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Sep 07 2005

Patriarchy-Blaming Youth Outreach

Youngpatriarchyblamer

The daughter of one of our favorite regulars gets a head start with her fashionable "boys depress the hell out of me" T-shirt.

15 comments

  1. Rene

    Way to go, Kid-of-X! Mr. X, you’ve got a lovely daughter.

    –Rene

    [names edited by Twisty to protect the innocent]

  2. Steph

    I guess she’s a tad young for the FUCK PATRIARCHY shirt I saw the other day.

    But she’ll be wearing it soon.

  3. AndiF

    Damn, I am impressed that someone so young can produce an expression of such elegant disdain. I think you should sign her right up for FPBA (Future Patriarchy Blamers of America).

  4. Twisty

    No kidding, AndiF. Kid X is only in 3rd grade, but she’s disdaining at an 8th-grade level.

  5. ae

    It does give one hope in these increasingly patriarchy-positive times. Rock on, Kid X! By 8th grade, she’ll be so punk rock, I’ll want to be her. Hell, I want to be her now.

  6. norbizness

    That her, officer. She threw rock at me. Now I gotta lay down back cause concussion had me sleepy.

  7. manxome

    Heh, my fourth-grader has that exact same shirt. Picked it out herself. I’m so proud.

  8. Xavier Harkonnen

    I don’t get it. “I’m sad about boys”? “I frown at boys”? “I turn boys into yellow circles”?

  9. Finn

    >Rock on, Kid X! By 8th grade, she’ll be so punk rock, I’ll want to be her.<

    Kid X is a Finn (not my real name, either) and we are, indeed proud.

    Some unfortunate realities:

    1. Her disdain for patriarchy, while far above her grade leve, is still mostly cooties-related.

    2. To be Punk Rock in our house would not amount to an act of subversion, so I am living in fear for what she will conjure for rebellion.

  10. alphabitch

    I don’t know how to tell you this, Finn, but it could get ugly for a while. In my groovy and permissive hippie/liberal family of origin, I was able to cause sufficient alarm by playing classical music, reading a lot, and refusing to date boys or go to parties with the ‘cool’ kids. My little sister was more rebellious, though. After running away from home several times and dying her hair the color of traffic cones, she became a Republican for quite a few years and dated these weird-ass survivalist/angry white guy types. Who, like, raised Rottweilers or something. During every election I’d get a call first from one parent claiming she had been switched at birth & was clearly someone else’s child and then from the other parent asserting that my sister was a goddamn fascist, how could she do this to us? The good news is that she’s not only a Democrat now, she’s also union steward for her union. And happily married to a really nice midwestern liberal who absolutely dotes on their cat.

  11. AndiF

    Her disdain for patriarchy, while far above her grade level, is still mostly cooties-related.

    Just knowing that the partriarchy has cooties is an admirable start. And Twisty will obviously be able to enlighten her on the rest of the details.

    To be Punk Rock in our house would not amount to an act of subversion, so I am living in fear for what she will conjure for rebellion.

    So how do you feel about the Mystic Moods Orchestra?

  12. Sam

    “Kid X is only in 3rd grade, but she’s disdaining at an 8th-grade level.”

    I smile and sometimes chuckle at things posted on the Internet, but Twisty you manage to get the traditional LOLs out of me like few others. Thanks for that.

  13. ae

    alphabitch, so glad to hear that things worked out well in the end! Phew. Were I to breed, this would be my biggest fear. WTF would I do w/ a Young Republican?? (Perish the thought!) I’ve already made arrangements w/ my best pal that she would have to take any child of mine for an undetermined period of time if they exhibited any interest in “family values,” a flat tax, or the National Review.

    Finn, Kid Finn is adorable, and cooties-detecting is just the larval stage, if you will, of patriarchy-blaming. Congrats! Here’s hoping Kid Finn won’t have any interest in William F. Buckley, Jr., even as she quotes Jello Biafra chapter and verse.

  14. Phoenician in a time of Romans

    I have this temptation to steal it and stencil “But I 8-) men” on the back…

    Bad Phoenician! Bad!

  15. Jenny K

    Phoenician – is there any particular reason why your smiley faces would need sunglasses?

    just curious

    : )

    ps – I had to explain to a (younger) cousin a year or two ago that not only could you make smiley faces by typing them, but also that they got started that way

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