Being A Girl: A Brief Personal History of Violence

The Belle Jar

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I am six. My babysitter’s son, who is five but a whole head taller than me, likes to show me his penis. He does it when his mother isn’t looking. One time when I tell him not to, he holds me down and puts penis on my arm. I bite his shoulder, hard. He starts crying, pulls up his pants and runs upstairs to tell his mother that I bit him. I’m too embarrassed to tell anyone about the penis part, so they all just think I bit him for no reason.

I get in trouble first at the babysitter’s house, then later at home.

The next time the babysitter’s son tries to show me his penis, I don’t fight back because I don’t want to get in trouble.

One day I tell the babysitter what her son does, she tells me that he’s just a little boy, he doesn’t know…

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Mixtape Monologue Monday – Radio Remix #2 – Bryan Adams: “Everything I Do (I Do It For You)”

Oh, 1991 …

Why does everyone have to be so bloody gorgeous?

And with this flashback to the blockbuster phenomenon that was Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, I begin Radio Remix #2.

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Mixtape Monologue Monday – Radio Remix #1 – Enigma: “Sadeness, Part I”

So naughty …

Over the last year or two, I’ve started to take a look back at my old mixtapes, tapes on which I collected my favorite songs from the radio. While I had a giant hiatus in the middle to take care of a bunch of work and personal things, I am back on track, and … with this entry I conclude Radio Remix #1!

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Happy 30th Anniversary, Golden Girls!

Perhaps the best TV show of all time. Happy 30th Anniversary, Girls!

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George Michael’s Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1 at 25: “Praying for Time”

Praying for Time

The first song on Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1 was also George Michael’s first single in almost two years. He released the song in the UK in August of 1990, where it hit the top 10. It made its way to the US a bit later on,  spending ten weeks in the Billboard Top 40 and rising to #1 on the Hot 100 list on October 13. (Just to place this in true 1990s context, it was bookended at #1 by Maxi Priest and James Ingram.) Continue reading

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George Michael’s Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1 at 25

Twenty-five years ago this past September 3, George Michael released his sophomore solo effort, Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1.

And this People story is insufficient to my needs.

So, over the course of the next week or so, I’m going to be taking a track-by-track review of what I unabashedly call one of my desert island albums.

September 3, 1990

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Mixtape Monologue Monday – Radio Remix #1 – Robert Palmer: “Mercy, Mercy Me/I Want You”

Well.

It’s been a *long* hiatus. Last year was a little crazy. But, I’ve got my feet back underneath me, and I’m ready to wrap up the first of my old mixtapes.

So, without further ado, Robert Palmer.

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