Abercrombie & Finch—time to ditch your CEO!

It isn’t often I decide to go on a little rant, but tonight I’m feeling the urge.  Someone on my Facebook page posted this article in Elite Daily about Abercrombie & Finch’s CEO, Mike Jeffries, and his extremist, prejudice views against overweight people.  He “hates” fat chicks!  He’s “not bothered by excluding fat people,” and considers anyone who is overweight less-than cool—part of the unwanted, undesirable crowd.  Admitting that he has very exclusionary ideals Jeffries said, “A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong.” He continued to criticize other clothing companies who try and embrace all sizes by carrying XL and XXL sizes.  Jeffries declares that “fat chicks will never be a part of the in crowd,” nor does he want overweight women wearing their brands.

This really is an outrage. I think people should boycott this store. If the CEO hates “fat chicks,” what kind of message is this sending to kids today? Whether you have prejudice against a skin color, a gender, a political stance or religious belief, it’s just plain wrong. You know, Hitler had an elitist mindset and spread his beliefs in racial “purity” and in the superiority of the “Germanic race”—what he called an Aryan “master race.” This kind of thinking is dangerous and shouldn’t be supported.

Speaking of Abercrombie & Finch CEO Mike Jeffries: “He doesn’t want larger people shopping in his store, he wants thin and beautiful people,” Lewis said. “He doesn’t want his core customers to see people who aren’t as hot as them wearing his clothing. People who wear his clothing should feel like they’re one of the ‘cool kids.” – Robin Lewis, The New Rules of Retail

Original article: http://elitedaily.com/news/world/abercrombie-fitch-ceo-explains-why-he-hates-fat-chicks/



The de-feminization of women: women get your groove back

I’ve wanted to address the subject of femininity for some time now.  I would love to see women begin to take their femininity back.  In fashion, in the workplace, in the home and in life at large!  Being lovely and soft does not equate to being uneducated and weak. Au contraire. Women need to celebrate their differences and embrace who they are as women.  It’s not about becoming a “tough guy,” but being able to show a softer side, a more vulnerable side. In essence, showing vulnerability isn’t a female weakness but a sign of a woman’s strength. Women should dress like women, not like the way they would dress if they were men. Ladies, dare I say we’ve been somewhat defeminized.

Over the ages, women have been suppressed, oppressed and made to feel less-than.  It’s no wonder there has been a surge of feminism rising in this nation and other parts of the globe.  However, I don’t believe that true femininity has to do with us become more like men.  Rather, it is embracing what we are and knowing who we are that is essentially empowering. Women are unique, special and different than men.  Different doesn’t equate to less intelligent, less passionate, less important, or less valued.  In truth, a woman’s strength is in her ability to embrace her differences with elegance and intelligence. This is a woman who is resilient, comfortable in her skin, shrouded by feminine loveliness, poised, graceful, tender and lady-like.  She has the backbone of steel, and a heart of gold.  She has the strength of an oak tree and the scent of jasmine.  She is woman.

Some insightful and thought-provoking quotes:

“We are all born sexual creatures,thank God, but it’s a pity so many people despise and crush this natural gift.”
― Marilyn Monroe

“Let us be elegant or die! –Amy”
― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

“God made man stronger but not necessarily more intelligent. He gave women intuition and femininity. And, used properly, that combination easily jumbles the brain of any man I’ve ever met.”
― Farrah Fawcett

“Why do women want to dress like men when they’re fortunate enough to be women? Why lose femininity, which is one of our greatest charms? We get more accomplished by being charming than we would be flaunting around in pants and smoking. I’m very fond of men. I think they are wonderful creatures. I love them dearly. But I don’t want to look like one. When women gave up their long skirts, they made a grave error…”
― Tasha Tudor

“It seems to be the fashion nowadays for a girl to behave as much like a man as possible. Well, I won’t! I’ll make the best of being a girl and be as nice a specimen as I can: sweet and modest, a dear, dainty thing with clothes smelling all sweet and violety, a soft voice, and pretty, womanly ways. Since I’m a girl, I prefer to be a real one!”
― Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey

Flowers spring to blossom where she walks
The careful ways of duty;
Our hard, stiff lines of life with her
Are flowing curves of beauty.
― John Greenleaf Whittier

“I’m not afraid of my femininity and I’m not afraid of my sexuality.”
— Goldie Hawn

“Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.”
— Sophia Loren
“Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic.”
— Rosalind Russell
“This view that women are somehow inferior to men is not restricted to one religion or belief. Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths. Nor, tragically, does its influence stop at the walls of the church, mosque, synagogue or temple. This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women’s equal rights across the world for centuries. At its most repugnant, the belief that women must be subjugated to the wishes of men excuses slavery, violence, forced prostitution, genital mutilation and national laws that omit rape as a crime. But it also costs many millions of girls and women control over their own bodies and lives, and continues to deny them fair access to education, health, employment and influence within their own communities…. The truth is that male religious leaders have had — and still have — an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter.”
— Jimmy Carter, “Losing My Religion for Equality”

Botox injections: Re-thinking the risks

Are botulinum toxin (Botox) injections riskier than commonly thought?

Botulinum toxin type A is a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. In very small doses it can be used to treat a number of medical conditions. However, it is best known and most commonly used as a treatment for the so-called motion wrinkles (wrinkles caused by facial movements). Botulinum toxin type A, most commonly sold under the brand Botox, helps improve wrinkles by partially paralyzing certain facial muscles and thereby reducing movements that cause wrinkles. (See our article on Botox in cosmetic rejuvenation).

Botox has been one of the big successes of cosmetic rejuvenation industry, with high levels of customer satisfaction and good risk/benefit profile. However, a number of safety concerns have recently been raised.One Botox safety concern came from the 2008 study published in the Journal of Neuroscience by Dr. Caleo and co-workers of the Italian National Research Council. The researchers injected botulinum toxin type A in the muscle of a rat and then traced its propagation from the injection site. Until Dr. Caleo’s study, it was assumed that the peripherally injected toxin stays confined to the injection site and acts only locally. However, Dr. Caleo and co-workers found that some of the toxin migrated along the nerve fibers into the rat’s spinal cord and the brain. In theory, this may indicate a potential for the central nervous system side effects when Botox is injected into a muscle.Dr. Caleo’s study is clearly noteworthy and deserves further research. However, it should be viewed in perspective. First, animal physiology is similar but not identical to the human one. Therefore, the CNS migration of the toxin may not occur in humans to the same extent. Second, the dose used in the rat study was about 150 times higher than the typical human dose. Third, botulinum toxin type A is a degradable protein. In the body, it is eventually broken down by enzymes (whether it migrates or not). Therefore, even if small amounts of the toxin do migrate to the spinal cord and the brain, they are unlikely to accumulate there to dangerous levels as long as the injected doses are sufficiently low and infrequent.Another Botox safety concern has to do with reports of serious complications or deaths possibly associated with botulinum toxin injections (see the index ofBotox-related adverse event reports). Serious Botox-related adverse events are rare: probably about one per 10,000 to 100,000 treatments, although more data are needed for a better estimate. It appears that most (but not all) serious Botox-related complications occur in the individuals with neurological disorders, the elderly and young children. The site of injection also seems to impact the risk. For example, botulinum toxin injections administered to the neck area (to relieve painful muscle spasms) have been reported to cause swallowing problems — apparently due to proximity to the nerves that regulate swallowing. On the other hand, when Botox is injected into small facial muscles to treat wrinkles in otherwise healthy adults, life-threatening complications appear to be exceedingly rare – as long as the toxin is administered correctly and in appropriate doses.For more safety information, see the communication about the FDA’s ongoing safety review of Botox.

Bottom line

Like most other cosmetic rejuvenation procedures, botulinum toxin type A (Botox) injections carry certain risks. These risks appear to be statistically small but more research is clearly needed. Botox has been administered to tens of millions of people as a wrinkle treatment, generally with good cosmetic results. It appears to have a better risk-to-benefit profile than the majority of cosmetic procedures on the market. Still, serious complications are possible albeit very rare. Such complications appear to be least likely in healthy adults treated for facial wrinkle reduction by experienced physicians.Some people feel that even a small risk of serious adverse reactions is unacceptable in a procedure that serves only cosmetic purposes. That is a legitimate point of view. Conversely, others seeking to improve their looks are prepared to take far greater risks (statistically speaking) than those associated with anti-wrinkle Botox injections. This is a matter of personal choice. However, such choice should be a well-informed one.