Monday, May 08, 2006

How much do you think PMS affects you?

Back in the precivilization days, women were banned from the community when they had their mences. I wish I could be banned..sent away from all responsibility because of it.

Ontop of suffering PMS, we now have a diagnosis to add to the insanity: PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder). Some feminist professionals, including the APA’s Committee on Women and the National Coalition for Women’s Mental Health, objected to the inclusion of such a syndrome under any label. From their point of view, menstruation is a normal bodily function, and any psychological changes associated with this function should be seen as normal as well. Classifying PMS or PMDD as a mental disorder stigmatizes women, and may have other undesirable social consequences by laying additional foundations for disability claims and the insanity defense. Setting ideology and politics aside, PMDD raises fundamental questions about the nature of psychiatric diagnosis. What are the standards for distinguishing between "normal" PMS and "pathological" PMDD? Even if there were solid criteria for distinguishing between normal and abnormal changes in estrogen levels, why should the mental and behavioral consequences of these physiological changes be construed as symptoms of a mental disorder? What is the difference between a "physical" disorder and a "mental" one?

I'll never forget taking psychology 101: My professor, Dr. Stuckey, said that PMS is an excuse made by women in the United States, and that there is no psychological or physiological impact of a women's mind during this "prelutial phase". THERE HAS LONG BEEN AN INTEREST IN FEMALE CRIMINALITY WITH A plethora of theories proposed to explain why some women commit antisocial acts. These biological, sociological and psychological explanations were seen as particularly necessary since a view of women's persona emerged in the 19th century in which females were regarded as innately angelical and by the natural order, incapable of violence. A violent woman was thus unnatural. Since females were the childbearers, they were perceived as passive, weak and highly vulnerable to stress, particularly during pregnancy, the post-partum and menstruation. Women offenders were sick or mad, but not bad!
Nineteenth-century theoreticians, some ancient philosophers and cross-cultural menstrual taboos all supported a view of females as the victims of menstruation, and later, by the mid 1800s, more specifically their ovaries, and then in the 1920s, their hormones. It was not, however, until the early 1950s that the focus changed from menstruation to the menstrual cycle and the time period preceding the menses; the premenstrual era and its concomitant theories relating to deviant behaviour had arrived. Thus, PMS began to be used either as a defense or as a mitigating factor in a number of countries.

I've heard that PMS really stands for: Putting-up with Men's Shit. You can be the judge of that!!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Can't be bothered by coupons? Think again!

OK, so this has been a month and a half without childsupport, and things are a little tight here! I'm down...but I'm definately NOT OUT! What is one of the tricks to my survival?? It's a little lifestyle that my sweet, little mother taught me: CLIPPING COUPONS! There was a time not too long ago where I thought "HECK NO!!! I don't have time for that garbage." Then I calculated how much I could save in a year, and I figured how much time it would take me to work for that money, and I realized that I couldn't afford to not cut coupons!
Regular coupon users can save as much as $5,000 a year if you know some basic tricks. Here is the first trick that I will teach you to help y'all have an extra $5,000 in your bank account next year! Ready to go to Cancun, all expenses paid thanks to your frugality? That's what I THOUGHT!!!
Alanita's trick #1: Read the Fine Print
Coupon values are determined by their wording, not by the item pictured. Look for words like "any variety" and limiting terms like "applies to 1.4 ounces size and larger." If the size or variety is not specified, then the coupon works for any size or variety. The coupon needs to state specific varieties/sizes or exclude specific varieties in order to limit its use.
Last week I bought $81.24 worth of groceries for $29.51. That's a savings that will help a single mom, a middle class family, and a smart shopper SURVIVE!
Any Questions for the coupon queen? I will write you a letter with my response. Have a great day!!!