Friday, March 21, 2008

it's a girl thing

I owe Beth a meme-doing. And I meant to get to it days ago, but Jesus Christ on a cracker, I've been scrambling lately. So I thought I would ponder the meme and listen to my laptop generate this Friday's Random Ten whilst cooking supper, and then a rather odd and lovely thing happened.

I'd say roughly 80% of the music I listen to is male-fronted. I'm not entirely sure how this happened, other than the fact that I just generally prefer male voices.

But take a look at today's Friday Random Ten. I think it's trying to tell me something.

1. Wandering star - Portishead
2. How deep is the valley - Sarah Harmer

3. Shed your skin - Indigo Girls
4. Dance this mess around - the B-52's

5. Veronica - Elvis Costello
6. Lotus - R.E.M.
7. Blister in the sun - the Violent Femmes

8. Fake empire - the National

9. Anti-social - Cuff the Duke

10. Let's roll - the Stills

Portishead, Sarah Harmer, Indigo Girls, B-52's - all female-fronted. Okay, I guess the B-52's had Fred Schneider but ... you know. Even Elvis Costello is singing about Veronica. Okay, so things switch over to the testosterone department with the bottom half of the list, but even there, we start off the boy portion with none other than Beth's favourite boys, R.E.M.

Quite clearly I was meant to get to that meme and pronto.

Without further ado, here's the Middle Name Meme (
list one fact about yourself beginning with each letter of your middle name):

I have
Bradycardia, an abnormally low heart rate. Apparently despite all appearances, I am some kind of super athlete.

I pride myself on being Rational at all times. I can't quite teach classes to Vulcan young 'uns, but pretty near.

I'm generally pretty Upbeat. Except when I have a righteous rage happening, and even then I enjoy it immensely.

I'm starting to develop a pretty annoying case of Nyctalopia, night blindness. So naturally I'm always the one who has to drive if we go anywhere at night. Look out, blind girl driving!

I am finally exorcising the spectre of the evil Guidance counselor and embracing my Artsy side. To hell with Science; I've done that to death. And if it means that I end up living under a bridge like that Guidance counselor warned, so be it.

I won't tag anyone, but please feel free to jump in if this appeals to you and you are not embarrassed to reveal your middle name.

I will leave you with one rather disturbing boy-girl disparity. Maybe it's just my over-fired imagination, but whilst following the American primaries, I have been noticing that while Barack Obama is always referred to as Obama, Hillary Clinton is far too often referred to as Hillary. I dunno, that just strikes me as a little patronizing.

But no matter how matter X and/or Y chromosomes you are carting around, I hope you are having a grand, nay a Good, Friday. It won't be long until we are scarfing back chocolate rabbit eggs for Zombie Jesus Day.


justacoolcat said...

I actually searched Jesus Frankenstein and I am going to use the bike pic on my FRT blog post if the Blogger image upload decides to play nice.

It's a girl thing.

Nice, that is.

SamuraiFrog said...

On the one hand, I can see the media calling her Hillary because they were calling her Hillary when she was First Lady. And to distinguish her from her former president husband. But yeah, I've been thinking it's also patronizing, and I try not to do it myself.

I've been pretty conscious of that, for some reason, since high school. I remember at the end of "Jurassic Park," in the credits, the characters were credited as Dr. Grant and Dr. Malcolm, while Laura Dern's character, Dr. Sattler, was credited as "Ellie." Ouch.

Joe said...


Do you have any other superpowers?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I like that bike pic, JustA, almost as much as I like how google turns up some weird images on searches.

That was very astute of you to notice that in the film credits, Samuraifrog. It sort of throws the whole point of making Dern's character a scientist right out the window, doesn't it?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hey Bubs, you snuck in there whilst I was typing. I also have the power to make a 5 star dinner out of a week's worth of leftovers.

Anonymous said...

About the names, interesting point, but more likely Obama rolls off the tongue better and she not being the first Clinton gets distinguished by her given name, then again, maybe not.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hmmm, yes I guess that famous husband of hers would make for a tendency to refer to Clinton by her first name, Leazwell. It's still a bit jarring though.


Hmmmm, I had to think a minute but the music I listen to is probably 60/40 leaning more to the female.

And Barbara, I don't know what is more interesting! Your middle name or all those things about you. And I had no idea my horrible night blindness had an official name; I've always called it "Stevie-Wonder-ing-it at the wheel".

As to Obama versus Hillary. IMHO it's part of the Christian right agenda to drum in the "Osama" rhyming last name while relegating Ms. Clinton to June Cleaver status.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh no, you do the Stevie Wonder thing behind the wheel too, Urban Blonde? And have you noticed that we are also always the designated drivers?

it's part of the Christian right agenda to drum in the "Osama" rhyming last name while relegating Ms. Clinton to June Cleaver status - oh I believe you may have hit upon something there. At least I've always sort of gotten that impression as well.