journeynsolace, on 26 May 2012 - 08:22 PM, said:
I like what you say about the glasses.. I keep thinking of the end of that one Twilight Zone episode where the man is so happy to finally be alone to read all the books... and then breaks his glasses. I'd be picking up glasses wherever I could find them, trying to find ones that were close to my prescription so I'd have backups, and I'd be taking such good care of my glasses, you'd think they were gold.
I agree too about the feminine hygiene issue. The writers wouldn't have to be explicit about it, but maybe just one scene of the women being REALLY happy to find a box of tampons in a store.
I know people have been around for ages without these things, but after basic food and shelter, along with protection from the zombie predators, providing for these types of "comforts" would be my first priority, so it would be interesting to see the show address these more mundane aspects of survival.
WalkerBaitress, on 26 May 2012 - 01:16 PM, said:
Now the vision correction aspect is what bothers me. IIRC, Hershel and Dale were the only ones to wear glasses at all, out of ALL of the survivors, and those were just for reading. Come ON...in the contemporary world, with computer screens impairing vision left and right, more often than not, people of all ages need some sort of vision correction, whether it's contact lenses or occasional near-sighted glasses use for driving and seeing distant objects, you would think that at least some of the younger people on the show would need some kind of corrective vision.
It would make for an interesting subplot, too--like if one of the characters was surrounded by zombies and had difficulty putting them down because he or she couldn't see them that well without his/her glasses or contacts. Writers need to think this stuff through.
And speaking of everyday medical conditions, what about when women get their periods? All of the women on the show (even Carol) are of pre-menopausal age, and none of them worry about where to get tampons or pads and where they can change them in private when it's their time of the month? And what about headaches and PMS and taking care of all the nastiness that comes with that inconvenient truth?
I always wondered how
As a woman, all I can say is thank goodness we don't live in a ZA and it's just a figment of many writers' and directors' imaginations. Cal me an American priss, but I wouldn't last for a month without hot showers, running toilets, and a nearby grocery store!
I always think about the vision problems, because my vision is rather poor. Being in a dangerous situation is bad. Being in that situation while nearly blind is terrifying. Whenever I get a new glasses prescription, I buy one nice pair and some contacts. Then I buy a few cheap, sturdy, plastic "birth control" glasses to cache like a squirrel hoarding nuts.
As for feminine hygiene. There must be two types of women. Those that are perfectly proportioned with huge breasts, no body hair, suction cup lips, and a gleaming porcelain white smile. These women never ever pee, poop, burp, pass gas, or have periods. Then there are real women. I like the real women. They're much more interesting.
Hot showers are more than a luxury. Poor personal hygiene can lead to numerous health issues particularly skin problems. Jungle rot and crotch crud are two things you do not want to experience.
Improper toilets lead to things like cholera, typhoid fever, dysentery, etc. Which leads to things like being dead.
No grocery stores, unless you have access to something like military MREs, are a road to malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies. These lead once again to that death thing.
Edited by backwoodsroamer, 26 May 2012 - 09:04 PM.