Friday, September 22, 2006

animal-licking, egregious sexism, and good music

An anecdote: This week, my senile English professor informed our class that in Thomas More's Utopia, a prospective bride was supposed to present herself to the prospective groom, completely naked, before the marriage, so that the groom could examine her for physical defects and call off the marriage if any such defects were found. My professor then spent a couple of minutes talking about how great an idea this was. Of course, he did so in just the way you'd expect from an old white dude obsessed with making sure his 17 year old female students know that he rides motorcycles. Which is to say, he was laughing when he said it, so as to establish it as a joke and thus incapable of giving offense, but he was actually dead serious. Not to mention desperately hoping to come off as "cool" to his class full of teenagers. The actual passage from Utopia, by the way?
Before marriage some grave matron presents the bride naked, whether she is a virgin or a widow, to the bridegroom; and after that some grave man presents the bridegroom naked to the bride.
I guess he got so excited about the first half of that sentence that he just plum missed the last half. By the way, the section of Utopia this comes from is called "Of Their Slaves, and of Their Marriages." Now that's a good joke.

On a completely different, and much happier, note: go and listen to Margot & the Nuclear So and So's right now. It's a band named after a character from a Wes Anderson film, so the name isn't quite as stupid as it sounds. After you've listened, ask me to send you the whole album. Or get it yourself from emusic. (The two best songs aren't on their MySpace page.) They're playing November 25th at the Troubadour. Who's with me?

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At 2:48 PM PDT, Anonymous shosh said...

I'm with you. We will totally miaou miaou miaou in our chickenbutt shirts.

At 3:45 PM PDT, Blogger Randall James said...

I'm with the panda. I'm sorry, but if a drunk stranger tried to hug me, I might bite him.


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