I recently joined Pinterest.
I held off as long as possible, but I eventually caved while searching for recipes, and because I apparently needed another place to waste hours looking through what other people find interesting on the Internet.
I spend the majority of my time clicking around the Food and Drink and Humor sections. Sometimes, when I want to feel terrible about myself, I’ll venture over to DIY and Crafts, Kids, and the Home Décor sections, and while I often find myself awed by the creativity of others, just as often, I’ll close out of the app shaking my head and wondering what the fuck is wrong with people.
There are a few pins I keep seeing that have been bugging me as a newbie on Pinterest:
1. The Bare Ass Squat: I’ve had “Get back in shape,” on the top of my goal list since I graduated from high school in 1996. This year I’m finally making real strides toward that goal. When I don’t feel like working out, I’ll occasionally jump on Pinterest for inspiration. I know what to expect when I go looking in this category, but there are still a couple of poses/pins that make me furious. It’s not the picture of a skinny mom of three asking me what my excuse is, it’s the pictures of athletic, fit women, squatting heavy weight in thongs. It’s the pics of a row of women who do CrossFit on a chin up bar facing away from the camera with no shirts or bras on. I’ll give some leeway for artistic expression, but when even the strongest/fittest women around are willingly being reduced to their sexuality under the label of Health and Fitness, it irks me.
I want to be in shape, but posing for or actually performing tits out chin ups or bare ass squats will never be my fitness end game. If it’s yours, more power to you I suppose, but it doesn’t inspire me, it makes me want to call your mom and hand you a pair of pants and a shirt.
2. Chevron. Everywhere: It’s funny how when you finally become aware of something, you begin to see it everywhere. If you buy a new car, suddenly you see that car all over the road when you probably had never noticed it much before. So it went with me and Chevron. Until I joined Pinterest, I really hadn’t seen it much and if someone asked me what chevron was, I would have replied, “A gas station.” I see this pattern everywhere now, AND like C’s on an overpriced purse, I find myself inexplicably drawn to it. I want to buy the maxi dresses, the baby sheets, the car seat covers, and I want to put this busy pattern on everything. But I haven’t. Because it’s a trend, it’s Chevron, it’s a suburban mom pattern and the more I see it on Pinterest, the more I manage to resist it in all its recent manifestations. Screw you chevron!!!
3. Nail Art: While I’m still trying to master painting the fingernails on my right hand with my left hand without clumping, there are people out there proficient in something called nail art. And according to Pinterest, the only acceptable way to photograph your phalange portfolio is fingernails down, daintily holding the bottle of nail polish you used as your base coat. I wonder at least once a day who decided this was the nail art pose, but it also makes me very sad knowing that I will never be able to paint a care bear on my own fingernails.
4. Rompers Are Coming Back? That’s it, that’s the joke. I’ve never really been known for my fashion sense, but even I know that these didn’t really look great on anyone when they were popular the first time around. And yet, here they are again—recycled.
5. Halloween Costumes in May: Halloween enthusiast? Tired of all the overly sexy Halloween costumes every year? Already looking for this year’s costume? I found the perfect solution and my costume for October 2014. Sexy Loofah.
As most of you already know, Pinterest can be simultaneously inspirational and depressing. It’s a central web location to display and peruse all that you could be but probably never will be in most life areas.
But overall it’s a pretty great app to have for killing time, creative inspiration, finding a new recipe, or some funny ass jokes for your Facebook account.
Rachelle writes a witty, no holds barred, tell is like it is blog. You can read more about her at A Rich Full Life in Spite of It… Thank you for guest posting for me Rachelle! Happy pinning, indeed:)