275 Mainstream Things that are Also Pretty Metal

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You know what really pisses me off?

The mentality that just because something is “mainstream,” it’s immediately bad.

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As much as I love the “alternative” universe, I understand that plenty of the things which become popular with the masses are also pretty awesome.

Just to prove my point, here’s a gigantic list of things which are both mainstream (or, becoming mainstream), AND metal.

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5 Ways MMA Has Impacted My Fashion and Beauty Choices

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The saga of my MMA fight training continues.

And let me tell you — man, do I love fight training.  It’s been glorious so far, and I’ve enjoyed each new skill I’ve learned, each opportunity to drill the same thing over and over again for the sake of gradual [but sure] improvement, the whole blood/sweat/tears “ordeal”, personal fitness developments, learning new things about the human psych, and feeling better and better about myself along the way.

Yes, I’m being serious — I really and truly do love all these things (even the blood/sweat/tears part).

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7 Things Female Fighters are Tired of Hearing

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As some of you already know, I love fighting – [kick]boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, MMA, etc.  Better yet, I’m finally getting the chance to make it an integral part of my life by actually learning and practicing it.  Training for a real fight is nothing short of a dream for me – I’m blessed and thrilled, and I damn well know it.

But no, I’m not writing this post to bore you all to death with my fitness- and fighting-induced bliss, so y’all are still going to be needing your pre-recorded dolphin sounds to fall asleep tonight.

I actually want to share what it’s like to be a female fighter in this ridiculous world.  To explain this, first I have to tell you what it means to be a female in general around here.

AmaranthineIt means that we’re expected to be pretty, cute, sweet, and delicate… nothing more, and nothing less.  Furthermore, it means that we’re supposed to live our lives and make all of our decisions around – yep, you guessed it – being pretty, cute, sweet, and delicate.

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Pin-up Girls v. SuicideGirls (ft. Dita Von Teese)

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We’ve all seen those stunning pin-up girls of the past – they were all the rage throughout that 1940s-1960s era, especially in the United States.

If you Google “pin-up girls”, you’ll find that almost all of the names that come up belong to the classics: Bettie Page, Betty Grable, Jayne Mansfield, Hedy Lamarr, etc.

However, one name stands out: Dita Von Teese.

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For starters, some of you may be wondering who Dita Von Teese is and what she actually does.  Don’t worry – we’ll get to that.

However, since Google has gone ahead and thrown the present-day star, Dita Von Teese, in with all of the old school, original pin-up girls, we have to delve a bit deeper.  Dita’s appearance on this list raises questions.

What is a pin-up girl?  Can full-on pin-up girls be alternative, or are they limited to glamour?  Is Dita Von Teese a pin-up girl if she models and performs in the present-day with an alternative edge?  What is a SuicideGirl?  Is Dita Von Teese actually a SuicideGirl? And, most importantly, what’s the difference between a pin-up girl and a SuicideGirl?

Let’s get these questions answered.

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