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  • #16
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    My issue is the completely unrealistic body images for women. I have never actually been overweight, however, between gymnastics, weight divisions for martial arts fighting and general exposure to advertising media, I've been constantly dieting since I was 10.


    So I have decided to make peace with those last vanity 5 pounds on my 5-foot, naturally stocky frame. My blood work says that I'm disgustingly healthy; I'm one of the strongest women in the gym; I don't get hungry all the time; I don't have energy slumps.


    As far as personal care products, it's amazing how much $$ you save when you can do without the foam and fragrance and just use Dr. Bronner's liquid castille soap for everything. (Okay, still brushing my teeth with Tom's of Maine toothpaste alternating with something from Tropical Traditions.)

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    • #17
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      @ willow -


      Yeah, I know I'm a nut.


      And it could be worse than ranting about soaps. I have a tendency to take my cartoons too seriously. I find the tractors in Pixar's Cars to be disturbing and deeply unsettling. (A tractor is the exact same thing as a car with only differences being in the chassis. So why are the tractors treated like animals and tormented for fun? Is it some kind of vehicular eugenics program?)

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      • #18
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        A cow is the exact same thing as a human, only difference being the skeletal & digestive structure. Why are cows treated like animals and pushed over for fun... cause mean people suck and all ways will.

        ~ I don't talk to people with closed minds; they tend to harbor brain fungus. ~

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        • #19
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          @noisyninja. I think the best is somewhere in the middle. You need to be able to find out things that could be good for you.


          Not all advertisement is evil. On tv, I tivo everything I watch, I skip ffd on commercials but often I go back to something that I might be able to use... or they are funny.


          My concept is to keep my eyes open. I try to get the good thing out of everything. Living "under a rock" can get boring sometimes

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          • #20
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            @Sir Grandma


            Good point. I didn't think to comment, I guess, because I'm very unaware of how they're marketing the games on which I work. On the development side we're VERY separated from the marketing. We're shipping a game in June for the 360/PS3/PC, and we have no clue what their marketing plan is. My coworkers will find out when it starts, and they'll have to tell me about it.


            Are video games marketed aggressively these days? Keep in mind I haven't been regularly seeing any TV ads in several years now.


            @LX


            Clever... yeah, I did advertise my post, didn't I?


            @Those who think advertising isn't that bad


            It's a choice. I can respect why some people are entertained or interested in some of it. I'm not. I've found that I can find the products I need without having to endure advertising and so I don't do it. I like that our entertainment sessions are uninterrupted, that we're saving a tremendous amount of money (almost $100 a month) on entertainment, and saving even further money on crap we don't need. I don't doubt that there are some good products being advertised, but last I looked several years ago, there was so much CRAP being advertised that it simply wasn't worth my time.


            And believe me, we're caught up enough. Through communication with friends, reading blogs (about tech, housecleaning, cooking, you name it), etc, we know about the new stuff we want to get.


            Thanks for all the replies! Glad to see it sparked so much discussion!

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            • #21
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              Thanks for taking it the spirit of good-humored ribbing, Noisy Ninja.

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              • #22
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                I don't think it's so much of a choice as one claims. Sure, I can choose not to have a TV and not to watch anything. I can choose not to read magazines. I can choose not to be exposed to those ads. But when I ride the bus, there are ads there. I don't have a choice. There are billboards among the roads. I would choose to look at the natural environment but I don't have that choice. I would choose to look at the city around me when I go on my walk, but there are posters advertising this and that sale. There are billboards on the walls of most buildings.


                Then I get it from my friends and family: "What? Your computer is 10 years old?? Why don't you get a new one of x-and-y brand like I did, I've [insert rambling about why x brand is superior to y brand]." Well, because my computer works just fine for what I do with it. I repair it myself when it breaks. I don't think I could really say it's entirely 10 years old. The case is old, but the ram was replaced last year, the motherboard was replaced 3 years ago, I'm about to replace the DVD drive and burner in a few more months once I've got the cash.


                I still get the spiel about conforming. "Everyone's has a cell phone, why don't you still have one?" I don't need one. There has never been an occasion where I needed a cell phone and in the one occasion where I was in in the last ten years when I did need one (and had one at the time) I didn't get a signal.


                Do I get a choice in these subtle advertisements? No. I got a lot of flack recently because I didn't watch the superbowl "for the advertisements". Why, said I. Even if they're supposed to be amazing, advertisements are still advertisements. I don't find them entertaining or funny and many of the recent ones spawned a lot of talk about misogyny and stereotypes in my feminist group.


                There's a big difference between you linking your post, noisyninja (dattebayo!), and the aggressive campaigns I have to deal with in my daily life telling me I'm inadequate or defective if I'm not buying constantly. Sure, there's crap I want, but it still comes down to crap. Being able to spend very little money, working part-time and giving me free time are more important to me. I still see something in a store and I want it, but I resist, even if it's tough. But by the time I've left the store, I've forgotten about it. By that evening, I don't know why I even wanted it. I'd have to give up something I enjoy in order to have it. I don't want that.

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                • #23
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                  ugh, I feel you there... advertising drives me nuts, it's so easy to see through. I just try my best to ignore it. I rarely watch television, most of the stuff on TV is garbage. It drives me nuts to hear the local news as well, they just love when something big happens and it's drama drama drama! If the TV is on.. it goes to the educational channels. Wish I had some TiVo.

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                  • #24
                    Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes.Working jobs we hate so we can buy crap we don't need - fight club

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                    • #25
                      @TenYearStorm

                      Another minimalist right here. Though, I'm in college so I don't have a fat bank account. ;-)

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                      • #26
                        I'm kinda forced to be minimalist right now due to finances, and although there is certainly some stress to it, it also feels like a gift. It's very hard to simplify when you don't *have* to. It's kinda freeing.

                        And I hate advertising too. I hate just the noise of it, and the way they change the picture every two seconds (ugh, such visual "noise"). I hate how insulting most of it is. And I have great respect for how effective it can be. Even when you (the consumer) mean to resist, the power of suggestion is strong and often subconscious.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by avocado View Post
                          I'm kinda forced to be minimalist right now due to finances, and although there is certainly some stress to it, it also feels like a gift. It's very hard to simplify when you don't *have* to. It's kinda freeing.
                          Indeed. This is a common observation among people who go on "spending fasts." No decisions to make or errands to run. You just...don't buy stuff for a while. It's quite amazing how long a person can go without shopping, or at least certain kinds of shopping, and the benefits go well beyond the financial!
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                          • #28
                            I'm the same and written about it in my blog as well... http://danimalk.blogspot.com/

                            It can go in hand w/ a Primal style b/c we like what's 'real'... real food, real exercise without shortcuts or gimmicks, therefore real results. When is the last time advertising was realistic? It paints a fantasy so we paint a picture in our heads to purchase something new and shiny.. the imagination is extremely resilient, self control against it is not.

                            I too live very simply with the essentials.. we owe it to ourselves to have indulgences, but a lot of fluff, we can do without.
                            http://danimalk.blogspot.com/

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by BarbeyGirl View Post
                              Indeed. This is a common observation among people who go on "spending fasts." No decisions to make or errands to run. You just...don't buy stuff for a while. It's quite amazing how long a person can go without shopping, or at least certain kinds of shopping, and the benefits go well beyond the financial!
                              I get that.I disconnected my home phone yesterday because I never use it and got really annoyed when it would ring because I knew it was some telemarketing call.My wife even though she isn't Primal herself has taught me how to follow PB and yet be frugal.My wife laughs because we will wear clothes until they are literally falling apart

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