Marilee J. Layman (mjlayman) wrote,
Marilee J. Layman
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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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