I (heart) My Vagina too.



“We support free speech, but when it does infringe on other people’s rights and our school policies, then we need to take a look at that.”

I love that kind of logic. You’re free as long as your thoughts are conformist and you don’t offend the majority or make them uncomfortable. Some Americans drive me bananas.

This week’s sad and pathetic moron of the week award goes to Nancy Wondrasch, principal of Winona Senior High School in Winona, Minnestoa. She’s responsible for that dough-head quote.

The statement was made in response to questions about her school’s decision to expel students who choose to wear “I (Heart) My Vagina” buttons/t-shirts to class.

It all started after Carrie Rethlefsen saw a performance of the play “The Vagina Monologues”. Inspired and wanting to draw awareness to violence against women, she and a friend wore buttons to school that read: “I [heart] My Vagina.”

In an interview with the StarTribune, Carrie said, “The principal said that by wearing the pin, I was giving people wrong ideas, that I was giving an open invitation [to guys].”

No one has quite been able to extract from Wondrasch exactly what those “wrong ideas” are, or precisely what the offense is at all.

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Tatad’s rockin’ the vote



I’ve discovered the mecca of lame-ass banner ads, rockthevote.ca

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“Rock the Vote encourages young people to create positive social and political change in their lives and communities through awareness and action.” However, before you can do all that, you must get pierced and pissed off. In that order.

When are we going to treat youth with respect and dignity?

Not until we hit rock bottom. According to the comment spam Darren Little kindly left today, rockthevote just signed a deal with Tatad. Tatad connects those offering permanent advertising space on their bodies to companies/organisations willing to pay for that space. Darren malfunctions during the day as Tatad’s CEO and amazingly, the dude can sleep at night. Good for him.

Thankfully, rockthevote.ca is hardly a force in Canada. Generally, we only see the US spillover from the .com and you’ll find that if you compare the two. The majority of the Canadian content is pure lip service.

We have a more thoughtful organisation called “Rush The Vote” which seems to actually care about youth action in Canada and its strong connections to global human rights, art, environment and community.

Still, that doesn’t mean I want to see “Rush The Vote” inked permanently on any kid’s skin… or a Liberal party logo.

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When words kill…



Sitting in a meeting this week discussing a summer project in which teens are the customary victims of our marketing love, I hear these words: “we’d like to euthanize this event”.

I think poor kids, but sure… them, this event and you too!

Of course the word intended is youthanize, a neologism to add to the list, just like impactful or synergize. Impactful is the one that makes me cringe the most, I can’t stand that word. In my copywriting days in radio, my boss would use it every day to coach me and describe the right approach to writing radio spots. Aurgh!

My favourite definition of neologism is #2, from Merriam-Webster:

Main Entry: ne·ol·o·gism
Function: noun
1 : a new word, usage, or expression
2 : a word coined by a psychotic that is meaningless except to the      coiner

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Your future husband is a nudist cult doctor!



I have a new obsession with these novelty cards… as seen in a penny arcade machine, circa 1935.

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Your future wife is here.

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I’m never going to Florida. Ever.



No big loss, what’s there anyway? A soulless “community” of Disneyfied zombies living in Celebration, Jeb Bush (I’ll come back to him), the angry Christians who tried to save me in Pensacola and a gazillion Canadian tourists. As a Canadian, when I go away I’d like to get away from Canadians. No offense my fellow canucks, you know I love you the best.

No, the real reason I’m never going to Florida is this headline I just read this morning: “Florida eyes allowing residents to open fire whenever they see threat“.

The bill would give Florida residents the right to open fire against anyone they perceive as a threat in public, instead of having to try to avoid a conflict as under prevailing law.

To quote that intellectual giant Jeb Bush, it is “a good, commonsense, anti-crime issue”.

One time I was in Orlando on a Disney bus going from some god forsaken area of the park to another and the people just stared at my labret like the anti-christ had risen. They openly discussed their perception of my disgustingness.

These days they’d just shoot me.

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