"I have absolutely no control over my _public_ muscles."

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Dec 8 01:42:44 UTC 2010

On Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 12:18 PM, Darla Wells <lethe9 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey Wilson,
> I guess only she would know how "public" her muscles have been.
> Darla

Unfortunately, it was actually quite a depressing, though not new,
story. When she was fifteen, her boyfriend didn't know what he was
doing, became embarrassed, and, coarsely placing the blame for his
failure to launch squarely on her shoulders, then dumped her on the
spot.. As a consequence of the resulting head-trip, eight years later,
she was still a physical virgin, literally completely unable to give
it, i.e. "the pussy," up, (an *extremely* obscene phrase, when I was a
kid in the '40's and '50's, but, nowadays, no biggie on MTV - which
aired this real-life documentary on the lives of this young woman and
two others who would have, if they could have - VH1, etc.), though she
wanted to.

(Once upon a time, when a black MC asked that his black audience "give
it up," the audience had a tacit understanding that he was making an
obscene, sexist, though traditional, pun, everyone being actively or
passively familiar with phrases such as, "I made that bitch give it
up!" Do white MC's and audiences have the same understanding, I
wonder? Or is it merely the better part of flattery?)

Of course, had she or the guy had even the equivalent of reasonable
locker-room knowledge of what to do when you're ready to "do it," her
life may well have gone quite differently, having her theme song WRT
close, personal relationships be, "You're Never Gonna Get It."

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"––a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
–Mark Twain

Once we recognize that we do not err out of laziness, stupidity,
or evil intent, we can uncumber ourselves of the impossible burden of
trying to be permanently right. We can take seriously the proposition
that we could be in error, without necessarily deeming ourselves
idiotic or unworthy.
–Kathryn Schulz

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