Rant #2 of 2018

The postal service sucks and it's ruining the online shopping experience. 

Have you noticed how horrible of a job the USPS/FEDEX/UPS services are doing with delivering packages that you paid so much money to be delivered? No? Well, I have because as a business owner and an assistant and a traditional human being, I often find myself waiting in line at the US Post Office in Harlem or in Midtown Manhattan. In fact, I've spent hundreds of minutes waiting in line to send and retrieve packages from all over the world. And I'm sick of the horrible customer service ( an exception with the lady with the long nails at FDR Station building)! Why even waste ink on my receipt to ask me "How Are We Doing?" in a survey that you're probably not going to read. These past few years, it has been a struggle trying to conduct business when there's always something going wrong. 

First of all, sending the zine out to buyers has been like a game. When I started distributing the zine, I often found myself at the post office in mild panic attacks. My first zine was printed by a company in Philly and when it was time to ship the final product, not only did it cost be $40 due to weight but also due to inflated expedited costs. I was lucky enough to be home all day to receive the package but it was still a headache trying to get my first zines in my sweaty hands. The years following the foundation of the zine, it has been nothing but "oh no's." Some buyers never received their zines, USPS takes weeks to deliver packages abroad, and UPS doesn't have an empathy when it comes to plants delivered in boxes. 

Let me take another paragraph to explain the time my monthly fresh follower delivery was sent to North Brother Island because I wasn't home to sign for the package. Because don't you know it was a Friday and the UPS people sent my fresh flower shipment to a warehouse this is closed over the weekend?! So when Monday finally rolls around, my fresh flowers that have been boxed without sunlight for at least 4 days finally get to my hands. I think I took off work to make sure I'm home. The flowers look OK thanks to Enjoy Flowers, past client of mine. 

 

Rant #1 of 2018:

Fashion is becoming less fun.

Fashion is fun and simple. Stop trying to make fashion sound so intellectual, because the greater majority of people only choose to wear clothing because we would be absolutely breaking the law if we weren't in clothes. Recently, I skimmed through an interview featuring a trendy streetwear designer and this person said something about "the dialogue between the clothes and the customer." And I thought to myself, "What conversation did I ever have window shopping with a designer at Barney's?" I surely do not consider myself in relation to the designer and the products that are hanging on hangers. Then it dawned on me: fashion is so private and personal, and in this day and age, we spend so much on things! Gucci is selling tee shirts for $800 and creating this vicious cycle of "trendy" poverty that I'd rather just spend my money with a small, cool designer who needs it to pay their bills. That's what makes retail for me fun- supporting business owners who still have a touch to their products. I can care less about the ideology behind a luxury product that only less than 1 percent of the world will get to wear and "cherish." If it's moderately priced, I will consider it. It bothers me that some blogs and magazines talk about fashion in ways the general public can't really relate to and it's taking the fun out of fashion.  Fashion is being wrung out to dry, picked apart thread by thread until it's no longer for the public, an elitist idea that only people who go to "fashion week" think they have power over to control and dictate. Well, how about get a life. lol. 

Etiquette of... Texting Nude Pics

If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it at all. 

For more of Mel Writes personal and information stories about revenge porn, explore the link below. 

The Daily Mail: 'It was horrifying': Woman tells of her fury and fear after discovering her boyfriend had posted a nearly-naked, pornographic video of an ex online in an act of cruel 'revenge'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3700213/It-horrifying-Woman-tells-fury-fear-discovering-boyfriend-posted-nearly-naked-pornographic-video-ex-online-act-cruel-revenge.html#ixzz4nlWToBNG 
 

Company Initiatives: Pass SB 1255 in New York

The power lies in educating ourselves on what constitutes harmful, criminal internet interactions. The power lies with our lawmakers to protect the rights of their constituents. The power lies with victims — and witnesses — of revenge porn telling their stories.

Thank you to The Daily Mail UK for profiling Sanity Addiction and Mel Write's new initiative to pass the Anti-Revenge Porn Bill in the State of New York. Read the full article  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3700213/It-horrifying-Woman-tells-fury-fear-discovering-boyfriend-posted-nearly-naked-pornographic-video-ex-online-act-cruel-revenge.html

Thank you to The Daily Mail UK for profiling Sanity Addiction and Mel Write's new initiative to pass the Anti-Revenge Porn Bill in the State of New York. Read the full article http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3700213/It-horrifying-Woman-tells-fury-fear-discovering-boyfriend-posted-nearly-naked-pornographic-video-ex-online-act-cruel-revenge.html

Help pass the NY Senate Bill A57 at https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2011/a57