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Primordial Dwarfism

Discovery Channel, TLC, A&E, and The History Channel used to be spectacular channels. The History Channel is still good, though it tends to repeat itself a lot. The Discovery Channel has just enough good shows (and one excellent one, Mythbusters) to be good. But A&E and TLC have gone to hell. TLC should be renamed The Loser Channel, or should be completely redone. About 90% of the things on TLC are "reality" shows more inane than the crap on the network channels.

However, there was one really good thing on earlier tonight. It was the kind of show they need more of. It was about Primordial Dwarfism, a genetic mutation that causes the people with it to grow at an extremely slow rate. So, essentially, they look like children even as adults. The condition got its name from the fact that there is very little growth from conception. One of them was SIX INCHES LONG when he was born. Like a marsupial baby, almost!

I do not know how to adequately describe my feelings watching this show. With the girl named Taylor, I did have a brief moment of "OMG" at her face and how unhealthily skinny she looked,* but that was maybe 2 seconds long at the most. From thereon after, I thought (and still think) she is very pretty. Still, I have to say that of all the people with her condition on the show, she had it the worst off due to her face and her skinniness. But she's an awesome person and if there was going to be a reality show I would watch, it would be with her. As long as it was a real reality show and not one of those stupid inane Springer-esque pieces of shit.

Watching the show, I did not pity any of them. I don't think it's possible for me to feel pity. But I empathized. And, to be honest, I was a little jealous, at least of the other girls with the condition who looked basically like ordinary children. I'm often jealous of short people. (Though with this particular condition, they tend to get massive curvature of the spine that is deadly if not treated in time.) I wouldn't want to be short all the time, but seeing them reminds me that I can't shapeshift to become Molly physically. Gods, I would willingly be homeless for five years if it meant I could shapeshift. Don't know if I'd want to be *that* short, though... Taylor was 14 and still had to shop in the toddler part of the clothing store.

Anyway, so I loved the show, wish it had been three times longer. That would be a hell of a thing to have happen to you. It'd be one thing if it was a choice, but it isn't for them. The show was gripping, whatever gripping means. ;-) Seriously, though... I nearly cried, myself, at Taylor's fear of the possibility that her spinal brace might be infected (it wasn't, thank God), and when she and her fellow P.D.** friend had a fight (they made up). I got pissed off at the idiot man pointing at her and talking about her in the mall, and at stories of people saying insensitive things like "Is she going to die?" right in front of her as though she weren't in the room.

That sort of thing just really pisses me off. I don't understand it at all. I just do not understand why so many people insist on defining people by their bodies. The body is a fucking SHELL. A TOOL. It is a mobile home for your soul. You know that movie, Men In Black, with the tiny little alien inside that human-shaped android body? That's what the body is: it is a vehicle your soul and mind drive. Your ego is the pilot and your soul is the copilot. What your body looks like has no more bearing on what you are like as a person than does the house you live in. It is only when people make the bullshit mistake of judging you for bullshit reasons when it makes any difference, because people are often cruel fucktards.

It is highly ironic that in the same night was an episode of South Park featuring a character with the regular form of dwarfism. Cartman could not stop laughing at the guy. But in true South Park fashion, everyone gets shat on, so they were making fun not only of Cartman's attitude but of the whole "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me" bullshit by having the man with dwarfism saying dismissively "words are like bullets and I let them pass right through me." Yes, words ARE like bullets. They fucking hurt going in, and hurt even worse trying to get them out again. That "words don't hurt" bullshit is just that: bullshit. Giant steaming pile of epic bull shit, fresh from the bull.

Cartman is just such a horrible character. I hate him. I want the producers to kill him off. He has some sort of empathy learning disability, he never changes no matter what. Selfish, arrogant, spoiled, racist little prick he is. I have more respect for Hitler (not really).

I liked the ending of the TLC show, though. Basically, Taylor said something to the effect that she likes herself just the way she is and wouldn't change. I actually, literally applauded. And gave her a "You go girl!" Awesome show.


* = I gather that she simply has a hard time gaining weight. Hon, you can have some of mine.

** = Primordial Dwarfism

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fayanora
Jan. 4th, 2008 08:15 am (UTC)
Me personally? I'd probably either return to this form or to Molly's form. Or maybe I'd be like Odo and sleep in mah bukit.
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fayanora
Jan. 4th, 2008 08:21 am (UTC)
Tis what I intended. :-D
lilbrattyteen
Jan. 4th, 2008 04:43 am (UTC)
I haven't watched TV in so long - the internet is a good enough time waster, thankyouverymuch. :-)

I have a friend who is legally a dwarf. He's like any other teen, just shorter - but you can TELL he's a teen from his voice and whatnot. It must be way harder for these people because not only are they much shorter, but they're always going to get creepy stares when out on a date with a so-called "regular" person and i wonder what they look like when they get older? A child-like adult with white hair?

I agree about Cartman - but they're getting you to have strong feelings about the show, which is what they want! Frankly I don't understand why everybody else still lets him hang out with them in that weird quasi-abusive relationship. All he does is give them crap but they keep coming back for moar.
fayanora
Jan. 4th, 2008 08:20 am (UTC)
Hmm, yes... large usual-shaped adult marrying a primordial dwarf. PDA's would be out of the question, what with all the pedophile panic in society.

As to Cartman, they had an episode where one of them asked "Why do we even let Cartman hang out with us?" They tried ignoring him, he became convinced he was dead, and became even more annoying than usual.

I've long wished I could vary my size and be shorter at will. One of my favorite historical "races" of people were the Picts, who were rather short even by ancient human standards and were the inspiration for the Tuatha de Daanan and other Fae races.
consortofvenus
Jan. 4th, 2008 06:57 am (UTC)
TLC and A&E do pretty much suck. A&E is full of crime dramas. Very rarely do they attempt to fulfill that whole "art" thing, along with the entertainment. Criss Angel is great though and he's on A&E =D. Breakfast With the Arts is very rarely updated but that can be good. But you just gotta write of TLC completely.

I have a few channels based off Discovery (Regular, Health, Civilization), National Geographic, that Animal one, History Channel, PBS, Documentary (which tends to be the best and with the least re-runs), Biography. But even when you combine all of these... the re-runs tend to overwhelm me. I watch something from those channels occasionally. They're so god damn repetitive :(
fayanora
Jan. 4th, 2008 09:06 am (UTC)
Aye.
consortofvenus
Jan. 4th, 2008 07:03 am (UTC)
Oh! It was either on History of Civ. Some days ago I watched a neat documentary about Hitler's experiments with the occult and the way in which he brought paganism and ritual, although with a crazy stupid focus, into the public sphere of German life. The way he took a scientific approach to it all, too. It was fascinating.

Which reminds me. That's probably why a local witch here was accused of and violently harassed over supposedly being a Nazi. She was inspired by the northern traditions it seems and I bet she wore a German cross at some point.
fayanora
Jan. 4th, 2008 09:07 am (UTC)
Well that's just asking for trouble.
consortofvenus
Jan. 4th, 2008 09:17 am (UTC)
I suppose it depends on the area. I like the German cross too but I don't suppose I'll be wearing it here now that I know that this kind of thing has happened. I think it's silly though. It's just a cross without a long stem, after all and used in conjunction with Christian imagery. I can't see why it should inspire the same fear and hatred as the swastika. Plus, Hitler didn't invent it, he just used it as an award for exemplary action in the line of duty.
fayanora
Jan. 4th, 2008 09:56 am (UTC)
Oh wait, I was thinking of the Swastika, which is also called a sun cross. My bad.
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