Or: How do I learn to stop worrying and love...anything
Among the world's varied challenges, the Low Patriarchy Diet isn't exactly the toughest. Even at its toughest, it still just boils down to conscious consumption. And no one is keeping tally, or judging my choices; which is just as well, because I've really blown my diet on McElroy-branded content in the last few weeks.
Honestly, it's gotten to the point where I feel a little guilty about just how much MBMBaM I've been watching and listening to. I genuinely believe in the LPD as a force for good, but right now, I'm struggling. I've been in a weird mental health space for a while now, from what I suspect is a mid-life crisis of sorts. That doesn't mean I'll date someone half my age, or get a sports car; those would both be a little out of left field for me. This mid-life crisis is less about my lost youth (I could care less about that), and more about redefining who I am in the midst of a lot of personal and social changes. I've felt lost for....well, for years now, on and off. One of my coping strategies is psychosocial comfort food, of which MBMBaM is a prime example. The McElroys sense of humour hits me just right, a perfect mix of goofy and quick-witted that is as comforting to me as a warm bath.
But, like all baths, you've gotta get out eventually. And so I find myself struggling again, as the McElroys start to lose their effect on me, and nothing else is there to take their place. Outside of the LPD or the Ladyist, I can revisit old loves; try to rediscover the feeling of safety and security they once gave me. Doing this project, though, I realise just how many of my old faves are out of bounds to me, and I find myself caught in a guilt-trap that only serves to make me feel worse.
So here's where you come in: what are your LPD-friendly comfort foods? Here's a few of mine to start us off:
I'm not feeling the sharpest, so I'm already drawing a blank. This is where you come in! What's your pop culture comfort food? (Please keep it LPD-friendly, thanks!)