A new item in the inventory of edible penises — gummi candies — but now with the penises viewed as insulting rather than (as in earlier postings on the subject) entertaining.
Archive for the ‘Signs and symbols’ Category
From Dean Allemang on Facebook, 1994 Swiss stamps by Niki de Saint Phalle as part of a pro-condom “Stop AIDS” campaign:
The image is of a colorful condom in Saint Phalle’s distinctive style. As it happens, Dean was working for Swiss PTT that year and as a holiday gift, got a collector’s edition of every stamp printed that year, including the “Blaue Niki” (“Blue Niki”) above.
Vatentine’s Day sets off an avalanche of greeting cards, from the sloppily sentimental through the joking — lots and lots of puns — to the off-color and the openly insulting. Just about any emotion you can imagine can be packaged into a Valentine’s Day card. Here’s one from a friend to me this year, with a pun (“Love you a bunch!”) and a penguin: “just a bit twee”, the sender wrote, but adding in mitigation that at least it had a penguin:
And then we get this remarkable object, a veritable forest of sexual imagery:
(Warning: high sexual content.)
Three things, starting (1) with what looks like a glory hole for nasal sex — affording the opportunity for (2) a nose job in a new (sexual rather than surgical) sense — and (3) transforming those who use it into cartoon characters.
From the December/January issue of Details magazine, in “The Wonderful, Wordless World of Emojis ;-): Navigating the complex and subtle intricacies of the digital language du jour” by Bret Begun, Laura Bolt, and Jon Roth:
Begrudgingly, but inevitably, we’ve let emojis infiltrate our lives. And while communicating with them doesn’t always feel right or good, omg, they’re so addicting. We furiously thumb our favorites to friends and those we hope to be more than friends with. At this point, if you don’t use them, you’re being purposefully pretentious, like the kind of person who brags about abstaining from Facebook.
Call me purposefully pretentious, but I’m not fond of emojis, though I’m offered a broad choice of them all the time.