April 14th, 2005

breaking bad

Until I was 8 or 9 I thought I was a person

douglain points to this post by slit on Andrea Dworkin. It's mainly about growing up as a girl and the compromises we make.

until I was 8 or 9 I thought I was a person, not a girl. It was a shock to
realize that the world didn't see it that way, that no matter what decisions I
made or how I chose to present myself, large segments of the population would go
right on treating me like a female: either one who was doing it right or one who
was doing it wrong.

A lot there too about the boys who resisted gender roles. I suppose the key point is - can we live without the gifts we get every time we conform? How much compromise is too much?
breaking bad

ooh you are awful - but I like you

There was a discussion on Radio 5 this morning about using comedy catch phrases as political slogans. For example 'Britain - It's good but it's not right' or a picture of your enemy (whoever that might be) with the caption 'Stupid Boy'. You can see it can't you, admit it.

How about a sticker saying 'What do you think of it so far? Rubbish!' or 'I don't believe it!' that you could put on your enemy's posters and manifesto.

Got any more? I posted a list of catch-phrases here recently
- so many of them are strangely appropriate. 'I have a cunning plan...'