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Electronic Prudes On The March

I love digital photography, but the ease with which we can alter photographs does make for some sticky situations.

Case in point: Wasatch High School in Utah.

As does most every other school in the country, Wasatch High School has a yearbook. The students are required to have their picture taken for the yearbook with the expectation that those pictures would be used in the yearbook.

Since it’s a picture of an individual, it’s assumed (there’s that word.) that any alterations of the picture would be by the dude or dudette actually in the picture. Even that’s a pretty slippery slope. The purpose of a yearbook photo is to capture a likeness of the various students as they looked that year.

What’s the use of taking a photograph of yourself and then digitally altering the hair color, scrubbing the zits off your face and filling in the gap between your two front teeth? Okay, sure you might like the look better, but it’s not who you are.

The idea of the school going in and altering the pictures without the knowledge or consent of the person in the picture is abhorrent to me, a complete violation of expectations of privacy and common decency.

Which, oddly enough, is the concept that the Wasatch High School administrators are hiding behind in their failed attempt to justify their intrusiveness in the yearbook photos.

See, the folks at the high school started making changes to the photos to fit in with some sort of ill-conceived, ill-defined value of decency. V-neck sweaters were given a makeover so they were square cut and Shelby Baumexposed less bosom.

Tattoos were digitally erased. Young ladies wearing sleeveless dresses had digital sleeves clumsily attached to them.

All of which would be bad enough, but the changes were inconsistently applied. Some girls had their image modified and some didn’t, even though both might have had the same sort of dress on in their pictures.

“I feel like they’re shaming you, like you’re not enough, you’re not perfect,” sophomore Shelby Baum told the Associated Press on Thursday. Baum’s collarbone tattoo reading “I am enough the way I am” was removed from her photo. She also discovered a high, square neckline drawn onto her black V-neck T-shirt. Baum said she wants a refund or a new book with an unaltered photo.

Good luck with that, Ms. Baum. See, the school is climbing up on its high horse and claiming the high ground of morality. It’s immoral to wear sleeveless dresses or have plunging necklines.

It’s also saying the students had ample warning not to show up looking like a harlot.

On Thursday, the school issued a statement saying a four-by-five foot sign warned students on picture day that “tank tops, low cut tops, inappropriate slogans on shirts, etc. would not be allowed” and that “photos may be edited to correct the violation.”

Which, even if the sign was there (and that’s a big if as several parents who attended said there was no sign), it doesn’t give them the right to go in without permission and alter someone’s face or body. If the school didn’t like the student’s outfit, it should have sent the student home.

Where does this end? Do we lighten someone’s skin color the so he fits in better in a group photo? Eliminate a shirt that has colors associated with her religion?

What’s important is who you are, not what you’re wearing.

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Star Trekking Into Darkness Isn’t The Only Way To Avoid Sun Exposure

You dudes see what I did there?

How I used a really cool film that’s coming out today to sort of talk about my actual topic? Not that I’m trolling for click bait or anything like that. It’s not like I’m mentioning sex or nudity or naked or something like that in the third sentence.


Anyway, let’s get the last of this sunscreen out of the bottle and onto the blog.

There is, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, a right way and a wrong way to apply sunscreen so you don’t get burned. Who knew?

I figured just slathering it on until you could slide down a grass-covered hill at full speed was the way to go. And the grass leaves would scrape off the excess. Of course, that left grease tracks in the steep hills and killed the grass, but hey. . . That’s just the way we roll. See what I did there? A punne, or play on words?

Let’s head on over to listen to the fine skin doctors at the American Academy of Dermatology before I speak another horrible punne and really deserve punishment.

We’ve already talked about how the sunscreen you should be using should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 and be broad spectrum to block out ultraviolet A and B rays (UVA and UVB). The next thing you need to know is that you’ve got to start slathering yourself up well before you head outdoors.

Apply sunscreen generously before going outdoors. It takes approximately 15 minutes for your skin to absorb the sunscreen and protect you. If you wait until you are in the sun to apply sunscreen, your skin is unprotected and can burn.

Which means you also need to make darn sure you cover every bit of exposed skin if you want the benefit of sunscreen. I mean, if you do most of the body and then leave, say, an unprotected stripe down the side of your torso where your arm would be if it weren’t in constant motion playing beach volleyball — just to pull an instance out of the air — it can really, really, really hurt.

Even worse, getting a severe sunburn can be bad news for future you. Damaging your skin with major doses of UVA and UVB can lead to more of a chance of skin cancer. Cover up. Get slathered. And make sure you use enough of the right kind of sunscreen.

Now watch this cool public service video. I’m sure it’s not corny at all.

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Sun Safety? That Starts Here, Not Back There

A couple days ago we started talking about how we need to get a move on to prepare for summer. How we dudes need to make sure we get through it relatively safely.

Well, it seems that managed to pop the Guide up on someone’s radar. Because of that, we’ve been hearing from the American Academy of Dermatology. They’re the skin doctors.

They’re also the ones who are most concerned that we don’t do now what we did back in the 1970s. That is, rub ourselves down with baby oil and then go lay out in the sun to turn brown, browner, crispy. That is a real story, dudes. A true story. My sister, Tia, was the one who did that. She’d get so brown she was almost a purple color by the end of the summer. How she managed to make sure her skin isn’t the consistency of fine, Corinthian leather by now I have no idea.

Anyway, the dudes and dudettes at the AAD were concerned that we hadn’t talked enough about the importance of sunscreen. Sure, we mentioned it, but what I didn’t say was that there apparently is a correct way to go about putting it on your body. And, by extension, a wrong way. Or, as I like to think of it, the way I do it.

Before we begin, though, here’s a cute little infographic about sunscreen. Because you really can’t have a good how-sunscreen infographicto without having a cute infographic. Apparently.

So, anyway, there it is.

In case you’re wondering, what they’re recommending is that you find an empty shot glass, which shouldn’t be that hard considering it’s coming up on summer. Fill the shot glass with sunscreen and then you know how much you should be applying to the exposed areas of your body.

But, I hear you asking because you’re too lazy to look to your right at the infographic, what kind of sunscreen should we buy?

If you didn’t know, and I’m assuming you didn’t, is that the AAD recommends you use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30, one that is broad spectrum (it blocks ultraviolet A and B rays) and is water resistant.

Staying out in the sun for too long is one of the easiest ways for you to get some kind of skin cancer, including melanoma, which is the most aggressive form of skin cancer. You don’t want nothing to do with that bad momma.

Unfortunately, one in five Americans will be diagnosed with one form of skin cancer or another at some point in their lifetime.

Which means there’s still a four out of fie chance you won’t. I’m sure that putting on the right sunscreen certainly won’t hurt those chances.

And I. . .


I seem to be all out of room. I guess I’ll have to come back tomorrow to finish up the bit about sunscreen and the correct application of same.

See you then.

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