(Hopefully) In 2013, a book will be published that will share the whole concept of GreenEyedJupiter. Wish us luck on our next adventure – we apologize if the posts aren’t as frequent as we are in the process of putting the book together.
Good news! GreenEyedJupiter is back from vacation.
Let’s start this new semester off with some promises, shall we?
This blog promises to bring you nothing but the best of Latina/body image/relationships/lgbtq news with our lovely witty persona . And yes, we may be forward, but we try not to be biased.
So go ahead, hit the follow button. Tell your friends and enjoy the ride.
-TWSS thanks you.
Chloe Cardio, 15, (my gorgeous cousin) a TWSS intern, tells her Anti-Photoshop Photo-shoot story.
Q: What was the most challenging part of the shoot? Were you uncomfortable at all? Why?
A: The most challenging part of the shoot for me was taking the actual pictures. I’ve never taken part in a photo shoot before, so being posed and photographed was a little awkward at first. But being around all these girls who were feeling the same way I did helped me get over my worries and just have fun. While I may have felt funny or uncomfortable when we first started, as we continued I realized I shouldn’t have to worry about little insecurities because in reality, everyone has them.
Q: What do you think makes you beautiful?
A: I always try to keep a positive attitude throughout anything that I do. I feel like I’m a pretty easy person to get along with and I love meeting new people! Being positive is something that helps me get through sticky situations were i might feel awkward or not confident. In times like those, I just keep my head up and make sure i don’t lose that optimistic quality I love having.
Q:What do you hope people get from this shoot?
A:I hope through this shoot people can see that sure, everyone has their own insecurities, whether it’s their body size or shape or anything, but that doesn’t have to be what defines you. Beauty isn’t defined by a size 1 model, it can be anyone who is confident in how they live their life and isn’t afraid to be who they are. Everyone is born beautiful, you just need to be willing to embrace it.
Q: Anything else you would like to say about TWSS or the shoot?
A: I met so many great people and I really do think this was a great experience! I hope that in the future TWSS helps girls everywhere understand that a healthy body image is really important and you should never feel badly about the way you look. Remember you ARE beautiful!!
I wrote this in December, but I feel that it is totally necessary to re-post.
As new seasons of our favorite TV shows approach us, I know some of us (if not most of us) are patiently waiting the new episodes of our favorite guilty pleasures. I must admit, I do not watch too much TV but when I do I am indeed guilty of watching reality TV. Now more than ever, reality TV is becoming more and more popular. The question is…why? I like to think of like this: the reason we watch shows like the “Jerseylicious”, and “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” is the same reason we eat cake. We know it is bad for us, but at the same time it is so good. But here are a couple of other reasons why we might be addicted to these terrible, possibly brain-cell damaging TV shows:
- IT IS INTERACTIVE- Shows like American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance have become super popular over the past decade, and the reason is not necessarily because people care about how much talent some of the people on the show may have, but because they can choose who they want to stay on the show. Let’s face it, Americans like being a part of something, especially when it is broadcasted on national television. If we were not able to vote for our future idol, do you really think the show would be as popular?
- WE CAN RELATE- The majority of the problems on reality TV shows have to do with someone cheating on their boyfriends, being cheated on with their best friend, and getting knocked up by their boyfriend’s family member. Why do we like watching this? Because unfortunately, it happens to us. Sometimes, it is easier to handle a situation when you witness someone else going through the same thing. When you know you are not alone, it can make coping and solving the issue at hand a lot less difficult. You don’t have to handle your problems the same way the Kardashians do but in a strange sort of way, it may broaden your options.
- NO ACTORS, JUST REAL PEOPLE- Another thing about us Americans is that we are obsessed with fame. I can bet that at one point in your life at least 85% of you reading this right now, wanted to be famous. This is what makes watching reality TV so much fun. People who star on these shows are REAL people. During the last season of American Idol, I spotted two very familiar faces of girls that went to my high school and they both made it to the top 24. Do you know how cool it is to say you know someone that is on TV?! Real people becoming celebrities overnight gives everyone a little hope AND it gives you something to bring up at the next social event you go to.
- SCHADENFREUDE-There’s an SAT word for you. It means that we get pleasure and reassurance from other people’s failure. How many times have you sat through your favorite show and said to yourself “Well, at least I’m not THAT girl.” Yeah, probably more times than you’d like admit. The sick truth is that everyone has done it at least once. We like watching other people mess up their lives. We like watching other people cry and fight, and we find it funny. Why? Because it makes us feel better about our own lives. Watching Snooki and J-Wow fight with everyone for no reason might be a good stress reliever for some people.
I would like to say that I am in no way trying to promote watching reality TV. BUT, I do acknowledge the fact that it is getting harder and harder to ignore it. So instead of going on a rant about how pointless these shows are, I am going to say that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
And just when I thought the media couldn’t get any worse for women…it did. Thank you, Adam Carolla, for enlightening me with your ridiculous thoughts on how you think women aren’t funny. If women aren’t funny, then maybe he should check what’s in his pants.
First of all, who the hell is Adam Carolla? Oh yeah….he’s that guy that did the voice of ”Death” on Family Guy! Yeah, he’s hilarious. Seriously speaking though, everyone knows him because he did Loveline which he left in 2005 to do his own show which wasn’t funny enough so he now has the most downloaded PODCAST ever according to the Guinness World Records.
Nice one, Adam. Read what he said here.
*sent a picture of me and my cat to Mom*
She replies: “You and Jupiter need to go on a diet ASAP”
I said: “Wow.Thanks.”
She said: “Oh sorry Jupies! You’re still cute!”
This is the type of conversation that makes teenage girls have eating disorders.
I’m 5’4 and 130 pounds. In my book, that’s completely normal. Just because I gained a few since last year, she’s been giving me diet books as presents. Is she trying to be hurtful when she says and does these things? No, probably not. But if I didn’t know any better, I would have fallen into anorexia or bulimia six months ago when she first subscribed me to Women’s Health and would fold over the “Lose Ten Pounds in Four Weeks” pages.
Weight is a tricky topic for everyone, and I guess I just never saw looks as something to obsess over. So many of my friends won’t leave the house without make-up or God forbid they have love handles over their jeans!!! I just don’t care about that too much. In reality, if people weren’t so judgemental, I’m sure a lot of other girls wouldn’t care either.
Last night I read an article on Glamour’s website about weight stereotyping. I haven’t experienced it personally, except for this little incident with my mom, but I still find it completely out of line. Thin women are seen as obnoxious and bitchy. “They must spend all of their time looking at themselves in the mirror, only eat celery, or at the gym”. Heavier set women are seen as lazy. “They must eat everything in sight, sit on the couch and watch television all day”.
Is there something wrong with this? ABSOLUTELY.
This type of stereotyping is more common than any form of racism or sexism these days and the outcome is just as dangerous or even more so. Women have enough on their plate (no pun intended)in order to succeed, why add weight?
There are many times in our life when we take advantage of the things we have, the people around us, just because we think that they’ll always be there. We never think to thank them, or go out of our way to see them or do something nice for them. This is the problem with most people. We hope for the best but never expect the worst, so when the worst comes it catches up to us and kicks our ass.
Hearing the story of Jonel Gonzalez made me think of all of the “thank yous” I must owe my family. Sure, we’ve had our problems, what families don’t have problems? But at the end of the day, they’re family and that’s what matters. I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose one family member, but seven? All in one car accident…I just can’t even imagine how much that hurts.
This post isn’t entirely to talk about Jonel Gonzalez though, because although I feel terrible for him, I don’t know him so I can’t speak for him and as tragic as this event is, we can’t rewind time to bring his family back. It’s the unfortunate truth of life. But what we can do right now is donate to his cause. We can also remember to appreciate our family when we have them close to us, because you never know what can happen.
So this post is for my family. Thank you, thank you and thank you x infinity.