2 years ago
jordanhamilton
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Shallow Hal Is Real: How Low Can He Go?

Shallow (adj.) - of little depth

If you've ever seen the film Shallow Hal than you probably already have some idea of what is card is going to be about. Yes, you guess it shallow men. No matter how fast you run, you just can't seem to get away from them. They are everywhere, like mosquitoes in the summertime. They usually only see the picture from one side and refuse to view it from any other angle.
Don't get me wrong, women can be just as shallow (if not more shallow) than men. But men aren't very nice when it comes to being judgmental and how low they will go. Women have a way of laying it on a man in a nice apologetic manner, whereas a man will have you fall for him to tell you that he doesn't see things going anywhere.
Looks are important, but I mean should those physical matters really be the deciding factor on whether things will work out or not? Being shallow doesn't allow you to see a person for who they really are and that sucks. You can have something amazing sitting right in front of you and miss out on a good thing because you wanted to be a jerk.
Beware of these signs -- I've created a short list of the tell tale signs you should look out for to warn you if you happen to be dealing with a shallow individual.

Sign #1: He insults you all the time.

Instead of telling you how beautiful you are, he constantly mentions something negative.

Sign #2: If you don't have a face or body like Beyonce, he's not having it.

But excuse me sir, you're no Denzel Washington yourself. Pump your breaks boo.

Sign #3: He only focuses on the physical, never your mental.

If his main focus is what size you wear, but not your views on the world, love and life -- he's a waste of time and you should want absolutely nothing to do with him.
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A woman dressed up in a fat suit and went on a couple Tinder dates. The reactions of a large percentage of the guys will surprise you, but then again it won't be that surprising. Talk about shallow.

Ladies, what are your thoughts on this tinder experiment?

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Great add on @shannon15 ! I too, believe that growing old is such a beautiful process. Why not embrace it. I'm def all for encouraging both compassion and empathy. It seems like you two have the correct mindset. I'm all for the positivity on this card! Keep it coming :)
2 years ago·Reply
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@jordanhamilton - Ms. Lauryn Hill... I had the honor of being her stage photographer during the "LA Rising" concert back in 2011 - she had just given birth to her 6th child the week before - no joke... this beautiful and amazingly talented woman had just given birth and here she was on stage performing in from of 50,000 people. It was an amazing concert and Ms. Hill and her band were truly wonderful to work with. Funny that you used a quote from on of her songs. I think that because we have brains that are designed for problem solving that some people (for whatever reason) don't value relationships that are simple or don't come without a fight. It gives them a sense of purpose and accomplishment to have overcome or continually be engaged in some dire situation. You have to watch out for "drama" people. They will always purposefully introduce drama into their relationships because it gives them a sense of control. They feel most alive when engaged in some sort of emotional conflict - either real or manufactured. The truth is that no relationship is ever simple... but that doesn't mean that they can't be easy. Through honesty and communication - and most importantly a desire to put your relationship first - making it the top priority in your life (before work, friends, family, etc...) you can enjoy a relationship what takes a surprisingly small amount of work to maintain. If you and your love are on the same page about what is most important - meaning that your relationship comes first - then it's really difficult for external influences to disrupt your happiness and tranquility. @shannonl5 - I hate to sound like some sort of conspiracy theorist about this - but I agree with you totally and would even go so far as to say that the negative messages about beauty and loving yourself starts with small children in our society - Barbee Dolls and little girl dress up and makeup kits - things that appear harmless but are not. I think that the most dangerous time in cementing negative beliefs regarding self-image and acceptance of one's own inner beauty (and that of others) is the teenage years. Look at the disturbing trend - the rise in number of plastic surgeries among teenage girls. Is the desire to be molded into a form that one feels is acceptable by others so strong that teens (who are not even fully matured and grown from a biological standpoint) feel so compelled to alter their bodies? And shame on any parent that thinks enabling such dangerous thinking is OK. Its very disturbing. Kids should be taught to look at themselves and to look at others with eyes that see deeper than whatever is on the outside. You are not the cloths you wear - the car you drive - the house you live in - the color of your skin - the features of your face - the shape of your body - etc... Your value is defined by the good and/or bad that your actions and deeds bring into the world. It's that simple. Beauty isn't skin deep. Beauty - true beauty - begins beneath the skin. I'd rather give my love and energy to a person that has a beautiful heart - a beautiful mind. Nothing else really matters to me.
2 years ago·Reply
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I don't think it's a conspiracy theory at all @JonPatrickHyde growing up I was the target of those images. The boys and young men around me absorbed them as well, and felt entitled to critiquing their female peers, making inappropriate comments about their weight, makeup, and appearance. Very few young men were encouraged to think of us as people, with feelings and ideas and needs independent of theirs. Instead, they were taught to think of us as ornamental. It was very discouraging and alienating. Even though I did not buy into those negative messages, my peers had. And those same peers have now grown up steadfastly adhering to those same negative messages. They are employers and bosses and coworkers- people whose respect you need to garner in order to live your life. I think this negativity has become so entrenched in our society that it's reached a point where you either play along (and you're a bad representative of women) or you don't (and you lose power and respect and the ability to be heard). There's really no way to win. You mentioned you worked with models- I bet it's really difficult for them to compete in the industry if they don't adhere to a very strict standard of beauty, and often I imagine even if they don't agree they're not in a position to advocate for change. It can be very frustrating.
2 years ago·Reply
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That's pretty amazing that you've had the opportunity to work with such a beautiful soul. I saw her live for the first time in 2013 and I must say it was amazing. I will never forget that night -- ever. I definitely agree with you, no relationship is easy, but sometimes putting in a little extra work is worth it. If you love someone going that extra mile or putting up that extra fight means absolutely nothing because it's worth it at the end of the day. As far as those people who love drama, I know and have known far too many. I'll even be woman enough to admit that I used to love drama at one point in my life. My previous relationship was full of it and I felt like the drama was what kept us together -- I felt like I needed to be in control, always. Fast forward five years and here I am drama free and single, so that says a lot. I know I keep mentioning it, but it's so nice and refreshing to hear a man speak up for once. I love it! Too many men like to be on the hush hush, it's nice to hear a man's point of view every now and then, especially a wise man.
2 years ago·Reply
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I think a lot of people can't see past the end of their noses. like your article said they can't see what's right in front of them. and they go on until it happens to them.
2 years ago·Reply