can go anywhere at all outside your home town!”

We have become spoilt as a generation and unhappy because of it. With so many ‘What If’s?’ going around your head, it makes it hard to stop and appreciate what you actually have. A house, a good job, a family, a partner and most importantly health. Even if we just have a couple of these, shouldn’t it be enough to make us happy?  Well, it seems not. Perhaps life was easier when it was all mapped out for us a few generations ago: marriage, babies and growing old. Doesn’t sound too exciting but at least we would have just got on with life instead of wondering about it. Hmmm.. What if I could travel back in time and give it a try? What if……Luckily that’s not a choice for me… YET!

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Celebrities have become fans over the last few years of wearing a slogan on their t-shirts to show their feelings or thoughts on a particular issue. Everything from an ironic message to the public to an opinion on a celebrity break-up…. They even started commenting on their own breakup…. Take a look at Katie Price & Peter Andre from when they divorced last year.

This PR gesture actually quite surprises me. Usually all we see are celebrities complaining about how they need some space and the paparazzi won’t leave them alone. But what do they expect? If you’re going to tell the whole world what you think of your own divorce then someone is going to take a picture and make some money out of it! At the end of the day, it’s the same argument as forever; these people wouldn’t be famous without the press in the first place so why don’t they just stop complaining and enjoy their 7 houses, 9 pools, 2 Porsches and their free clothes. Life could be a lot worse you know!

Seems pretty contradictory to me anyway, a little bit like Eva Longoria’s very ‘clear message’ which she wanted the world to see…… Definitely not the best way to get that privacy she was looking for.

However, it must be very liberating to wear something like that, sometimes I wouldn’t mind wearing a t-shirt to show what I’m thinking….

“I’m ignoring you right now in case you hadn’t noticed” to your partner….

“Why are you so slow?!” to the poor guy at the checkout…

” Where’s my pay rise?” to your boss…

Unfortunately, unless I become rich and famous all of a sudden and don’t need to worry about the consequences then I doubt I’ll be sporting slogan t-shirts any time soon. What a shame, I could really use one right now for the boyfriend: “Grey’s Anatomy starts in 20 minutes, you’ve been warned ;)”