Nov 25, 2013
commented on Morning After Pill Deemed Ineffective for Average-Sized Women
This is going to be a fairly controversial post, and I want to make sure that I lead off by saying that I want nothing to do with body-shaming, so please try to put this post in the proper context instead of becoming needlessly defensive.
I cannot read a post like this and not see apologism for personally and socially destructive behavior. According to research on diabetes, heart disease, and other weight-related illnesses, a healthy weight for a woman who is 5'4" (average female height in the US) is 110-144 pounds. If a woman of average height weighs 165 pounds, she is not a healthy weight, even if she is of "average" weight in America. According to the AMA, "average" weight American women are actually overweight and, as @5 noted, on the verge of obesity. Unless they have a physical condition that causes weight gain, such as a thyroid malfunction, an "average" woman is not only hurting herself, but she is also likely contributing to harmful environmental conditions. I mean, how many times has this Blog called America out for being a resource hog? Personal consumption, particularly of unhealthy foods, is one of the most significant aspects of America's significant overuse of resources. As a society we should figure out how to give positive encouragement for women (and all people, for that matter) to achieve a healthy weight.
To put my message in relief: This Blog, and the left-leaning community as a whole (of which I consider myself a part) has no problem encouraging modification of "average" behavior, such as shopping at Amazon or Walmart, to take an example off of the front page of this blog. I mean, people who shop at Amazon and Walmart are taking advantage of cheaper prices and convenient shopping opportunities, they are not putting in the extra effort to support their own best interest and the community around them. This, to me, is no different than a person who eats poorly. And while I hardly think it helpful to shame people who struggle with their weight, I cannot endorse a position that those who are an "average"--and unhealthy--weight should get positive reinforcement for their bad decisions, whereas those who choose to shop at Amazon or Walmart should not.
Oct 30, 2013
commented on No on 522: Label GMOs, But Not This Way
What about motivations for voting "yes" other than issues relating to health? I already voted "yes" on 522, but I agree that GMOs pose no health danger. My concern, rather, is motivated by what I consider to be destructive intellectual property interests related to GMOs. I want to know whether I'm supporting private ownership of genetic sequences when I buy a product. I think that GMOs can be very beneficial, but I don't think they're beneficial when a private company has a exclusive control.