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Michael Fry nails it!

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dakiwiboid From: dakiwiboid Date: June 15th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)


I've wanted a tail like a cat's since I was a kid. Of course, I'm already clumsy, so I'm sure that I'd be even worse with another appendage to manage. I wonder if they could match my head hair on that tail?
pixel39 From: pixel39 Date: June 15th, 2005 08:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Heh!

The drawback to having a cat's tail is that it would be that much harder to find pants that fit. Well, that, not being able to hide your emotional state nearly as well, and sitting in theatre seats. You can tell I've devoted way too many cycles to this concept, can't you? *g*
caprine From: caprine Date: June 15th, 2005 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bwahahahaaa! Excellent!
mundens From: mundens Date: June 15th, 2005 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd suggest a couple of Australian SF authors for ideas on what kids could do in the future to piss off their parents. Tails and gills are minor things really.

The collection Glass Reptile Breakout has some neat ideas, though it has been around for a while now.
memegarden From: memegarden Date: June 16th, 2005 12:19 am (UTC) (Link)

acelightning From: acelightning Date: June 16th, 2005 04:14 am (UTC) (Link)
When I was growing up, there were some astonishingly pervasive assumptions about personal appearance. Men and boys wore their hair short, the shorter the better. Women and girls wore skirts most of the time, unless there was some compelling reason for them to wear slacks - but the hem of the skirt had better be knee-length or longer. (And a woman always wore a bra and girdle under her clothes in public - the girdle was not to make her slimmer-looking, but to banish any suggestion that she might have two separate buttocks, and the overall effect of the "foundation garments" was intended to eliminate the appearance of soft flesh.) Some women had pierced ears, but it was frowned upon as being somewhat slutty - men never had piercings. Tattoos were only for sailors, bikers, and foreigners.

Then came the hippies. Boys with hair "so long, you can't tell if it's a boy or a girl"! Girls going bra-less, and wearing miniskirts! High school students were sent home, or even suspended, for violating the conventions of appearance. There were cases where young men were assaulted by groups of other men, and forcibly given crew-cuts. All this rampant freedom of personal appearance was clearly a sign of the imminent breakdown of Civilization As We Know It! Well, we hippies knew better... what mattered was the thoughts inside a man's head, not the hair on the outside. And so forth. The American middle-class dress code was forced to accept things like women in pantsuits and men in ponytails.

So how could our children rebel against us? They had to find even weirder forms of self-expression, mostly in the form of tattoos, piercings, weird hair colors, makeup and skirts on men, and punk and Goth fashions generally. But a lot of us just yawned, knowing that the more outraged we acted, the harder our kids would try to look funny. (Similarly, we didn't get all bent out of shape at their choices in music - we'd already seen our own parents freaking out about our music.) So if our grandchildren decide that they want bizarre body modifications as the latest rebellious fashion statement... so what? I'll just smile at them, and show them my wire-rimmed glasses and tie-dyed T-shirt, my three tattoos and my purple hair.

"Plus ça change, plus la même chose..."

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