“Take Her Swimming On The First Date”

“Take Her Swimming On The First Date”

An attack on makeup wearers everywhere.
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you have probably seen a popular meme attacking women who wear makeup. The typical format goes something like this: a photo is posted contrasting the same girl with or without makeup, with the caption “This is why you take her swimming on the first date [emoji emoji emoji].” Some viewers will laugh and move on, and others will roll their eyes.

I, for instance, am among the population of meme viewers who will roll their eyes. I'm sick and tired of seeing this meme going around. The entire basis of the “swimming meme” is built on top of is a base of sexism. The meme portrays the belief that an individual wearing makeup is deceiving, and the only reason that they wear makeup is to market themselves sexually.

This is an incredibly stupid and slightly offensive meme. Now allow me to tell you why.

The photos used in the meme are insulting the original poster.

Often times, the photos are posted in pride by a person who is proud of their makeup skills. These photos are not meant to showcase the “ugliness” of the person before they put on their makeup. Instead of celebrating the time and effort it takes to perfect makeup skills, the people behind the memes are attacking the person for being “ugly.” This is a slap in the face to person who originally posted the photos of themselves.

Makeup is not deceptive.

The purpose of makeup is not to deceive anyone; it’s meant to highlight features one likes about themselves. As if anyone is born with gold glitter permanently attached to their eyelids, or dark red lips. Calling makeup deceptive is simply not realistic. The people making these memes have known that makeup has existed for their entire lives. It's time to cut the crap.

Makeup is not "false advertisement."

Makeup is not false advertisement, because people who wear makeup are not advertising themselves. Suggesting that the only reason people choose to wear makeup is to advertise themselves is absurd. Under that logic, anyone in a relationship would stop buying and wearing makeup. Perhaps instead of assuming that people wear makeup to impress others, consider the fact that people wear makeup to make themselves feel good.

The meme is inherently sexist.

Although the fact remains that not only women wear makeup, makeup is a historically feminine thing. Along with other "false advertisement" claims, such as shape-wear and push up bras, the meme stands as an attack on femininity. If women don't wear makeup, they're ugly, but if they do they're deceptive. It's a lose-lose for women no matter how they choose to present themselves.

It's time for this meme to die.

People choose to wear makeup for many reasons, but impressing people who make these memes is not one of them. Maybe instead of finding new reasons to attack people, we should celebrate our differences and appreciate the art that is makeup.

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15 Actual Thoughts You Have While Wandering Around TJ Maxx

God bless TJ Maxx.

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I recently went to TJ Maxx with a friend with the sole purpose of not buying anything. We literally looked at everything, though, and later, I walked out with half a dozen items I was not planning on buying. I'm just glad it was only six from the number of things I saw and liked.

Here were my thoughts as I wandered around TJ Maxx for an hour.

2. "Of course I have to check out the clearance section... except that's basically the entire store."

4. "This may look horrible on me but I'm going to try it on anyway."

5. "Maybe I should just look at some nice clothes for work. You can never have too many business casual clothes..."

7. "$5 makeup... How bad could it be?"

8. "American Eagle shorts for only $15?!"

9. "I can't carry all this stuff."

10. "Do I have a giftcard?"

11. "I want to decorate my house with everything in here."

12. "Oh, look, something I didn't need but buying anyway."

13. "Could I pull this off? It's cheap and looks good on the mannequin..."

15. "Yes, I found what I wanted. No, I did not need any of this."

Please note that all items are in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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Small Business Saturday DOES Matter

The past couple of years, I've grown pretty fond of Small Business Saturday, the somewhat increasingly popular shopping day following Black Friday after Thanksgiving

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My hometown, Berwyn, and neighboring communities, Oak Park, Forest Park, LaGrange Park, etc. have lots of smaller mom and pop shops, coffee stores, and all the more which tend to thrive on this specific day. This year I made the decision to journey to the south side of Chicago, in the Pilsen neighborhood. Don't worry, this area was not decided by random chance. This was a deliberate decision to visit a very close family friend, who owns a shoe store with much success over the last 40 years.

The last time I visited the store was right around my 22nd birthday (6 years ago)! And after timeless chances of failing to make the trip, what a time more fitting than to support a Chicagoland small business. To my biggest surprise, the trek down to Pilsen was smooth as butter on bread – with practically zero traffic. I parked and made my way across the street to find the very great yellow awning with the store's name dead center, Burdeen's Shoes.

The store didn't have any customers in it, but a few workers in the back chatting, and I was immediately greeted to a very happy, smiling, and recognizable face, one of my best friends' fathers, Frank. We shook hands, greeted each other, and began to catch up and converse on a variety of topics, while I was incredibly impressed by not just the presentation of the shoes, but the variety and selection. There was ZERO question I would leave this store with a purchase - it was happening.

I do have many pairs of shoes, but you can't ever have enough Nike classics, such as the Jordan Retros. In fact, the shoes I wore that day, were the last pair I purchased at Burdeen's, a Chicago Bulls/Blackhawks-themed red, white, and black style mid-top. From this, you can probably assume I have a set form of colors I prefer in shoes, red white and black. The options for today's visit were heavy and plentiful, to the point where I remember saying "I'm just trying to decide what I want to try on!"

After a couple of passes, back and forth, finding the Kevin Durant's, Kyrie's, LeBron's, and other various Nike styles, I found one that struck my eye, the LeBron James Witness 3. This is a sleek, all black, cloth shoe, with a red sole and Nike symbol. There are some slightly other detailed marks, LeBron's signature logo, and the imprinted tongue of the lion symbol as well. When I put the shoe on, I knew it was the first winner.

There we were, one pair down and another to go. Now, I was really struggling. However, Frank's company and conversation helped me in what would become my next decision – an almost identical, yet slightly different, version of the Jordan Retro 1 High OG. As I tried on the Kevin Durant's, I wasn't completely sold on them – and I expressed my appreciation for the Blackhawks and Bulls color scheme on shoes. Then, the lightbulb went off for Frank, he said, "You know what? I forgot I had these, but since you're a size 12, they should work – I'll be right back."

As he returned, he had an all-black box with a golden 23 and Jordan symbol on it…and then the thought occurred to me, this could be very similar to the pair I have now, and it indeed was, except this pair was even better. The Jordan Retro 1 Mid is a fantastic shoe, one that emulated the style of a Chicagoan, dedicated to his or her hometown teams, but can also be presented in fashionable style.

After trying on both pairs, looking at them in the mirror, and walking around in them – I had myself two new pairs of shoes. "But that's not all." The store also had a sports-filled variety of hats, to no surprise again! Winter hat options were great for the Bears and Bulls. There was a variety of New Era football, baseball, basketball, and Blackhawks hats. If there's one team I do not have a cap for, it's the Bulls. I decided on the New Era 3930 all Red, curved lid style-hat. In fact, I have it on as we speak.

This trip was an hour most certainly deserved to be spent, in extraordinary company. A visit like this brings back a lot of memories of growing up with one of your best friends. And now years later, here I was with his father, having a conversation and reflection on a variety of topics from sports to professional careers, the history of Burdeen's, living in the city, and many more.

Small Business Saturday matters because of people like Frank and Burdeen Shoes. These individuals spend their life working very hard, six to seven days a week of countless hours, providing for their family, while bringing an exceptional experience to a consumer. Without these smaller establishments, the "in person" valuable shopping experience ceases to exist! Congratulations to Frank and Burdeen's for 40 successful years – it's an honor to be a fan and customer after all of these years.

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