|having a new set of wheelz and educating my grandparents on animal testing.
||[Aug. 12th, 2008|09:00 am]
|||||Kajagoogoo- Too Shy||]|
I drove sparky back to my parents' house yesterday and upgraded to CLARENCE! He's a 98 black accord, so basically a newer, sexier version of Sparky haha. I cleaned out Sparky quite a bit since he was a filthy little pig, also since I was moving into Clarence, who by the way is quite a bit roomier :-D And leather interior as well, rarr. But the leather isn't black, it's grey LOL.
Also while I was home yesterday, my grandparents came over for a visit since my mom bought a couple laser hair removal treatments for my grandma for her birthday. Grandpa basically hung out with my sister and I and asked us to show him a website one of his work colleagues had mentioned to him (my grandparents don't own a computer, nor do they even know how to operate one). That was an interesting experience to say the least, my sister was explaining every little thing- and I just stopped talking after a bit since pretty much everything I said seemed to be too complicated for grandpa to understand, oh well. Guess I won't teach old people how to use a computer, plus I wouldn't have the patience :-P
Mom & Grandma came back to the house and we all visited for a while. Grandpa works as a sales rep for a bunch of really small companies that sell stuff to dollar stores and such, and like usual he has a couple catalogs that he wanted my sister & I to look through to see if there was anything we wanted. The catalogs he had this time were for two makeup lines, as you guys know I don't wear makeup- and I've tried stuff from this line before and it's complete crap so naturally I didn't want ANYTHING from it.
I didn't wanna make grandpa feel bad by telling him I didn't want anything from it, and I mean they've seen me millions of times, they know I don't wear makeup on a regular basis. But I ask if the stuff is tested on animals that they know about (I honestly didn't know and I don't like to use stuff that has anyway). Grandpa had absolutely no idea what I was talking about, Grandma was just confused. And I'm like a lot of cosmetics, especially cheaper ones are tested on animals, I refuse to use anything that's been tested on them.
Mom added that many companies inject potential products into an animal's eyes to see if they get a reaction and if they do it probably won't be manufactured for humans etc etc. Grandpa asks well what all is tested and I'm like everything, cuz well, pretty much every kind of beauty product has been tested on animals, and he's like well what about nail polish. I'm like they'll sometimes brush it directly on the animal or like mom said inject in into an animal's eyes. Grandma & Grandpa were like hmm well we don't know if they are or not, I'd assume not, not sure if you'd be able to find out from the internet (oh little they know about the internetz heh).
So we all get back inside and jus kinda roam around for a little bit. I get onto my parents' computer and go on Google and try to look up info on this company and if they test on animals or not. I go through about 5 pages of results, there's absolutely NOTHING that says either way. I'm not gonna take my chances, and if you can't find information either way, then there's a good chance they test on animals. So sorry grandpa, I won't be getting anything.
As my grandparents were leaving we're still all chatting and everything and he makes a small joke that these products are only tested on "full grown and purebred dogs". I know it wasn't meant to be insulting or derogatory to me in any way, but it made me feel incredibly uneasy. My mom & sister chuckled a little bit, I just stood there stonefaced. To me it was like, did they not just get what I was talking about? I honestly did feel a little insulted.
After they left, my sister makes a comment to me about how I was rude to them by asking if the makeup line was tested on animals. I don't feel I was rude about it, I simply asked if the products were indeed tested on animals. Perhaps maybe the way it came out came off as accusatory, but I believe in not using stuff that's been tested on animals- with exception to my acne prescriptions. She also mentioned that I was rude for not laughing at grandpa's comment, but I'm like I know it wasn't meant to be an insult or a derogatory comment about my beliefs, but I did feel insulted- would you rather I cuss at my grandfather and tell him that that comment was a distasteful comment? I don't think so. They ARE still my grandparents after all and they are good people, just a little ignorant is all.
I just have this feeling that it'll be brought up again, whether it be through a harmless joke or whatnot. Like I said, my grandparents have the greatest intentions of the world and are probably the most loving and accepting people one will ever meet. I'll be seeing them next week for my grandma's birthday- pretty much all my family will be there and my sister suggested we pick out the stuff from the catalogs we all want then instead of yesterday. I'll still keep searching the internetz for info that guides me either way, plus if it's true that they really don't test on animals- it could a potential selling point for him too.
So apparently I was rude and brash, but I'm sorry, I HATE ignorance and refuse to put up with something I believe in being joked about in such a stupid way. When I said I felt insulted, my sister just told me to grow up and that "this is why progressives get so much crap, they can't take a fucking joke". Mind you, my sister & I share the same political beliefs and what not, and I mean I guess I do agree with that statement to a point- but I still don't excuse ignorance for that kind of thing. I mean, my mom & I JUST educated my grandparents about this, and my grandpa has the balls to make a joke about it? I don't think so. All I can say is there are PLENTY of conservatives that can't take a joke either, so that may not be the best argument to use on me big sis *smirk*
I did react rather harshly to my sister saying those comments to me, but she came at me with an incredibly bitchy and "i'm better than you since I've lived with environmentalists" attitude. Like I'm gonna take well to that! Especially since she's put me through hell pretty much since I was 5. She claims she was trying to "have a discussion" with me. Okay, if you're going to do that, don't talk down to me like I'm nothing and don't make me feel like I can't be my true self around you- cuz I honestly feel like I can't around her. She likes to nitpick at me and nags me ALL the time when we're both home.
She also got mad when I took a bottle of water when mom offered it to me yesterday and was like, "dammit Steph, why don't you just drink the water from the tap!?", I'm like "Mom offered it to me, I was thirsty, I took it. Plus the water from the tap is nasty and there isn't a water filter" and she's jus like uhhhh fine! my mom was like wtf!? when it happened cuz she didn't hear all that my sister said, but then I explained and she's like oh geez LOL.
Just wait till I refuse to eat the pheasants my grandpa & uncles hunt every year. I almost always do anyway since, I don't like pheasant. But I also don't really support hunting and don't endorse eating something that's been killed for the sake of male bonding. It just sounds so barbaric to me.
Perhaps I am being too harsh on my poor grandparents, but at the same time it's like damn- look at the world around you, be aware! They're good people and don't project themselves as or are ignorant rednecks or anything so maybe I shouldn't be so angry. I really can't help it though, especially since my sister reacted so negatively to my being a bit upfront and not so "accommodating" to their generation.
But no matter what, I'll stick up for what I believe in- I don't care whether it's my grandparents or someone I'm in class with. I know other relatives on my mom's side would understand and support me if I say something, especially my vegetarian cousin :-P