Right outta the gate: Porn! It’s been on my “to blog about” list for months—my philosophical fascination toward modern day pornography and the unknown sociosexual damages its potentially bestowing upon younger generations. It all started when I watched an old TED talk from 2009 where Cindy Gallop, an advertising executive and public speaker, shared her vision for a site/social movement entitled “Make Love Not Porn.” Her vision was simple: a pro-porn site with videos of real people (not actors) making love, benefiting the viewers sexual education as well as satisfying the need for stimulation. Take out the male aggression, the misinformed message that women “love it” when men cum on their faces, or more importantly, that the end-mark of sex is (always) male ejaculation. Take out the tired image of an alpha male with a bleached, shaved, surgically altered woman who is five minutes away from taking it up the ass. Replace it with something more socially responsible—more real. After doing some research, it seems Ms. Gallop’s site might have crashed-and-burned, or maybe not held up to it’s original expectation. But the message—I feel—is still, if not more, relevant than ever. If we ourselves did not grow up in the age of “just a click away” pornography, we need to be pro-active toward the incorrect message it could be implanting into not only young men, but also young women who think that is the type of “performance” that is expected of them. If you wanna check out Ms. Gallop’s original 2009 TED talk on YouTube, click here.
I don’t know if short stories necessarily went out of style, but I’m hoping they come back in a big way. Seems reasonable enough. These days, how much time per-month do most people have to dedicate to full-length novels? We can watch two-hour movies, no problem. But for most non-avid readers, the thought of cracking open a book in hopes to finish it in a timely manner is intimidating. Even defeating. Life moves too fast—so does the literary world need to invest more in that reality? Perhaps better market ways for fiction-readers-on-the-go to get their fix? It would certainly benefit the world of magazines and literary journals—an industry that is struggling to stay alive in the digital age. I’m all for this shift into shorter fiction! I just recently finished a short-story anthology titled Choose Wisely, 35 Women Up to No Good. LOVED it, and I’m hoping in the future to keep my eye out for more great short-story reads to come.
WEEKLY CHORE CHART
My house is never clean. Ever. This is a running joke with my husband since I stay at home for a living. The truth? I’m just bad at cleaning. Always have been. I’m not ashamed of this. I wear my “I’m an artist” badge with pride. But I also wear my Mom badge with pride and I don’t like the idea of raising humans who have no concept of work before the age of 18 (if even then). So I’m taking action! I’m bad at cleaning, my kids are bad at responsibility—let’s make this shit work. On the fridge, I’ve posted a simple color-coded block schedule of chores (1 task per day for each child) along with a calendar for monitoring progress. At the end of every week, they get $2 each (that’s a little under 30 cents a day, which I think is fair considering I shouldn’t be paying them at all.) The way I see it: I house you, I cloth you, I feed you, I buy you things—the least you can do is clean your room, vacuum the rugs, and walk the dog.
BOURBON MILK PUNCH
I’m about to make a very bold statement: F*ck White Russians. (THE DRINK! Not the demographic.) F*ck Brandy Freezes. F*ck Egg Nog. THIS is the drink you want. Let me tell ya, I’ve been to New Orleans many-o-times and I only recently found out this drink exists. Frankly, I’m embarrassed because I’m such a huge fan of the city. How did I miss this?!?!
- 1 ¼ ounces bourbon
- ½ ounce dark rum
- 2 ounces milk (use cream or half-and-half for a richer drink)
- ⅛ ounce vanilla extract
- ½ ounce simple syrup (see note)
- Dash of grated nutmeg
In a mixing glass three-quarters filled with ice, pour the bourbon, rum, milk or cream, vanilla and simple syrup. Shake vigorously until chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass. Dust with nutmeg. Tip: To make simple syrup, warm 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves. Cool to room temperature before using. (There will be extra syrup; refrigerate if not using immediately.)
MIRADOR BLACK WARRIOR PENCILS by PAPER MATE
Randomly found these one day, and thank Yeezus I did. These pencils are the Tavi Gevinson of pencils—they’re cool without even trying. The edges are smooth and round (not hexagon), with a matte black finish, gold foil lettering, and a small strip of magenta around the gold ferrule (that’s a fancy word for “eraser holder”). I know right about now you’re thinking, “bitch, get a life,” but may I remind you: it’s the little things in life that get us by. And for me, these pencils are doing the trick just fine.
Honorable Mention: Small framed portraits, orange mint plants, Virgin Mary blankets, homemade magnets, Molly Crabtree, “this place has everything” in Stefon voice, Russell Brand’s My Booky Wook, nude nails, Keaira LaShae, Oscar Issac, Utter Nonsense—The Inappropriate Accents game, rubber snakes, and Bill Maher.