Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Had this discussion on Sunday about the ownership of female sexuality and whether it had been irreparably interpreted through the lens of the patriarchy. This was inspired by my first visit to CandyBar in London (1996? London I thought you were liberated). What was this girl-power bupkis on the walls? Not. Sexy. What were these videos of male fantasies, which primarily featured women? Not. Sexy. What were these multi-colored pinpoint lights on the dance floor that made the patrons look as if they'd been glitter-bombed? (Okay, those were sexy-fun. GirlPower!)

So where was the sexy, I ask you? The unfiltered sexy as interpreted by a woman through her own eyes? Well, enter ilovecatparty written by Chelsea Fairless and Megan Hart. Their blog is unabashedly feminine and equal parts fashion, quirk and pink fluff (plus Elisabeth Moch's illustrations look like the island of Dr. Moreau was inhabited by Josie and the Pussycats).

Need convincing of its awesomeness? Check out posts 'Watch the Throne', Mermaids, and 'The Company of Wolves'.

And at the end of the day, what endeared me these two forever? Their post celebrating Gothic Romance. Long live paperback pulp covers.