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Old 10-10-10, 09:45 AM   #1
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In a Barbie world

So my friend Laura told me that she wanted to go to The Women's Ultimate Expo in SF - with Helen Hunt as one of the keynote speakers. Sounded good, I suppose. "Have fun, Laura!"

Well, she came to me the next day and told me that she got two tickets because it was buy two for the price of one, and that I can go with her.



Lemme tellya, as soon as I got into the front of the place, I knew exactly what was going to go on in there. Just walking in, the smell of a strong mixture of fragrances hit me and immediately my allergies kicked in.

Looking around, I noticed that there was a HUGE sign telling people about the beauty seminars upstairs. There were booze sample booths all lined up on one side, and that area was crowded as if it were a slapchop demo. To the left the line for the women's bathroom was as bad as if this were a rock concert with an extended set.

550 booths. Make up, perfume, wigs, hair products, stiletto heels, figure enhancing undergarments, lotions, soaps, powders, things that make you stand up taller, things to make your teeth whiter, or your teeth straighter, things that make your shoulders go back so your bosom sticks out more, miracle skin tightening, things you ingest to clean out your colon so you don't have the tummy bulge. Plastic surgery.

Oh and of course jewelry, purses, accents for clothing such as dingle doo haws to hang on your phone to make it cuter.

Attending without make up such as I did was a curse. Walking though there, so many people were offering me this, a sample of that, Let me show you this, have a spritz of this, "Come, I'll make you look BEEEYOOTEEFUL!"

Sales sales sales. All designed to plant in your mind how ugly you are to be you.

Plastic women all around me with cakes of make up, breast enhancements and fake smiles having the hardest time walking in those ankle breaking high heels.

Five hours in Barbies world. Enough is enough. I had to leave. I didn't even get to hear Helen Hunt speak.

No wonder my headache wont' go away.
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So what did you buy? We want pictures.

Did they have any knives?
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They had Cutco kitchen knives. Whoopee.

I bought a handmade bag from Global Mamas, a non profit organization to support sustainable lives for women in Ghana who earn less than $2 per day.
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They held this in SF? Talk about not knowing your local audience.
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It would have been interesting to hear what Helen Hunt had to say. Probably something about women empowering themselves, I would guess. I'm betting the show promoters wouldn't see the irony.
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Were there a lot of guys there?
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I hate what this country has become... doctors who don't care about anything but money, people who try to convince you that your too ugly or too fat to hock they're stupid products and make money off of all your insecurities. for all the great things we have accomplished....we still only care about profit and put it above all other things including human life.
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The booze sample booths sounded promising.
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I'm amazed that she lasted five hours,I would have bet less than two!
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Why did I suddenly think of the Bebe ads? Angry looking, anorexic women with pasty complexions and raccoon eyes?
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I'm amazed that she lasted five hours,I would have bet less than two!
I couldn't last 5 hours in a place I liked. Even 2 sounds excessive.
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There is only one cure for this: You must go and spend several hours hanging out in your local bike shop, or the tool department at Home Depot, immediately.
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Okay, you're in Texico so I will explain this for the out-of-towners without getting myself banned. SF is chock full of... hmm, shall we say, women who aren't exactly women and men who aren't exactly men, if you catch my drift. Also, it's full of people who would protest such an expo.

So Siu... were there any protests?
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Okay, you're in Texico so I will explain this for the out-of-towners without getting myself banned. SF is chock full of... hmm, shall we say, women who aren't exactly women and men who aren't exactly men, if you catch my drift. Also, it's full of people who would protest such an expo.

So Siu... were there any protests?
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So my friend Laura told me that she wanted to go to The Women's Ultimate Expo in SF - with Helen Hunt as one of the keynote speakers. Sounded good, I suppose. "Have fun, Laura!"

Well, she came to me the next day and told me that she got two tickets because it was buy two for the price of one, and that I can go with her.



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550 booths. Make up, perfume, wigs, hair products, stiletto heels, figure enhancing undergarments, lotions, soaps, powders, things that make you stand up taller, things to make your teeth whiter, or your teeth straighter, things that make your shoulders go back so your bosom sticks out more, miracle skin tightening, things you ingest to clean out your colon so you don't have the tummy bulge. Plastic surgery.

Oh and of course jewelry, purses, accents for clothing such as dingle doo haws to hang on your phone to make it cuter.

Attending without make up such as I did was a curse. Walking though there, so many people were offering me this, a sample of that, Let me show you this, have a spritz of this, "Come, I'll make you look BEEEYOOTEEFUL!"

Sales sales sales. All designed to plant in your mind how ugly you are to be you.
Plastic women all around me with cakes of make up, breast enhancements and fake smiles having the hardest time walking in those ankle breaking high heels.

Five hours in Barbies world. Enough is enough. I had to leave. I didn't even get to hear Helen Hunt speak.

No wonder my headache wont' go away.

Only weak minded people fall for that bull****. Most beautiful thing in the world is an all natural woman. Period.
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BTW, Siu... SF Bike Expo is at the COW Palace on 6 Nov. Just in case you need to compensate.
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5 hours! Were you restrained and without your knives? Row upon endless rows of make up, crappy accessories, and wigs would make me crazy in minutes. AND perfume spritzers?! Eek I hate those things. My best friend tried to guilt me into going to a wedding planning show and I refused hours of perusing flower arrangements and engagement ring displays (I think she's exchanged her engagement ring twice so far). Horrible stuff.
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5 hours is a long time... and you didn't stab anyone? impressive.
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I didn't stab anyone, I didn't bring a knife because I'm still kind of sore for stabbing myself the other day.

But seriously, I'm amazed at how many women there were out to impress...it was like a car show but with WOMEN. Who has the better upgrades?? Who has the coolest body modifications? On some of them, there was not a hair out of place. Well do you know why? Because of all the hairspray!! One gal leaned over to look at cosmetics and her hair did not move! At all!

And the sad part is, they say that it's done to impress the guys (thus making the women feel good about them self) but I'm wondering if the guys really do like all that makeup ....it's just a cover up! It's a facade. It's fancy paint on a regular stucco building.

I don't understand how someone would have implants either. To invade your body for the visual and physical pleasure of another person. I don't get it. Some women will say that they do it for them self, not for anyone else. But it's to feel good about the way she looks, which means she is not happy with her natural body, her natural self.
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Siu, maybe you should have gotten a makeover. Look what they did for the teenage mutant ninja turtles:

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Seems like that's always been the world we live in; just with better technologies nowadays. Men & women both go for the best they can get (better for the gene-pool). Guys have to live up to certain ideals for women, why not women for men? Heck, I don't see hordes of women clamouring over each other to get the short, overweight, balding, lazy, unemployed couch-potato with bad teeth who watches sports on TV all day. When that happens, men will prefer non-Barbies as well.

Even with the same woman, which would you prefer?

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