Sometimes Change Isn’t For The Better

I got a haircut today.

And it didn’t go as planned.

I wanted it shortened and with long bangs so that there is a little movement and volume. Instead the hairdresser cut them too short and now it looks like I had a fringe and I’m trying to grow them out.

It’s not terrible… I kind of like it. It’s the way she curled it that I don’t really like.

Anyway, you can all imagine what my family had to say about it.

My mom came in saying: “Oh my God what is that? What did you do with your hair?”

My sister said nothing.

My aunt gave a consiscending smile and said: “Wow, the hairdresser is so hip and modern and she gives you an horr… well, a haircut like that.”

Then they piled on:

– “It looks like you’re from the 80s.”

– “You look ancient”

– “You just need to grow your bangs.”

Then they added that “compliment” because maybe they realised what they said was mostly negative and said: “But you still look pretty.”

So yeah…I was trying so hard not to cry. I am so deeply insecure about me appearance that it kills me every time.

I promised myself I wouldn’t have listened but after the forth comment, I couldn’t help it.

So guess what? Tomorrow I’ll wash my hair and try to style it as I like it.

Wish me luck.

xxx

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“Oh, Hello! On Broadway” review

I’ve been meaning to watch this play for at least 7 months and a couple days ago I finally did it!

oh hello on broadwayEver since I saw John Mulaney’s stand up special on Netflix, I’ve been keeping an eye on his on-going projects. So when they announced on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show that their play was going to be recorded and uploaded on Netflix, I promised myself I would watch it immediately.

Then 7 months went by and here we are!

“Oh, Hello! On Broadway” is a play about two elderly man called Gil and Georgie, living together in an apartment in Upper State Manhattan. They wear turtleneck, weird blazers and act just like you’d expect two weird, strange and not too bright old men would.

The act originated on Nick Kroll’s Comedy Special’s “Kroll Show” and then went unto Broadway from September 2016 to January 2017. It was so successful that John Mulaney and Nick Kroll took the show on the road across America.

Seeing how well-received it was, I was a bit surprised for the first 20 minutes of the show. I didn’t quite get it. It took me a little while to understand it.

Then all of a sudden, it clicked. It is such a clever and interesting idea!

These two men wrote a play and then decided to performe it. Before the actual show starts, they introduce themselves. During the play, they constantly break the forth wall to talk to either the audience or to Ravi, the tech guy.

As “The Atlantic” put it:

Oh, Hello on Broadway is technically a play within a meta-play”

Since I’m studying exactly this topic at university, I found the whole play particularly interesting.

We, as audience, are at a play in which there is another play whose wall between the two is often shattered.

While performing their play within the play, they often break character and talk to each other about how the show is going. But mostly… they engage is some weird banter. They don’t just stop their own play to talk to the other, but they interract with the audience and with their tech guy Ravi. Even in the middle of saying their lines.

It’s complicated and so fun. So much fun.

I had a blast watching it and I don’t double I will watch it again sometime soon.

I was so surprised by it and if possible, I love John Mulaney even more. I wish Netflix would bring more Broadway productions to our screen. Not all of us have the opportunity and money to go see a show and I’d still like to enjoy some sort of the experience.

Go check it out. I truly recommend it.

xxx

Georgia

How is this still a thing?

Disclaimer! This post contains strong language and spoilers for Brooklyn Nine Nine’s fifth season.

Let’s start 2018 with a post about feminism because… why not?

This issue has been bothering me for ages. And I don’t understand it. I literally don’t.

I borrowed the title of this post from a segment on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight”, where John Oliver tries to figure out the reason why old traditions and “things” stop exists.

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Anyway, what I want to talk about is: why is there still this stupid-ass tradition of asking a girl’s father permission to marry her?

It’s not a rhetorical question, I’ll genuinely like to know.

And moreover, why are they always shoving it down our throats on TV shows?

Take the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise: they make such a big deal out of it! Asking the father permission to marry his daughter. Utter bullshit.

Are we in the Middle Ages or the 1950s? Have we reversed to “women being properties of their fathers or husbands”?

This makes me so fucking angry. Why do we, as a society, have this belief that it is romantic? It’s not. It’s a man asking another man a question about a woman’s life without taking her into consideration.

A proposal should be about the people in the relationship, not about them and the girl’s father.

And television doens’t help this problem. But here I don’t want to talk about those. I want to celebrate those shows that do it right.

Take Brooklyn Nine Nine. This season Jake proposed to Amy in the most adorable and sweet way imaginable.

And when asked if Jake had asked Amy’s father’s permission, this is what he said:

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THIS is what television should teach us.

and with that, I’ll leave you to it.

Please comment and start a discussion. I’d like to hear your thoughts.

xxx

Georgia

Open Letter to America

Dear America,

it’s the end of the year. I’ve been following what’s happening to you for the best part of two years and it’s a mess. There are so many things I don’t understand about you, things I take for granted but you don’t and some of them are just stupid.

Italy and America are different. VERY different. You are one of the biggest and most powerful countries in the world and we are not. People say you have the best democratic process, but somehow the person who gets the most votes does not end up becoming the President. (It should have been you, Hillary! I’m still not over it.). The easiness with which you can obtain a gun, or worst an automatic weapon, is baffling to me. And last but not least, health care. Why can’t health care be available to everyone? Most developed country managed to figure out how to do it. Why can you not, America?

But I have so many questions and thoughts I’d like to share with you:

  • PRESIDENT TRUMP:

For once, dear America, we proceeded you. We had our own Donald Trump. But from 1994 to 2014! AH AH! WE DID IT!

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Our own orange buffoon was Silvio Berlusconi. He started as a business man, built a television empire and then went into politics without having ever held a government position. But he won. And he kept winning. He was on TV all the time, he tried to shape italian minds with his own propaganda. And the scandals! By comparison, the hollywood access tape with Billy Bush is a joke. He was accused of having sex with a minor, of hosting dinners with escorts and prostitute and more. You should read some of the testimonies these girls gave. Horrific.

We were stupid enough to elect him and he was only the Prime Minister of a small country like ours. We are not as influential and as important as you, America, but he managed to stuck my country in the same place for 20 years.

And now he’s back. At 81. Trying to make coalitions with a right-wing super racist party.

For you, I had better hope America. I thought you were better than this. Learn from our mistakes and get him out of office as soon as possible.

  • GUN CONTROL

Why are people obsessed with gun? Why? They kill people. They are dangerous. Dear America, can you explain it? Why are people so scared of gun regulation? Tragedies like the one in Las Vegas should not be happening. People aren’t supposed to have the possibility of buying that many dangerous automatic weapons. I really don’t understand any of this. Why do they feel like guns are the solutions to their problems? Why do they feel the necessity to own these lethal weapons?

It’s the second amendment of your constitution. Ok. To me it’s stupid, but ok. You have the right to own guns. The problem is: why is it so easy to get access to guns in your country? I have been trying to wrap my mind around all of this, but I can’t.

  • HEALTH CARE

I can (kind of) get past the whole Donald Trump thing, and the gun situation (not really but let’s pretend for a moment), but health care is what leaves me completely baffled.

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In Italy (and in many many many counties all over the world), health care is universal and public. Sure, it’s flawed but it’s mostly free.

My granddad has diabetes, a pacemaker and had two surgeries, one to remove a tumor and one to eliminate an obstruction in his neck vein that prevented the blood from reaching his brain. If our health care system wasn’t public, he would have died. But he’s still here, about to celebrate his 88th birthday.

Why can you figure out how to do it, like almost the rest of the world? Bernie Sanders’ plan might be a little bit too idealistic, but he was in the right track!

It’s true, health care is complicated: pre-existing conduction, insurance companies, premiums… every time I hear people talking about it, I get more confused.

But why half the country is against having universal health care is beyond me.

I understand that you, America, are capitalism personified, that you are a merit-based society, but isn’t it time to improve?

You pride yourself on being the best democracy in the world, but to me it’s a load of bullshit.

I love you, America, don’t get me wrong. But the more I get to know you, the more you confused me.

Anyway, I hope I’ll understand you better in the future. You’ll continue to intrigue me and I’ll continue to try to figure you out.

All the best,

Georgia



I based my letter on this wonderful article on contemporarywomen.org . Go read it. It’s amazing.