Deb’s House Concerts
Nathan Pacheco at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C.Nathan Pacheco Sings for Prince Charles at the British Embassy
Disney Artist Sings for Prince Charles
Deb’s House Concerts
It seems only right to follow RuPaul’s drag show post with a post about a lingerie ad. At the least, it’s a convenient place for me to put this post.
That’s the name of this lingerie ad. It’s definitely breaking new ground and pushing the limits. It achieves the sexiness goal. The limits it is pushing are possibly religious and political.
I used to expect the next new thing to come from California. It seemed to be the way things happened. They’d start in California and move east. But, in matters of sexiness married to religion, I don’t expect to see it in the USA. For all the simulated and suggested sex on television and in movies, there is still an underlying conservative attitude in many places. The lingerie company that put out the ‘sexiness for everyone’ ad is based in Germany. Daily Finance had the story.
I think the company took a huge risk and stepped way outside the usual lingerie imagery. If you liked the ad, they’d like you to visit their Liaison Dangereuse page, too. It helps if you know German.
I look at the stats for this site, and very often there will be a search for “RuPaul As A Man”. I think that’s funny. RuPaul IS a man. He does not have to dress up in order to pretend to be a man.
We, television viewers, know RuPaul as a woman, or at least as a drag queen. The first time I ever heard of RuPaul, he was on some late night show. Maybe he had his own show. It seems like it was ten or fifteen years ago. He was a tall, blonde, glamorous drag queen. He was really going against the grain then. But now, his drag queen persona hardly raises an eyebrow.
RuPaul is a gay man, and does not try to hide it. He’s bold and beautiful when he is dressed as a woman, but is not a woman. Nor, is he a transgendered person in transition. He is a gay man who performs as a drag queen.
I’ve written about this before. RuPaul was not personally ‘ex-gay’, but he played an ‘ex-gay’ counselor in a campy movie that exposes the lies and manipulation of the ‘ex-gay’ movement in a comedy that plays on every stereotype (just like the ex-gay movement does). He plays a man in that movie, But, I’m A Cheerleader, a gay man trying hard to be ‘ex-gay’ while trying to teach young gay men how to be ‘ex-gay’.
I’ve not seen RuPaul’s Drag Race, so I can’t comment on it. But, I like his larger than life drag queen persona. I like that he is not afraid to live out loud and draw attention to himself. I don’t know what effect he has on young gay people, but I hope what he does for them is to give them the courage to be themselves and love themselves as they are.
He did not really sing his speech, but the Gregory Brothers have autotuned and edited the movie of Dr.King speaking.
… but, we as a people will get there. I’ve been to the mountain top. (It’s good. Take a moment and watch it.)
Listen and watch as it really was.
I wrote the other day about how we are each in our own ‘bubble‘, living our own separate lives, not really knowing each other or what the other’s life is really like. I wrote from the perspective of how easy it is to think that what we do is a cause for what others do or say. I said that we each live in our own reality, in our own ‘bubbles’, and we don’t realize that others experience a different reality. I used the example of ven diagrams to say that we share tiny bits of our lives with those around us, but for the most part, we pass like so many soap bubbles on the breeze.
Even though we live like bubbles on the breeze, each in our own reality, we see bits of each other’s lives. In the case of disasters, we often see into each other’s world on television and online. This disaster was so sudden and so devastating, it was almost beyond comprehension. We live in different places, but we are connected by the need created by this loss of life, and loss of basic needs (access to clean water, food, and safe shelter).
Even with the horror of the stories we see and hear, we cannot possibly know the personal tragedy experienced by those we see in photos and on television. We do, however, have the opportunity to connect in some way and offer assistance. I am glad that there are governmental and non-governmental organizations that have stepped in to help. For most of us, going in person to places that have suffered terrible loss is not an option. For those of us who cannot provide assistance in person, we can participate through the organizations that are already there offering help to the survivors.
I tend to write posts and schedule them for days ahead. When something happens in the world, sometimes I move posts and write about current events. In this case, the scheduled posts have continued to show up on schedule. I did not interrupt the schedule, because I really did not know what to say. I still don’t know that I have anything to offer other than to provide links to articles with information about how we individuals can help.
Wealthy People Sending AidMeryl Streep’s Golden Globes Win: Tears And Thanks (VIDEO) Sandra Bullock Gives $1 Million To Haiti
How the Rest of Us Can HelpHaiti Relief: Aid Gets To People Most In Need
Haiti Earthquake Relief: How You Can Help
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Precious water, food and early glimmers of hope began reaching parched and hungry earthquake survivors Saturday on the streets of this shattered city, where despair at times turned into a frenzy among the ruins.
A U.N. humanitarian spokeswoman declared the quake the worst disaster the international organization has ever faced, since so much government and U.N. capacity in the country was demolished. In that way, Elisabeth Byrs said in Geneva, it’s worse than the cataclysmic Asian tsunami of 2004: “Everything is damaged.”
Despite many obstacles, the pace of aid delivery was picking up. The Haitian government had established 14 distribution points for food and other supplies, and U.S. Army helicopters were reconnoitering for more. With eight city hospitals destroyed or damaged, aid groups opened five emergency health centers. Vital gear, such as water-purification units, was arriving from abroad.
… comprehensive list of links to donate and get involved in relief efforts for victims of Tuesday’s devastating earthquake. You can also go to The Goods: Help Send Relief To Haiti, an online store by Causecast and HuffPost Impact, where you can purchase products for organizations that will be directly used on the ground in Haiti.
The U.S. State Department Operations Center has set up the following number for Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti: 1-888-407-4747
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Where I live, January tends to be cold with a lot of gray days, some clouds, some rain, some ice, and occasionally some snow. The trees are bare. There are few flowers. Hummingbirds are nowhere to be seen. I suppose it could be called a dreary month, one that could lead one to feelings of gloom or pessimism, depression or despair. These are not feelings I want for myself or for you.
January will be the month (this year, 2010) for posts about ‘feel good’ things. Unlike certain friends, I like self-help books and articles. I like analysis of the human psyche and insight into what makes us tick. We are, afterall, bio-psycho-social-beings (as some would say). 😉
This month, January 2010, is hereby designated ‘feel good’ month. You don’t have to feel good to read this blog this month. And, I might not always post ‘happy’ or ‘feel good’ posts. But, I do want something that will give us all a glimpse of the sunshine on the other side of the clouds.
Have you ever been in an airplane on the ground, ready to take off, and the day is dark and gloomy? The clouds completely cover the earth for as far as you can see. Maybe the rain is pouring down. This, to me, is how life seems when all the bad things in life are largest in our vision. Now, do you remember how it was when the plane took off? Was it a little scary to be zooming down the runway and lifting up into that rain and into those dark clouds? What happened after that was amazing.
Do you remember? As you entered the clouds, you could see nothing at all, and it was that way for what seemed like a long time. But, before you knew it, the airplane rose above the clouds and everything was different. The clouds were below, and they were brilliant and beautiful! And the sky was nothing but blue, clear, bright blue. How did this happen? Everything changed. But, nothing had really changed.
Perspective is something I enjoy thinking about. It is something I try to remember to notice. It is part of how I look for images I’d like to photograph. It isn’t that things change. It is that they way we see things changes. Good things happen and bad things happen. Happy things happen and sad things happen. People love us. People reject us. People are kind. People are cruel. We are healthy. We fight sickness and injury and disease. We live. We die.
What makes the difference in how events in life affect us? Is it all in our perspective? Is it all about being below the clouds or above the clouds? What is it in us that leaves us in the rain under the grey sky one day (or month, or year) and in the sunshine over the brilliant tops of the same rain clouds another day?
I’m thinking of a photo of a person looking in a mirror looking at a person looking in a mirror looking at a person looking in a mirror … What does perspective mean to you? How does it affect your life? How does it influence your choices (big and small)?
I hope you’re having happy, happy day. 🙂