GoogleAds

discrimination

Dancing Envy And Double Standards

Someday, I want to be this brilliant in Tribal Fusion bellydancing.

If only I had some box converter so I can convert some of her YouTube videos into my television. ~_~

Unfortunately, as much as I love her dancing, society’s penchant for perfection continues to piss me off. Apparently, I’d be considered a freak if I tried to dance this kind of choreography when I am 80 pounds overweight.

Well, that sucks. I didn’t know you were supposed to have a specific bodily figure to bellydance. ~_~

I’ve been reading around the InterNet lately. Apparently, most “fluffy” bellydancers focus more on Egyptian-style bellydancing rather than Tribal Fusion style bellydancing. Which is fine for me. It’s just that there are way too many people who bring these bellydancers down by calling them “fat” or “disgusting”.

Seriously? Since when has dancing for pure enjoyment become disgusting?

Anyway, I really hate these kind of double standards. It’s annoying. It’s like saying you can go and do bellydance when you’ve shed some pounds and become skinny. Which is a total opposite of what belly dancing is all about. Bellydance is all about acceptance, and liking your body no matter what the shape.

Argh. Society sucks sometimes. Honestly. Remind me to find my old bellydance belt and dance my heart out while rising my middle finger to the people who give me disgusted looks. >:(

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - August 19, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Categories: aspirations, bellydance, bellydancing, dances, discrimination, fat comments, fat hate, favorites, fitness, obesity   Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Support AThinLine.org, Stop Cyberbullying

 

This… was pretty much some part of my life in high school, except for the fact that FaceBook or networking sites were still non-existent then. We had to take insults like this right into our faces, and in my case, etched in the boy’s bathroom. ~_~

Still continuing on to the cyberbullying issue, I came across this video while I was looking to compare life insurance. It’s about A Thin Line.Org, which is a website and a program by MTV that deals with cyberbullying, sexting, and other abuses that occurs in schools nowadays.

It’s actually a really, really great program, that I wish would be implemented in schools, colleges and even workplaces here in the Philippines. Being the texting capital in Asia, cyberbullying is pretty much just as prevalent here as it is in the US.  Probably just as worse, since I see articles of suicides by teenagers in the newspapers.

It’s scary to think that us, the older generation, are letting these things happen. There are still no laws against all forms of bullying, and there are a lot of schools, particularly here in the Philippines, that do not have anti-bullying policies. Things like the ones happening in this video should never happen to anyone in real life. ~_~

Anyway, calling to politicians, mind you that we need laws against cyberbullying and other forms of abuse through digital means, because believe it or not, THIS *points to video* is happening here too. ~_~

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - July 16, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Categories: 2011, adulthood, aspirations, child abuse, discrimination, health, home, media, random, rants, technology, teenager, wellness, writings   Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Zenkx Against Cyberbullying

Man, the internet today is both an awesome and annoying thing, specially when it comes to things like bullying. ~_~

Just recently, I saw an episode of “If You Really Knew Me”, which addresses the modern concerns of High School students in the US, specially when it comes to “stereotyping”, where in students are seemingly grouped according to what the school society thinks them to be. They can be jocks, cheerleaders, nerds, outcasts, etc.

One of the thing that hit me during that show was about cyberbullying, or abusing someone’s well-being through digital means like texting, or through posts in FaceBook, MySpace or in their own personal blogs.

I find it really interesting and … disturbing, to think that these teenagers are practically ruining someone’s life by the words they say through the use of the InterNet and cellphones.

There was once a time when I was bullied in high school… way before texting was a fad. My friends were what they called nerds or outcasts, but I loved them, not because they are strange or anything, but because they were genuinely fun and really cool. My best friend, Joyce has been my friend since high school. And we had went through a lot of shit together from the bullies. We had chairs and books thrown at us. Joyce, particularly, being the smartest, was always pressured into doing someone else’s homework. She was called thin, and I was called weirdo. I had the biggest breasts in class, and they often picked at me because of it. Some went too far as to date me just to touch my breast for a bet.

I had… a bad time in high school, but it was Joyce, and my other friends, Beth, Juddee, Mary Jane, Joseph Ickx and Ericco who made me strong enough to not let a blade touch my wrist, because it would make them sad. When we were bullied, Beth would defend us, being a black belter in karate, and when we got so angry we would go out and hang at the mall, or sometimes in my house, where we would talk about things. It… made me really appreciate them and love them.

But now… it’s just scary. You don’t need physical contact just to be bullied by someone. Heck, you could be in the same school but not know each other until someone posts something awful about you.

I’ve heard about news of teenagers killing themselves because someone made an awful rumor about them… like them being gay, or fat, or weird, or being falsely accused of being something that they are not. As one who went through that ordeal and was able to not do it, I just wish that this kind of thing would stop happening. Life is too fun, and great and awesome, to be tainted by such false accusations. I wish kids who went through the same, and probably worse, scenario like mine would have the strength to stand up, and know that just because they called you something, doesn’t mean you have to be.

Watching all this… it is making me regret that I didn’t look into counselor careers or get a master degree in psychology. I just wish there was something I could do to make teenagers and people learn something about cyberbullying, and how it’s affecting people not just in schools, but even outside of it like in workplaces. ~_~

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - at 8:50 pm

Categories: 2011, adulthood, discrimination, dreams, health, random, rants, regret, relationships, stupidity, technology, writings   Tags: , , , , , , ,

The Fat Buddha “Insult”

Before I post stories about my Marinduque Holy Week, I came across a little epiphany while watching a movie while I was processing my bank account to get money for the trip (kinda makes me wish I had check city cash advances… the line was so long at that time ~_~). The movie was called “Necessary Roughness”, and it starred Scott Bakula and Sinbad way back in 1991.

Anyway, even though I wasn’t really paying attention to the movie, but I do remember one part where they insulted one guy as a “Fat Buddha”. Being a chubby person myself, it kind of made me think a little.

Is being called a “Fat Buddha” really an insult?

The way I see it, it’s not.

Look at it this way. The person calling you a “fat buddha” is, for one thing, stupid and foolish. If they had studied religion and philosophy, they would know that the “fat buddha” is not actually the real Buddha. The real Buddha was named Siddharta Gautama, a young man from India who attained enlightenment by meditation, and the founder of Buddhism. His religious icon is that of a young man, sitting in a Lotus Pose (yeah, I know my Yoga XD). Buddha is also given to several other people, because the name itself means “enlightened one”.

Second, the “fat buddha” term is mistaken… it’s called a Budai. It’s Chinese diety. Buddha is, of course, the founder of Buddism, while Budai, is one of the deities of the Chinese Zen. He is also included in the Buddist teachings, but he is more known as “The Laughing Buddha” rather than just “Buddha”.

And finally, Budai, even though his appearance is that of a bald, short and fat man, is often times called the representation of contentment and enlightenment. He did not care if the world made fun of his belly or his looks. He is laughing because he is content of his life. He helped the poor and the destitute, and he understood the ways of the world. Society’s view of physical appearances didn’t matter to him. He’s laughing because he is content and happy with life and his life’s work. He is enlightened and happy… hence the name “Laughing Buddha”.

So yeah, the next time someone calls you a “Fat Buddha”, don’t be afraid to say, “Hey! Thank you!”. Why? Because it means you are enlightened. That you are happy and content with what you are, and with what you do, and what you look like. Consider it as a compliment. That ought to throw your enemy in loop. They’d go, “Why the heck is this guy thanking me when I insulted him?”. And you, having read and learned this, would just smile, knowing that the person who insulted you had just called you a happy and content “Enlightened One”. ^_^

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - May 4, 2011 at 11:18 am

Categories: 2011, discrimination, fat comments, fat hate, favorites, humor, random, religion, stupid people, writings   Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Adam Lambert needs to learn how to SHUT IT.

‘Nuff said.

I’m not really a huge fan of American Idol, or even Britain’s Got Talent. In fact, the only reality TV that I’m a fan of is Wipe Out (cuz wipe outs make me laugh XD). I am, however, a big fan of talented people.

Take Susan Boyle for example. She’s like the epitome of hidden talents, I swear. She comes in the theater, makes cheeky comments and yet all the while the audience thought she was a joke and laughed. But when she sang, she not only got a standing ovation, but the whole world’s attention, proving that looks can be deceiving and to never judge people by the way they look.

But unfortunately, some people just have to go and slam her all of the sudden, like Adam Lambert. In a recent column from Yahoo!, Lambert called Susan Boyle’s album “terrible” despite the album reaching 4x platinum. While his own album only sold up to 500,00 copies.

Sheesh. Jealous much?

I will admit that after hearing the song Lambert had mentioned, called “White Horses”, I feel that the song just wasn’t fit for Boyle’s powerfully melodic voice. But come on! To say that the WHOLE album was “terrible” is just mean and stupid. Susan Boyle had the coolest rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream”, perhaps even better than Elaine Page. Besides, if the album was really that awful, then it wouldn’t sell 4-million-copies in the US alone, right?

Envy can make people say the most stupid things. And I believe this is the most stupid criticism I’ve ever heard about Susan Boyle. And coming from a second place American Idol, no less. Lambert and Boyle have two different musical styles, and for him to slam her in a musical style that would never be fit for him is just plain wrong. I would’ve understood it if Andrea Bocelli or Josh Groban critiqued her like that, but from a guy who’s more on the punk/rock genre, it’s just… bleh. AND he even said that the way Boyle sang the song was “horrendous and sacrilegious”.

OH COME ON!

You guys want to know what song remake is “horrendous and sacrilegious”? The recent cover of Micheal Jackson’s “We Are the World”. Yeah, search it on YouTube and listen to how horrendous it was. I mean it. I agree with Jay-Z (you know, Beyonce’s hubby) when he said that “We Are The World” is untouchable and should never be remade. But unfortunately, they did, and it came out terrible. I admire their courage and their tenacity to find a way to help out the victims of the Haiti earthquake, but remaking a classic is not a good way to do it. It would’ve been better if they had written a new song for the incident. I’m pretty sure it would’ve sold better.

Anyway, back to the issue, let this be a lesson to all the other artists out there who wish to “critique” their chart opponents. RESEARCH, my friend. If you see that your opponent has a 3.5 million album sales larger than yours, then by all means, shut it. Statistics doesn’t lie when it comes to calculating how lame you are that you’re losing out to an old lady.

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - February 25, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Categories: discrimination, fricking joy, jealousy, music, music remakes, prick, random, rants, stupid people, stupidity, susan boyle   Tags:

THERE SHE IS!!!

Surprised you, didn’t I? XD

Anyway, I thought I’d take a break from my usual “Of…” title to tell you about a cute find that I saw on the InterNet.

Honestly, the Internet is such a great tool for people who get easily bored (like me XD).

So I was searching through YouTube again, and I found this wonderful video derived from a flash animation called “There She Is!!!” by a Korean animator named “amalloc”.

It tells the story of Doki and Nabi, and how they struggled against discrimination in their world because of their love for each other… since Doki is a rabbit and Nabi is a cat.

I find that this animation is such a great way to tell a story since our world, similar to theirs, is full of discrimination and prejudice. I mean, for amalloc’s world, it’s the discrimination between cats and rabbits. But for us, it’s the discrimination between the rich and the poor, or people of different religions, ages, races and even genders.

Just look at the recent issues between same sex marraiges. It has been around for ages. Being a Catholic, I find that though I do agree that though God made only man and woman, there is no way to say that God didn’t make a man with a woman’s heart, or a woman with a man’s heart. I think for me, if the same sex couples would follow the 10 Commandments in their life and in their married life, then… I find nothing wrong with them being together.

(Anyway, this is just my opinion. No need to bite my head off for this, since I totally respect the opinion of other people.)

If you want to see more of amalloc’s animations, here are the links of his 5 creations in YouTube, or you can visit his site here.

There She Is! Part I
There She Is! Part II: Cake Dance
There She Is! Part III: Doki And Nabi
There She Is! Part IV: Paradise
There She Is! Part V: Imagine

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - July 25, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Categories: amalloc, animation, discrimination, flash, opinions, prejudice, sambakza.net, same sex marriage, there she is   Tags:

THERE SHE IS!!!

Surprised you, didn’t I? XD

Anyway, I thought I’d take a break from my usual “Of…” title to tell you about a cute find that I saw on the InterNet.

Honestly, the Internet is such a great tool for people who get easily bored (like me XD).

So I was searching through YouTube again, and I found this wonderful video derived from a flash animation called “There She Is!!!” by a Korean animator named “amalloc”.

It tells the story of Doki and Nabi, and how they struggled against discrimination in their world because of their love for each other… since Doki is a rabbit and Nabi is a cat.

I find that this animation is such a great way to tell a story since our world, similar to theirs, is full of discrimination and prejudice. I mean, for amalloc’s world, it’s the discrimination between cats and rabbits. But for us, it’s the discrimination between the rich and the poor, or people of different religions, ages, races and even genders.

Just look at the recent issues between same sex marraiges. It has been around for ages. Being a Catholic, I find that though I do agree that though God made only man and woman, there is no way to say that God didn’t make a man with a woman’s heart, or a woman with a man’s heart. I think for me, if the same sex couples would follow the 10 Commandments in their life and in their married life, then… I find nothing wrong with them being together.

(Anyway, this is just my opinion. No need to bite my head off for this, since I totally respect the opinion of other people.)

If you want to see more of amalloc’s animations, here are the links of his 5 creations in YouTube, or you can visit his site here.

There She Is! Part I
There She Is! Part II: Cake Dance
There She Is! Part III: Doki And Nabi
There She Is! Part IV: Paradise
There She Is! Part V: Imagine

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - at 7:00 am

Categories: amalloc, animation, discrimination, flash, opinions, prejudice, sambakza.net, same sex marriage, there she is   Tags:

GoogleAds