Tuesday, April 19, 2005

OK, OK, So That's Funny

A poorly caricatured Mob boss telling Amy Brenneman (of Judging Amy "fame", that she "looked like she was hungry" and that's why he sent her 50 lbs of raw meat...that's funny. (Because girlfriend could use a cheeseburger. Or three.)

Totally "face"-ing one of the senior sups when she couldn't remember the word "traitor" to define who Benedict Arnold was? That's hilarious.

Playing the "Are you calling me fat?" game with another sup just long enough for her to think I was serious? That's heeeee-larious.

Nearly giving the same sup a heart attack when putting a customer on hold and venting at the held call about the myriad consequences of calling me stupid one more time (when said sup thought I was still on phone with customer, but was actually holding for another agent)? Not to be precious and quote commercials...but that? Priceless.

Also priceless: the sleep I wasn't getting at 5:30 am when the MK decided that the "cool place" to be in the house was...my head. While yowling. At, apparently, nothing at all. Which started off the kitten on a rampage of "I can see the birds, but I can't get out the window, so I will sing to them of my prowess as the Huntress".

Being a kittymom is tough. I can't imagine being a kidmom. Or a Ren Reb for that matter.

Y'all be good. (By the way, the card for yesterday was the Page of Cups, and for today and tomorrow, the Devil, which is overconcern for physical and material things...kind of interesting, considering that I started out today with $11 and that's all I'm going to have, until Friday.)

I'll update later on the new issue of Bitch and all the goodness therein, but for now, do what I can't do from my current location, and go look at the Dirty Tarot.


At 1:42 PM, Blogger Irina Tsukerman said...

By the way, I took a look at the Bitch magazine... It certainly gives one something to think about. Althought that "I had an abortion" T-shirt is probably going a bit too far. I mean, seriously, people do abortions for all sorts of reasons, but I don't think "fun" is one of them. It's not something I'd go around bragging about, know what I mean? It's done out of feeling of necessity, not because it's a heroic feat or something that will improve the world.

At 3:45 PM, Blogger parcequilfaut said...

Did you read the article or just see the shirt? (I can't check the site from here, and the article was really interesting. It's from last issue, though. The new one is just out.)

I don't think having a t-shirt that says "I Had an Abortion" necessarily indicates bragging so much as a lack of shame -- in a culture that is so secretive and obsessive about a medical procedure, it's a small political act to state, without shame, that you exercised that right. (IVF is a similarly controversial procedure in some circles, but I wouldn't object to an "I Had IVF" shirt either.)

The shirts aren't sold as a novelty to make money; they go to support Planned Parenthood. With the current amount of grassroots funds going into convincing America that the "culture of life" is the correct moral position -- and the most public proponents of this idea are men-type people -- I think it's an incredibly creative and oddly subversive idea. (As a non-Christian in a Bible Belt state, I have similar feelings about my "Repent" shirt with a picture of the Easter Island heads instead of Jesus...)

If you are not ashamed of your abortion and you want to support Planned Parenthood and simultaneously create a little thought in the folks you encounter, I don't see the problem with it. I haven't had one; I won't get the shirt. But I wouldn't condemn it as a simple way of saying "Hey, that thing, that you make sound so horrible and bad? I did it, and I am not ashamed."

Of course, you're talking to a girl with "Tree Hugging Dirt Worshipper" on the back of her minivan, so maybe I'm not the most objective person to discuss the sloganization of the self.

At 5:43 PM, Blogger Special Sauce said...

First, the funny- Hee! I love giving bosses heart attacks! I haven't done that lately. Hmm... I must fix that. And I would happily make Amy a big pot of Mac and Cheese, spoon feed it to her, and force her to keep it down. (Hmm, maybe this is my calling?)

Second, the shirts- I've seen them, and I agree with your appraisal of them. It's not meant to be bragging rights, so much as trying to stop the shame associated with performing a perfectly legal act. (Which is simplifying a lot.)

If I'd had one, I'd buy the shirt, and I'd wear it. If it would help one person realize that they're not alone, and that they shouldn't feel ashamed, it'd be worth it.

At 7:10 PM, Blogger parcequilfaut said...

It's fun to play with the sups. Crazy Bosslady deserves much more than the fun play I have with my sups, however.

And Amy Brenneman needs a sammich, but will you spoon feed ME mac and cheese instead? I'm STARVING.

At 7:15 PM, Blogger Gothamimage said...

That abortion t-shirt,political statement for feminists-outrageous callousness for others, but when worn by a fat hairy elder Greek man as an ordinary t-shirt in a Indie film, it become a performance art piece.
Incidently, I saw a very good looking woman reading that Magazine on the subway, which goes against stereotypes of old.

At 8:12 PM, Blogger Special Sauce said...

ET, would you like the Speedy Homemade Stovetop version, or the Not Quite As Speedy, but even better tasting baked version?

Or perhaps both?

I swear, it is like a bowl full of love, the Mac and Cheese. Have spoon, will feed.

At 11:45 PM, Blogger parcequilfaut said...

No one has made baked macaroni for me (without onions) since my Nanny died.

And WC, I personally think I'm not a bad piece of ass myself. I copied an article about Wes Anderson out of that issue today to send to my brother in the Army. The sixty-year-old little Christian lady read the article about American Dolls I was laughing at and thoroughly enjoyed it. Bitch is good...and I have $15 sub cards if any of you want to get it in the mail.

I'll talk about the mag tomorrow when I don't need to be in bed an hour ago.

At 7:03 AM, Blogger Special Sauce said...

Ahhh... my macaroni and cheese is onion free. (Though I do like a judicious amount of hot sauce and dried mustard.)

Hmm. How best to get this to the ET.

I am hitting the bookstore tonight (new Notaro book is out) and I'll look for a new Bitch too, will be a great night.

At 7:48 AM, Blogger parcequilfaut said...

New issue is "Masculinity" -- think about subscribing though, they get 40% on newsstand and 70% on subs, and since they don't support themselves off major ad revenue......

At 1:23 PM, Blogger Irina Tsukerman said...

Yes, I read the article, and I kind of see the point... but I don't think of that as something that I'd wear even if I had to have an abortion for medical reasons. If you recall, the original Roe v. Wade revolved around the issue of privacy, so this is kind of defying the whole point.

At 3:41 PM, Blogger parcequilfaut said...

That's your right, of course, Irina.

The Roe decision revolved around the issue of privacy between women and their doctors. A cancer patient can have supreme confidentiality resided in her doctors, even while her dress (Cancer Walk or Cancer Survivor shirts, for instance) may make it public information that she had the disease or received treatment for it.

Similarly, the desire to support PP by wearing a shirt making public that you had a medical procedure at some point in time doesn't mean you want to give up your right to privacy about the details of that procedure.

I vote "I Had Plastic Surgery" t-shirts.

At 4:01 PM, Blogger Irina Tsukerman said...

I think, however, that abortion is such a sensitive issue that perhaps the pro-choice advocates would serve their cause better by supporting in a less inflammatory manner. The idea is to promote better understanding of women's issues rather than to annoy people who have certain stereotypes about abortion and pro-choice advocates.

At 1:47 AM, Blogger Gothamimage said...

100 years from now, Civil War re-enactments, will disappear and be replaced by cultural war re-enactments.

At 3:27 PM, Blogger Irina Tsukerman said...

That's an interesting idea. How do you envision it?

At 3:05 PM, Blogger parcequilfaut said...

Perhaps it's a bit underhanded, but hasn't its very existence provoked a reasonable dialogue among persons of divergent political beliefs?

In my mind, people that do things like block clinics or harangue people for their t-shirts need to be made to look like the stupid and possibly dangerous people that they are.

At 9:26 AM, Blogger Irina Tsukerman said...

That's true. There's a difference between a peaceful demonstration and heckling.


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