“I enjoy controlled loneliness. I like wandering around the city alone. I’m not afraid of coming back to an empty flat and lying down in an empty bed. I’m afraid of having no one to miss, of having no one to love.”
I’m making a CD for my coworker who has a son who likes to dance. (He also likes Frozen a lot).
Can we talk about my friend Liane for a minute?
Like, how when I gave her my Dessa ticket because I would be out of town-
SHE GOT ME A SETLIST AND HAD DESSA AUTOGRAPH IT FOR ME.
LIKE HOLY FUCK.
I have some rad humans in my life.
Of course she is one of my favorite ducks. Her left hand holds a candy bar, and she has pain meds in her pocket. I don’t know how her makers got away with doing this, because it feels kind of sexist. The duck was designed by a woman, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t presented in a demeaning manner. This duck is beautiful because many of us experience this duck’s sentiments on a regular basis. That said, she’s a collection of stereotypes. And yes, those can be true in any combination, but that women’s anger and concerns often get written off by (usually male) assholes with a comment of “Is it that time of the month?” or anything similar seems to be embodied by this duck. I worry that it accepts as a given that women will be grumpy and irritable when they’re on their periods, perpetuating the excuse that she’s probably just grumpy because she’s PMSing. No. She’s probably grumpy for perfectly legitimate reasons. I’d also like to add that the shedding of one’s uterine lining is a perfectly legitimate reason to be grumpy. An article announcing the duck’s release noted, “It’s pretty much a fun solution to a bad day! … You may have found yourself using PMS as an excuse for irritability. Now you don’t have to – let the PMS duck do it for you.” I think this duck was created with the best of intentions, and I love her because she understands, but I feel that she is misguided. If you took away the shirt, she could be any other kind of duck. “Waking Up at the Quack of Dawn” or “Pushing through Mallardy.” She could have even just been a hungover duck. Why do you have to go sex her prematurely? When Lady MacBeth called upon the spirits to “unsex her,” she probably meant to say, “Stop blaming my bitchiness on the ongoing arrangement I have with my uterus.”
Annalisa is unprecedented.