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I'ma talk about BOOBS here, so if you don't want to talk about BOOBS for whatever reason look away.

Now the ice is broken, commence feminist ranting. ;)

I'll come right out and say I have small boobs. Until I was about 20 I had no boobs - I got mistaken for a boy if I wore trousers, even when the trousers were girly ones with a chain belt and I had long hair and painted nails and carried a handbag with a large flower on it. Then they grew, which could be down to eating more soy stuff but could equally be down to me being a late developer. I spent a lot of time and energy angsting about this from the age of about eleven, 'helped' by the fact that this became the latest thing for other kids to give me grief about. Nevermind that no other girl my age on the estate had boobs either, and that the boys had no idea which of us did or did not wear what passes for a bra at that age. The popular pinup at that time was Pamela Anderson and it was the heyday of Page 3, partly due to a backlash against Clare Short.

Those factors place me firmly in the target demographic for breast implants. I'll admit that the idea did occur to me, but in the end the idea of unnecessary surgery bothered me more than having small boobs. At some point I discovered that being mistaken for a boy could be useful (anonymity on a protest when you don't want certain people to randomly spot you in the street, or identify you as the person who gave a statement in the press - NOT for pulling straight women) or fun. Being tied to a gender binary sucks. But that's slightly beside the point here.

My point is, I chose not to have breast implants. This does not mean I have an intrinsic moral objection to breast implants. I'm squicked, sure, but my piercings bring out that reaction in some people. I firmly believe that body modification, whether it involves metal or ink or silicone or even obtaining a forked tongue, is a matter of personal choice. Breast implants are not intrinsically misogynist.

What is misogynist as all fuck is that a company thinks it is even vaguely appropriate to cut costs by putting TOXIC SUBSTANCES that haven't been passed for medical use into implants that are going to be put into women's bodies. That just shows total contempt. What did they think was going to happen? PIP should be the ones paying for the implants to be removed or replaced, yes even the ones that haven't caused problems YET.

I don't want to hear anyone saying that the women who got implants 'deserved' to have health problems as a result. That's bollocks. Assuming the women in question followed whatever guidelines they were given in the hospital, this isn't their fault. I wouldn't blame a piercer if my ear became infected because I was shite at cleaning a new piercing or bled because I hit it with the hairbrush - I do blame Claire's Accessories for the fact that the cartlidge piercing I kept scrupulously clean for two years didn't heal in that time. The difference is it wasn't sewn up inside my body so the solution was just to take the earring out - totally free and doable at home. Removing breast implants isn't, so the company responsible need to take responsibility.
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I'm used to seeing slimming aids of various horrifying varieties advertised in spam emails and the sidebar on facebook (home lipo anyone??), but it always surprises me when they appear on glossy billboards or in women's magazines. So it was good to see this month's Scarlet (don't laugh, I feel dirtier about having bought it in ASDA than about reading it!!) investigating the new product sold as ALLI. Now this product is being pushed quite heavily - I can testify to billboards all over my city, plus an advert in the very store where I bought the magazine.

Now, what ALLI apparently does is bind to the fat enzymes in the food you eat, stopping a proportion of the fat from getting digested or stored in your body. This also includes the healthy fats, my example would be the packet of nuts I chomp my way through each day in the hope of keeping my brain working and my skin nice. I'll let the Scarlet journalist describe the next bit since, amazingly, she has managed the yuk factor better than me: 'The excess fat comes out in poo as an oily orange discharge, described by Alli as looking like the oil on pizza topping.' Furthermore, you get discharge: to the extent that new users are warned to 'wear dark pants, and bring a change of clothes to work'. I guess the orange leaky poo factor is a bit of a slimming aid too, in terms of putting people off their food! (And as my friend JE pointed out, you also burn off calories running to the bog. Nice.)

You'd think orange shit would be enough of a problem, but it isn't the only one. This stuff is only safe for adults with a BMI of 28 or over (ie into the overweight category). Now, in a shop it is possible to weigh and measure a customer and ask for proof of age. Pharmacies tend to have scales and won't sell certain things to kids anyway. But to be honest I'm not even convinced that the pharmacy kiosk in a supermarket is set up for this. And as for the internet - sorry, I'll believe when I see it that an underage anorexic won't get the chance to use this stuff to finish the job.

It would be bad enough if Alli was just another random substance pushed in a facebook sidebar along with 'shocking new weightloss tea' and 'the pink patch' (that will apparently get me hot girls - these ads have no more respect for monogamy than for body image). But this stuff is being marketed everywhere!

Sadly, I think the orange poo will main be the deciding factor in putting off some of the target audience...


Jul. 4th, 2009 04:49 pm
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I got my ID checked for the first time in a year this morning, and refused for the first time in about two years. (In a supermarket buying alcohol for future use - I don't start that early even on Saturday!)

A few reasons why this annoys me:
Underage drinkers are often pushing it to pretend to be 18. Why would they risk adding an extra 10 years?
I was using a debit card. Do UK banks even give those to under-18s? If they do then I am *obviously* old, because I remember a time when this was unheard of.
The other contents of my basket: lasagna sheets, broadsheet newspaper, cornflour, vegetables, wholemeal bread and walnuts. If this is what 16-year-olds buy for themselves, they're more sophisticated than I was, and I could cook pretty well at that age.
The booze: a magnum of French red table wine. Not expensive, but outside a teenage budget unless they are (again) a sh*tload more sophisticated than I was at their age. And I certainly wouldn't have had the foresight to buy sufficient quantities of the stuff to cook with and have two nights' worth of drinking.

There's also the fact that I never got ID'd when I *was* underage. I went to high school in a university town where bar and shop staff tended to assume young people were undergrads. And I did *not* drink enough in those two years to remotely feel that this morning's problem and other incidents like it are karma!

Still, I did at long last buy a full-sized espresso pot - obviously I'm old enough to drink coffee then...

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