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Apr 02 2009

Whimsical monkey butt video of the week

Tastes in monkey butts come and go, but nothing’s as thrilling as tasting the red ones.


monkey’s butt is red from min oh on Vimeo.

43 comments

  1. PhysioProf

    Monkey butt!

  2. Squiggy

    I can’t wait to make my lips monkey-butt red!

  3. Inkling

    Er, that was, um, actually pretty creepy. Was that supposed to be the iconic “Jane” depicted in a state of orgasmic bliss? Yeeeeaaaaah. Shades of pedophilia there.

  4. BadKitty

    While I realize that internet and texting abbreviations are frowned upon here at Twisty’s place, I think the useage is appropriate here: WTF?

  5. Lauren O

    It’s true, it’s all true! Doomed is blood, and sneaky is relationship. I would even go so far as to say that orgasm is high.

    Nice touch with the red monkey butt on the last image. The circle of life is complete.

  6. speedbudget

    I knew that monkey butt was talking to me. So deep!

  7. Twisty

    I am pleased to see you all taking this serious monkey butt art as seriously as I do.

  8. LCforevah

    This is too much like right-wing thought processes for me to find it funny.

    Jumping around and putting together concepts that have no business together.

    Yup, right-wing.

  9. Beth Younger

    Plane is doomed–love this video–what a disturbing piece of art! If you want to see more of her work, she has a web site: http://www.min-oh.net.

  10. Squiggy

    Thanks Beth. This site is a font of cool stuff. Love min-oh.

  11. Claire

    This really fucking creeped me out. The whispery little girl voice and the deafening background of silence made me want to scream.

    Monkey butts are usually funny, though.

  12. Ron Sullivan

    Happy Monkey Butt!

  13. Clarity

    what’s with the pedophilia?

  14. Jodie

    I didn’t expect that strange twist right after the plane…her other works are interesting as well.

  15. Lovepug

    Monkey butts…heee heee.

  16. nails

    Clearly the double dose of monkey butt is what made that video so agreeable.

  17. Twisty

    Where are you guys getting this pedophilia?

  18. Squiggy

    I didn’t get the pedophilia either. I’m interested in reading the range of views about it.

  19. yttik

    Wow, that was funny, disturbing, and kind of interesting all at the same time. I think I like it.

  20. Inkling

    “Where are you guys getting this pedophilia?”

    One of the cards depicts the character Jane having an orgasm. Jane is a young girl, hence the cries of “pedophilia”. I guess only a couple of us noticed which character was getting off. The illustration on the card is of her upper body, but her shirt is unbuttoned and she’s got orgasm face. She’s also supposed to be -12 years old. I call that creepy.

  21. Pam I

    You can get a product to stop it – http://www.antimonkeybutt.com/ . Thank lard for entrepreneurs – can anyone tell me that this is not talcum powder?

  22. speedbudget

    At the risk of sounding pedophilic to certain readers…babies can have orgasms too. I mean, you don’t hit puberty and suddenly the nerves in your genitalia start working.

  23. Inkling

    “At the risk of sounding pedophilic to certain readers…babies can have orgasms too. I mean, you don’t hit puberty and suddenly the nerves in your genitalia start working.”

    Oh, absolutely! I’ve been diddling for as long as I can remember, but that’s not the point here. Graphic depictions of children in a sexual context is a monkey butt of a different color. I think (or hope, at any rate) we can all agree that sexualizing children is not something any feminist would ever condone.

  24. Beth Younger

    Sexualizing children? Please note that the young girl in question is alone–not with anyone else. I’m not quite sure how that is sexualizing children. Besides, as speedbudget notes, children have orgasms too. This video is quite disturbing, yes, but what disturbs me is the juxtaposition of usually benign images on flash cards all of a sudden depicting violence (bullet hole) and doom (plane is doomed). Why are people not upset about the bullet hole in her head, rather than an orgasm? Personally, I love this video–it is provocative and brilliant. By the way, it’s not a real girl–it’s a drawing–which makes it a representation. Of course representations have meaning, but it’s worth discussing why certain aspects of this video provoke and others don’t. I’m not sure I like the admonishing tone of some of these emails.

  25. Twisty

    “She’s also supposed to be -12 years old. I call that creepy.”

    What is creeping you out, exactly?

    Just as everybody poops, orgasm is an equal-opportunity bodily function. Kids are as sexual as the next guy.

    Although it’s kind of a moot point, since Dick and Jane, in this vid, clearly represent adults.

    Furthermore, there is nothing titillating about it. The context is not sexual, at least not in the sense I think you mean, which is to say pornulated. In other words, kiddie porn this ain’t.

    By the way, Beth Younger, didn’t you get the memo about comments sections in feminist blogs? We put the ish in admonishment!

  26. Inkling

    “Just as everybody poops, orgasm is an equal-opportunity bodily function. Kids are as sexual as the next guy.”

    So pictures of children having orgasms is A-OK as long as the picture is an illustration and the observer of said orgasm declares it non-titillating? No problem-o. Please pardon my hysterical over-reaction; you know how we feminists like to invent reasons to get pissy and spoil everyone’s fun. At least I wasn’t accused of being “PC”.

  27. yttik

    It is a disturbing video, I can understand how it might trigger people, especially in our culture where the sexual abuse of children is so prevalent.

    But still, I’m curious as to why the orgasm has upset people instead of the bullet holes or the blood?

  28. Ariann

    My lobes are exploding:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200811/transgender-children

  29. nails

    The picture of her face doesn’t seem as though it is for dude consumption at all. I really am having a hard time seeing this as porn when there isn’t the aspirational element involved.

  30. Clarity

    I’m pretty much with Inkling.

    It’s alright as long as it’s shown in a representation, not shown to Billy the Pedo?

  31. Jezebella

    Ariann! HOLY FRIJOLES! I got to the bottom of the first page of that article, where the author claims that the experiences of transgendered folks REFUTE FEMINISM and by then, I had no lobe left at all. I can’t even finish the article. Man, talk about an axe to grind.

  32. Vinaigrette Girl

    When mainstream media start getting into trans issues, even if they do it badly, it’s a victory for feminism. Even if the person doesn’t entirely understand that feminism transcends biological determinism, the article is in itself a victory for feminism. We have to hold on to that, I think.

    it’s very, very hard, I’m sure, for parents in the US right now; no boy with any sensitivity wants to be a Typical Butch Patriarchal Bloke, and it’s harder to find decent nigels out in the boonies; and there is a shocking intolerance of normal childhood silliness and experimentalism anyway, in US culture.

    Here in the UK I have to say that LOTS of boys of 2 to about 6 years of age dress up in fairy dresses with wings and deely-boppers; they wear their sister’s swimming suits or clop around in heels or wear skirts all day every day for a while; girls refuse to be girly (yay) and they both ssay “I’m going to marry [best friend of same sex]” or even “can I be a [person of different sex] someday?” and you know what? People don’t go all waaaa! let’s plan for hormones and can we get the NHS to line up surgery now???? about it, they say: Aren’t small children amazing!

    If women get no respect, it is also the case – as Twisty has often said – that the honourable estate of childhood gets no respect either. Childhood, like the past, is a far country, and they do things differently there.

  33. Ariann

    Jezebella, you should see the same author’s article on breastfeeding.

    VG, I agree in theory, but have you read the article? It’s truly painful. What amazes me is that nobody seems to be saying “The problem isn’t that boys want to be girls or girls want to be boys, but that when boys say they want to be girls the entirety of what it means to be ‘a girl’ seems to be getting her ears pierced and wearing makeup and princess dresses.” And etc. along the same lines.

  34. Josquin

    I find the video odd, poignant, dreamlike and interesting. Like a dark fairytale.
    I’m chiming in also to say: What pedophelia? 12 year old girls have orgasms; heck, 5 year old girls have orgasms. They just figure it out on their own sometimes, and it is completely normal. The sorrow is when it is forced on them, and becomes associated with shame.
    The depiction of this girl in orgasm looks pretty appropriate to me. No make-up, coy looks, or porn-wear-outfit – I do believe this girl’s orgasm was her own. Should be okay.

  35. Cottonpants

    @Ariann

    Not to put too fine a point on it, but it often seems to me that most fully-grown MTFs have the same sort of notion that “being a woman” means shopping and gossiping and having pillow fights and putting on makeup and, quite frankly, acting like an air-headed, pornulated bimbo.

    It might be impolitic to say so, but I know of only one or two MTFs that seem like actual women (read: human beings) and not effeminate, 1-dimensional caricatures. And I’m FTM, so it’s not like I’m a stranger to the community.

    A close friend of mine is actually MTF, and she goes on and on about how she wishes she were “cute” and that she could squeeze out babies and be a stay-at-home mom and bake cookies and all that patriarchal crap. She’s also a godbag and denies that women are oppressed. I wish I were making this up.

  36. Ariann

    Cottonpants, I imagined this was probably true, but I only know 1 FTM and no MTFs, so I don’t have first-hand experience. This makes me very sad.

  37. ChelseaWantsOut

    “They turned their house into a 1950s kitchen-sink drama, intended to inculcate respect for patriarchy, in the crudest and simplest terms: ‘Boys don’t wear pink, they wear blue,’ they would tell him, or ‘Daddy is smarter than Mommy—ask him.’ If John called for Mommy in the middle of the night, Daddy went, every time.”

    Wow. This is so creepy.

    Cottonpants, I know someone who is MTF, and she’s not a caricature. She definitely went through a phase that was all about skirts and make up and crap, but I also went through that phase, when the teenagering happened.

  38. Mandolin

    Just want to say to any trans people who might be reading, particularly trans women, that some of us cis feminist women do see the above descriptions of trans people as bigoted and offensive. I’m sorry for anyone who happened to be reading here for Twisty’s brilliant feminist analysis and ended up being blind-sided by that crap.

    Shockingly, I know several women who are ‘real’ women who do the whole shopping, pink, femininity thing. I know comparatively few cis women who say ‘sod it all’ to femininity. It’s almost as if the range of trans expression of feminine behaviors might be something like the range of cis expression of feminine behaviors — existing on a continuum, inflected both by personal preference and by degree of radicalization.

    *

    In re: pedophilia, I react very poorly to the concept that female sexuality should be stigmatized to the point that it is unacceptable to hint at or depict, in a non-sexualized manner, the orgasmic capability of female adolescents.

  39. Twisty

    Critiquing the practice of femininity in a general sense is not an act of bigotry, but crediting “real” humanity only to those who eschew femininity is. Sweeping generalizations about entire classes of people, particularly when the generalizations are pejorative in nature and the class in question is marginalized, are unsophisticated and ill-advised.

    Analysis before anecdote!

  40. Nolabelfits

    ChelseaWantsOut said:

    I know someone who is MTF, and she’s not a caricature. She definitely went through a phase that was all about skirts and make up and crap, but I also went through that phase, when the teenagering happened.

    As part of an undergrad research project, I interviewed several MTF women. One of them told me that she did the whole skirts and makeup deal because one of the requirements to be signed off by the shrink for surgery was to “live for one year as a woman,” which was defined, of course, in patriarchial terms. She sort of had to do the whole femininity routine to get approved. She told me it was very confusing and fucked her up quite a bit because she felt more like a butch dyke, which her presentation eventually evolved into. I don’t know what the current regs are regarding getting psych approval for surgery, maybe its changed, as that was some years ago.

  41. Cottonpants

    @ ChelseaWantsOut
    “Cottonpants, I know someone who is MTF, and she’s not a caricature. She definitely went through a phase that was all about skirts and make up and crap, but I also went through that phase, when the teenagering happened.”

    @ Mandolin
    “It’s almost as if the range of trans expression of feminine behaviors might be something like the range of cis expression of feminine behaviors[...]”

    Good points. I’ll admit that, being trans myself, I get a bit more riled up about this stuff than I probably should, because I feel that it reflects on me too.

    What it all comes down to, for me, is that it’s upsetting when anyone equates womanhood with being a sitcom-esque, patriarchal muppet. It especially upsets me when it’s done by people who have made a conscious choice, in adulthood, to become female. They haven’t been bombarded with the near-constant “YOU HAVE TO BE THIN AND PRETTY, YOU HAVE TO SMILE A LOT” messages that most women receive from birth. And I feel they should understand, being that they are still women even when in the body of a man, that womanhood is not something you buy from the store. You don’t have to give in to that crap just to be a woman.

    I feel that, if anything, transwomen should get that even more readily than biowomen. So it annoys me even more than usual when they still throw on their femininity swag and go recreate the Baked Lays commercial in realtime.

    Also, I absolutely do not deny the existence of non-caricature transpeople, it’s just that I don’t personally see them very often. I’m also not beyond accepting that I might be a caricature, too, as I am into a lot of predominantly male-oriented things.

    @ Nolabelfits

    You’re totally right. The pressure to “trans it up” for doctors and therapists just to get them to realize you’re actually serious is very real. I’m currently going through it myself. If you give them even one tiny reason to think you’re not 100% disgusted with your current gender, they’ll deny you. I could see how some people might then feel pressure to become a caricature even out of therapy, for fear that other people won’t see them as being a “real” man or woman otherwise either.

    In light of this, I will go ahead and blame the healthcare industry (and, thus, the Patriarchy).

  42. Twisty

    Cottonpants: “They haven’t been bombarded with the near-constant “YOU HAVE TO BE THIN AND PRETTY, YOU HAVE TO SMILE A LOT” messages that most women receive from birth.”

    It would seem that just the opposite is true. If it weren’t, these people would have no idea what femininity is. They merely internalized it from the other side of the bars. As for making a “conscious choice in adulthood,” many transpersons argue that gender is not a conscious choice, and that they have felt transy since childhood.

    One sympathizes with your becoming upset by the political implications of femininity. It’s a bum deal all the way around, regardless of the genitalia one was assigned in utero.

  43. Cottonpants

    Oh, I’m sorry. I meant that transition is the conscious choice. I should have been more clear.

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