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My experiment with Mad Men is now over - it just got too depressing for me.  I have started devoting my couple hours of free time between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. (seriously) to Nip/Tuck, which so far I'm enjoying a lot more.  It's interesting, because they're ostensibly very similar shows - main characters are male professionals, there's a lot of emphasis on objectifying the female form and shallow facades (advertising, plastic surgery) - but whereas my reaction to Mad Men was "oh my God, I hate you all," my reaction to Nip/Tuck is "yeah, that's pretty much the way it is," and even though neither Troy and McNamara are anyone I want to know, I give them more leeway than I do anybody in Sterling Cooper.  I think it's a generational thing, though.  Like, which set of men and women are we taught to consider normal, or something like that.  Once again, I don't really like anyone (but ugh to McNamara's teenage son in particular), although I do have a strange fondness for Kimber and Julia.

I must say that I also enjoy the insanity and grotesqueness of Nip/Tuck.  And the music.  This is the full-length version of the opening theme - unsurprisingly, there's a ton of thinspo videos set to this song, but there's also a bunch of thinspo shit set to Radiohead's "Creep" and Fiona Apple's "Paper Bag," so whatever.  It makes me think of... well, grad school, but life in general if you're living in Go Getter World.  And I realize now that I am back in that world, and deeper in than I was as an undergrad because the emphasis now really is on becoming a full-grown yuppie, not just getting hot drunken pictures of yourself on Facebook (which is, I think, what it was in undergrad).  I kind of consider myself lucky that I fell into this job, even though I hate it and am fairly bad at it, because it hooks me up to the two professors who can connect me to anything/anyone in the very narrow field that I want to enter.  Hilariously I apparently decided to wed myself to this field in a matter of, oh, a month.  But I've sworn off government work as an option, so there you go.  I am left with think tanks.  I think I'm just kind of like, "okay, fuck it, Southeast Asia politics it is, fuckin' good enough."  My point is I don't necessarily feel like I have to struggle as hard as other people I know who are just starting to feel out a direction.  Of course, there is more to life in Go Getter World than having a well-connected job, as we all know, and I still feel pressure - "perfect soul, perfect mind, perfect face" - like whoa. 

Added: I think this pressure is also there for men in the grad program - obviously.  But it is different for women.  It's like we have to impress fucking everyone, all the time.

Also: It reminds me of whenever I'm asked "where else did you apply?" and I say that I chose AU over George Washington.  Even AU people don't get why I would, sometimes - why wouldn't you go for the better name, regardless of anything else?  And when I explain that GW didn't click with me, and AU did, I tend to get blank stares.  I usually have to add "well, AU is giving me way more money than GW would have..." before I get the "oh" of understanding.

Date: 2011-10-22 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] moveslikegiallo.livejournal.com
How far through Nip/Tuck are you? I had to give up on it eventually...

Date: 2011-10-22 08:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] intertribal.livejournal.com
Season 1, and yeah, I've heard that too.

Date: 2011-10-22 10:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] royinpink.livejournal.com
I am learning that despite all the lip service paid to 'fit', schools only care about it insofar as they want grad student labor, and nobody else gives a shit about your personal well-being, and that decision costs probably at least as much as they'll pay you for making it in forfeited potential salary later on, because all the 'real world' cares about is prestige and names, because that's all they have to go on.

Date: 2011-10-22 10:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] royinpink.livejournal.com
whoah run-on sentence.

Date: 2011-10-22 10:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] intertribal.livejournal.com
Probably true, which is why I'm glad I went to the only place in DC that emphasizes Southeast Asia.

Date: 2011-10-22 11:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] royinpink.livejournal.com
Fair enough.

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