The main reason I was laughing at those plastic Venus statues way back when (rather than being truly horrified, as many readers were) was that I have a different contextual reference for this kind of fine-art-inspired schlock. Simply put, I see it all the time.

Today, I found another particularly horrifying batch of products I would like to share with you. They're Christmas ornaments. I want you to have a look. I want to show you that sometimes, an ugly art reproduction is simply that: an ugly art reproduction.

Yes, it's more appalling when among their many other faults, the repros uniformly thin out the women represented, but it's not deliberate, and the cries of conspiracy are still wasted, misplaced, and overblown.

Have a look at some other cultural "conspiracies":

First we start with a rather pretty "Starry Night" ornament. Starry Night is good, you can put that on practically anything, and people will buy it.

From there, however, things get a little more shifty. Here's a take on the old "Venus", coming up again. No cultural outrage to be found here, this Venus isn't skinny, she's just plain ugly, both her and the shell she rode in on.

And what have they done to poor Vincent Van Gogh? What sorts of political and cultural outrage does this ornament inspire? Or shall we just snicker and groan with horror, and move on?

If Vincent didn't make you laugh...there's always this one, titled "Sean C." You tell me, but I think they're trying to do Bond, James Bond.

So, no grand conclusions to be drawn. Just that ugly stuff abounds, and the range of crap that people will pay money for is really astounding, and I think some of it really deserves a proper mocking.
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( Aug. 28th, 2007 11:30 am)
[ profile] ernunnos, I think you need this t-shirt:

Meanwhile, I think I should have this one: well as definitely this one, for poker nights--this is all kinds of lucky:
daphnep: (ears)
( Sep. 5th, 2003 03:18 pm)
According to the gender test at,

I am "definitely a MAN!"

"Statistically speaking, you are a dude" they said.
"why, no," I replied. To which they responded: "People like you, who walk the scary line between man and woman, are *very* helpful in understanding exactly what it means to be human."

"Why, I do think that's the nicest thing anyone has said about me all day." I replied.
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( Aug. 28th, 2003 04:09 pm)
The airplane pig... Why? Why are you here? Why
must you taunt us so?!?!

which rejected character are you?
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( Nov. 11th, 2002 11:06 pm)
A local church here has one of those sign boards out front that always has a "message of the week" for the traffic going by. This week I almost got in an accident when I saw:


I wasn't quite sure I had seen it right, so I drove by later in the evening. Sure enough:

I have enjoyed several fits of giggles over this, trying to imagine just what the sign-board letter-filler church-person was thinking. Whaddya think?
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( Jun. 29th, 2002 11:57 am)
Random scrawl from a scrap of paper found while cleaning:

If the Mona Lisa was a real person walking around today, nobody would recognize her as the subject of her famous painting. For one, she'd go by her real name, Elizabeth Jaconda, for example. For another, as she might put it herself, "The truth is, in person I do have eyebrows."


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