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The fabulous tarirocks sent me to Current TV in search of a set of clips called "Target Women". These clips, featuring comedian Sarah Haskins, address marketing that is aimed at women (and the ridiculous attitudes expressed therein). If you have some spare web time...these are brilliant.

My favorite is her skit about yogurt...

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kyeli_unlikely
Jul. 21st, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's hilarious. I'm off to watch the others! (:
jennlynn_green
Jul. 21st, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
Oh goodie...they crack me up. "Feed Your F**king Family" is really good too! Enjoy...
chelidon
Jul. 21st, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
Well, gosh, what more could *anybody* want? I mean, if you've got yogurt, you've got it all! I like the fact that the digestive yogurt apparently is absorbed in little globules through the navel. Wow. What will they think of next?
jennlynn_green
Jul. 21st, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
I know, it's nice to find the meaning of life. After all this time, who knew it was hiding in the bacterial fermentation of milk?

I happen to adore maple yogurt - but it is not local for me here and since it is not low-fat, lite or fat-free, eating it will likely not produce the state of perfection these ladies on the commercials embody. *sigh*

Hey wait. You have a penis. Surely you don't eat yogurt?!?! If you taste of this great feminine mystery we shall have to chase you through the woods and tear you apart with our bare hands. Consider yourself forewarned!
chelidon
Jul. 21st, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
We have a local farm that raises, of all things, water buffalo, and sells the most amazing water buffalo yogurt. I'm not a fan of most commercial store-bought yogurt (perhaps because, as you point out, I am anatomically predestined), but this farm's maple yogurt made from water buffalo milk....OMG. Serious mouth orgasms.

Far be it from me to impinge upon any Woman's Mysteries, er, wyomyeen's myeestyryes, lest the maenads go after, well, my nads. That said, a significant fraction of the classes of 1989 and 1990 at Bryn Mawr College (whose 1985 class shirt, celebrating 100 years of school history, read, "Bryn Mawr College: 100 Years of Castrating Bitches"), once declared me, for reasons too long to go into here, "Chick with a dick," one of my prouder and harder-won accomplishments in life. So perhaps I can be excused at least a small dabbling in yogurtitude without risking life and, er, limb. Besides, I don't eat it, I bathe in it. So there ;>

jennlynn_green
Jul. 21st, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
*LOL* No fair making me wet myself at work. Oh dear, you just made me snort. That's very un-ladylike (shit - I'd better go eat some low-fat yogurt quickly to get my estrogen levels back up).

Water buffalo yogurt sounds MUCH more manly. I guess that's okay for you to eat - but you should really eat it with your penis lest it make you too girly.

chelidon
Jul. 21st, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
Um, wow, I think you may have just invented an entirely new school of Tantra...

...so when Jamie Lee Curtis tells you that she has digestive problems, is that because she ate something that "wasn't fresh?" Just sayin'...
chelidon
Jul. 21st, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
By the way...one of my favorite commencement addresses was Ursula K. Le Guin's 1986 address at Bryn Mawr College. You might really enjoy this: http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/sci_cult/leguin/
jennlynn_green
Jul. 21st, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
Wow...a lot to think on there, and beautifully written. I am noticing how odd it feels to know myself a feminist and to also wish the world free of gender bias and restriction. In some ways these things support one another, and in some ways they feel as though they are in direct conflict.

I do feel angry at patriarchal systems in our world, and there are many men in my life who do use the "father tongue". Yet I know more men then I can count who resist oppression right along side me, and I love their truths.

Ah to tear down the walls...all of them and irrevocably.

I will say that I love this and plan to use it often when discussing "I-Referencing" as a group agreement:

People can't contradict each other, only words can: words separated from experience for use as weapons
chelidon
Jul. 21st, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
I hear ya -- no bias in any direction, honestly recognizing and honoring genuine difference (and, well...vive la difference!), yet not unfairly preferring or discriminating on that basis, either. It's a lovely goal, and perhaps we are moving in that direction. At least the issues are (sometimes) consciously brought up for discussion, examination and dialogue, and that's an essential (and hopeful) thing.
bonafide_rarity
Jul. 21st, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
That is totally hilarious. I am so annoyed by those commercials with the two girls at the wedding and stuff lol
jennlynn_green
Jul. 21st, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
Yes...I put those ads under "things that never happen in my life". I never bond with my girlfriends over general foods international coffee (can you say GROSS?), nor do we ever ask one another if the other ever "has that not-so-fresh-feeling".

I imagine that other women MAY do these things...but I prefer my reality.
tarirocks
Jul. 21st, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, man. Now I have to figure out a way to work that "not-so-fresh feeling" into a conversation....
jennlynn_green
Jul. 21st, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
*LOL* Don't scare me...I have to live with you ;>)
thistle333
Jul. 21st, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
This is hilarious! Thanks for pointing it out. I'm off to tell all my friends...
jennlynn_green
Jul. 21st, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
*lol* Enjoy!
thegreencall
Jul. 21st, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
jennlynn_green
Jul. 22nd, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link darlin'. You got me thinkin' (I love it when you do that!) so I looked about on line.

This is what is in Activia™ Light Vanilla with other Natural Flavor:

CULTURED GRADE A NON FAT MILK, INULIN, WATER, CONTAINS LESS THAN 1% OF FRUCTOSE, CORN STARCH, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, KOSHER GELATIN, NATURAL VANILLA FLAVOR, SODIUM CITRATE, MALIC ACID, SUCRALOSE

Hmmmm.

The whole milk, vanilla yogurts I looked up pretty much had these ingredients:

whole milk, evaporated cane juice (or cane sugar), vanilla extract

These same companies (I looked at Straus Family Creamery, Old Chatham Sheepherding Company,Stonyfield Farm (they add pectin), Brown Cow Farms (not organic, they also add maple syrup and pectin) seem to make nonfat yogurts with the same ingredients as above (only with non-fat milk). These are not as low in calories as the artificially sweetened versions, but, well, they are actual FOOD.

What frustrates me about whole yogurts in Chicago stores is that most of them seem to come from California - but buying from the east coast appears to be becoming more of an option in our area. While that's not local, it can be a carbon reduction of 50% or more.

Why don't the cheese makin' folks in WI also make yogurt? Can someone explain that to me?

Yogurt is an interesting topic really...shall we discuss the endless seas of little plastic containers that yogurt is being shipped about and sold in?

It's a shame...yogurt is such a nice food. Of course we can always have a really ethical spoonful if we make our own.

ext_112644
Jul. 25th, 2008 12:18 pm (UTC)
current
Current TV rocks. Hadn't seen these yet, though. Thanks for sharing. Found you by way of ilovemountains.org.
jennlynn_green
Jul. 25th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
Re: current
Nice to meet you. And yes, Current TV is excellent.
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