Formerly prettygirlfromalabama. If you're new, this blog is mostly Avett Brothers, words, feminism, avocados, etc., you know you know. I like all the TV shows. Senior at the University of Missouri. Magazine editing major with a French minor. I'm a vegetarian. I play the banjo and the guitar pretty poorly. I like things. DFTBA.


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“Anaconda” turns Nicki’s butt into a literal force of nature, causing earthquakes in a jungle setting. After parodying the idea of exoticism by opening on a jungle scene, she shifts into a workout setup with comically small weights. All of these setups make the same point: Nicki’s body is the modern ideal. And because Nicki is spitting rapid-fire jokes the whole time she is onscreen, it’s impossible to feel like she’s been reduced to a mere body.

This is confirmed by what comes next: Nicki squirting whipped cream on her tits, fondling a banana, and then slicing the banana with a maniacal laugh. Cutting up a metaphorical dick onscreen makes it even more clear that the “Anaconda” video is about Nicki asserting her power, not as a sexual object but a sexual subject. Both the suggestive choreography and the song’s lyrics, which recount a series of sexual encounters, double down on the fact that Nicki has all the power here, and that she can show as much of her body as she likes and retain all that power.

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Magda Dudziak
acrylic,flashe on canvas,2014

I need to:

  • Do well in my classes (Fundamentals of Design, French Literature, Data Reporting, and Women’s Folklore and Feminist Theory).
  • Complete my capstone, working as an editor for Vox.
  • Grade papers and tests and hold discussion for my class as a teaching assistant for Magazine Editing.
  • Serve as the Continuing Education Coordinator for RSVP.
  • Plan a trip and select and educate participants for my ASB trip to Lexington, which is going to be a little time-consuming since my co-site leader has done literally, literally, literally nothing since we started.

I want to:

  • Serve on this committee on the status of women at Mizzou (like, RIGHT?).
  • Lose at least 20 pounds.
  • Volunteer for Root n’ Blues n’ BBQ/Meet the Avett Brothers.
  • Hang out with Brad a little and maybe sleep every now and then.

On their own, I’m actually really, really excited about all of these things. But putting them together is stressing me out justttttt a little. Getting my syllabus for my folklore class has me stressin’ because I wasn’t counting on that being a super time-consuming course and it SUPER IS. 

Also, I filled out my application for graduation today and I totally submitted it before I was done. So I had to do it twice. Hopefully they’ll still let me graduate. Yikes.


Howard Slatkin’s Fifth Avenue dining room and library is just the greatest ever. Soak it in.