Man. My niece is already borderline feminist…

So, my Mom, Treisha (niece) ,  Killian (nephew) , and I went out to lunch at Baja Jack’s today, for their big birthday celebration. Had a good time.. but I almost feel sorry for my nephew. Poor thing is stuck with Treisha, Mom, and I on a daily basis. He’s so happy his brother Kieron is in town, you have NO idea. Puts up with a LOT of girl talk…

Didn’t get any better for him today…

On the way home, Treisha saw a guy outside with no shirt on, and made a comment that set the tone for the rest of the ride home.

“You know… it’s not fair that guys can go without a shirt, and girls can’t.”

Now.. I wouldn’t say I’m a feminist by any stretch of the imagination.  However, this is one thing I can definitely latch onto.

It’s funny, a while back, I met a girl who was pre-op. Didn’t get to know her well, only hung out with her once or twice.  But she went by a guy’s name, dressed like a guy, preferred being called by the male pronouns, etc etc.

The point I’m getting to here, is this.  She had herself listed on her MySpace account as Male. She was built to where she could get away with it. She even had some topless pictures up, on her site.

Which, of course, since she had herself registered as a male, MySpace didn’t see it as a problem, or tag it as inappropriate. 

The whole concept just blows my mind. She was a girl, (at least, biologically. I’m really not looking to get into a conversation about transgendered individuals, I swear.) and had breasts, albeit very small ones.

If I, went and posted topless pictures of myself on MySpace or Facebook… I’d bet it wouldn’t last for long.

 

I don’t get it. Guys, have nipples. Some guys, in fact, have bigger breasts than I do. (Which the conversation went to in the car. Let me tell you, there’s nothing like discussing “man-boobs” with your tween-age niece, while your nephew covers his ears in horror!)

So… Why is it considered inappropriate for females to walk around topless, but guys are more than welcome to?

All I can think of, is that women nurse.. and maybe at some point in the past, that became associated with fertility and sex, like how hip size did?

 

No idea. If anyone has any thoughts, I’d love to hear them. Otherwise, I’m done ranting about my (and my nieces) crazy opinions. First the Harry Potter ranting (which, I did more of today, got to hang out with some old family friends who are BIG book readers. Kim and I sat and ranted about the differences in the books/movies while our moms and her brother laughed at us.)

I promise- a more sensible post about day 2 of our Disney trip is coming soon. As soon as I have the patience to sit down, type it all out, and add pictures.

 

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Finally saw Harry Potter and the DH pt 2!

It took us THREE tries, but we did it!!

We went to see it while we were in Disney- the first night we went to Downtown Disney, where the AMC is located…. it was fifteen minutes into the show.

 

And for Matt, who wanted to see the Dark Knight Rises teaser trailer…. not really an option.

 

So, we opted to try again the next night.

 

We were exhausted, so we took a nap. Alarm went off for us to get up and get ready… after thirty minutes of debating it… we realized that the hotel bed was going to win, and we were not going to see Harry Potter.

Finally, we made it to the AMC! Early! Good thing too- it ended up selling out!

Theater was crazy. There was a bar. Lots, and LOTS of snack options- and it even has a few dine-in theaters!  (Of course, tickets were $12….)

The movie itself was really good. Even the fan fiction-esque ending. (there are probably spoilers ahead. Just FYI)

Loved how practically all the characters were portrayed. Snape, Griphook, Voldemort… the Kings Cross scene was great. Even some of the scenes they changed up I was okay with. LOVED the gray lady scene.

But man. There are a few things that rubbed me the wrong way…

Firstly… they left out the whole speech about Snape never being Voldemorts… he was always Dumbledore’s man.  I was so annoyed by this. Poor Matt had to listen to me rant and rave all the way back to the hotel.

Second… Teddy Lupin! What the heck?! Where did he go? I think we’re meant to assume he was the curly haired kid on the train with the kids we do meet… but they completely glossed over him. He had a pretty decent part in the books epilogue . It was a nice ending, to know that he, losing both his parents like Harry did, ended up in a significantly better situation than Harry himself did. It was a lovely little full circle thing that went ignored in the movie.

Few more  minor things…… I guess it makes sense that they left Teddy out. It seems they glossed over Lupin and Tonks a lot in the movie as well.

No nod between Harry and Draco, either. I mean, it’s a NOD. You included a glance… but not a nod?  Sigh.

This next one is a tad trivial, because I don’t believe it would have ever lived up to HP readers imaginations- but the much anticipated “Not my daughter, you bitch!” was not at all what I expected/hoped for. I mean, for goodness sakes– it was typed in all caps in the book! She delivered the line fairly calmly, all things considered. Far more calmly than *I* would have, I can tell you that.

The Diadem. In the books, wasn’t it in the cabinet next to where Ginny hid the HBP book? I’m fuzzy on this one… need to look it up….

All in all, I really did like the movie. I just needed a space to rant. Because, lets face it. I don’t need to be running around, constantly telling people how much it bothers me that they changed this, or this, or left this out, etc.

 

And of course, typing this out has got me all riled up again. 😦  Maybe I’ll google some other HP sites, see what they have to say about it.. (like I really need to be egged on here.. )

 

Thoughts on the finale? I’m anxious to start re-reading the books again.

Married folks, what’s your opinion on this?

Ok. Let me start off, by simply saying that I know everyone has their own opinion. Doesn’t mean they are wrong, or that I am wrong, or ..well. You get the idea.

Anyway. This subject has come up in conversation with friends a few times, in a church class, etc. I’m really just curious on different opinions.

And really, anyone is welcome to comment. Not just married people. Promise. 🙂

Is it ok, for a married man, to have woman friends; and vice versa?

If not, why? If so, are there any circumstances which would make you lean towards no?

This seems to be  hot button topic sometimes, and I’m genuinely curious as to what people have to say….