I recently read A.S. King’s Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, and as I was reading I kept taking pictures of quotes that I liked. If that is weird then remember for a moment that I am a librarian and I would rather eat a cat than intentionally damage a library book.
(That is not even remotely true.)
Instead of writing seventeen separate entries of my favorite A.S. King quotes from this one book, why not glue them all together in one handy dandy morsel of joyful despair?
“I have wrinkles. I am not tortured by them. I am no one special and so what if I have wrinkles? One day I will be no one special and be dead.”
I want to get this tattooed on the inside of my eyeballs so that every time I consider, even for one moment, buying an anti-aging cream I can remember that I am no one special and that one day I will be dead.
“Not living your life is just like killing yourself, only it takes longer.”
“I paged back to the pictures of the porn women. You. Are. All. Worth. More. Than. This. Each one struck a common pose—the poses I’d seen since I was a child. Suck in belly, push out chest. Flex calves, high-heeled tippy toes. Let your knees fall out just a little. Pout. Bite your lip.
Because no matter what age you are, looking innocent is sexy. And looking sexy is everything. I couldn’t think of any pictures I’d seen lately of women who were just there and not trying to look sexy.”
This touches on something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. Ever since I moved to L.A. I’ve found myself bombarded by women who can’t seem to be in a picture without turning it into an opportunity to show that really, they’re amateur models who just haven’t been discovered yet. With the explosion of social media apps like Instagram there’s an even more ridiculous forum for male gaze fodder than the publishing industry could even dream of; and all over every one of these images of pouty faced, postured, somewhat bored women there is a wall of comments using re-iterations of the word “babe,” because of course being a “babe” is the most important status for a woman to unlock.
(And, yes, the featured image is one of the results when you do a creative commons Google Image search for “male gaze.”)