It’s only 13 days into the new year, but already a source of much enjoyment and the occasional FUCK OFF is a gift that my roommate received from her mom that now finds its home on our refrigerator. It’s one of those rip-away daily calendars with quotes on them. But ours is a magnet! It’s really cool, except that sometimes it’s really maddening.
I get the impression that I’m not describing this mini-calendar very effectively, so here’s the listing at B&N. Here’s what someone had to say about it:
Bold, thought-provoking, clever, and smart. These words and many more describe both the women and the quotes in this fun daily calendar. Actresses, singers, journalists, and even politicians share their thoughts on marriage, fashion, careers, raising children, and just about anything else women talk about.
It is fun, but mainly because the quotes are usually anything BUT clever or smart. A lot of them just seem like someone was like, oh, people know who Angelina Jolie is, let’s publish this unintelligible “witticism” from her. For instance, here’s one from Katherine Heigl that says just about nothing of importance:
Notice the pretty pastel colors and the cute little jacket with the flower pinned to the lapel. Other days pair the quotes with little pastel images of diamond rings, nail polish, lipstick, handbags, and hats. So just in case Diane Sawyer offers a quote that actually is smart and clever, we needn’t forget that clothes, makeup, and accessories are the only issues that really matter to women. Thanks Andrews McCeel Publishing!!!!
Andrews McCeel, upon doing some quick research, also publishes a 2009 Wild Words from Wild Women calendar!! It sounds like it should be the equivalent of Girls Gone Wild on spring break, only featuring slightly more mature women showcasing their wildness in a less visual, less-wild way. I was expecting…well, I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this:
Here are some of my favorite quotes thus far from the source of all-woman wisdom (placed on the fridge because women do belong, after all, in the kitchen). Like I said, some I really do like. Some make me laugh. Some make me yell explicit, un-ladylike words of my own they’re so insulting to men and women alike. More to come as 2009 rolls on, I’m sure. And maybe I’m being harsh judging something that I’ve only read 13/365ths of, but I’m okay with that.
Whatever you want in life, other people are going to want it, too. Believe in yourself enough to accept the idea that you have an equal right to it.–Diane Sawyer
It’s a lot easier being black than gay. At least if you’re black you don’t have to tell your parents.–Judy Carter
I try not to drink too much because when I’m drunk, I bite.–Bette Midler
A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.–Coco Chanel