Sylvia Archive: Bad Girl Analysis

What else might a female cadet do? Guess in a comment.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Art Of Friends

My friend Jim Rinnert has been making boxes since I’ve known him.  I’m sure he was making them before I knew him.  I met him through In These Times, a socialist newspaper in Chicago. So that has to be about 35 years ago. I wanted to say 40, but that would make me in my 80’s and I don’t think that’s the case. In These Times published a Sylvia strip every week. The Sun Times allowed the strip to run in this weekly paper, which violated their rule that Sylvia not run in a competing newspaper. I guess they weren’t afraid of In These Times circulation figures.

As far as I know, Jim makes these boxes purely for the love of figuring them out and working on them and then having completed them. I admire this.  I think he should have a party at his house and exhibit them to his fans and friends.

I suppose it’s too late to invite us all to the garden….

the art of friends

“Unpublished (Suicide Packed): Collected Works, Selected Letters & Journals, and the Writers Block”


Sophia Wallace’s Project “Cliteracy”

Is it the incredible neglect of the most sensitive sexual part of a woman’s body? The lack of knowledge, the deliberate negating of women’s sexuality? Hard to know where to start? I think I get too angry and impatient. Here is part of an article from the Huffington Post on “Cliteracy,” please read it all.

Cliteracy 101: Artist Sophia Wallace Wants You To Know The Truth About The Clitoris

New York artist Sophia Wallace wants you — and everyone you know — to be cliterate.

“It’s appalling and shocking to think that scientifically, the clitoris was only discovered in 1998,” Wallace told The Huffington Post from her Brooklyn studio last week. “But really, it may as well have never been discovered at all because there’s still such ignorance when it comes to the female body.”

The clitoris, described as the only human body part that exists solely for pleasure, is not merely a little “button” hidden between a woman’s legs, but rather a large, mostly internal organ many people don’t know about, Wallace explains.


According to a 2011 post by Museum of Sex blogger Ms. M, the internal clitoris (highlighted in yellow in the images above) is a complex erectile structure consisting of two corpora cavernosa (that are said to wrap around the vagina when erect), two crura (erectile bodies that branch out from the clitoral body), clitoral vestibules or bulbs, and the clitoral glans (the part that you can see).

In 1998, Australian urologist Helen O’Connell published a paper in the Journal of Urology describing the sheer scope and size of the clitoris. She wrote that the unerect clitoris, most of which is not visible, could be up to 9 centimeters long — longer, as some have described it, than an unerect penis.

As Robert King, professor at Ireland’s University College Cork, explained in a July post on Psychology Today, the true anatomy of the clitoris had actually appeared in scientific literature as long ago as the mid-1800s. However, King writes that O’Connell’s research shed light on the clitoris like no one had before.

Wallace, citing anecdotal evidence, says ignorance still seems to be ever-pervasive in modern society.

“It is a curious dilemma to observe the paradox that on the one hand the female body is the primary metaphor for sexuality, its use saturates advertising, art and the mainstream erotic imaginary. Yet, the clitoris, the true female sexual organ, is virtually invisible,” Wallace told Creem magazine earlier this year.

“Even in porn, the clitoris is treated as this optional, kind of freaky, ‘wow he’s doing her this huge favor’ thing,” she told HuffPost, adding that women often feel “embarrassed” to ask their partners to pleasure them. “It’s insane to me that this is still happening in 2013.”

Last year, during her tenure in the Art & Law Residency, Wallace started work on a multi-media project that she hoped would serve to challenge these misconceptions and to lift the veil on this enduring ignorance about the female body.

Aptly entitled “Cliteracy,” the project, which is ongoing, includes Wallace’s “100 Laws of Cliteracy,” street art about the organ, as well as a “clit rodeo” that involves an interactive installment of a giant golden clitoris.

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Pavlar In Living Color

Here are some bonus cartoons for you and to forward to friends.

I loved Science Fiction, before I discovered Mystery Novels and the Lonely Detective. Pavlar is a gossip columnist and although he has a good heart, his moral reach is not very large. He makes enemies of all kinds and they are always knocking him for a loop. He falls in love easily and always with a blonde with a past.

Pavlar and the Blonde

More trouble with blondes. Oh, it’s the same one!

Blondes in trouble - More trouble with blondes

Sylvia Archive: Hypnotic Cats

Resistance is futile.  Just try to resist this comic.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Sylvia Archive: Fear Of Letting Go

The woman who worries can’t move on just yet. Click the strip for a larger comic.
Saturday, September 7, 2013

Interpreting Fear

Winning or losing is only half the battle.
winners and losers

Sylvia Archive: Blame & Self-Recrimination

She blames herself for everything, but it’s not enough.  Click the strip if you don’t believe.

Friday, September 6, 2013

The Great Boogie Woogie

Victor B. is the Bad Girls’ source for dance videos…individual performers, the Nicklas Brothers, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers and great swing and jitterbug videos, marvelous and rare clips of house party dances from the 40’s. Victor’s wife and I met when we took swing lessons at the Galaxie, a grand experiment in dance and the visual arts run by Nicolle Wood.

Here’s one on Boogie Woogie, a piano duet. With subtitles.

Sylvia Archive: Changing Behaviors

Mary Frances is surprised by this human desire. Is anyone else?

Thursday, September 5, 2013