Inventory #604: Nail polish remover pads
REGARDING THIS MOMENT IN TIME
Do my hands look like laborers’ hands? Like actors? Like puppets shaped like hands? Do they have little histories? Are they plural? Preserved? What have you done to remember them? Is there a list? Can we compare? Are those burns from things you cooked? Do your hands learn? Can mine?
This is the whisky I am thinking of tonight.
I want to buy a bottle when I’ve something to celebrate that’s bigger than myself (I can afford a miniature of it)(I will buy a miniature in hope for the 18th of September)
1. moving house with the help of my mum and discovering a secret under-bedroom crawlspace in the new flat which is mysteriously PADLOCKED
2. voting in the Scottish Independence referendum! I get to be stressed about it for another 3 weeks! Please vote yes, Scotland-based folk.
3. SECRET GOOD THING ANNOUNCEMENT SOON
my favorite aesthetic is cheap, unsettling motel that you stay in while on a desert road trip
like bright neon signs, humidity-filled hallways, and rooms with televisions that only play static-y game shows
complete with uncomfortable sheets and the feeling that someone is watching you
Anyone else find the Better Together broadcast from tonight utterly patronising?
A quote from a sharp Guardian commenter:
It’s sexist for a number of reasons, but lets take one key example which I think highlights the problems with the ad perfectly; When the women in the ad talks of ‘That man off the Telly,’ she is talking about the democratically elected leader of the Scottish government and no matter what you think of Alex Salmond it is hard to deny his media exposure, the suggestion been that women are uniformed voters.
They have placed her in a kitchen surrounded by the accompaniment’s of a busy life, she has a family and is clearly supposed to represent the working ‘every women,’ but unlike her husband does not like to talk politics, has not taken to the process of informing herself of the arguments and is making the most important political decision of her life in 2 minutes over a bowl of Weetos.
It places her firmly in the context of the household and her decision making in that context as aside to an active participant in wider public life which is reinforced by her limitation to arguments centred around her immediate surroundings. It denies women their rightful place in the public sphere by limiting them to the domestic atmosphere and puts many of the arguments out of their reach as beyond them.
Representative governance is reliant on the idea that citizens take responsibility and inform themselves, regardless of the success of this process. Otherwise you might as well have ballots with random numbers on them in which individuals tick a box without knowing what they are voting for at all.
Playing into the idea of an uniformed electorate is bad enough, then going further and utilising stereotypes of busy working mothers as the embodiment of this group is worse. This advert doesn’t exist in a bubble the stereotypes it utilises come from a wider political culture that diminishes women’s access to the public sphere.
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