A Brief Rant Up On My Soapbox

  Two very unrelated rants I need to get off my chest. And then you can resume your Olympic extravaganza.

  1. My mom and I observed two teenage girls at the gym today getting ready to head out to the pool. My gym has a nice outdoor pool and lounging area and most people get dressed to head out there in the locker room. Remember when you were a teenager getting dressed in the locker room? You did everything you could do show as little of yourself as possible. Times have not changed. The one girl put on her bikini top while keeping her shirt on and then went into the tiny bathroom stall to put on her bottoms. God forbid a bunch of middle age ladies catch a glimpse. When she came out of the stall….teeny, tiny string bikini. Seriously some waxing had to take place to pull off those bottoms. Somehow, somewhere something went askew in the modesty lessons. My mom and I got a chuckle about the irony, but seriously something is not right with these young girls. Could go on for hours on this subject, but I will just leave you with my plea to put a moratorium on shorts with words on their butts. Cause I am seeing them in the toddler section…
  2. This post broke my heart tonight. I have spoken before about my love for special needs children in a previous soapbox rant. I will admit, I really wanted to see this movie. It looked funny in everything I had heard and read about it. I tend to really like Ben Stiller movies. But I will not be going. Nor will I catch it on video. I really hope you will let your conscience guide you, but consider doing the same. And consider telling others to do the same. I sent out an email to most of my address book to tell about what I had discovered even though it made me slightly uncomfortable. I really just don’t feel like I can be silent about this. If the first post didn’t seal the deal for you, I hope this one will.

Climbing down…for now…


  1. Consider it boycotted. I had no idea.

  2. Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about this movie. Your support means so much!

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  3. Thank you for making me aware of the Tropic Thunder thing- that is disgusting- I can’t believe in 2008 that there are people that still don’t get it. As for the modesty thing- don’t even get me started on that :).

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  4. My husband and I are mid-twenties parents and we are just as disgusted with the way today’s youth dresses – especially at the pool where they miraculously find new ways to take off MORE than what they were already wearing.

    My husband is shocked by how short shorts are these days, and was shocked even more when I told him it’s actually really hard to find attractive looking shorts that aren’t that short – hence why I am a capri-clad momma. And the sad thing, is you know when we were teenagers we were the ones considered to be pushing the envelope with our clothes, likes, etc. It’s amazing how far we’ll go to do something edgy or extreme and sadder how girls can’t see why dressing like that shouldn’t be okay.

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  5. Thanks for sharing this info on that horrible movie. I hope that the boycott works and no one goes and sees it!

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  6. Thanks for getting the word out about that movie – obviously this issue is close to my heart. It means a lot!

  7. Rachel says:

    There is no way I’d see this movie. And God help anyone I see wearing a “Full Retard” shirt and laughing about it!

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  8. Thank you so much.

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  9. First, thanks for the information on this horrible movie!

    And second, I am so with you on the need for less shorts with words across the butt! Last night at the gym there was a teen in front of me in aerobics and her butt said “Fast B*tch”! I mean really, does her mother not read her butt!!! Furthermore, the shorts must have been a size small and this girl should have purchased a size large. Lets just say there was nothing left for the imagination when she got down on the floor for push ups and the words were lost in her butt crack! Ugh!!!

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  10. Valentina says:

    Thank you so much for sharing about Tropic Thunder. I had no idea.

    Not a day goes by that I don’t worry about my daughter having to face hearing the R word among others.

    Just yesterday she started at a new day camp and nearly made herself sick with fear and worry about starting somewhere new. Not only does she face the normal fears of being the “new” kid but we never know how or if she will fit in because of her disabilities. I’ve never seen her react so strongly. It breaks my heart that she has to face this.

    And now this movie is going to repopularize this ugly word again. It’s shameful.

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