Be forewarned: no fish today.
First post in 8 days. The longest I've gone without posting since I began this beast 7 months ago.
Speaking of beasts...
The Cal Academy Has No Balls
Yes. I now realize it's a moot point. Extreme Mammals is a touring exhibit. So we can blame NY not SF. Regardless of the following rant: don't get me wrong, the exhibit (and esp. indricotherium) was a lot of fun!
What I'd really like to talk about is a crime of gargantuan proportions. Wait, that's not really it. It's more of a crime of omission than anything else. A gargantuan crime of omission. Let's put it that way.
Enough beating around the bush (so to speak). I will make it plain... The Califormia Academy Of Science has no balls. I'm calling them out (that is, I'm calling out their lack of balls). The Monkeyface News is deeply concerned that in their continuing efforts to become a bastion of political correctness, they have not only emasculated themselves, but have turned back the cause of science 400 years to the era of fig leaves and self righteous midnight chisel wielding.
And furthermore: They have no vagina! I mean where's Eve Ensler when you need her?
It rankles me. What can I say? Yes, my wife works for the world renowned purveyor of sex toys known as Good Vibrations (and just think of the marketing possibilities for their new "indricotherium" line) but beyond that. Isn't a science museum the sort of place where the genitals of animals might be displayed without the usual Judeo/Christian sense of shame? Or was it a matter of mere jealousy? Some petty paleo biologist who didn't like the discrepancy between his homo erectus and indricotherium's.
I mean, just from a marketing perspective, imagine how many more people would have come to the Extreme Mammals exhibit if the goddamned indricotherium had an appropriately sized extreme sex organ.
I'm not just being ironic here. The above picture shows children. Right. Of course they had to suffer the children. Tone things down... but what better way to address the natural and unfreaky aspects of procreation than in a science museum?
I think there really is a deep and disturbing point at issue. Here we are in the last bastion of liberality--that being the People's Republic of San Francisco, and still, people are freaked out by sex.
Towards A New Victorianism
Such is the price of our PC zeitgeist that it often ends up neutering and incapacitating our culture. To the point where, (even in a science museum!) you can't give the fucking bull his balls. Or the cow her big ass yoni. I can just imagine the conversation that went into the shameful emasculation/de-yonification of indricotherium.
Board of Directors
(Speaking to French sculptor, Henri)
So Henri, we're thinking the testicles are like, well, you know, we don't want the thing to seem so... male...
I see... maybe then you like the vagina?
Board of Directors
Right well... Maybe you could make it a female, and like just sort of suggest a vagina, without actually giving it one.
And what self respecting artist (or team of artists, or designers or whatever) would follow these absurd directions? If nothing else they should have just stuck a fig leaf over the offending portions of anatomy. At least then there'd be some kind of social statement.