Ta-dum-dum teeeentacleeeeees!!!! I've been in love with Les Queues de Sardines ever since I first discovered them (I can't remember when or how this was) but they were always so far away and so expensive that I never quite went for anything (they now do retail in parts of the States). Until Boyf seized upon the opportunity and got me these babies for my birthday last year. Nowadays I just put them on every so often and go kicking around town pretending I'm an octopus (which I suspect may be much more glamorous than actually being an octopus).
TIGHTS Les Queues de Sardines | SHORTS Joe's Jeans, cut into shorts |
PUMPS Anne Kleine (similar here) | BAG feria de Mataderos (Buenos Aires) |
EARRING & RING markets in Bangkok
Today, however, I have a more serious issue to bring to the table. But first, a little background story (I apologize in advance if this gets a little wordy):
Last weekend at a party Boyf and I were discussing American football with a Portuguese guy (rather, Boyf was - I know nothing). The Portuguese guy was saying bla bla that he respects rugby players more because they don't wear as much padding bla bla that wearing all that armor encourages more violence on the field because everyone assumes they are more protected...
At which point I jumped in and pointed out how much that parallels the gun control debate (according to gun rights advocates, the solution to gun violence? MORE GUNS), to which Portuguese guy immediately responded with, his voice almost dripping with sarcasm and exasperation, "Oh, NO! Let's not get Americans started on their SECOND AMENDMENT!"
I said, "What do you mean?"
It turns out he was under the impression that all of America agrees with Wayne LaPierre, one of America's biggest and craziest gun-toting maniacs (although he is nothing in comparison with this guy). We, of course, then took it upon ourselves to set him straight. And I think we did. But it was disheartening to see that this is the American voice that comes through on the international scene, even though statistics show that a majority of Americans are in favor of stricter gun control.
And so I would like to ask all Americans that may be reading this - what is your take on the issue? How do you think we, as a nation, compare to other countries? What do you think is the cause of our ridiculously high levels of gun violence among developed countries? (Do you just not know or care?)
All non-Americans: do you have a positive or negative view of the United States? What is your impression of the gun rights/gun control issue? What do you think most of your peers think of it?
I know this is hardly fashion-blog material, but it's an issue I am very passionate about. And this particular encounter left me not only agape but a little embarrassed. Plus I'm thinking about just starting to call this a lifestyle blog anyways. Then I can pretty much just post whatever I want, right?