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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Pluck That

It's just one of those things, I suppose.

One minute you are in the pub, quietly nursing a Swedish-Party induced hangover with the Sunday papers and football blaring out from the TV screens. Then, the next you are called upon to be indignated in the name of all womankind.

The turning point: The new Observer supplement "Woman". Now, this sort of section of the paper always make me suspicious. It seems to be full of articles about autistic babies and potted plants and other things that I, as a woman, apparently should take an interest in.

Not that it's the poor editors' fault if they miss the mark. After all, what could possibly be so generic that it interest all women?

This question seemed to have troubled the team behind "Woman" as well. In the end, they settled for - wait for it - depilation. A picture of a furry leg perched over a stiletto, with the Sun-esque head-line Plucking Hell adverted me to this fact.

"Oh please," I said angrily to Doc. "Why on Earth should I want to read an article about depilation? It's like reading about brushing your teeth."
"Huh," Doc contributed.
"And it's January!" I pointed out (I mean, this is not really depilation high season. I bet quite a few of even my most fragrant sisters are going a bit chewbacca underneath their skinny jeans at the moment.)
"Heh", Doc said, still looking at the screen.
"Well, pluck that," I said and folded the paper with a lot of miffed rustling. "I'm going shopping."

This caught Doc's attention.

"You want to go shopping on a Sunday in January? When you've got a hangover?"
"Sure. If something makes me look half OK now, it will make me look stunning when I'm feeling better."


At 6:01 PM, Blogger Zen Wizard said...

Save the Rainforest!

Vote "NO" to depilation!!

At 7:37 PM, Blogger Magnetic Mary said...

Let's not get that radical...

At 8:12 PM, Anonymous svenska said...

I almost puked up my breakfast when I saw that cover...yuck. I know its supposed to be provocative but on a Sunday morning its just disgusting!

At 9:44 PM, Blogger wordgirl said...

That whole "Women's Section" used to bug the hell out of me. It's as if the ONLY kind of print news that is interesting or relevant to women would be that which has to do with marriage, breeding, table-setting and what to do with leftovers. Meanwhile men concern themselves with worldly matters. Important stuff. What a load of crap!

At 12:23 AM, Blogger ChickyBabe said...

Ugh...don't start me on the whole "what the media thinks I should be interested in as a woman"! As for this mag cover, it's not "Plucking Hell" but "Puking Hell" is more apt here!

At 7:22 PM, Blogger Lil Bit said...

Well, I don't know about YOU... but my legs are silky smooooooooth. LOL! (not)

Sorry it's taken me awhile to get over to visit ya. ;)

At 12:00 AM, Blogger Zen Wizard said...

Things of interest to every single woman on the Planet Earth:

1) "Sex and the City" complete DVD collection,

2) Transexual porn,

3) What temperature the thermostat is set to, at this very millisecond,

4) Anything from the mind or design table of Manolo Blahnik,

5) Any Star Magazine cover story,

6) Who, if anyone, Tommy Lee is "doing," as we speak.

At 12:02 AM, Blogger Zen Wizard said...

I forgot:

7) Whether Snuggle® or Bounce® smells better.


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