Bombarding You

Occasionally I’ll find myself in discussions with friends over “unplugging” and living “off the grid.” Our use of technology has become an addiction: smart phones, constant, quick access to the interwebz, BLOGGING, #selfies (don’t get me started… wait, was that me who took one on the previous post? That doesn’t count… ;-p )… That said, while the addiction is very real and very disconcerting, I’m thankful to live an age of information bombardment… no, really. The fact of the matter is, I can spend hours on the internet searching for memes of angry cats doing shit (slash just take pictures of my own to share with the world…) or cross-referencing information about other countries and people and cultures I will likely never ever experience first-hand. The internet has also become this major resource for self-improvement. My commitment to a healthy, cruelty-free lifestyle (ps: there’s a really great picture of Dave Navarro being… Dave Navarro on this website, haha) has been fully supported by the internet, and furthermore, WOMEN have found a real presence out here in cyber space, aside from porn.

Apropos of this bombardment, I’d like to share with you some things I’m reading/loving/have stumbled upon as of the past week:

A candid, real, and in my opinion, important conversation about monogamy and sex and children

WHAT IS YOGA DOING TO OUR CHILDREN/WEARENOTACHRISTIANNATIONGETTHEFUCKOVERIT Thoughts? (The hyperlink description is my own, not NPR’s, so get mad at me not them should you have a problem with it.)

Vaccinations and Vegans    With some really great comments from devoted readers. Also: Eating Right Gives the Most Protection During this Flu Season

My current favorite workout:

(Source)

Lastly, I’d like to know your thoughts about this CrossFit promo (below). As a person who has struggled with disordered eating and distorted body image, there have been times when watching Zuzka’s workouts, or reading fitness magazines, or being bombarded (there’s that word again) by celebrity media has not helped my recovery. I’ve been more selective in the past few years with what I’ll expose myself to or fitness programs I’ll support. The fact of the matter is that movement is better than no movement, so fitness program or no fitness program, or supporting certain programs over others is really your choice, no judgement here. For me, I find Zuzka’s workouts and those similar to CrossFit or P90x or TurboFire to be more up my alley in terms of ways that I enjoy spending my time. That said, there’s an image being maintained here, and it’s hard to separate “what I should look like” with how you’ll look once you’ve put in the hard work. I think the girls in the CrossFit video explain some things really well, but again, there’s this establishment of an aesthetic: if you don’t match that aesthetic, then you’re not pretty/healthy/fucking awesome, etc… There’s no declaration of this in the video, but for people who have struggled with themselves in this way, it can be interpreted as saying just that:

I also appreciate your comments/questions/concerns/musings on anything else in this post–enjoy, and I’d love to hear from you!

Peace,

C

Advertisements

4 comments

  1. I think it’s fair to say that most women struggle with “this establishment of an aesthetic”, though admittedly a history of eating issues and a distorted body view adds to the struggle. Long-held attitudes,and media (in this country, in particular), does not make it easy for women to accept and happily embrace who they are physically. I love that you bring the subject up. The more light it is exposed to, the more it can be shown to be a ridiculous notion.

    1. Yes, it’s definitely widespread issue amongst all types of women; the hard part is that maybe constantly acknowledging it and talking about it may exacerbate those issues further? Especially in the case of somebody with an eating disorder and/or a distorted body image, it’s hard to view things “as is,” and it is also difficult to be intuitive about what feels good and what doesn’t. Then again, that’s asking to set up a baseline for what normal is, and though we all go through similar experiences in terms of what a woman’s body typically does, none of us are poster-children for what is normal. If that makes sense.

  2. One of the musicians that I work with has a song called “Satellite Pictures”. The lyrical content uses television as a focal point, but the idea is the same: technology allows the communication of vast amounts of information of any kind. It can be used to educate or sedate. I’ve struggled for a long time with finding an appropriate balance between the two.

    I think it’s really great that there are yoga classes for kids. Since I’ve been working out more and learning how to use my body more efficiently, I’ve been thinking about what a massive waste of time my school’s physical education classes were. Playing made up sports for 40 minutes a day taught me nothing, as far as I could tell. How much better off would kids be if they learned to be mindful of their bodies? If they learned proper posture? Or, you know, they could just play dodgeball and climb ropes.

    1. Exactly–you really have to temper how you deal with this massive amount of information, via any source, really.

      In terms of physical education, I think that for me it was a waste of time in that we never learned anything about the body or about nutrition. Especially in an educational system where teachers are stretched so thinly and are often asked to teach things out of their realm of experience, we don’t get decent information about our physical bodies. I think there’s a place for these team sports, for sure, but when you’re done beating the shit out of your body, what do you do? And no one talks about pain. Pain is something that happens when you’re old and out of shape, right? Wrong. Or, we’re taught to just take it as though it’s perfectly normal and life hurts so there’s nothing we can do about it (except medicate). But that’s moving into a much larger issue, I’m afraid. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s