Happiness Is Infectious

Happiness Is Infectious: 
According to a new study, we can actually smell happiness on people, kind of the same way we can smell fear.  It turns out that we like to be around people that smell happy and are repelled by those who stink of fear.  This definitely explains why most men trigger my kill instinct and why women are drawn to my pussy.  It’s another case of commonsense being validated by science.  Laugh and the world laughs with you…Did you know that’s actually a whole poem?  Let me help you: Solitude by Ella Wheeler Cox.

Discarded DNA:
An artist in NYC, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, is culling “discarded DNA” from NYC city streets in the form of chewing gum and cigarette butts and using a 3-D printer to recreate images of the “donors.”  In a testament to just how far civilization and society has become, instead of pondering the long term implications for our society based on these forensic advances, I spent ten minutes trying to find the dick joke.  It probably involves hotel rooms or crusty gym socks.  Dunno.  Enjoy this: https://vimeo.com/121401212

Dress Codes are Sexist:
Most of my memories of school are of being sent to the principal’s office for violating dress code in ways that I didn’t understand.  I was too young to be sexual, so I didn’t understand why it wasn’t okay to wear a tank top or short shorts, why my midriff was somehow shameful.  It never occurred to me then, that the majority of regulations on dress code were concerned with regulating female dress.  It turns out that the increased visibility of women’s issues is finally getting to the marrow of the issue.  When you tell girls that it’s their job to keep their bodies from “distracting” teachers and male students, you instill in them the idea that it’s their job to prevent rape and deflect the male gaze.

Taking it even further one high school felt like they shouldn’t stop at sexualizing the children at their school, they needed to also body shame them:  http://gawker.com/teens-outraged-at-no-sausage-rolls-dress-code-for-gra-1707689733

Hot Girls Wanted:
Rashida Jones of Parks and Recreation fame produced a documentary about the pro-am porn scene out of Florida called Hot Girls Wanted.  The documentary solicited a lot of negative reactions in the porn community and hand-wringing across the rest of the Netflix viewing contingent of the American population.

My first impulse was to hate what was surely going to be a slam piece on porn, but after having watched it, I have to say that I’m actually a fan.  It’s important to recognize that the documentary isn’t about mainstream porn shot out of Los Angeles, but a very specific industry, the Pro-Amateur porn scene in Florida, where agents actively recruit girls 18-21, knowing the work they are going to offer is temporary while the stigma of it is permanent.  I think it’s something that more of us should be thinking about.

 

 

Something probably happened in politics:
I will eventually care about politics, but to be honest, I have no idea what’s going on in the world right now.  I don’t even know who the governor of California is.  I did just binge watch the entire series of Parks and Recreation, so I figure if I follow that up with House of Cards or something I should be fully ready to jump back in the game.  Fortunately for me, I can totally blend in with regular society as long as I have a twitter account and access to Buzzfeed.  FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT!

Song of the Week:
I’ve been listening to Lykki Li’s most recent album, I Never Learn, a lot lately.  It’s a “breakup album” and was shortlisted by a fuck ton of music magazines and blogs as one of the best albums of 2014.

I’ve been listening to Gun Shot like crazy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIruwzhozTc