Saturday, February 21, 2009

who's a hipster?

I'm hearing this word used more and more in conversation.

But what really is a hipster? Are you a hipster? Am I a hipster? I fucking hope not.

Now I'm not going to say I don't use the word hipster, I occasionally mutter it under my breath when I hear/see pretentious indie kids. For example there's this guy who always walks past the skate park who never, i mean NEVER leaves his house without a short sleeved collared shirt with the sleeves rolled up a little bit and black ray-bans on... that's my definition of a hipster, he probably knew about every band before you too.*

Wikipedia defines a hipster as... Hipster is a slang term which appeared in the late 1990s and 2000's to describe young, urban middle class and upper class adults with interests in non-mainstream fashion and culture, particularly alternative music, independent rock, independent film, magazines like Vice, Clash and Adbusters, and websites like Pitchfork Media

But I'm young, I'm middle class, I like alternative music (mainly alt. hip-hop but still alternative), I like independent film... thankfully I am saved by my hatred of the pretentious assholes at pitchfork.

Now I don't fit all of these wikipedia criteria but maybe I don't need to to be classified as a hipster... fuck it. I realise this article was completely pointless and proved nothing.
If anyone is actually reading this what do you think a hipster is ?

*If you are said guy or a friend of his i mean no offense I'm sure he's a nice enough guy, he just came to mind as an example.

Monday, February 16, 2009

strip clubs make me sad.

Last night I had the pleasure of going to a strip club for the first time. The group of friends I was with at the time were shocked I hadn't been to one before. Sweaty old men ogling girls dancing to pay their student loans just never really appealed to me, and last nights experience just reaffirmed my opinion on strip clubs.

At first it seemed like it was a good idea, but after that many drinks and pretty hefty amounts of marijuana any plan would have had me excited. I always thought that stripping must be degrading for the stripper, but after last night that theory has gone out the window. I no longer think it is degrading for the stripper, but for the men who pay to be in there.

I didn't find myself particularly aroused at any point whilst I was in their. For me all the experience did was reaffirm my loneliness. The smiles, the pretending to be interested in your life, you know they just want to get into your wallet but for some reason it feels good that these women are paying attention to you, but at the same time I couldn't help but feel pathetic.

but ones self image and self respect is all in his or her own mind so I suppose that on both sides if the men and women are just having fun and do not themselves feel like their actions are degrading then no harm is done. Maybe I'm just melodramatic and over analytical.
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