"The Venn diagram of guys who don’t like smart girls and guys you don’t want to date is a circle."
Ok, so I don’t get the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
All of the models look like lean muscular biceps (like their whole bodies do) with two silicone implants on top of them.
I feel bad saying anything bad about a women’s body, but men have got to be kidding me if they say that this body type is the sexiest. Because THIS body type, to me, seems way sexier:
Read under the cut. Cindy Crawford 4EVA.
I do get it that some people find the skinny look really hot but I’m not a fan of visible ribcages and knobbly spines.
It’s probably also unfair to comment on the VS models on VSFF day since they’ve probably not had anything to eat or drink in the last 24 to 36 (maybe 48) hours just to get the muscle definition resulting from dehydration.
What would be fair, though, is to comment on the fact that VS outfits are supposedly for women but are clearly being made for male fantasies and the entire VSFF is soft-porn hour for boys. (Full disclosure: I watch VSFF when I remember to and I enjoy the show, but I’m also ogling the girls so yes, maybe it’s soft-porn hour for girls too.)
I remember a friend of mine used to buy his girlfriend VS lingerie. I asked him why he did it, and he replied that “girls liked guys to buy stuff like that for them”. So many things wrong with that. But mainly, no - guys like to buy stuff like that for their girls to wear to pander to the guy’s fantasy of what girls like to wear. Seriously, those fancy-ass bras and negligees are useless and pointless except for seduction, they serve no real function except as an input for sexual fantasies - and if that’s the only purpose then nakedness kinda gets you there faster. Personally, I find it a bit creepy - I’ll buy my own sexy lingerie thanks very much, and they won’t be from VS.
And… I didn’t really mean to get started on any of this. So uhm… VSFF! Pretty to look at, but weird at the same time! /moving on
There’s a question on Quora along the lines of “why don’t Singaporeans speak proper English" with some very good answers from Singaporeans and non-Singaporeans alike distinguishing between Singlish (the patois) and Singaporean English (English with a Singaporean accent), defending the use of Singlish by Singaporeans in the everyday context and pointing out that in a work/business context Singaporean English is pretty understandable.
Having surveyed various non-Singaporeans who have experienced the full onslaught of a Singlish-speaking social group, the most common remark was the speed at which Singlish is spoken and that if only we spoke slower we may be better understood. The other remark was that Singlish sounded made-up because of the number of non-English (or non-English derived) words used - Mandarin, Hokkien, Cantonese, Malay, Tamil, etc - which left blanks in the listener’s comprehension because it just wasn’t a form of English. We do try to slow down our speech at times, but the Singlish vocabulary is way too awesome to be limited by the use of English or English-derived words (and, hello, pot calling kettle black, half the English language is derived from German and French so…).
One thing which hasn’t been discussed, though, is that even within Singlish there are differences between vocabulary, accent and stresses depending on age and the supposed “mother tongue” spoken in the home. I speak Singlish very differently from someone who hasn’t grown up in the same linguistic environment. I can understand them, no doubt, as they can understand me, but there is a difference. It’s that difference which has often identified me as someone who is “jiak kantang” (eat potatoes, i.e. Singaporean English-speaking household) - a term which can be derogatory, complimentary or neutral depending on the speaker - despite having grown up also speaking Hokkien to my grandmother.
So the way an individual speaks Singlish, and the specific words used when speaking it, can also be indicators of socio-economic class within Singapore itself. And since Singapore is so small, sometimes it can even identify the schools you went to. I’m pretty sure this is not unique to Singlish and even within other regional dialects of English (e.g. Scouse or Geordie) there are identifiers of class and education.
I also code switch all the time - I speak a different English in the workplace from the English in my everyday life which is different to the Singlish I speak with friends and family from Singapore, and which is also different (if only slightly) from the Singlish I use to communicate with others in Singapore, and also throw in Mandarin and Hokkien which I use for various reasons. Most of it is mainly to do with being able to make myself understood better by the person I am conversing with, but sometimes it’s a conscious act to demarcate me from them (the Other, etc). I also tend to unconsciously adopt / adapt to the accent being used around me, so sometimes I speak with an odd Brit-Aussie-Singaporean twang which I cannot help. Tried and tested - I also cannot speak Singlish on command with people who do not understand it or who are unable to respond in Singlish.
There are probably tomes written about how language and dialects are discriminatory and the use of one or the other, and code switching, can be used as a sword or a shield. But this has already been too much thinking on a Saturday morning. Further research and discussion to be carried out at a later, as yet unconfirmed date.
So… this is what happens when I manage to get a quiet day in the office.
I get from Miley’s cover of Lana Del Ray’s Summertime Sadness…
To the Rizzle Kicks doing the same.
And here’s the original just for comparison.
I have to say that while I like Miley’s cover, Rizzle Kicks have really levelled-up and made it THEIR song. Super great stuff.
Women grow up being taught about what men have done through history. Male scientists, male mathematicians, male leaders – even when the peasants get involved, it is all about men. They see male politicians on the television talking to male journalists. They see men running around kicking, hitting, dunking balls. They read books and watch films where men take action and where women talk about men taking action.
When men still hold the reins, should we be surprised that women see other women as a threat, as potential usurpers of the male attention they need to succeed? It is clear where power lies – so is it any surprise when women know on which side their bread is buttered? Should we be surprised when this manifests itself in agreeing with the umpteenth man that his girlfriend does sound hysterical, whilst making it clear that you yourself are the picture of rationality? Should we be surprised when it manifests itself in resentment and jealousy of the few women who do manage to break through? In the playground, no one bullies the strong, they bully the weak. And the behaviour that sees women attacking each other illustrates that women still tend to lack power.
Interesting read by Caroline Criado-Perez in the Financial Times. But more interesting are the comments (I do enjoy FT commenters).
Fave term in the article has to be “usurpers of the male attention”. I will endeavour to use it more often.