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In which I get a haircut and a real boat - Tactical Ninja

Feb. 28th, 2014

09:55 am - In which I get a haircut and a real boat

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Sheep update: They got to see a vet yesterday afternoon, who stitched more of their wounds than I would have, and was able to use local anaesthetic to minimise their pain and trauma while doing so. Last night all were doing well, although No3 was still off her tucker. Can't say I blame her, that leg was pretty mangled and I would want to just sit and nurse it too. But they should all pull through, which is good news.

In other news, I got my hair cut.




This actually happened on Wednesday, but yesterday I had a million things to do even before The Incident With The Sheep, and it fell by the wayside to post pics. But as I went about my business yesterday, so many people commented positively on it that I've decided it's an objectively good cut. The pic shows it still with all the goop in, but today it's been washed and it's doing that exit stage right thing that my hair does, and is a bit wavier, but still looks quite good. Win!

And because it exposes the back of my neck, my scar has suddenly become more visible and people are commenting on that too. Gosh.

Oh yeah, and I picked up my boat last night. Told you yesterday was a busy day! Here it is in all its green glory, against a glorious green background.



I didn't have time last night to kit it out with all the gubbins that turns it from a bit of green plastic into a state-of-the-art fishing vessel, but over the weekend I'll do this and take some less garish pictures. At least, I hope they'll be less garish..

The reason I didn't have time for mucking about as much as I wanted with the 'yak, was that I had to prepare for Somatic Symposium, which is an art thing that involves me running round in the Hypnotutu with other LED-encrusted folks, appearing and disappearing in the darkness. There are other, static light-based artworks too, and I'm looking forward to meeting the people that made them. It's probably going to be quite fun but I'll forgive you if you decide to stay home, because the weather is apparently going to be quite shitty for it. ;-/

In fact, the weather's probably going to be shitty all weekend. Current forecast says the wind's going to go below 20kts for about 4 hours on Sunday morning between 4am and 8am. That's my window for getting out in the boat, and I'm not sure whether I'll make it or not. *insert frustrated snarling here*

Oh well, I guess I could spend some time making the giant PVC bag I had envsioned for the boat, and other fiddling aroundy craftlike things I have planned. Pimpin' mah 'yak, yo.


Meanwhile, you may recall from such times as about three days ago, that I find 'ladies' versions of things that have no gender-related necessary differences, equal parts amusing and annoying. So this morning when this came through on my email, I laughed out of one side of my mouth while cursing out the other. I give you, The Berkley Angel Ladies' Softbait Rod:



Yes, it's pink. Hot pink. Yay! And it's called 'angel', because women are angels, dontcha know? I'm totally one. Yep.

I mean really. A fishing rod is a medium to transfer force from the hands and arms to a fish, while reducing shock load on the thin piece of material attaching one to the other. There is ZERO reason to make one especially for women. It even says in the blurb that it's actually the same blank as another rod called 'dropshot'. But this one has 'cool cosmetics'. Because chicks dig cosmetics, amirite? Seriously, that's the only difference. They made it pink, called it Angel, and taDA! Ladies' rod.

ARGHARGHARGH! I want to find a place where I can review this rod as sarcastically as people did those pens. Because ARGHFUCK!

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From:phd_fan
Date:February 27th, 2014 09:15 pm (UTC)
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Glad to hear that the sheep will probably be okay, their wounds looked not good :( So angry about irresponsible dog owners that cause all this harm in the first place!

Your hair cut looks good (and love the colour!)

Hahahaha hot pink fishing rod. Sigh.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 27th, 2014 09:42 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

Lots of people ask about the colour, and I don't get it - it's a box dye from Farmers that's el cheapo but for some reason is one of the better ones - enough so people comment on it.
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From:girlguitarist
Date:February 27th, 2014 09:30 pm (UTC)
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I love the hair cut on you!

That fishing rod is hilarious. I also just found out they did this to NERF guns. When will this madness end??
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From:tatjna
Date:February 27th, 2014 09:42 pm (UTC)
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I guess when the pink/purple 'ladies' things are met with universal indifference from women, who then go on to buy the ones they actually want instead of the ones they're told they are supposed to want?
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From:majesticarky
Date:February 27th, 2014 09:32 pm (UTC)
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You should be able to find it and do a sarcastic review on amazon? Eh... personally I don't particularly care for all the "pens/fishing rods/nerf bowguns for her", but I don't have such a problem with them. I don't because I know that these products exist because there are a lot of women and girls who actually like them and see no problem in buying them. Take that hot pink fishing rod. Maybe a guy wants to invite his wife to go fishing with him. Yeah, fishing is usually bro time, but for whatever reason he wants his wife involved with his hobby. Women are usually not into fishing, it's more of a bro thing. Why not entice her with a hot pink rod? lol hot pink rod.... anyway, it may actually get her to agree to go and try it out. If anything, she has something pretty to fish with and who knows, she may end up liking it. Some women just enjoy hot pink and are very akin to purchasing said pink products. The problem here is not that the hot pink rods exist. I see no problem with hot pink rods, nerf bowguns, pens, etc. The problem is that they are marketed "for her" products. That is the issue a lot of feminists take with it, and that's the issue I have. Let the special girly colors exist, but stop labeling the products "for her" because some bros LIKE hot pink, and a lot of girls don't. This is very clear, and it's just a stupid problem that keeps persisting, despite all the negative hype. Anyway, that's my soapbox.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 27th, 2014 09:40 pm (UTC)
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EXACTLY.

By all means, make a hot pink rod - I might even buy it. But the second they make it 'for her' it's akin to saying that all the other products are 'not for her' and I see that as exclusionary.

As someone who's been a keen fisher for going on 20 years, I also take exception to the idea of 'take a woman fishing' (they have days for that here). As if I need to be taken fishing - I'm perfectly capable of taking myself, thanks. But you're right, fishing is a sausage fest, and I know that the majority of women don't tend to be into it.

I have to question though - is this because women don't like fishing or that women don't get given the opportunity to find out why it's such great fun in the same way men are? We are not actively encouraged to try these things, and when we do we're faced with patronising 'ladies rods' and the like.

Meanwhile, on the kayak fishing forum here, I am constantly confronted with stories from guys about how 'the ball and chain' objects to them going fishing, and needs her hook baiting when she goes, and all these inferences of incompetence about women. It makes me not want to admit my gender. But fuckit, if I'm going to bust some bullshit about women fishers, then I have to I guess.
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From:majesticarky
Date:February 27th, 2014 10:38 pm (UTC)
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Yeah see, a lot of your hobbies are great. You should feel free to be into them without feeling exclusionary/sexist vibes. That is a good point about fishing, that women are not actively encouraged to try it, which is why there are so few women into it. I've never considered fishing because my dad never had any interest in it, but I'm sure he would have taken me if he were, being his only child. I think girls and women should feel encouraged to get into sports that don't have a large female presence. Most people would agree that there is nothing wrong with women kayaking or fishing, but at the same time they won't really do anything about encouraging women to try these things out, or women feeling welcome to try these male-dominated sports. Maybe the same thing can be said about female-dominated sports, but I just feel like that's a whole other problem of boys being told that it's a "girl activity", which is also completely wrong. You won't see a lot of boys try out for softball... I'm not sure what we can do to make welcoming environments for boys and girls, but we need to put more effort into it.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:February 27th, 2014 11:19 pm (UTC)
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I can't wait for the term "sausage fest" to die.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 27th, 2014 11:22 pm (UTC)
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I get tired of typing 'male-dominated'. But, noted. Could you suggest a suitable alternative?
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:February 27th, 2014 11:35 pm (UTC)
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Not really, but I guess typing that all the time would get tiring.
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From:pundigrion
Date:February 27th, 2014 11:56 pm (UTC)
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I don't mind if something is marketed "for her" as long as there is some actual reason for it being gender-specific. Backpacks with straps that are designed to be functional without a mastectomy are a great example. Bikes that have a smaller frame and narrower handlebars with a smaller distance on the brake hoods are another super example.

What I object to is this attitude of trying to lure women into sports by making it look "pretty". I fail to see how making the rod pink is supposed to suddenly convince me that I really want to go fishing.
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From:meri_sielu
Date:February 27th, 2014 10:36 pm (UTC)
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Love the hair cut! :D
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From:kehleyr
Date:February 27th, 2014 11:46 pm (UTC)
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Lovely haircut :-D.
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From:blue_eye
Date:February 28th, 2014 05:54 am (UTC)
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Your hair looks great!

And yeah... i have things that frustrate me about products and other things aimed at women.
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From:meathiel
Date:February 28th, 2014 06:30 am (UTC)
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Good to hear the sheep are doing fairly well. I have to admit I didn't look at the post yesterday after I'd seen the first pic ... :-(

Like the new haircut ... and the colour is really cool as well!
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From:nick_101
Date:February 28th, 2014 08:41 am (UTC)
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Dog owners need to be more responsible and keep them away from your sheep. I hope their wounds will heal.

Nice haircut.
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From:danjite
Date:February 28th, 2014 11:37 am (UTC)
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"Hot Pink Rod" is my porno stage name.
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From:laughingmagpie
Date:February 28th, 2014 04:20 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad to hear the sheep are doing well. What a shame all around though.

I love when things come in lots of colours, but yeah, hate when there are colours I am "supposed" to buy.

Another vote of approval on the hair cut :-)
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From:plantgirl
Date:February 28th, 2014 08:23 pm (UTC)
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Women's jackets and sweaters are another area where color gets annoying. Yes, I want a jacket cut for the fact that I have boobs. But I want it in that nice blue/green/grey combo that's available in the men's jackets, not the powder blue/chartreuse or plum/pink combo that are being offered to men. :/

Can fish see color? I like to have brightly colored tools, so that if I drop them they are easy to find. (I have a very high ability to misplace things that are supposedly in plain sight.) So I can see a brightly colored fishing rod being useful for that reason. But if fish can see color, than a brightly colored fishing rod is potentially a huge disadvantage.

I'm guessing the marketing guy for the fishing rod company said "Hey, let's expand our product line to appeal to more women, because moar $$!" However then being blind to the sexism within the sport, and failing to understand how said sexism might be a barrier in and of itself, the only idea he came up with was to appeal to women by making the rod... pink.

Yeah, I'd fire him, too. But I'm not the equally clueless boss of the marketing guy who signed off on this project.
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From:goddessofchaos
Date:February 28th, 2014 08:49 pm (UTC)
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Hair looks good!

I have no problem with there being such things as hot pink fishing rods, for anyone who might like such a thing. I do have a problem with it being advertised as the ladies' version. Why there would need to be a ladies' version of a fishing rod is beyond me. Heck, why do we need a ladies' version of anything that can be used by any gender? Make them in a range of colours and styles, sure, but don't try to make out we should choose the one we prefer based on our genitals.
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