Bed Bugs in Glamour magazine(8 posts)
I have a subscription to Glamour magazine (don't laugh), and this month there's a mention, including photo, of bed bugs. I had no idea they were so mainstream. It's not even a "Bed Bugs Ruined My Year" kind of story. It's merely part of a huge survery where they asked 1,000 men various inane questions, like what they kind of a woman who makes more, etc. The question is, "The Hottest Woman at a party invites you home with her. At her front door, she mentions she has Bedbugs." Shockingly, 57% go with the "Throw caution to the wind-- bug bites are temporary" answer.
So bed bugs are mainstream and apparently not a big deal.
Excuse the inane topic! Just thought it was kinda interesting and funny.
Just goes to show you why problems become problems. Those who simply do not know or do not care ruin it for all of us. Sex is the downfall of our society unfortunately, in many ways, not just in this way but this story/survey only exemplifies this truth, that there is too little concern for things other than physical pleasure. 57% of these people were more worried about banging a hotty for a couple hours (probably minutes) than considering the very real possibility that they will not just get bit, but bring them home to their own places. If they have roomates, they will become infested. Their neighbours, their diners where they go out to eat, their pubs where they go throw them back, their waiting rooms, their clothing stores, etc. I guess infesting your community is worth a quickie with some tramp who brings home strangers? Yeah, ok. People need their priorities redirected, seriously.
It happened to Romans, their society fell hard. Some put most of the blame on homosexuality but it was the overall lack of resistance to physical pleasure (drinking, etc.) that caused them to neglect the ills of their society.
There are so many people who are aware too that they have bed bugs but continue on with their regular lives as if it isn't a big deal. These people travel and go about their leisures in public resorts because they want to and without consideration of those coming after them. It's pure selfishness and irresponsibility. That's likely how I got bed bugs, the person in mind knew they had them but didn't tell us because they wanted to keep coming around to do laundry for free, etc. Now their problem is our problem, since they don't care. "They're only bugs. They won't kill you. We live them, so can you."
Victimized, I don't think that's the point Emmm was ultimately trying to make. It was merely that the stigma surrounding bed bugs is starting to subside--which is a good thing because many people won't tell you they have bedbugs not because of the pursuit of physical pleasures, but because they are ashamed.
Buggerboy: It was merely that the stigma surrounding bed bugs is starting to subside--which is a good thing because many people won't tell you they have bedbugs not because of the pursuit of physical pleasures, but because they are ashamed.
I agree that "Victimized's" thoughts (sex is the downfall of our society) don't coincide with the point the author might be making. That said, I think the poll has less to do with a declining stigma and more to do with either ignorance of how bad a bed bug infestation can be and/or simply people saying one thing to a pollster but possibly acting different in real life, not to mention the somewhat frivolous nature of the question. Maybe one day it will be "your Packtite or mine" but not quite yet.
My main thought was to share the above because I was so flummoxed at finding bed bugs-- complete with icky picture!-- in my fashion magazine. I did think it was interesting that they're such a problem to be part of a silly survey. I was also disheartened to see people don't take these things more seirously. Bites are just temporary? Sigh. Two steps forward and all that.
But all that said, this "sex is the downfall of our society" doesn't really wash with me, and I refuse to subscribe to that newsletter. There are a lot of problematic things in society, bed bugs are one of them, but I'm not sure sex is necessarily on that list. I think the question illustrated how far education still had to come, because I'd hope most sober men would have the brains to say, "let's get you back to my place instead."
It is telling that Glamour posed that question. BTW, maybe a safer bet for amorous sober men is "let's go to a hotel instead," rather than potentially risking bb's coming in via the hot woman? Just a thought
My apologies if my views are not well received. Unfortunately my feelings are outmoded and loathed by today's standards. I live by very old fashioned standards of moral character. I do not feel guilty for feeling this way even if no one agrees. What is popular is not always right, etc. Just saying, maybe there should be less emphasis on feeling good all the time and spending more energy focusing on other aspects of life too, being more intellectually and spiritually stimulated. Resisting physical urges is exemplary of the most civilized and human state. Having the capacity to turn off those natural desires represents strength. Sex itself isn't the downfall. It's the overemphasis and degradation of it that is though.
Again, not entirely bed bug related per se but I was simply reading a little more deeply into that survey and what it represents about society on a psychological level, that there are low standards and low will power to resist certain things despite the risks. It's the sheer negligence behind the pursuit of pleasure that causes many problems. It really nauseated me, though it didn't surprise me, to read that so many men would not care if a woman's home was infested. They would enter her home only because she was good looking and we all know beauty means everything. Attractive=compensation for any other flaw. The same applies to other conditions as well, like diseases. Granted bed bugs are not an indicator of hygiene, wealth, etc the way roaches or lice do but it's pretty pathetic for the guys who wouldn't care. It represented both a laissez-faire attitude toward sex and bugs. Both disease as well as infestations are spread that way.
Some people I know have infestations of many kinds in their home but they do not treat or even attempt to address the problems because the choice comes down to either spending money on partying or taking care of the home. The house stays infested and they just go out and have fun with the money. They don't care if anyone is catching their roaches or bed bugs or whatever else is around.
Hoping this thread will end here. I only felt it was fair to have the chance to respond to explain why I commented as I did. This isn't a bed bug related topic which is why I hope it end here but I found it difficult to edit out the other thoughts I had in relation to the topic and wanted the chance to refute the opposition in defense my my beliefs.
Bed Bugs in Glamour magazine
Why just the other night I was sitting around speculating with some other bed bug folk as to what the well dressed bed bug will be wearing this spring. I Know Cimex Couture was to introduce a line as was BBNY. Given their late night eating habits and relatively lazy lifestyle if you listen closely you can hear the question "does this blood meal make me look fat?" repeated over and over at such posh spots as the Fecal Focal Point. Of course in the past they have preferred the sleek easy to slide into fashions of Hugo Hemiptera and lectularius lace.
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