Decisions, decisions

Bad choices, good choices, awards show choices, and choices that are nobody else's business -- this week in TT.


Salon Staff
January 21, 2006 1:30AM (UTC)

White House

Pink Tutus Two: The Democratic Dance Continues

Helen Wheels - 11:02 a.m. Pacific Time - Jan. 16, 2006 - #9486 of 9555

Representing base instincts is not in and of itself bad, but acting on it without restraint or concern for the danger and destruction that are the result of that action is, to me, inherently evil. The evil has been repeated again and again throughout history, and yet we never as societies have learned from it.

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Society in general accepts "religious beliefs" as an external manifestation of mysticism, instead of living by the spiritual guidance that founded the religion. Thus, right-wing "Christians" can say "I believe" without dealing with the real issue. They get caught up in professing belief in virgin births and burning bushes, and enforcing society's concept of morality at the moment.

It allows them to call themselves "believers" while ignoring Jesus' teachings about the poor and sick and war, and so many of the problems facing society that keep us from acheiving real civilization. The most stunning manifestation of this is those "Christians" who believe in capital punishment -- when it was Jesus' followers and those who heard the story of his unjust execution who are responsible for the growth of the religious movement in the first place.

If we want Jesus to be our savior, we must follow his spiritual teachings and make a more just and compassionate society, worldwide -- he gave us all we needed to save ourselves.

And yet, over 2000 years later, we bullheadedly ignore the real message of his life and death.

Movies

Bizarre Hatred of Random Celebrities, Part the Fifth

Nicole E - 05:55 a.m. Pacific Time - Jan. 18, 2006 - #2142 of 2207

So, I've scanned the photos.

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The Do's:

Geena Davis. Wow. Perfect posture, luminous skin, lovely hair, and that dress! Maybe, MAYBE a bit snug, but she carried herself so beautifully I didn't care, and her figure is absolutely gorgeous now, with those new curves. Considering Davis used to dress like a circus act for award shows, this is a huge improvement.

Evangeline Lilly. Loved her dress, loved the color, loved her hair.

Rachel Weisz. Most beautiful pregnant woman ever (she IS preggers, right?).

Natalie Portman. Yes, the girl needs to eat a sandwich, but on the other hand, I found myself bizarrely fascinated with the way she channeled Audrey Hepburn, and the pixie cuts works on her gamine frame. And the dress fit.

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Felicity Huffman. Brave choice, wearing white, but the dress was flattering and her hair was soft and lovely.

Hugh Laurie. No explanation needed.

George Clooney. See above.

Eva Longoria. I HATE this woman but I loved her dress, and she wore it well.

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Charlize Theron. Her hair could have been a wee bit neater, but this woman knows how to dress for her body. I've never seen her in a bad dress (even when she was orangey at the Oscars last year, that dress she wore looked smashing).

Queen Latifah. Another woman who knows how to dress for her body. The color of her dress, especially, looked stunning next to her skin, which is absolutely gorgeous.

Scarlett Johannsen. Hated her hair -- a dress like the one she wore demands a soft updo -- but her dress was great, and didn't make her boobs look absurd, just pleasantly perky.

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Kate Beckinsale. Too much makeup but I did love her dress and hair, and those fabulous earrings.

Virginia Madsen. Va va voom!

Jane Seymour. Just lovely. She's still got it goin' on.

Colin Firth. 'Nuff said.

Emma Thompson. Finally she figured out how to do glam. I only hope her stole wasn't a dead animal.

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The Don'ts:

Chloe Sevigny. Has this bitch EVER dressed in a manner that isn't totally embarrassing? I've seen that dress before: at my high school homecoming dance in 1989. I mean, what the FUCK? POOFY SLEEVES? Someone stage an intervention, 'cause ... dayum.

Reese Witherspoon. Put her in a different dress and she would have looked gorgeous -- her hair, those earrings. But that dress was seriously ugly.

Keira Knightley. Someone needs to tell Twiggy that if you don't have tits, wearing a strapless gown with a straight-across bodice isn't doing you any favors. Ditch the strapless, or think sweetheart neckline.

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Mariah Carey. Another embarrassment. Boobies spilling over the top of a dress is one thing. Spilling out of the SIDES of one's dress? No. Just no. And on that note...

Hillary Swank. Who isn't nearly as well-endowed as Mariah but the side of whose tits was clearly visible from that god-awful dominatrix-lite contraption she had on. And another thing -- if your boobs are saggin', don't be baggin' the bra.

Gwyneth Paltrow. This year's look is I Just Rolled Out of Bed and put on a giant Christening gown.

Debra Messing. Is it just me, or did she take that scene in "The Sound of Music" where Julie Andrews makes clothes out of drapes just a wee bit too seriously?

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Melanie Griffith. Do I really need to explain?

Teri Hatcher. See above.

Marcia Cross. Man, what a disappointment after her gorgeousness at the Emmys. The color wasn't bad on her, but she looked so severe, like a seriously pissed off, anal retentive Juno.

Rosario Dawson. Her dress looked like the seamstress quit halfway through, and her hair was hideous.

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Michelle Williams. Really, Michelle, just because you were nice enough to buy that bridesmaid dress for your best friend's wedding, doesn't mean you had to pull it out and wear it again.

Fergie. What was that thing she had on?

Paul Giamatti. Homeless chic. Ugh.

Diane Kruger. A seriously fugly dress, and sloppy hair.

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Jessica Alba. Another seriously fugly dress.

Penelope Cruz. My god, that hair is huge. And not in a good way.

Renée Zellweger. Even when she wears something pretty, I just can't stand to look at her. Those stringy, ropey arms, that puffy face, the hair in her eyes ... she's just nasty.

Sandra Oh. OK, the most horrible word in fashion is "blouson." NOBODY looks good in it.

Mary-Louise Parker. Frump much?

Private Life

Serial Monogamy: the OTHER lifestyle

Heatherkh - 10:34 a.m. Pacific Time - Oct. 12, 2005 - #32 of 298

A friend of mine told me that she and her husband agreed to reasses their relationship every 5 years. not as a "should we stay or should we go now??" but as just a planned "hey lets look where we've been, where we are, and where we may be going" kinda thing. i thought it was a good idea...

For me, dating while having my mind open to the journey and not any specific have to get married in 5 years or i've failed destination has a) opened me up to meeting and spending time with people i might not have otherwise and b) release pressure and stress. i don't think it is lowering expectations. i don't feel like i'm compromising myself in any way. in fact, were i to do the opposite, i feel like i would be compromising myself. in my situation, if i had to get married in 5 years, i would have to stop seeing chevy. and right now i see that as cutting off my nose to spite my face.

It isn't always easy. there are external pressures. crap, if you are my age (36) and you've been dating for a year, people ask you "when are you moving in? when are you getting married??" i've had friends tell me that they think i'm wasting my time. well, it is my time to waste. i've grown tired of explaining how i feel to them, because i *know* they don't believe me. i *know* they think i'm trying to convince myself. and that is frustrating as hell to me. how fucked up is it that it would be easier for them to understand if i married someone just for the sake of getting or being married ... which to me feels like the ulitmate in compromise. i've told a few of them that they seem to have plans and ideas for *my* life that i don't, and that i'm not the one who needs to revise those ideas, they are.


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