Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Is that supposed to be a fat joke?

It's Fat Tuesday AND International Women's Day today. Mere coincidence, but the juxtaposition of the two is a little strange. One is about eating, dancing, and overturning social conventions before a period of fasting and sacrifice, and the other encourages political and social awareness of women's rights and their struggles to gain them. How does one celebrate both on the same day?

I know how many women in New Orleans choose to celebrate (men too, I guess)--does their exposure bring awareness to just how far women have come (yay, we can take off our shirts and people will give us beads) and at the same time overindulge? Maybe, considering all the countries where such exposure would warrant arrests and/or execution. Maybe not, considering the box women risk placing themselves in if such exposure only reinforces gender stereotypes.

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