What Happened To Jennifer Lawrence Was Sexual Assault

Deb:

A great response to the latest hacking incident. Well said and kudos to this blogger for speaking out.

Originally posted on The Belle Jar:

TW for talk of sexual assault, victim blaming, misogyny

You’ve probably heard about the nude photographs of Jennifer Lawrence that were leaked online yesterday. The leak also included nude pictures of Kirsten Dunst, Ariana Grande, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and several other women, but, naturally, it’s Lawrence who’s drawing most of the heat because she’s super-famous right now. She’s also known for being charmingly awkward and honestly if I had to place any bets I would guess that most people were hoping that she would respond to this with some kind of hilariously crass Real Talk about sex and her body and being naked. I keep seeing comments by people who want her to provide the punchline to this joke; what they don’t seem to understand is that this is not a joke, this is a form of sexual assault.

Jennifer Lawrence and the other women involved in this leak were photographed…

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Let’s try a new feature: Media Monday

I am pretty darn bored with this blog. Changing the look isn’t solving the issue, not that I believed it would. I started this page to write about “things” and “stuff.” When it began, I didn’t really know what those things, or that stuff, would be necessarily. I met my goal for a short while, posting about items that were interesting, or funny, or touching, or irritating to me. Then, life and other things seem to get in the way and ideas were lost, or seemed not important enough to talk about, and I got lazy as well. Perhaps that was due in part to my student status, perhaps to a general growth of apathy as the newness of blogging wore off, or perhaps I simply cannot sustain anything remotely intelligent and thought-provoking for any length of time.

So I think that it’s time to re-introduce and re-grow the concept that I originally had in mind when I began on WordPress. After all, my little tag line under my title does same something about “random musings” focused on my myself and the world in general. I’m not seeking profound, or deep, or even necessarily insightful. I mostly just want to talk about stuff that catches my attention. So, for the very first Media Monday I give you:

Pinot Noir In a Can

This news item passed through my local report this morning as I was feeding the cat at 5:30. Hmmmm. Maybe an interesting concept. I mean we already have wine in a box, and wine in those tiny, individual serve bottles packed in tidy four pack cartons. We have regular wine bottles and we have mega size, mega volume bottles. We have wine at Costco and wine at Totally Wine & More, and wine in chic wine boutiques and bars. 

Apparently I am not highly informed regarding burgeoning wine market trends. When I searched for more on this story Google informed me that this trend of wine in a can has been happening over the last few years. What can I say, I like my wine in a bottle. I used to be a real wine snob and demand that it be a corked bottle. Arthritis, and some societal pressure, has led me to believe that twist top wines have their merits as well. It took me a while to get over the fact that good and less expensive wine could be had in twist top version. This was always my idea of twist top wine, cultivated as a teenager:

Although I did also enjoy a fine glass of this as a teen:

And who can forget this gem:

I am happy to report that my palate has been refined since those earlier days of sticky, sweet, cough-syrup wines. In fact, as it is still summer, my latest favorite is a nice, crisp, slightly tart and only mildly fizzy Vinho Verde such as these from Famega or Gazela

I find it rather sad, this new wine in a can. The brand featured in this media story is packed by the Union Wine Co. located in Tualatin, Oregon. Lovely, lovely wine country in Oregon, but how appealing is this:

Source: David L. Reamer

Source: David L. Reamer

So much is lacking here. Can this understated can really compare with the wine of my youth? Can this can really rise above Annie’s vibrant color, Ripple’s fine aging, or Boone’s Farm clear glass bottle and fancy lettering?

Also, according to the article linked originally, one of these cans is going for a whopping $6. I might very well pay (and have actually paid) six bucks for a nice glass of red. But, that red came in a glass, having been poured from a glass bottle (twisty or corked) and was most likely being sipped in an atmosphere of semi-refined yet casual appreciation of the work involved in the wine making itself. The article also states the advantages of wine in a can. We in the Pacific Northwest really loath the sound of empty wine bottles clinking and clacking inside our day packs as we meander through the rain forests and coastal grass in our Birkenstocks. The reality is that we pack out around here. It is an unwritten rule (actually the DNR does state this rule in writing) that what comes in goes back out and who wants to take a chance that one of those empties may break inside the pack? 

Crushed cans would seem to add real convenience, and take up less room in the day pack which means that we can carry more in and easily slug down can after can as we enjoy nature. No wonder this product is from our sister state of Oregon.

 

Fall into a new look

It’s almost fall and that means a new look to the blog. 

I am just so not someone who can stick with the same routine over and over. This time I have gone fairly minimalist. 

I did change up how my “blogs I follow” section is displayed. Rather than the list I am going with the grid this time around. I like the color that each avatar brings. 

And…

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Her very first concert. Mom, dad & Miss G waiting for the Dave Matthews Band at The Gorge in George, Washington. An annual event.