I don't know if you do it, but I'm as guilty as they come - of watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians that is. You can mock me, you can judge me, but that show is entertaining, even though my boyfriend says it's hacking away at my IQ points. It's one of those no brain no pain treats, just like you stock up on pulp fiction and gossip-laden magazines before vacationing (you can't read Sartre all day every day). Be it amusing or not, the last episode kind of rubbed me the wrong way and here's why.
Kim, then pregnant, came up with a brilliant idea of eating her own placenta and of course Kourtney was on board in a second. For all of you, who don't know what a placenta is, it's the sack threaded with blood vessels and mucus in which a baby lives and develops inside a woman's body - you can see a picture of one here. On the show, they don't explain how one would eat a placenta or why one would do that for that matter, but some time ago I worked on a book on placenta eating and other crazy ideas young moms come up with, so I'm a mini expert on the subject. One of the ways to do it is by drying the placenta, grinding it up and making capsules out of the placenta powder. And why is this supposed to be good for a young mom? Because after birth most women have to deal with iron deficiency and a placenta apparently has a lot of that element. In the book, their argument was that animals have been doing this since the dawn of time and it's a natural and logical way for a woman to replenish after the horrible ordeal that is labor. Although I consider myself a pretty open-minded kind of person, I have a couple of (valid) counterarguments.
First off, would you really like to eat something that looks like this? People think eating liver or snails is disgusting and now they want new moms to eat their placentas?! Not to mention that there is a number of iron supplements on the market enabling them to get the needed nutrients without devouring their insides. Like I said in my previous post, humanity is going downhill fast. But the argument that irks me most is that other animals do it too. Yes, and they also walk around butt naked and barefoot and don't have a Wi-Fi. Next time you feel like connecting to your primal nature, try disconnecting your Wi-Fi first and see how you like the taste of that. I'm not saying that we're better or better off than other members of the animal kingdom because we're not, but I am saying that eating your own placenta has to be one of the top 7 most lunatic ideas our race has come up with.
I get that some wiseguy started spreading the rumor that male ejaculate promotes breast growth or benefits the swallower's skin due to its high vitamin C content so more people would willingly consume it, but eating your own placenta? For iron? Come on, you've got to be joking. As for the animals-do-it-too argument: My dog used to masturbate in public - does that mean I should start doing that too?
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