7 Philosophical Ways In Which Winnie The Pooh Understands Food

7 Philosophical Ways In Which Winnie The Pooh Understands Food

Short easy words like "what about lunch?"

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Despite being a "Bear of Little Brain," Pooh really gets food. His philosophy behind food shines through the entire Hundred Acre Wood.

Here are 7 ways this "silly ol' bear" may not be quite so silly when it comes to food.

1. A highlight of the day is food.

"It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like 'What about lunch?"

Pooh doesn't cut any corners with his simple love of food. To him, the highlight of a day is when he eats, what he eats, and with whom he eats it. Food is easily accessible to many of us living in the Western world, and viewing food as a source of joy gives us at the barest minimum several moments of happiness every day.

2. Food brings motivation and joy.

Routines have a comfort and an excitement in their own selves—food can be a consistent bright spot in your day. Having a routine or something you look forward to with your eating habits can make even the most stressful days positive. For Pooh it's honey. For some, it might be a piece of chocolate, or something green, or always eating breakfast. For me, it's a cup of tea.

3. Food eases loneliness.

Friends are important. And food is important. And the two can physiologically be correlated. Studies show that if a person is lonely, holding a hot cup of tea can make them feel less alone.

There will always be times in our life that we are alone, even just physically, even just for a night. Something to smile about can make the difference between being alone, and being lonely—and comfort food is comforting for a reason. When you're feeling a bit eleven o'clock ish, a bit of honey can be just the thing.

4. Food bonds people.  

"What I like best in the whole world is Me and Piglet going to see You, and You saying 'What about a little something?' and Me saying, 'Well, I shouldn't mind a little something, should you, Piglet,' and it being a hummy sort of day outside, and birds singing."

Food is embedded in our lives every day. Our eating patterns form in relation to other people and is integrally linked to social groups. Sharing food with other people is one of our oldest forms of connecting with other people and creates an instant, natural bond.

5. Food has its own spiritual power.

Milne's cognizance of the spiritual nuances behind food is easily seen in this exchange between Piglet and Pooh. This moment, so simple, speaks volumes. Piglet recognizes that food brings comfort to a distressed emotional state, and food offers support to help Pooh find himself again.

Food (or its routines, or its comfort) can help bring us to a balanced, centered, more spiritual state. Also who hasn't been hangry? It's very difficult to be zen when you're hangry.

6. Food feeds the imagination.

The internationally famous chef Anthony Bourdain viewed food as a powerful storytelling tool. Some native American cultures believe food tells you where you've come from and where you're going. It can empower you to reassert control over your own self and your own life; it reunites you with your spiritual or imaginative self. ("For Bourdain," 2018).

Milne here captures the je ne sais quoi behind food—where food has not only a physiological and emotional influence, it also has an imaginative influence as well.

7. Food exists to nourish and fill us.

We need to eat to survive, and it doesn't take a Bear of Little Brain to tell us how wonderful it is that something we need is also something we find so much delight and joy in. Pooh got how beautiful it is to enjoy a good meal--and thankfully, with a yummy snack or a home-cooked meal or a trip out to eat, you can too.

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If you were anything like me, you came home from school, plopped on the couch and jammed to Radio Disney. You've heard these songs at school dances, parties and on the radio, and you probably still know all the words. Despite most of your favorite childhood artists pursuing different careers (or different styles of music), these throwback hits will always be there to comfort you!


1. "SexyBack" - Justin Timberlake

2. "Oops!... I Did It Again" - Britney Spears

3. "Party in the USA" - Miley Cyrus

4. "Replay" - Iyaz

5. "Dynamite" - Taio Cruz

6. "Girlfriend" - Avril Lavigne

7. "Beautiful Girls" - Sean Kingston

8. "Party Rock Anthem" - LMFAO

9. "Stereo Hearts" - Gym Class Heros ft. Adam Levine

10. "Titanium" - David Guetta ft. Sia

11. "Classic" - MKTO

12. "Call Me Maybe" - Carly Rae Jepsen

13. "California Gurls" - Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg

14. "Down" - Jay Sean ft. Lil Wayne

15. "Teenage Dream" - Katy Perry

16. "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" - Beyonce

17. "I Gotta Feeling" - Black Eyed Peas

18. "Umbrella" - Rihanna ft. Jay Z

19. "Fergalicious" - Fergie

20. "Moves Like Jagger" - Maroon 5

21. "Drive By" - Train

22. "Hoedown Throwdown" - Miley Cyrus

23. "Want U Back" - Cher Lloyd

24. "Love You Like A Love Song" - Selena Gomez & The Scene

25. "Bad Romance" - Lady Gaga

26. "TTYLXOX" - Bella Thorne

27. "Firework" - Katy Perry

28. "Low" - Flo Rida ft. T-Pain

29. "Halo" - Beyonce

30. "Tik Tok" - Ke$ha

31. "Animal" - Neon Trees

32. "Mr. Brightside" - The Killers

33. "We Are Young" - fun. ft. Janelle Monáe

34. "Airplanes" - B.o.B ft. Hayley Williams

35. "Hollaback Girl" - Gwen Stefani

36. "Payphone" - Maroon 5 ft. Ludacris

37. "Pumped Up Kicks" - Foster the People

38. "Hey, Soul Sister" - Train

39. "Ain't it Fun" - Paramore

40. "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love" - Usher ft. Pitbull

41. "Boyfriend" - Justin Bieber

42. "We R Who We R" - Ke$ha

43. "Forget You" - CeeLo Green

44. "Starships" - Nicki Minaj

45. "Say My Name" - Destiny's Child

46. "Baby One More Time" - Britney Spears

47. "Hips Don't Lie" - Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

48. "Hey Ya!" - Outkast

49. "Bye Bye Bye" - *NSYNC

50. "Poker Face" - Lady Gaga

51. "Last Friday Night (TGIF)" - Katy Perry

52. "Bring Me To Life" - Evanescence

53. "Teenage Dirtbag" - Wheatus

54. "You Belong With Me" - Taylor Swift

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56. "Thnks fr th Mmrs" - Fall Out Boy

57. "Empire State of Mind" - Jay Z ft. Alicia Keys

58. "Crazy in Love" - Beyonce & Jay Z

59. "Mine" - Taylor Swift

60. "Toxic" - Britney Spears

61. "Since U Been Gone" - Kelly Clarkson

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63. "Part of Me" - Katy Perry

64. "Yeah!" - Usher, Lil Jon and Ludacris

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71. "Just Dance" - Lady Gaga ft. Colby O'Donis

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74. "The Climb" - Miley Cyrus

75. "Price Tag" - Jessie J ft. B.o.B

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79. "In Da Club" - 50 Cent

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81. "That's Not My Name" - The Ting Tings

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89. "On The Floor" - Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull

90. "The One That Got Away" - Katy Perry

91. "All Star" - Smash Mouth

92. "Jenny from the Block" - Jennifer Lopez

93. "Superbass" - Nicki Minaj

94. "Tonight Tonight" - Hot Chelle Rae

95. "Only Girl (In The World)" - Rihanna

96. "Like a G6" - Far East Movement ft. The Cataracs & DEV

97. "What Makes You Beautiful" - One Direction

98. "We Found Love" - Rihanna

99. "Mr. Saxobeat" - Alexandra Stan

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The Toxicity Of Fandoms: 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

Fandoms usually seem like a loving community... but there's a dark side to them.

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Fandoms are a subculture of communities of people that share a common interest in one particular subject; whether it's a movie saga, a video-game, a television series, there are fandoms for everything. Although fandoms may seem like a loving community, they have a dark side to them. In this case, "RuPaul's Drag Race" has had one of the worst fandoms in the history of television. The rise of the show's fame has correlated to the rise of toxicity in the fan-base.

The results of these fandoms have caused an eruption of controversy on its impact on society. Furthermore, fans have grown to entitle a superior complex for being part of a fandom.

In the case of "RuPaul's Drag Race," a reality television show consisting of 10 to 14 drag queens competing to win 100,000 dollars, fandoms have shifted the show away from authenticity and have put them under the judgment of popular consensus. Over the years, the popularity for "Drag Race" has grown, allowing many to be familiar with the show and offer their opinions.

Although this has resulted in an attached fan-base that monitors the contestants every move, criticizing queen's skills, shaming unnecessarily, shifted expectations for the show, and has completely impacted the general public's perception of drag. Today, new dilemmas have arisen from the toxicity, such as subjects of racism, the constant failure to remember that it's just television, the consequences of modern-day PC media and the complexes behind consumer demand and identity marketing. Fandoms could be a social plague in terms of humanity, with "Drag Race" it's more of a war.

Fan-culture is guided through the process of new material being released for the fandom to deliberate on. Although fandoms have an engagement to the platform they support, that makes them question reality and television. Furthermore, "RuPaul's Drag Race" is a reality competition television series that has a growing fandom complex that doesn't realize the make belief behind the camera. Reality television has a storyline within itself that's masked by the "reality TV" title since it involves real people portraying themselves on screen rather than playing a character. Therefore, audiences take conflicts portrayed on reality television into a more serious light.

When it comes to "Drag Race," all the queens enjoy showing their vulnerable side and sharing stories to help audiences relate and have a more likable reception. In contrast, there is also drama between contestants that's amplified through an "edit" for viewer satisfaction. For example, a contestant named Milk on season three of the All-Stars seasons was vilified to an extreme state for lacking self-awareness and being cocky. This was vivid through the "villain edit" accompanied with shady sound effects, giving most of the screen time to Milk's brattiness, and hyping up her elimination.

The fandom takes the villain edit as an excuse to treat that person as an actual "villain" resulting in hate, degradation, and harassment online. "Online harassment of love-to-hate-them queens has gotten so bad that it's made its way into the show as a storyline — an unseen character who's managed to wreak havoc in queens' lives." (Kang). Stemming from the toxicity of the fanbase, this complex carries on into the lives of the queens after the show. Making the queens, such as Milk, have some sort of responsibility to clearing up issues from the show on social media. Such as an Instagram post discouraging negative comments or mocking themselves to dilute the issue when in reality the issue should not matter as it's being taken into the hands of angry fans reacting to a show that's filmed almost a year before it airs.

Fandoms lack empathy and bear a weight on these contestants, making them feel the pressure of the public reaction. They even put pressure on producers to create edits and storylines that correlate to the fandom taste, like justified drama and giving most of the screen time to specific contestants that are labeled as fan favorites. This creates regulation around queens on the show now, stripping away their authenticity to avoid being hated by the fandom by putting on an innocent act. The disassociation between a character or in this case reality television star and human being is the major theme behind the delusion of a toxic fandom.

There is an extent of entitlement fandoms reach whenever they're exposed to more than just the core of their common interest. With "Drag Race," queens off the show have multiple social media handles that fans follow to allow themselves to be invested in their lives off the show. This may seem like it's in good intention, but it is actually a strategy to enhance showboating legitimacy. Moreover, drag has been an art form celebrated for decades as the token of queer expression, although it was not popularized until the formation of this show.

The toxic part of the fandom comes from people convincing themselves they know everything about drag because of the television show. Meaning, many local queens get judged extremely heavy by the general public because they are not on the show. The toxic fandom of "RuPaul's Drag Race" has deprived society of the essence of drag because of their ignorant and biased mind-sets, erasing the origin of drag. This creates a comparison tree, making drag queens all around the world always get compared to queens cast on the show. Fandoms bombard queens on social media with criticisms and hate to show their legitimacy of being a fan of "drag", but instead it's received as unethical and ignorant. The fandom treats drag queens on social media as pawns of their judgment under the belief it's validated because they watch the show. The superior complex of the fandom comes out the most when it comes to identity marketing.

Consumer identity is a vital part when it comes to marketing, especially when it's towards a fandom. "Identity marketing messages that explicitly connect consumer identity expression to a particular brand may highlight the role of external forces in determining consumers' purchase behavior. In doing so, explicit identity marketing may inadvertently reduce consumers' perceptions of personal agency in identity expression, undermining the value of brand purchase as a meaningful expression of identity" (Bhattacharjee). This is especially valid when it comes to the topic of "fan favorites."

For example, Valentina was an extremely beloved drag queen on season 9, a rising fan-favorite with a large fanbase dedicated to her for her charm and beauty. Therefore, when she got eliminated in seventh place the fandom wreaked havoc on the person who eliminated her, Nina Bonina Brown. The fandom's many trolls spammed the queen on all her social media platforms with racial slurs, offensive language, and recommending suicide. This is a common result of being a fan favorite, as they have the responsibility of gearing the fandom into a more ethical approach because of their higher rank as "favorite". This type of behavior allows the fans to normalize themselves to hate comments, which gives them the opportunity to join the latter when it comes to criticizing. Allowing themselves to be very telling of their morality and humanity, as they dismiss their ethics and continue to share negativity to band-wagon the fandom. The counter-culture that is a fandom forms into a culture of its own that feeds of their product.

The consequences of the toxicity fall under the social media umbrella where fans take their anger out. This is correlated to the hive mind that gives fans a completely new way to watch TV that was not available in the past, the rise of internet theories and online connections allow the fandom to be as engaged as ever. Furthermore, in the pre-internet era, resistant readings and fan hostility could be ignored because fandom was "largely decentralized and limited in mass", which inhibited the "collective bargaining power of individuals," but in the internet age, "online fan communities have the potential to produce unified centers of resistant to influence the global industries of cultural production" (Moore). With the rise of political correctness in today's society, this also creates progressive toxicity. Fandoms dive deeper into shallowness to deprive a queen of their value by "canceling" them.

This has even created racism issues in the community of "Drag Race." Furthermore, as they get familiar with the show's structure they start to predict most of the episodes motives, and favor queens that are skinny and white. On social media, drag queens who are skinny, white and blonde have the most following in comparison to queens of color and bigger queens. The toxic atmosphere around this fandom only grows stronger as years pass by, causing fans to stop appreciating the core value of the show because of growing expectations and higher "standards".

In conclusion, fandoms start as a community bonded by a common interest, but as the common interest becomes larger it turns into a social plague of a community. Consumer identity and identity marketing are the sole formula to building the fandom, the rest of the formula is left for the fandom to prosper. Meaning, they form into a community with higher standards than "regular fans" which creates a superior and legitimacy complex, challenging other fans and following ignorance. Especially with the rise of social media, fandoms do not hold back in times of conflict or judgment, using their social privilege to spread negativity through the lens of a community. For "Drag Race," creating this privilege provides a delusion that the fandom is the true judge of the show, not the host or producers.

Overall, fandoms have a goal to be a loving community to their interest but with the freedom of social media and dismissal of ethics for one's love of a show, fandoms only get more toxic.

Work Cited:

Bhattacharjee, Amit. "When Identity Marketing Backfires: Consumer Agency in Identity Expression." MSI,25 Mar. 2015, www.msi.org/uploads/files/Selections-2015-04-Risks....

Moore, Barbara. "Social Media and Fandom." Social Media and Fandom,13 Dec. 2013, sih17.wordpress.com/.

Kang, Inkoo. "RuPaul's Drag Race Shows How the Internet Has Transformed Fandom-and Often Made It Terrifying." Slate Magazine , Slate, 22 Feb. 2018, slate.com/technology/2018/02/rupauls-drag-race-shows-how-the-internet-has-transformed-fando m-in-scary-ways.html.

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