I had a lot of fun flipping thru the postcard booklets. I pulled out a few images to scan and cut up and as I was doing so I realized a few things:
- they used girl rather than woman more often than not
- the women were depicted as sexy, but the words implied this was a bad thing
- they were often depicted (or stated) to be inferior to men
- it was implied that without a man, they were unhappy, or somehow diminished.
I must digress to mention the famous story – not sure where I heard it, probably in an English class sometime – where a class is asked to punctuate a sentence:
Woman without her man is nothing
They could use any correct punctuation they liked. 99% of the class did so as:
Woman, without her man, is nothing.
One bright spark went another way and wrote:
Woman! Without her, man is nothing.
So my original idea had been to use the text from the cards except they were all so unflattering it didn’t feel like the message I wanted to send. Lost, lonely and vicious? What happens to women without Men? Man Crazy?
So I decided to sort out how to put a positive spin on them, somehow. I ended up printing out a LOT of bits of the text in an effort to try to make some affirmative text for each card.
Yikes. Here is a look at some of the in-process cards:
Some of those changed, as you can maybe see below. It took me all day to get to this point and the cards still need refining.
Now there is other stuff I need to do so I’ll have to set these aside and finish in the morning. I hate it when my crafty sessions get broken up but it is happening more and more. I don’t expect it’ll get better till after the holidays so I might as well accept it.