express ombudsman, part 2

posted by tom / November 03, 2005 /

More complains about the paper I get for free. Well, sort of get for free. There are still rarely any copies at Mt. Vernon Square circa 8:30AM. I usually find a copy on the train instead. I like to pretend that I have a yellow-line manservant who dutifully crams a copy next to my preferred window seat at some earlier stop, but today he was derelict in his duties. Should I ever meet him, I will have to have him caned.

So I only managed to find a copy of the entertainment guide today. A few things jumped out, and since I have nothing better to blog about, here they are:

  • E3: Boy George did not invent gender bending. I'm not claiming to be an authority on the intersection of pop culture and identity politics, but it seems like the word "Bowie" should have crossed someone's mind while considering this article's thesis. Also, the answer to your question, "Could 'boy/girl' be hardwired into our brain stems alongside 'friend/foe'?" is a definitive "yes". Although I don't think the relevant pathways are actually located in the brainstem.
  • E5: Gwen Stefani's harajuku girl coterie is a product, not a source. They're Americans hired to pretend to be harajuku girls (info via the Governess, I think? Solid sourcing, I know).
  • E11: I know that the phrase "x-cum-y" sounds all scholarly & shit, but you may want to avoid it for instances where y is equal to "tasting".

I've made the appropriate notes to your personnel file. Otherwise, keep up the good work. See you at the office Christmas party!

UPDATE: Whoops — apologies to Sommer, who points out that I probably got the faux-Harajuku tip from her.


"Bowis" is a great word to think of in terms of gender-bending, but why not "Wilde" or "Edward" or, for that matter, most of the cast of any Shakespear comedy or tradgedy besides Romeo+Juliet?

Posted by: Michael on November 3, 2005 03:28 PM

I think you may have got the Harajuku girls info from me, my friend. Although my source was Hot Carl, but I truly believe Hot Carl knows of what he speaks.

Posted by: Sommer on November 3, 2005 03:59 PM

Yep, credit goes to Sommer. But it's pretty easy todiscover seeveral of the HG are US born n bred. Jenny Kita grew up in Torrance.

Posted by: the g. on November 4, 2005 12:39 PM

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