Tuesday, July 11

the magical mystery tour - Part I

I don’t pretend to be well read. I’m certainly not. I wouldn’t know a Bronte from an Austen or a Shelley from a Coleridge; I’ve never finished The Odyssey and I all I know about Sophocles was that he was a Greek something or another. I never liked On The Road and couldn't understand The Wasteland if I tried. I’m bored quickly and even so, managed to lose my fascination for riveting fiction a few years back when it occurred to me that too many good writers spoil the proverbial broth.

To the point, even, that I don’t have the patience to sit through a long blog. Even less if it’s well-written or challenging in any way. (Probably the reason I’ve developed a penchant for children’s books - and then only if they have many beautiful pictures and few words.)

The aim of this tediously long intro is to begin a little excursion into a subject inspired by a few Small Thoughts that have recently culminated into A Big Thought (and then only just) by a fabulous movie I watched the other day - TransAmerica.

(note: Here I would've loved to add a picture but blogger's being full of shit again)

All these thoughts have been discussed ad nauseam by people far more versed in the subject of gender and sex and with oodles more patience and time than I do. So this could all fizzle out for me tomorrow and I’d simply write nothing more about it or I could continue and write something so tragically off the academic index that you’ll think I’m just stupid and boring.

Rest assured, you’d probably be right. Because not only with this not be well- researched / defined / footnoted, I’m simply not a funny person.

As a little horse de oovrey, below are listed and shall be discussed the Small Thoughts (in no particular order) -

1) Mostlyblue’s introspection regarding gender roles
2) The Vagina Monologues (or the drunken Vagina Fiasco)
3) reclaiming the word cunt
4) Camille Paglia (no assumptions here please)
5) Fag Hags and Cunt Cowboys
6) ‘new’ feminism as opposed to ‘old’ feminism (and What the Fuck is Feminism Anyway?)
7) the sacred feminine
8) my granny and getting older
9) tits, breasts, boobs - The Poetry of Body Parts or Whatever The Case May Be, They All Sag Eventually
10) mothers and sisters
11) blood and shit
12) penis envy
13) rape and abuse
14) masturbation and my friend Percival
15) the Sacred Whore
16) the Black Madonna
17) Eve and Lilith
18) Paris versus Madonna
19) the gigolo and the slut
20) loreal - because you’re worth it (and what was up with that terrible credit card ad with the perfectly English-accented homeless children?!)
21) The Red Shoes
22) Virginia and Sylvia
23) Hieros gamos
24) the nude, the naked and the body - John Berger’s ways of seeing woman objectified
25) the nude, the naked and why we hate our bodies
26) ritual and initiation
27) Simon De Beauvoir - Being a woman is such a drag
28) Women, fags, queers, queens, transvestites - Being a woman is such a drag

Which leads me to -

The Big Thought. Which now as I face it again escapes me, But it has something to do with TransAmerica and What is a Woman. Almost as indefinable, it seems, as that very annoying question - What is Art. Except I practically failed art history in school and I’m far too self-absorbed to give a shit about the technical differences between Greco and Caravaggio.

So sit back, relax. Read the blog. Don’t read the blog. Comment. Don’t comment. There’ll be lots of swearing I’m sure and talk of sex and body fluids.

And maybe an odd post about politics and The State of the World Today.

Love and hugs,


Stefan said...

I will be coming back in anticipation. You've just made my day.

But methinks you're lying: If you're not well read in at least some sense of the word, 99% of the adult population on this planet must by extension be practically illiterate. Or am I confusing well read with well informed?

dorothy said...

ah such kind words stephan - you make my day...

i am honestly neither. my memory's simply not good enough :)

Sparky said...

hoorabies for sex and body fluids!

Dai said...

what a fabulous poetic blog.
i'm going to take this moment to help reclaim the word cunt cunt cunt.

and the sacred sexuality and while looking at my ass in the gym mirror tonite i will try to chant: "I have a FABULOUS ass".

Thank you Dorothy... the post rocks.

marita says said...

the eldest of my boys told his mom last week that i make a better mother than she does. you wonder about womanhood and i will wonder about motherhood. having a cock and hair on my chest...

maeree said...

brilliant! overshare, please. sal graag jou opinie oor al 28 van die small thoughts wil hoor, asook die big thought.

spasticfantastic said...

hmmmmmmmm... body fluids...

renklem said...

what a fab posting!

psigioot said...

lekker, I can't wait. don't forget to mention squat toilets in there somewhere and that only a real woman in asia is able to balance on the seat wearing her super high heels "some brand name".

Pienk Zuit said...

The suspense is killing me...