Notes from the Post-it Wall — Week of September 23, 2018

Notes from the Post-it Wall — Week of September 23, 2018

By David Himmel

• There should be conversion therapy for Christians who use the Bible or God or Jesus as a reason for their gender bias.

• Think of how much more interesting The Diary of a Young Girl would have been if young Anne Frank had a little Amsterdam hash with her in that attic.

• There’s a line in the movie A Star is Born (I assume it’s in the movie because it’s in the trailer), where the character played by Lady Gaga says she doesn’t sing her own songs because, “Almost every single person has told me they like the way I sounded but not the way I looked.” The trailer then goes on to make a few other nods to the idea that a big part of the plot is how conventionally ugly or unconventionally beautiful this character’s face is. I know we’re supposed to watch films with a suspension of disbelief but I’m confused. This character is supposed to be too ugly to sing on stage, but is being played by a person who has made a career of singing on stage. The right actor can play any part but Lady Gaga is obviously not ugly enough to play an ugly person no one wants to see in a spotlight. That said, when I first saw the trailer, I didn’t realize it was Lady Gaga. I thought it was some unknown transgender person halfway through their hormone treatment. 

• Two of my Top 10 Happiest Moments have been when I was on a boat with a beautiful woman. Last weekend, Katie was finally available and agreeable to join me on our sailboat, Knot Write. That day at sea is Happiest Moment #1.

 • I love the taste of tuna fish salad but the sound of it, all that squishing and slopping of the moist ingredients is a little stomach-turning.

• The perpetrators of sexism and creating a culture wherein girls are brought up to think they are less than boys and exist to please and serve them are not exclusively men. For several years, I had a private school as a client. At one point, they changed the dress code by adding the school’s emblem to the hem of the girls’ skirts. This would, ideally, prevent the girls from re-hemming them to be shorter than allowed. Quite a few parents complained. One mother actually said, “How is my daughter expected to attract a boyfriend with the skirts that long?”
My response, which I kept to myself was: “Bigger tits.” It was perfectly in line with this numbskull mother’s pattern of thinking.

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