“Guess how much weight I’ve lost” – a spot-on mockery of diet talk

30th August 2010

“Guess how much weight I’ve lost” – a spot-on mockery of diet talk

by charlynn

A friend of mine shared this on Facebook and I thought it was too good not to share. I heard this type of conversation far too many times in the office I worked at until last year, and I’m sure many of you can relate.

Rachel’s $.02 cents: Charlynn and I posted this to the blog at virtually the same time.  Great minds and all… :)   This video be even funnier if I haven’t seen or even engaged in scenarios almost EXACTLY LIKE IT at work before.  Anyone else have to suffer an office dieter like this one who’s fishing for compliments and/or weight loss reinforcement, or been sucked into diet talk at the office?

posted in Charlynn, Humor | 26 Comments

3rd May 2010


by Rachel

Posting will be light this week as we’re all very busy bees.  In the meantime, for giggles.

posted in Humor, Rachel | 4 Comments

2nd March 2010

There are criminals among us!

by Rachel

Looks like the powers-that-be at the University of Southern California are seriously out of the loop on what NEDAW is and who sponsors it (hint: it isn’t The-F-Word).  I found this email from them in my overflowing inbox:

Hi Rachel,

We found chalking regarding the NEDAW posted illegally on the USC campus. Because this was the only email that we could find on your website, we are emailing you this warning. We have kiosks and bulletin boards around campus where you can legally advertise. Otherwise, please refrain from chalking anywhere on campus.

Attached you will find a picture of the violation we are referencing.

Seeing as you have no illegal advertising violations in the past, we are only issuing a warning.

Let us know if you have any other questions or concerns.


Jacob Yum

SCheduling Office
3551 Trousdale Parkway
ADM 299
Los Angeles, CA 90089-4014
Tel: 213-740-6728
Fax: 213-740-8157

My reply:

Sorry, I don’t run, sponsor or coordinate NEDAW, which is a NATIONAL movement sponsored by the National Eating Disorders Association.  I’m pretty sure they’re not behind your illegal chalking violation, either. Chances are it was a few students who acted on their own in order to promote healthy self-images on your campus.  The nerve!


Stay strong, fellow USC’ers.

Guerrilla Girls On Tour has a new show “If You Can Stand The Heat: The History of Women in Food” that we will begin touring next month.  We deal with lots of issues re women and body image, fat hatred etc.  We would be more than willing to be media contacts (we’d have to keep our anonymity, though).  Here is our contact info:
Guerrilla Girls On Tour
CONTACT: Aphra Behn
New York, NY
917 74202973
Available for: Radio, TV, Print
Areas of interest: i.e. fat rights, eating disorders
Relevant credentials: In 2001 Guerrilla Girls On Tour split into three groups – Guerrilla Girls On Tour was formed by three former GG members who were theatre artists.  We now tour the world with plays and street theatre that addresses discrimination and prove feminists are funny.
Thanks for all you do!
Aphra Behn
Guerrilla Girls On Tour!
917 742-2973

posted in Eating Disorders, Humor, Rachel | 22 Comments

12th February 2010

Feel Good Friday

by Rachel

Here’s a link for those of you absolutely dismayed at the news of the impending demise of the Tyra show. Plus-size blogger Anna unashamedly copped to lying about her dismal wardrobe in order to get on a Tyra show for “plus-size girls who feel like they can’t be fashionable because of their size.” Anna wasn’t picked to be on the show as a guest, but producers said they liked her “energy” and asked her if she would ask a pre-given questions of panelists as a plant in the audience. The question posed of her? “What sexual position is best for reducing jiggle?” Yes, seriously!  Anna agreed (somewhat) to the request and the ensuing experience is both hilarious and absurd even by Tyra standards.

Oh, Tyra! Who will reign as the ridiculous diva of daytime television after you’re gone?

posted in Body Image, Humor, Rachel, Television & Film | 4 Comments

8th January 2010

Bought and sold

by Rachel

It’s Friday (!) and in case the mid-afternoon slump strikes, here’s a couple videos to slack off to.

A new PBS documentary follows four girls as they grapple with body image issues, unhealthy and confusing media images and the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.  “A Girl’s Life” is hosted by Rachel Simmons, the author of the New York Times bestsellers Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls, and The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence.  An educator and coach, Rachel also blogs about dating, relationships and other issues at TeenVogue. Click here for more info on the project.


How to be the perfect wife, mother, career woman and super hot sex babe? Just buy more stuff! Sarah Haskins zeroes in on consumerist messages aimed at women in 2009.

posted in Body Image, Feminist Topics, Humor, Pop Culture, Rachel, Television & Film | 6 Comments

16th November 2009

Target Women: Damsels in Distress

by Rachel

Sarah Haskins weighs in on the gag-worthy advertising tactics of home security systems, which capitalize on damsel-in-distress fearmongering — or as Sarah calls them, “rape fables.” Notice how all the victims featured are white, thin and attractive as are all the friendly security call center “hunks” who come to her rescues. Gag.

posted in Feminist Topics, Humor | 7 Comments

19th June 2009

And this is why I love him

by Rachel

Setting: Our kitchen, unloading groceries.

Brandon: Woooo, look at you, uhh, yeah, look at you, those legs, woooo.

Me: puzzled look What the hell are you doing?

Brandon: I’m trying to catcall you.  You know, like in your post today.

Me: You totally suck at catcalling.

Brandon: Yeah, I know.

posted in Humor, Personal | 10 Comments

19th May 2009

The Language of Food: Quotes on Eating and Eating Well

by Rachel

I was looking for that perfect quote last night to illustrate a particular section of my paper and instead, came across lots of really good, clever, witty and thought-provoking ones about food and our relationships with food that I thought worthy of reposting here.  If you had any others to add to the list, post ‘em in the comments below.

Food is our common ground, a universal experience. ~James Beard (I ended up choosing this one to underscore a section on why study food)

Food is an important part of a balanced diet. ~Fran Lebowitz

What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child? ~Lin Yutang

Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. ~Mark Twain

Tell me what you eat, I’ll tell you who you are. ~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are. ~Adelle Davis

Hunger: One of the few cravings that cannot be appeased with another solution. ~Irwin Van Grove

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. ~Virginia Woolf

That’s something I’ve noticed about food: whenever there’s a crisis if you can get people to eating normally things get better. ~Madeleine L’Engle

Food for all is a necessity. Food should not be a merchandise, to be bought and sold as jewels are bought and sold by those who have the money to buy. Food is a human necessity, like water and air, it should be available. ~Pearl Buck

Food is the most primitive form of comfort. ~Sheilah Graham

Food is a central activity of mankind and one of the single most significant trademarks of a culture. ~Mark Kurlansky

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. ~J.R.R. Tolkien

I can reason down or deny everything, except this perpetual Belly: feed he must and will, and I cannot make him respectable. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The second day of a diet is always easier than the first. By the second day you’re off it. ~Jackie Gleason

A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will’s freedom after it. ~Aldous Huxley

The story of barbecue is the story of America: Settlers arrive on great unspoiled continent, discover wondrous riches, set them on fire and eat them. ~Vince Staten

Human beings do not eat nutrients, they eat food. ~Mary Bateson

Preach not to others what they should eat, but eat as becomes you, and be silent. ~Epictetus

There are people who strictly deprive themselves of each and every eatable, drinkable, and smokable which has in any way acquired a shady reputation. They pay this price for health. And health is all they get for it. How strange it is. It is like paying out your whole fortune for a cow that has gone dry. ~Mark Twain

A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch. ~James Beard

If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny. ~Thomas Jefferson

Americans have more food to eat than any other people and more diets to keep them from eating it. ~Anonymous

I’ve been on a diet for two weeks and all I’ve lost is two weeks. ~Totie Fields

What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn’t much better than tedious disease. ~George Dennison Prentice

posted in Diets, Food Culture, Humor | 14 Comments

12th May 2009

Target Women: Obama Arms

by Rachel

Is anyone else completely baffled and dismayed by the inordinate amount of ridiculous attention given to Harvard-educated attorney Michelle Obama’s “toned” arms and sleeveless garb?  And it’s not all gossip rags buzzing about the First Biceps.  CNN offers tips on how to get Michelle Obama’s toned arms; the Los Angeles Times questions if Michelle’s arms are too buff (for a woman); the Boston Globe conjectures that Michelle’s arms signify youth, which gives a recession-weary nation cause for hope; and the Chicago Tribune puts the underlying question more bluntly, “Do men really care about women’s upper arms?”

All of which makes Michelle’s right to bare arms perfect fodder for Target Women.  I’ll let Sarah take it from here.

posted in Feminist Topics, Fitness/Exercise, Humor | 16 Comments

17th April 2009

The TGIF Thread!

by Rachel

It’s been a long, long, long week.  But now it’s Friday! The sun is shining, the sky is cerulean blue and it’s supposed to hit 72 76! degrees in my corner of the world tomorrow — I feel as manic as a squirrel on speed.   In the spirit of TGIF, here are a few things to lighten your mood before the impending weekend awesomeness.

First, funnywoman Sarah Haskins tackles vag euphemisms.

And speaking of vag euphemisms, I snapped this photo on my way home from covering a story yesterday.

There are strange, strange people in Cincinnati. I snapped a photo of this house near campus a few months ago.

Wanna see some other roadside oddities?  Check out Roadtrip America’s gallery of funny signs.

My friends held a first birthday party for their twins a few weeks ago and I offered to make the cake.


I think they liked it.

And, of course, who can resist teh kitties!

funny pictures of cats with captions

How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?  Do you have any weekend plans?

posted in Humor, Personal | 8 Comments

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