It’s about to get really un-Dame like in here.
So, we’re talking about our guilty pleasures here at The Dish (sure, why not call it that?), and it made me think: I really don’t feel guilt, per se, in regards to the things I enjoy that other women in general might not. I would consider my “guilty pleasures” to fall within more Dude Entertainment than Chick Entertainment. That being said, I think there are three main things I enjoy a little more than other girls…
1. Rap/Hip-Hop Music
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a wide variety of musicians, from Adele to Red Wanting Blue, Jimmy Buffett to Ella Fitzgerald, and several in between. However, I do have a strange appreciation for rap and hip-hop music. This appreciation may be rather shallow, however, since I don’t own any rap/hip-hop CDs, and I think I only have one or two songs by any single artist in my collection, but I know what I like when I hear it. Someone would probably correct me improper categorization of some artists, but whatever. “Isn’t it vulgar?” Yep, sure is. I go on a song-by-song basis, I’m not in it for the long haul, but sometimes I just really need to remind myself of how good it feels to be a gangsta. A lot of the time, I use the music for lifting, since I’m in a different mindset than when I’m on the elliptical. Elliptical music is Katy Perry, Beyonce, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga. Weightlifting music is Kanye West, Jay-Z, and others who only have one song I’m into (Wiz Khalifa, Savage, Lil Eve, etc). I just have to be in the right mindset for it. This video kind of accurately portrays my relationship with the genre. (Just FYI, the language is a little NSFW…)
2. HALO: Reach
This guilty pleasure was not something I discovered on my own, and besides various Rock Band/Guitar Hero and Wii party games, this is the only video game I like. I would say it started when I would have to watch my boyfriend play it while I had nothing to do, so I grabbed a controller and joined him. It was frustrating at first, since I wasn’t raised on video games, but I picked it up quickly enough. When I had my own apartment, he brought his XBox to live with me and gave me the original Halo game so I could work on the campaign mode (the story and mission). I got through most of it, but I prefer the online multi-player matchmaking rounds, and I’ve been focusing on the challenges to level up faster. (I’m currently a Brigadier Grade 2…) Sometimes, the ideal way for me to spend a free evening is a Woodchuck and multiple matches of Halo.
3. Bromantic Comedies
Though I’ll always love An Affair to Remember, When Harry Met Sally, and My Best Friend’s Wedding, among others, most of the time, I’d prefer a solid bromantic comedy. Just about anything directed by Judd Apatow is gold, along with anything featuring Paul Rudd, Jason Segal, Seth Rogen, or Will Ferrell. Then, there’s the classics: The Blues Brothers and The Big Lebowski. In general, there’s only one person with whom I enjoy watching these films: my little sister, Carmen. Starting a few summers ago, we created the Feast of Kings: Mexican food (typically fajitas), Coca Cola, and a bromantic comedy. We’ve taken in Pineapple Express at the drive in, watched The Hangover twice, in theaters — both times with our mom (who is the coolest mom ever), and lots of the other movies already mentioned for the Feast. It’s more than watching the movies and eating dinner. It’s bonding with your sister, and hoping you still get to do this after she gets married.
Are my guilty pleasures unladylike? Meh, that’s what makes the guilty in the first place. They’re not for everyone, but then again, I don’t think we’d want to share the same guilty pleasures as everyone else.