Jul 27 2010

Spinster aunt has even less time today than yesterday

Leopard frog eggs

Until an actual patriarchy-blaming time slot opens up in a day or two, allow your absentee blogger to offer a) an award-nominated photograph of the leopard frog eggs found yesterday in the Spinstitute for Texas Herpetology Dept’s experimental algae-choked swamp of a former swimming pool, and b) this light and amusing BDSM-related interlude entitled “You’re chaining up far too many women.” Thanks to blamer Mary Ann — who says in her email that she not only loves but also adores me — for sending it in.

Suddenly an idea for a great new time-saving email policy suggests itself: from now on my secretary Phil will be instructed to only read emails that commence with declarations of the writer’s love and adoration for me. Notifications from my derelict cell phone company, my ISP, Amazon.com, the Human Fund, RH Reality Check, and dudes who write in to complain that the I Blame the Patriarchy commenting policy is sexist, classist, racist, and some other ist I can’t remember? Fuggeddabowdit.


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  1. incognotter

    Nice photo.

  2. Susan

    But chains are soooo sex-eh. Lest we forget for a moment the normality, the naturalness of Women In Chains, we are encouraged to adorn ourselves with pricy, jingling, golden reminders. The cartoonist seems to have neglected the erotic possibilities of bondage in long pearl strands strung on steel wire, but perhaps such elegant restraints are more appropriate to a fin-de-siècle painting than a crass cartoon. The silken luminosity of the pearls delightfully biting into equally glowing, silky female flesh is best rendered in oils.

    I’m making myself sick.

  3. pheenobarbidoll

    Awwweh, froglets!

  4. anniemay

    If I had to give up the internet for Lent, I would still find a way to sneak a peak at your blog everyday. This basically means “I’d go to hell for you!”

    Which may not sound as complimentary as I intended.

    This photo of frog squirt is exactly why I think Bubble Tea should be illegal.

    (I love you)

  5. Bushfire

    That women-chaining article might have been amusing if it weren’t for the patriarchy.

  6. derrp

    That looks like the basil seed drink you can get at asian grocery stores. I love that stuff!

  7. pheenobarbidoll

    Well, that just put me off ever trying a basil seed drink.

  8. tinfoil hattie

    What a great photo. Thanks for posting it!

  9. AileenWuornos

    That picture really makes me feel like strawberries.

  10. stingray

    Some excellent frog eggs, I must say.

  11. speedbudget

    You said the Human Fund.

    I laughed out loud.

  12. Jodie

    That picture really makes me miss living in the countryside.

  13. Susan Woodhull

    I’m posting this on the “Spinster aunt has even less time today than yesterday” blog because I found that my having breast cancer was a very good lesson in: “Life is short.”

    Dr. Susan Love, author of “The Breast Book” teamed up with Avon to create a research foundation, The Army of Women. Okay, I cringe to even mention “Avon” (I will swear an oath that I have never bought ANY Avon products) but, besides having had breast cancer myself, I lost two friends in two years to breast cancer, and now another friend who beat breast cancer a year ago has been diagnosed with secondaries in her liver. So, I thought I would try to post this and if anyone is interested, please participate.

    In relation to “I Blame the Patriarchy” perhaps I should point out that breast cancer was the one disease I was sure I would never get. I was in the lowest risk group in every category, except one: stress. I was living with a man who had become verbally abusive and the situation became unbearable. I was also going to school at the time, working on my degree, so for too long I felt trapped in my living arrangement. I finally moved out but by then the damage had been done: I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and less than a year later I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Nothing will ever convince me that it wasn’t the result of the previous relationship. I definitely blame the patriarchy with whom I had to deal with on a daily basis until I pulled myself up and out of the situation and left.


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    On October 1, 2010, we are inviting BLOGGERS to use their voice through their BLOG to spread the word about the Love/Avon Army of Women. We are dedicating ONE day to reach ONE million women to sign up for the Army of Women by declaring October 1, 2010 the official Army of Women Day. We beseech all bloggers to blog about the Army of Women and empower women to take the next step by signing up and taking part in breast cancer research studies. Together, we can move breast cancer beyond a cure and eradicate it once and for all.

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