Friday, September 28, 2007

Friday Cheers and Jeers

We'll start with the jeers - a pregnant woman was fired from a plastic surgery office "...after being told to suck in her belly so she wouldn't scare away patients." The plaintiff, Erin Griggle, "was told to keep 'sucking her belly in' by Dr. Brian Vasser she didn't scare away patients who came to the office to look better." Yes, folks, according to this doctor, all you have to do to hide a pregnancy from prying eyes is inhale deeply. Apparently we humans are still so uncomfortable with our own biology that after a mere 200,000 years, we are still absolutely terrified by the sight of a pregnant woman. Terrified. And here I though that being pregnant had become trendy. Via Feministing.

Jeers to Italy for ordering stiletto heels as a mandatory part of the uniform for its female police officers. Via Jezebel.

Cheers to the US Senate for finding a way to "extend federal hate-crime protection to people victimized because of their sexuality," but jeers to Bush for making them have to sneak such reasonable legislation in with an unrelated military bill.

Finally, can you do a cheers and jeers post without paying homage to Stephen Colbert's Tip of the Hat/Wag of the Finger? I can't. And this one is on a SI hot debate topic - breast feeding. So, without further ado - I give you Wag of the Finger - Breasts.


Mächtige Maus said...

See...I'm not the only one accusing nursing women of "whipping them out". And let me just say that if Steven Colbert is making it an issue, then it must be so.

That said.

(1) The irony of a plastic surgeon being dismissed because she is unable to suck in her pregnancy does not escape me.

(2) The irony of a woman in Italy being placed in stilettos for her job also does not escape me. Especially when we consider all the overweight-donut eating men police officers on the U.S. streets protecting us. Perhaps it is only meant to even up the playing field? If the men are too overweight to run after a criminal, then a woman should be equally hindered by stilettos, no?

La Pobre Habladora said...

Every Hollywood fan knows that the higher the heels, the better we fight... haven't you seen Charlie's Angels? If the Italians really want their cops to kick butt, they will also have to invest in a lot more leather jump suits, though. Only investing in the heels is a really sloppy job on the part of the Italians - it leaves the thing half-done.

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