Men watched ads for women's products. You won't believe what happened next.

I realized something recently while talking to a friend. The advertising industry — poor things — have been forced to perpetuate two lies (well, many, but these are the ones we will concern ourselves with for now) for decades, leading to gross misinformation among the (mostly male) public. I'm here to set the record straight about those lies today. This is going to be very hard to read for many people, I know, but I want to clarify what these false claims are, and what's actually going on behind the scenes — because everyone deserves to know the truth.

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"You don't really think that, do you?" & other thoughts on American exceptionalism.

While the food sizes in America invoke a mixture of awe and annoyance, its belief that it is "the greatest country in the world" can result in laughter on a good day, an angry eyeroll on a bad day, and mixed feelings on most others. American exceptionalism is harder to process as a foreigner because it's so pervasive yet so invisible to Americans, even those who believe it's a myth. I figured unpacking it — for my own benefit as well as anyone else's — would make for a good mission for this blog's second post.

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Being in America — the food edition or "Why is everything so big?"

There are so many "typically American" phenomena that I have come to love and appreciate (burgers, dryer machines, engagement photo shoots, Home Shopping Network, Shark Tank — and Bill Bryson!) but there are others that I cannot wrap my head around, even after all these years. It's only fair then that the first few posts on this blog go to them. It seems right to start with food, specifically eating and buying it, since those were my first two activities on American soil. 

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