Monday, February 16, 2015

TopicalFoodie : When Dress Code Becomes Law {Baobab Smoothie Bowl}

Today: How many of you vegans also have an inner yogi you like to express? How many of you girls simply enjoy wearing leggings with baggy t-shirts? There's a certain mister in Montana that wants to ban that. After you get fired up, cool down with this Organic Burst Baobab Bowl. Then, make a change.

What Is Happening:
Montana had plans to issue an edict. As an extension to their decency presentation guidelines, strict rules were brainstormed up to prevent provocation with wardrobe choice. Behind this? Representative David Moore is the face that seems to show up with each of these ridiculous headlines, some saying "Missoula lawmaker: Yoga pants, Speedos should be illegal in public" and  "Montana Lawmaker Wants to Ban Yoga Pants."
As a clearer cut way to illustrate just what is appropriate to wear and what is not, Moore has drawn up a lengthy proposal as to how exactly the citizens of Montana should carry themselves. Read the bill HERE. **On note, I can't help but point out how the word "female" is an exclusive adjective included in his draft. "Male" shows up nowhere but within the word "female."**
Now, currently in Montana, three counts of indecent exposure leads to a lifetime in jail. So, if I move to Montana, and happen to make use of the three pairs of yoga pants I pack, it's possible that I spend the rest of my life in Montana, behind bars.
However, with this new bill, Mr. Moore has graciously thought to lessen that time to a max of five years, coupled with a $5,000 fine.
Meanwhile, the vagueness in the description in Moore's bill of what is green-lit and what is red-lit may only offer a nod to the discrimination between sexes. However, off the cuff, the Associated Press has released a comment Mr. David now regrets making. "Yoga pants should be illegal, anyways."

On the Other Side:
Now, after the explosive rampage of women, activists, and satire magazines all understandably upset, Rep. David Moore has retracted his offhand comment as a "joke." Associated Press strongly argues otherwise, and really, words can only be forgiven, not forgotten.

And serious or not, it raises a focus on the idea that there is a strong bias in responsibility for understood decency, and now to the point where it could be assumed as the law: women should not taunt men with their bodies.
I will allow, there is reason to this. In a rather conservative country that transitions slowly in progression, we are taught modesty as female children, and boys are taught respect. And modesty could be understood to include not dressing for indecency, not dressing for the looks and wolf whistles, and not dressing for others.

What I Have to Say:
But we should not forget that boys are taught respect. If there is such persistence in the women's upholding of their side, should not the same pressures be enforced upon boys? That is where the inequality lies.
And you forget, we women do dress for ourselves. And we can not be taken to fault if a certain outfit unexpectedly is something more provocative than planned, it's not as if it's planned. Please don't forget that we women exist for far more than the fantastical imaginations of men.
I can completely understand women who choose to express their modesty in decisions that regard the way they dress, and I have the utmost respect for them. Example, Veronica Partridge. This is the way that they feel can uphold their personal standards in their individual behavior, and it lets their choices showcase the lifestyle they want to lead. Go them.
But to quote Washington Post, "Nudity in public... Is not a right. [But] Modesty is a standard, not a law."
When it becomes a mandate, a legally enforced requirement for girls to observe a special limitation for the consideration of men, it becomes a tad sexist. When will catcalls become suggested for felony consequences? When will street harassment become an official offense that our cops will hurriedly defend us for?

Call to Action:
By now, the bill has died. I am relieved, to say the least.
The objectification of bodies is not limited by gender. The Calvin Klein commercials, the arousing fantasies illustrated in today's fictions that gather hordes of a female fan base - men can be objectified, too.
As women, we would like to stop becoming looked upon as lesser-than beings that are ordered about how to look, how to behave, and how to follow social order. Perhaps a possible way to make our voices heard is silent and resilient insistence on equality.

What if we treat the opposite gender how we, as the female gender, demand to be treated?
I challenge you to not only insist rights for the double-X-chromosome side of the population, but for each gender our world is made of.

Further Reading:

Baobab Smoothie Bowl

By Prep School Health Freak
Published: February 16, 2015
A cooling, refreshing bowl of yumminess!

Prep time: 8 min
"Cook" time: 3-4 hours in the freezer
Total time: 8 mins and a few hours waiting beforehand
Yield: one smoothie bowl

Serving size: eat what you are hungry for (;
Calories per serving: what you deserve to eat
Fat per serving: this is a high carb low fat raw vegan recipe

Mango Chunks
4 Ripe Bananas, Semi-Frozen
1 tsp OB Baobab Powder
1 Dragonfruit (Pitaya)
>> Need: blender
  1. Peel 4 ripe bananas and place in freezer.
  2. Watch a movie, or something to enjoy life for 3-4 hours.
  3. Take out the bananas. They'll be semi-frozen. Cold, but not hard.
  4. Blend it up, no liquid, with the baobab powder.
  5. Pour out into a bowl.
  6. Top with sliced dragon fruit and mango chunks.
  7. Enjoy! Demand equality! One day, enjoy equality!!

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