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A Modern Tupperware Tale

The modern woman prefers hi-tech weaponry to cute plastic food containers.
A Modern Tupperware Tale
In my mother’s day it was tupperware. She would come home – tipsy and smelling vaguely of cigarettes – her arms full of stackable plastic kitchen ware. I watched transfixed as she unloaded the tiny green containers into which she planned to pack snacks for my lunch, the day-glo orange Jell-O mold, the translucent ice tray that she said would be perfect for making little apple juice popsicles. Each time one of her friends threw a party, I waited for her in the kitchen – anxious to see what new shapes and colors she would pull from the box. A few years ago, my mother told me she never actually gave a shit about Tupperware. She just wanted to drink some wine, smoke a cigarette and be away from her family for a while. In those days, she said with a trace of bitterness, it was inconceivable that a woman might want a little time for herself.

Someone had given me the invitation at work. ‘This ain’t yo’ momma’s Tupperware Party!,’ it read above a stylized drawing of a woman wearing a red bandana, arms crossed and lips pursed with attitude. "You’ve heard about these taser parties, right?" said my co-worker, peering over the top of my cubicle. "They’re all the rage. You’re coming, right? Everybody’s going to be there."

I thought about my mother as I sat on the couch – wondering if my fellow party-goers were merely feigning bloodlust so as to have an excuse to get out of the house for a while. "Take that, fucker," said the middle age brunette as she pulled the trigger, stomping a high heel for emphasis. The others made high pitched hooting sounds as two electric probes sank into the target at the end of the hall. "Whoooo!" yelled the brunette before turning to mug for the crowd, wittily striking a Charlie’s Angels pose. No, they weren’t feigning anything. This was for real. "My turn! I want to go!" The blonde woman next to me sprang from her seat and bounded over to the table where the tasers were displayed. As she deliberated over the variety of available colors and patterns (Hot Pink, Fierce Leopard…), I tentatively raised my hand. The company spokesperson, an impossibly tanned woman with the word ‘Tasergirl’ emblazoned across her chest in sequins, pointed at me and smiled. "Why all the different colors?" I asked. "I mean, if the point is to protect yourself, who cares what the thing looks like?" I could feel the eyes of the party’s hostess boring into the side of my skull from across the room. "No, its alright – it’s a fair question," said Tasergirl convivially before placing her hands on her hips and turning to address the entire room. "At Tasergirl International," she began, "your personal safety is our number one concern. Making sure you look fabulous? Well, that’s a close second!" The women cackled their appreciation.

As I walked out alone into the night, unprotected and unfabulous, I thought about my mother again. I thought about how I would’ve seen the world if, instead of storage containers, she’d come home from parties with the newest in allegedly non-lethal personal security technology. And as the sounds of the women’s hoots and laughter grew fainter in the distance, I wondered who was at home waiting for them.

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ErK the Televan...

Perhaps its not that the women are neccesarily being brutalized, or that the United States is a dangerous place for women to live; perhaps its that the media portrays it in that light instead of how it really is. We shouldn't be afraid to walk the streets at night. We shouldn't be afraid that every person we meet wants to take advantage of us. We shouldn't feel the need to arm ourselves just to feel safe in our own neighborhoods. There isn't any real need to fear anything... unless of course you want consumption, Fear leads to consumption. Its all marketing friend.

ErK the Televan...

Perhaps its not that the women are neccesarily being brutalized, or that the United States is a dangerous place for women to live; perhaps its that the media portrays it in that light instead of how it really is. We shouldn't be afraid to walk the streets at night. We shouldn't be afraid that every person we meet wants to take advantage of us. We shouldn't feel the need to arm ourselves just to feel safe in our own neighborhoods. There isn't any real need to fear anything... unless of course you want consumption, Fear leads to consumption. Its all marketing friend.

Sheldon

DAV78, your pity story for American women doesn’t get any sympathy from me. The majority of men DO NOT abuse or murder women. In fact, men are the ones in more danger of being attacked, as almost three quarters of all victims of violent assault in Canada and the US are MEN. Rape and DV statistics given by certain groups of feminists are exaggerated and inflated, and studies that reveal that women can be just as violent in a relationship are often ignored, dismissed as “reactionary”, or even actively suppressed (noooo, these “poor” women who go to these taser parties, for instance, would never look like they are capable of abusing their boyfriends or husbands, right?)I know things aren’t perfect for women in society, but I think in many ways it is men, men in general but minority men in particular, that bear the brunt of society’s ills these days–and even much in the past, dare I say (remember I’m speaking for MOST men, not the small rich minority of white men). They are the ones that are killing themselves at four times the rate that women are (btw, if you don’t care about this or scoff at it, it only goes to show just how significant a social problem it is.). They’re the ones expected to take on the most stressful and hazardous jobs and not be given the option (or if they do now, it’s still a socially frowned upon “option”), as women are, of spending their lives with their children, their chief sources of love. They’re the ones who are socially pressured to get injured or die in all kinds of violent and stupid bullshit because of the way they were socialized as boys in this society, because that’s what it means to be a man. They’re the ones who are pressured into joining the military (even though some women join military now, there is no social or parental pressure to do so, they don’t fight in front line combat, and they’re not given the lame excuse that this is what defines you as a person) shipped off like chattel to be slaughtered in a rich white man’s (and white woman’s–they’re married to the rich white men, remember?) war. And if they even think of complaining, they are given ye olde “take it like a man” line, still perpetrated, straight out of the refuse bin, apparently (for instance, when I talk like this, I’m often called “misogynist” or “whiney”). Hey, sorry, but you turned this into a gender thing, I’m just reacting. Toxic male socialization is the chief culprit here, with the help of gender and ideological feminists over the last twenty to thirty years or so, who perpetrate inflated statistics, misconceptions, and outright lies about men and about women–for instance, if you actually believe that most women in Western culture are the victims of violent abuse or rape, then you have believed the lies (it is actually most men who are the ones often forced into some violent situation. And nobody even gives a damn).
I wonder how many of these women were actually victims of some kind of real abuse. If they are, then I sincerely apoplogize. But I can easily suspect that they believe the terrible lies that most men are abusive and/or rapists. And how just plainly stupid and brainless this whole thing is. Tasers as fashion accesories–that look “fabulous’ (that word has GOT to go)? Its only flowing even more contemptible and malignant behaviour and attitudes into the social sphere when you put on such atrocious displays of contempatble and malignant behaviour, such as what these Taser parties basically are. These women are the only ones responsible for this degenerate display. Stop trying to blame men, and stop buying into the culture of fear. Trust me, it’ll only make the poison between the sexes and the highly toxic social sphere get, unbelievably, even worse than it already is.

Sheldon

DAV78, your pity story for American women doesn’t get any sympathy from me. The majority of men DO NOT abuse or murder women. In fact, men are the ones in more danger of being attacked, as almost three quarters of all victims of violent assault in Canada and the US are MEN. Rape and DV statistics given by certain groups of feminists are exaggerated and inflated, and studies that reveal that women can be just as violent in a relationship are often ignored, dismissed as “reactionary”, or even actively suppressed (noooo, these “poor” women who go to these taser parties, for instance, would never look like they are capable of abusing their boyfriends or husbands, right?)I know things aren’t perfect for women in society, but I think in many ways it is men, men in general but minority men in particular, that bear the brunt of society’s ills these days–and even much in the past, dare I say (remember I’m speaking for MOST men, not the small rich minority of white men). They are the ones that are killing themselves at four times the rate that women are (btw, if you don’t care about this or scoff at it, it only goes to show just how significant a social problem it is.). They’re the ones expected to take on the most stressful and hazardous jobs and not be given the option (or if they do now, it’s still a socially frowned upon “option”), as women are, of spending their lives with their children, their chief sources of love. They’re the ones who are socially pressured to get injured or die in all kinds of violent and stupid bullshit because of the way they were socialized as boys in this society, because that’s what it means to be a man. They’re the ones who are pressured into joining the military (even though some women join military now, there is no social or parental pressure to do so, they don’t fight in front line combat, and they’re not given the lame excuse that this is what defines you as a person) shipped off like chattel to be slaughtered in a rich white man’s (and white woman’s–they’re married to the rich white men, remember?) war. And if they even think of complaining, they are given ye olde “take it like a man” line, still perpetrated, straight out of the refuse bin, apparently (for instance, when I talk like this, I’m often called “misogynist” or “whiney”). Hey, sorry, but you turned this into a gender thing, I’m just reacting. Toxic male socialization is the chief culprit here, with the help of gender and ideological feminists over the last twenty to thirty years or so, who perpetrate inflated statistics, misconceptions, and outright lies about men and about women–for instance, if you actually believe that most women in Western culture are the victims of violent abuse or rape, then you have believed the lies (it is actually most men who are the ones often forced into some violent situation. And nobody even gives a damn).
I wonder how many of these women were actually victims of some kind of real abuse. If they are, then I sincerely apoplogize. But I can easily suspect that they believe the terrible lies that most men are abusive and/or rapists. And how just plainly stupid and brainless this whole thing is. Tasers as fashion accesories–that look “fabulous’ (that word has GOT to go)? Its only flowing even more contemptible and malignant behaviour and attitudes into the social sphere when you put on such atrocious displays of contempatble and malignant behaviour, such as what these Taser parties basically are. These women are the only ones responsible for this degenerate display. Stop trying to blame men, and stop buying into the culture of fear. Trust me, it’ll only make the poison between the sexes and the highly toxic social sphere get, unbelievably, even worse than it already is.

Shieldher Inc (...

I am the Taser Party Creator!
Yes, my name is Dana Shafman and I invented the Taser Party through my company. Your stories and conversations above are very entertaining BUT not very accurate!
As for Taser Parties, we are not all sitting around a room trying to look cool in bandanas or be fashionable with leopard taser C2's in our hands. The purpose of the Taser Party is self defense and yes, we teach self defense techniques and awareness at EVERY Taser Party. We discuss serious topics and recount stories of women who have emailed saying that they wished they had a taser when they were assaulted and attacked. It is a very serious party down at the core yet we try to lighten it up a bit with food and non-alcoholic beverages (Tupperware Style). We also teach the party attendees how to use their taser  as a deterrent and that they do not have to fire it in order to benefit from it...basically, how to use it to prevent an attack and how to use verbal warnings rather than deploying it erroneously.
The reason why the taser comes in colors is because we want to encourage women to carry them with them so that they are protected...and it is easier to get women to carry them if they come in fun colors rather than black! We even provide faux fur taser bags for purses so that our clients can find them easily so they don't get mugged. Yes, we thought of everything!
Lastly, the taser has NEVER...and I repeat NEVER...been directly linked to the death of any person in the US or outside the US! I have taken a taser hit (you can view it on my website under New Stories at the bottom) and can tell you first hand that it is not lethal! Even Amnesty International backed off their statement that "the taser is lethal" with a better, more accurate statement of "we don't know what caused the deaths in taser related incidents" since it is uncertain as to what caused the deaths!!! That said, I have only 2 choices as a woman which are (1) a firearm which IS lethal or (2) a taser C2 which is not. I choose the taser because I know that I am willing and able to use it with ease.
After all, we are just trying to lower the number (now 1 million annually in the US) of women sexually assaulted, raped or abused in the US. Who wouldn't wanted to get behind a cause like that?
Dana Shafman
"TASER Party Creator"

[Comment has been edited to remove promotional information.] 

Shieldher Inc (...

I am the Taser Party Creator!
Yes, my name is Dana Shafman and I invented the Taser Party through my company. Your stories and conversations above are very entertaining BUT not very accurate!
As for Taser Parties, we are not all sitting around a room trying to look cool in bandanas or be fashionable with leopard taser C2's in our hands. The purpose of the Taser Party is self defense and yes, we teach self defense techniques and awareness at EVERY Taser Party. We discuss serious topics and recount stories of women who have emailed saying that they wished they had a taser when they were assaulted and attacked. It is a very serious party down at the core yet we try to lighten it up a bit with food and non-alcoholic beverages (Tupperware Style). We also teach the party attendees how to use their taser  as a deterrent and that they do not have to fire it in order to benefit from it...basically, how to use it to prevent an attack and how to use verbal warnings rather than deploying it erroneously.
The reason why the taser comes in colors is because we want to encourage women to carry them with them so that they are protected...and it is easier to get women to carry them if they come in fun colors rather than black! We even provide faux fur taser bags for purses so that our clients can find them easily so they don't get mugged. Yes, we thought of everything!
Lastly, the taser has NEVER...and I repeat NEVER...been directly linked to the death of any person in the US or outside the US! I have taken a taser hit (you can view it on my website under New Stories at the bottom) and can tell you first hand that it is not lethal! Even Amnesty International backed off their statement that "the taser is lethal" with a better, more accurate statement of "we don't know what caused the deaths in taser related incidents" since it is uncertain as to what caused the deaths!!! That said, I have only 2 choices as a woman which are (1) a firearm which IS lethal or (2) a taser C2 which is not. I choose the taser because I know that I am willing and able to use it with ease.
After all, we are just trying to lower the number (now 1 million annually in the US) of women sexually assaulted, raped or abused in the US. Who wouldn't wanted to get behind a cause like that?
Dana Shafman
"TASER Party Creator"

[Comment has been edited to remove promotional information.] 

Anonymous

Taser Party Lady said this:
Even Amnesty International backed off their statement that "the taser is lethal" with a better, more accurate statement of "we don't know what caused the deaths in taser related incidents".

A more accurate statement is "we don't know"? Seriously?

Anonymous

Taser Party Lady said this:
Even Amnesty International backed off their statement that "the taser is lethal" with a better, more accurate statement of "we don't know what caused the deaths in taser related incidents".

A more accurate statement is "we don't know"? Seriously?

Anonymous

Actually, since 2001, aprox 290 people have died after taser shocks in North America. That statistic IS courtesy of Amnesty International.

How odd that someone who represents a taser company would so readily gloss over that one.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/tasers/
http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AMR51/151/2007/en

Anonymous

Actually, since 2001, aprox 290 people have died after taser shocks in North America. That statistic IS courtesy of Amnesty International.

How odd that someone who represents a taser company would so readily gloss over that one.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/tasers/
http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AMR51/151/2007/en

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