Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Mighty (Sexy) Girl

My six year old told me recently that she wants a pair of jeans. I went to Target and was horrified to discover that my choices were either Skinny, Super Skinny, or Jeggings. Honestly, Target, what is even the difference? I’m opposed to the sexualization of children so I’m not buying those jeans. Besides, skinny jeans can physically harm the wearer!
I went on Facebook and asked my mom friends where to find kids jeans that aren’t designed for teens and adults. One of them suggested Wal Mart. Now, I hate Wal Mart. It’s dirty, understaffed, and the corporate policies are awful. But I did want a pair of kids jeans. So at the end of our date night, my husband and I went to Wal Mart. We did find a pair of normal jeans, so yay for that.
However, while we were there, we saw these:
I laughed and said, “Look, Deadpool underwear for little boys! Not appropriate.”

My husband agreed. We kept looking, fascinated by the juxtaposition of Sesame Street characters and Marvel super heroes. Then I picked one up. The back was narrower than the front.

“How is a boy even suppose to wear these?” I asked him.

“I don’t know.”

I pulled the waist out from the hanger and noticed how wide they were.

“Um, I don’t think these are for boys.”

“What do you mean? Who could they be for?”

“Little girls!” I exclaimed. “Haven’t I just been telling you that they are sexualizing our kids?”

We continued to stare, puzzling out the bizarre underwear. I saw this was an end cap to an aisle of bras. Adult bras.

“Oh, these are for women,” I said.

“NO!” My husband shook his head. “Look, it’s Sesame Street characters! What woman wants to wear Big Bird underwear?”

“Yes, these are for women!”

So here are the top 5 things wrong with these underpants.

5. They have a really narrow butt. This means they will constantly be wedged into the wearer’s butt crack.

4. They aren’t thongs. If something is going to be in my butt crack, it should be a thong, because at least that way I won’t have visible panty lines.

3. They have Sesame Street characters on them. Look, I get how you might want a pair of Oscar the Grouch underwear that say “Nope” on them. We all get periods. But Big Bird? Cookie Monster? Elmo?

2. They are, with one exception, male characters. Thor, Captain America, Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird, Deadpool, Captain Marvel (who even knows who that is???). The female is Black Widow. Forget feminism. Forget the wildly successful Wonder Woman that is currently in the theaters. Make women wear sexy underwear that celebrates male comic book heroes.

1. These are not knock offs. That means that someone at PBS looked at the idea to put Sesame Street Muppets on women’s underwear and said yes.

I guess the idea is that all women need to fit into one carefully designated box. We must be skinny to the point of disease, young to the point of puberty, mentally young to the level of Sesame Street, but also as sexy as the girlfriends of comic book super heroes. No thanks.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Miscarriage

Several years ago, I sat in a bathroom staring at one word on a white stick: Pregnant.

I hadn't been trying to get pregnant. I was on birth control. We didn't want kids. But there it was. The word.

The next day I went to the doctor, because one of my medications was forbidden for pregnant women. My urine test was inconclusive so they sent me for a blood test. I was frantic. How long would these results take? How long before I knew if my life plans were ruined or not?

That night I had a miscarriage. Two weeks later, I found myself crying hysterically over a pregnancy I had never wanted. I was stunned at how badly it hurt to lose a pregnancy that I hadn't even discovered until days before it ended.

After that, my husband and I decided we needed to make a permanent decision regarding kids. I was on medication that could cause miscarriages, and obviously birth control wasn't foolproof. We needed to take permanent action one way or another. After several months of prayer, discussion, and consideration, we decided to try for kids. I changed my medications, went off birth control, and started taking prenatal vitamins. Within 2 months we were pregnant.

That child is 6 years old now, and she is the best and most complicated blessing I've ever received.

In her book, Holy Trinity and the Power of Three, Cynthia Bourgeault discusses a concept known as the Law of Three. This law is the idea that every whole thing, material or non material, contains three forces: affirming, denying, and reconciling. Something new arises, which is affirmation, and then it is blocked, which is denial. Reconciliation occurs and something new comes into being.

For the last few months I have been "in the process" of ordination. I was seeking to be ordained as a deacon in the Episcopal church. That journey came to an end last week. The answer is "not now." And it's not the answer I wanted to hear, or expected to hear. It hurts a lot. I've cried a lot. But every time I pray about it, God reminds me of my miscarriage.

God's call to me is the affirming power. My church joined in that affirmation. The Bishop of my diocese became the denying power when she said "not now." And now I wait for reconciliation. Because when the reconciling force moves, something new will come.

My husband and I conceived a child by accident - life found a way, to paraphrase Jurassic Park. Life became an affirming force, only to be denied. There is no blame there - the medications I was on probably caused the miscarriage, but that's not my fault. And then my husband and I became the force of reconciliation. We participated in the affirmation and the denial, and ended up creating my daughter.

This post is in no way a criticism of the Bishop. Denial is not wrong or bad, as every parent knows. I have faith that her "not yet" is somehow part of God's plan for me. Her role in stopping the process is just as important and good as my role in initiating the process. And now I am in reconciliation, waiting to see what new wonderful blessing is being ushered into my life.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

September 2017 Stitch Fix Review

YAY! It's Stitch Fix time! My husband recently signed up for Stitch Fix, so I let him get a few Fixes in before I scheduled one for myself. What is Stitch Fix? It's a clothes shopping service. You create an account and fill out a style profile that includes all your clothing sizes and preferences. If you really want to get a good Fix, you also create and share a Pinterest clothing board. Then, at a time that YOU schedule, a personal shopper selects 5 items for you and mails them to you. You decide what to keep and what to send back. If you send everything back, it only costs $20 for the styling fee. If you keep all 5 items, you get 25% off the total. If you keep 4 or fewer items, the $20 styling fee is credited to your total.
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In this Fix I requested lots of warm clothes. I'm desperate for lined wool pants. Sadly, I didn't get any of those. I think stylish lined wool pants are the unicorn of the clothing world. However, I got two cozy tops, one amazing plaid shirt, and two pairs of stylish and snug pants.
First let's talk about the Edeva Button Up Top. For $64, it's a little more money than I might spend on a plaid shirt. But it is SO comfortable. I put it on and fell in love.

This shirt has tabs so you can roll up the sleeves and a shirttail that is nice and long in the back to provide coverage if I happen to wear it with leggings. I appreciate the bias cut detail on the front pockets. Perfect for fall days! This is a KEEP.

Next up, the Glynn Faux Leather Detail Moto Legging. Black leggings with pleats and faux leather, which would be great if I didn't already have a very similar pair in my closet. They're $58, but my Keep 5 discount is $78, so I'm on the fence about these.

The other pair of pants are olive green, a color I have been wanting for a while. They are the Chloe Moto Detail Jogger Pant, and when I showed them to my husband he asked me to tell me more about them. As in, where would I wear them, and why did they have pleats?

Why DO they have pleats? I think the pleats are what make them "moto." Look, I don't get fashion. But these pants ARE very comfortable and certainly a lot more fashion forward than sweats. At $58, they are a decent price. Plus they go really well with my brand new red sweater and my floral combat boots. And the best thing? They have pockets!
As a comfortable alternative to jeans that I can wear in public, these are probably going to be keepers.

Now for the last two tops. One is a Tammi Cowl Neck Knit Top, B Collection by Bobeau. It's $58 and has a great neckline. I like this top and the price, but I'm not sure if it's a good length for me. I feel like it might end right at the wide part of my hips, which is not flattering. Also, the color is a little bland for me. On the other hand, this is very comfortable and cozy. Plus it's the kind of top that I can see wearing a lot, simply because it's comfortable, neutral, and needs no accessories due to the fancy neckline.


And finally, by Retrod, the Canaya Cotton Blend Pullover in navy. I love this sweater. I love the button detail down the sides. I love the relaxed cowl neck. I love the inside out stitching details. I love the navy blue color. I love that it's made of cotton, so I can layer it for all types of weather. For $74, this is a definite KEEP.



And yes, that final picture DOES show my belly pooch. You know what, I've got a belly pooch, and I just don't care. I'm a real woman, so admire my belly pooch and then give whatever pooches you have a little love too.

So as of right now I have two definite Keeps, one probable Keep, and two maybes. Input?