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04:53 pm: News Things to Think About
Kip, you'll want to read this one -- the WashPost had an article about the girls playing the Bratz dolls in the movie. Apparently they're going to try to make them less slutty than the dolls themselves, since they're most bought for/by girls under eight. But when you look at the girls, they might as well be one black and three white. The two who are playing the Asian and Hispanic dolls don't look it. Near the end, you get a real feel for Disney with this quote:

They have even assigned one another Disney princess names: Skyler is Cinderella, Nathalia is Sleeping Beauty, Janel is Mulan.

"Disney doesn't have any African American princesses," Logan says, "so I get to be Superman."

And then a WashPost Sports columnist, Sally Jenkins (who believes in Intelligent Design, but I don't think that shows here), talks about how maybe we should have two levels of professional sports -- one Natural, one Enhanced. She says athletes have doped since the beginning. But then she quotes Charles Yesalis, professor of health and human development at Penn State and a longtime scholar of performance enhancement:

"When you go to a movie, you don't want to see how the movie was made, or the special effects are done," he says. "The drama plays out and it has a black or white ending. You just want to be entertained and happy or sad your team won."

And it's true I don't go to sports, but when I see a movie, I do care about how it was made and the special effects. I'm not the only one, if I go by the extras on the DVDs. If guys are doped in sports, I want to know.



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Date:August 4th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
I care about the making of later. While I watch the movie, I want to know it has been made with integrity - if it exploits animals or extras, my viewing pleasure is severely diminuished.

As for the team sport - I want to see the best team win. Not necessarily 'mine'. I don't want to see the people who care least about their health (respectively, the health of the athletes in their care) win; or the people who can afford to take/develop the most drugs; I want to see the people with a combination of natural talent and willingness to train.

And my enjoyment is enhanced if I can follow them over years, if not decades.

The problem with doping is that it causes not just an imba;ance of competitors, but also a long tail of pressures to dope, doping of minors, and people experimenting because their heroes take those substances. Much of the damage isn't done to consenting adults under constant medical supervision (although there's damage enough), but to the guy at the gym who buys a packet of something off his mate down the pub.
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