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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Why I hate Lifetime

Before I begin, I know this rant may offend some of the people that enjoy watching the Lifetime. I mean no disrespect; I'm only expressing my opinion on something that has been on my mind for quite some time. So fair warning: if you like the Lifetime Network (or at least the made-for-TV movies it airs), you probably shouldn't read this blog entry.

Lifetime is known as the network for women. Ha! In my opinion, Lifetime doesn't know the first thing about women--at least real women. If they did, they would know better than those two hour soaps that they call movies on the network.

Now, I don't mean to say that all of its movies are terrible. I couldn't resist watching the movie based on Amber Frey's account of the whole Laci Peterson ordeal. I also found the one about the homeless girl working her way up to Harvard very inspiriting. But a lot of the movies that are based on a true story are just depressing. It's bad enough that domestic abuse, child abuse, murders, and kidnappings happen in real life. Do we really need to see movies about those terrible tragedies? If I wanted to see those kind of things, I'd watch the news.

I find it rather shocking that the people involved would give permission to recreate what may have been the most terrible ordeals of their lives. What purpose does it serve, aside from reminding us all that the world is a cruel, unforgiving place--and of course, Lifetime's ongoing theme: all men are scum.

This brings me to my next point: sexism goes both ways. It is possible to turn feminism into misanthropism. I am all too aware that a lot of men are terrible, but we don't need Lifetime bashing the entire male population! I'm sure that there are a lot of decent men out there, only how are we going to discover them if we go under the bias that all men are scum?

Besides, there have been plenty of women who have done terrible things who are also portrayed on the Lifetime Network. Are we supposed to be more understanding of their crimes while being completely unforgiving those committed by men?

Case in point: The Betty Broderick Story. Yes, what her husband did to her was wrong. But throughout the movie, I found it harder and harder to sympathize with her. She was basically only thinking of the wrongs committed against her, without a single thought as to how her somewhat psychotic behavior was doing to her children. And to top it all of, she broke into her husband's house and murdered him and his new wife. It can't be justified by self-defense because he wasn't physically abusing her or anything. It was murder, plain and simple. Yet I'm supposed to believe that some women's groups thought she's a cause for their organizations??

Among the "based on a true story" movies, there are the fictional movies. Most of these have the same theme: a woman goes out to "find herself," while probably ending her marriage in order to do so.

Honestly, is it any wonder why there's such a high divorce rate with all these movies that are glorifying quitting marriage? It's understandable if the husband turns out to be an abusive jerk, yet what about the ones that have done nothing wrong? One movie had a woman abandoning her husband and children to persue her own dreams.

Another one (supposedly based on a true story) involved a woman who ups and leaves her husband and has an affair with a married man. Unlike Amber Frey, she was fully aware that he was married. As if that weren't bad enough, she lies about her husband supposedly abusing her when she files for divorce. After she finds out that her lover murdered his wife, she goes to her ex for help, and he eventually takes her back.

Excuse me, I'm supposed to have sympathy for these kind of women? If my mother left us just so that she could follow her own dreams, I would cut her out of my life.

I know this may sound harsh and selfish, but really, so is ditching your family for your own freedom. Call me old-fashioned, I was brought up to believe that once you have kids, your family comes first. This is why you should probably wait until you're secure before marrying and having kids.

So those are my reasons for hating Lifetime. They make both men and women look bad. They keep reminding us of the horrible events that can happen in one's life (or marriage). It almost makes me glad I don't have a boyfriend yet, those movies have frightened me thoroughly. But I will no longer waste my time watching those shows.

Monday, January 16, 2006

How History Should Be Remembered

Last night, when I was looking at the latest news on the Comcast website, I happened to find an article relating to Martin Luther King Jr. While it did acknowledge his accomplishments in the civil rights movement, I found that it concentrated more on his personal life. It mentioned things that I don't remember reading about him in books, namely reports of activities that could be considered as philandering.

Huh?

I will be the first to acknowledge it: nobody is perfect. We'd like to think that the historical figures behaved perfectly, but the fact is that they probably didn't. For instance, I read a book about Ben Franklin that portrayed him in a not so flattering light. It was pretty funny reading a letter he wrote that advised someone to choose an older woman instead of a younger one.

The movie Amadeus forced audiences to consider the fact that while Mozart was a musical genius, he could have also been a foul-mouthed, overzealous buffoon. Of course, most of that movie was based on rumors, not fact, so that might not be the best example.

The point is that most of history is written by heresay, and not fact. We're probably never going to know what Mozart was really like; the only source we have is what was said (or written) about him by those who knew him best. Additionally, most of those people were probably biased, because everyone had their different opinions about him. The only solid thing we have to know him by is not his personality, but his music.

I'm sure none of us today knew King, so we're never going to know what he was like either. But who cares? It isn't exactly respectful to try to dig up every skeleton he had in his closet, partcularly right before a day that's set aside to honor his achievements. We remember him by what the good things he did.

My point is that history should honor the good things people have done, even if they weren't exactly perfect. I know that Columbus Day is now infamous, since most people know that he tortured Indians. Still, if it weren't for him, most of us probably wouldn't be living in this country. You cannot deny that.

If the majority of people are more concerned about whether a person cheated on his/her spouse or whatever more than the actions that person took to help other people, then America is in a sadder state than I realized.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

New Years Resolutions

Yes, I know I'm three days late for this topic. Still, for some people, it may not seem important, because the way I see it, a lot of people make New Year's resolutions without any intention of keeping them.

Doesn't that seem ridiculous? The whole point of making a resolution is to actually KEEP it. These days, however, the idea of New Year's resolutions has become a joke. People have no problems with forgetting their resolutions. Instead of making resolutions you don't keep, why not make some that you know you can keep? That way, it will be easier to maintain resolutions.

With that being said, here are my resolutions:

1) By the end of the year, I will make sufficient progress on my novel project.

2) I will have a job this summer.

3) I will try to relax more and not have a meltdown whenever something doesn't go my way.

4) I will keep doing my best in school.

5) I will stop swearing in front of my parents.

6) I will finish and submit my story for the Spartan Off-Beat before deadline.

7) I won't be so upset if nobody looks at this blog.

8) I will keep these New Year's Resolutions.

Happy New Year everyone!