Folks - listen to mustelid. You have heard it before and it is no lie, Esther Williams suits are great. They are beautiful, really well made, and you feel like a starlet. Also, they pride themselves on their customer service. You won't regret it.
@WaityKatie I'm not saying it's the only solution, or even a good one, just trying to provide a perspective not represented. Pretending these aren't valid concerns and making sweeping statements about building stronger communities ignores the reality of a lot of people.
For the record, I am all for non-traditional communal family structures and more anarchic social structures in general, but I'm not about to claim they are always REALLY FULFILLING and NEVER GO WRONG. Nothing in life is.
I think a lot of the 'take care of me in old age' stuff boils down to what Craftastrophies said about creating a family or community to help maintain your emotional and social life as you age. It is not necessarily about providing at-home care, but about ensuring emotional support in you final years. Yes, there is no guarantee your child will even care, but the idea of having no one at all as the clock ticks down can be pretty scary.
@lessismore My partner and I both did stints at movie theaters and therefore cannot abide movie theater popcorn. It's the fucking smell. The smell that lingers. The awful feeling of slinking into the stinky vest and smelling like work. Also, a small popcorn and a small drink cost more than I made an hour.
@sheistolerable Ahh, April fools. Yes. Good point.
@teffodee I can only think of the very cute boy with the post-halloween hat glued to his head.
@redheaded&crazie Is this where we all jump in to proselytize for our menstrual cups? Remove the monthly burden! Come in to the light!! The cup saves (you money every month)!
@teffodee Vintage prom dress here, too. A beautiful, deep purple, floor length dress with a straight bust and two thin straps at each shoulder, $40 at the discovery shop down the street from my parents. I have loved that dress since '95 and just last year hemmed it to wear at my sister's wedding. It remains amazing.
@MissMushkila Ehh. Yes, 16 yr old girls want to show off their bodies, but I am not down with that emphasis and support dress codes that try to shift attention elsewhere.
Looking at a lot of these dresses I kept thinking about how 'body conscious' the wearers must be. After all the discussion here this week about eating disorders, and the focus on sex that is such a part of prom a lot of these dresses squicked me out. You can look and feel perfectly pretty in a dress that is within three inches of your knees and comes sewn in one complete piece.
Edit: OK yes, some of these codes are weird and crazy, but I stand by enforcing a kind of dress code.