Apr 11 2017

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My THEME for the A to Z challenge 2017 is an ongoing speculative fiction story featuring telepathy.

Each letter post is titled and inspired by a commonly misused word or phrase.

The story started with All Intents and Purposes.

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Dad’s insistence on watching the news together has only one upside… hot cocoa. He makes us each a mug. Unlike a lot of people who use powered stuff, my dad actually melts real stuff. He uses dark chocolate, coconut milk, and a pinch of saffron in his recipe. I empty the last drop from my mug as the news broadcast is wrapping up.

“Now tonight’s closing thoughts.” The reporter rises from behind the news desk. She grips the metal zipper on the front of her black dress. Her glare dares the camera, and the audience beyond, to even consider cutting away.

“Every weeknight, I present you with the news. I offer up dozens of topics. Discussing many of those, forming an opinion, taking a stand, giving your time and attention, could change the world.” She yanks the zipper. The dress opens and then drops to the floor. An embroidered set of matching undergarments is revealed to the world. Tiny jewels glitter under the newsroom lights.

Dad’s empty mug crashes to the floor. I have to tune him out because he’s having too many thoughts at once.

“Last week, my bra strap gained more attention than a missing child, a starving village, and the repeal of a law which protects workers rights. Your diverted attention from any of those doesn’t jibe with their importance. Instead, a bra strap was what was most discussed.”

She runs her fingers along the silk straps adorning her shoulders and gives them both a snap. “The goal was to humiliate me. Thank you for the attention, but I’m not ashamed of my undergarments. This set costs more than most of you earn in a week, especially those who lost your workers rights. It will be up for auction online at the close of this broadcast. The proceeds will go to feed that village you forgot about. And just so Ora, the missing child, gets more deserved attention,” she spins and bends over to pick up her dress. Pasted on the back of her right thigh is a picture of the girl. Her left thigh lists the tip line number. The reporter snaps back up.

“No, I don’t feel shame for my body, or for the nice clothing I can buy. Thinking a bra strap deserves more time and attention than the news that impacts lives, that’s something for which you should feel ashamed. Good night.” The reporter slings her dress over her shoulder, flips her hair, and struts away.

You were right, Dad. That was worth watching.

He looks at me and pictures several possible reactions that my mom will have later.

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The Golden Rule image #AtoZChallenge Jibe #Equality Do onto others as you would have them do onto you. Treat others as you want to be treated.

Would you feel ashamed if part of a layer of your traditionally covered clothing became visible while you’re in public? Does such an incident warrant as much, more, or less attention than certain online sites currently devote to it?

by J Lenni Dorner
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  1. First, can I tell you that I interrupt my regular work schedule to read this story? Second, I am SO tired of hearing about the Kardashians and others like that and their wardrobe malfunctions. Truthfully, I don’t watch the news on TV. I get most of my updates online so I can pick and choose what to read about. Most of the time I am terribly uninformed unless my husband brings something of note to my attention, except for things like the United incident from yesterday.

    Now I have to get back to work.
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    • John on April 11, 2017 at 9:26 PM

    I quit watching TV about a year ago. From what I can gather, this is what I’ve missed:
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  2. Oh my this was so hilarious and right up there. I wish a news anchor in India had the guts to do this or even a heroine!!! We are so fixated with bosoms, cleavage and wardrobe malfunctions – which are highlighted over and over by the Indian media (no less) and become far more important that actual real news!
    I have stopped watching news on telly altogteher as its one big nonsense than anything else.

    Loved your take on this J

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  3. I have to go back now and fill in the ones I’ve missed. Love that Dad “pictures several possible reactions that my mom will have later”!
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  4. Clever post. Well done. G is for Google. #AtoZchallenge.
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  5. ‘your traditionally covered garments’…that’s cute. I thought you were watching the Naked News. I take it this didn’t really happen, but is a fictionalised, hyperbolised rendering of something. Whatever it was, it was an engaging little read.

    The thing that struck me the most was the hot chocolate. I really feel the need to have one right now. Sounds so delicious. With saffron…wicked.
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    • FinnBadger on April 12, 2017 at 7:54 AM

    Regarding any of my under layers, my words are always ‘nobody should have to see that’.

    Great social commentary today. You can guarantee that if this happened on TV today you would be unlikely to see the newsreader again in that role.

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    • Jess on April 12, 2017 at 11:14 AM

    Great post!

    I don’t have regular tv anymore- just Netflix, so I don’t see the news anymore. I don’t have a smart phone either- so I don’t catch up that way. I still tend to hear what is going on when I am on social media or online, but I prefer to know less about celebrities than lots of other people. 🙂
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  6. That was a fabulous riposte.
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  7. Lol! Good for her. I remember years ago an “incident” in UK where a celebrity had a dress malfunction and you could see part of her bra. You’d think the world was coming to an end, it was crazy how people were reporting on it. In the grand scheme of things, having an underwear slip is not the end of the world – people wear less at the beach yet we all find that socially acceptable.

    …I’m not sure I, personally, would respond in the way the reporter in your story did though hehe!
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