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Nami: Sexual Selection and Love/Power Imbalance

A freewrite in progress.

The Trophy wives are Marin are neurotic, underweight, bitchy, leeches. They are everything that is said of Black women, but their husbands do not care: because they are BLONDE. I remember stopping for ice cream on a bike trip though Tiburon and seeing the yahoo club barbies. Some of them were clearly pushing 40 or 50 and were desperately trying to look 23. The friend I was wit turned to me and said, “They’re a different species to me”.

Sexual Selection is a cruel institution. Especially when it is a tenet of a patriarchal society where a woman is frowned upon for breeding out of wedlock. Women do have a choice in who they mate with, albeit only recently. So, since we are forced to live in a patriarchal society women finds themselve in service to men. To quote Gone With the Wind’s Margret Mitchell: “There are throngs of women who are in subserviant positions to their husbands and they have more sense then they do.”

Getting back to the predatory Woody Allen wives of Marin, I was in my friend’s restaurant in San Rafael and two Belvedere Betty’s were discussing their marriages. Or mores, how they wish they no longer had them. One wished she could just the kids and the house and not the husband. The other wanted neither the kids or the husbands and just wanted the house. Eve and Lilith. Either way, they don’t want their old husband Adam around. They would very much like to kick the every lonely ( read: horny) Adam out of the house and let him return to the pastures and chase the sheep just as he’d done before Lilith was forced to comply and Eve was fashioned from his rib.

This is how many women feel, so I really don’t have a problem with the conversation. I am more concerned about the mismatch of personalties in the marriage. These are probably women who feel that their husbands work too much. A husband that would be perfect for a workaholic woman, but then she would be a threat to him wouldn’t he? As Spencer Tracy’s character stated in Woman of the Year, “A man wants a wife he can love not have to compete with. Then when Kate Hepburn’s character gets the notion to run against her husband on the Democratic ticket for office, he conquers her in a passionate embrace exclaiming Vive la Difference. Sex is one way a man can dominate a strong woman, unless she’s Lilith…or Nami!

The darkest hour t of the Giermo miniseries is when Nami becomes a succubus while Giermo is inside of her. She freezes him through the urethra reminding him of the power of women, even those who lie below. Giermo’s suffering is similar to Uranus who lost his penis inside of his wife. One of my gay husband’s fear of a Liilth-Nami type woman is the fear of not getting his penis back once inserted. Good. I can’t think of very many women who love to take revenge on the men who wrong when they are the most vulnerable. Lilith and Gaia are two archetypes I wish Goddesses in Everywoman’s Jean Shinoda Bolen has covered. Since she hasn’t, I’ll be happy to continue her work in my comic. Nami and all of my characters were created years and years before I read Goddesses in Everywoman. In fact I had only discovered the book in time for the last issue of Superficial. Regardless, women still know each other and it’s easy to recognize the archetypes .

Nami’s considerable power is factor in Giermo’s aversion to taking her seriously, but the underlying fact is that no matter how powerful a minority is, a White male will always feel superior to her–even if she’s a goddess with more power and money than he’ll even have. I fashioned Giermo from an ex-boyfriend of mine who repented his crimes against me and gave me permission write a story about him in my comic. I took his permission and ran with it for I have painful material for several stories! However, at the end of the Giermo series I made sure that Giermo apologized to Nami in the sweet way that my ex did, by finding me after years of personal growth and apologizing with the added reward of stories. I loved my ex’s stories, that’s why I fell in love with him in the first place. Cute guys are a dime a dozen, but the fella you allow to conquer you has to be someone special. Nami felt that Giemo was something special and pursued him. What she didn’t realize of that she picked him up like a stray cat and expected loyalty. Love is not that easy. Yet, still, certain women have no trouble whatsoever achieving love at first sight from the men of their choice.

Another one of the men I used for Giermo mention that Giermo isn’t interested in Nami because she’s so powerful that he has no control over the relationship. Calming my temper and fighting the urge to decapitate the chronically depressed beach bum with one of his surfboards, I pondered the notion. Then quickly dismissed it once I remember the emasculating ex-girlfriend of the beach bum who he dearly missed. She was a bottled blonde who he strayed from the instant she dyed her tresses red ( which I think suited her fiery personality better). Some men just want blondes and that’s the reality. Everyone has sexual preference. I personally will only allow a Mediterranean to conquer me. What I take issue is another issue that my ex-beau and the beach bum will not admit, that is if they even know of the issue themselves, which is the practice of using women to advance in society.

We return to our dear friend Jean Shinoda Bolen and her book on vicious cycles: Ring of Power: Symbols of Love vs. Power in Wagner’s Ring Cycle and Us-A Jungian Feminist Perspective. Once again, Bolen’s writing and my personal experiences cross paths. Giermo has an inferiority complex—a BIG ONE. His father is missing from his life and his mother, Rio, holds the power. Although Rio did her best for her so, in education and raising a responsible adult, she forgot to raise him with a conscious. A negative side effect of pursuing a lucrative recording career which put food on the table, a roof over her son’s head and an education to secure his future. According to Bolen, this happens at lot to men who are born into society where success is the measure of man and they hurt a lot of people, for they forsake love in pursuit of power. Nami loves Giermo, but she is not the “ring” of power that Klashka is who can win him glory in his own right (sort of) and shed the status of trust fund baby. This dynamic parallels the triangle of power between Siegfried, Hagen and Hunding Gunderling who use marriage advance their place in society. Hagen is the illegitimate son on a dwarf who would envies Hunding’s lineage, Hunding vies for Haden fame of great deeds and clueless powerful Siegfried walk right into their plot for power and trades his common law goddess wife for Hunding’s sister thins thinking that Burnnhillde wouldn’t mind being traded like a sack of marbles to be the wife of Hunding. Seigfriend and Hunding only saw the power to be gained and did not factor in the wrath of a goddess who sacrifices herself mooting all of their plans, save Haden. Haden son of Fafner knew Love or lack of it would destroy the proud Gunderling familial, but his triumph stops there, for he is unable retrieve his neiblelung (dwarf) father’s ring from the fire for it can only be collected by it’s oriental owners: the Rhinemaidens. So a lot of people ended up miserable and dead over a hoop of gold which is a poor match for Love.

The Klashka the valkyrie goads Giermo that she is power and and Nami is love with a single statement of awe and sincerity: “How could you hurt such a beautiful creature?” Giermo finally understands that what has been missing in his life is about to leave forever and runs after his best friend.

In the Tiburon Cove where the wealthy with many enemies and compromises dwell in the designs of contented artists. The powerful men, in loveless marriages and no real security. Their fried-haired wives are 40% plastic and their children will spend their lives in and out of therapy. What they do have is the envy and respect of the poor, which is enough to lift their spirits. That is until the world realizes that in a house with out love, a life is hollow. For who can love a man who treats you like a commodity to be traded after your value drops after 40 or when you get fat?

So for sake of Love/Power imbalance, The Belvedere Betty’s positions are justified.

Works cited:

Ring of Power: Symbols of Love vs. Power in Wagner’s Ring Cycle and Us-A Jungian Feminist Perspective

By Jean Shinoda Bolen

KlashkaTse: Survival of the Prettiest

A freewrite in progress
It finally grew out my hair to the length my rotten ex-beau wanted. I can’t even call him a boyfriend, just a beau. At least my classic term sound better than friends that fuck.
A girl’s hair is her life and given the flowing tresses of women of other races, it’s difficult for the wooly haired Black woman to compete for the best that maledom has to offer. Heck, our short hair renders us as merely female, and not women at all to many a man. Therefore, we end up knocked up and abandoned with our children by predatory males. Something to be used and thrown away. What are the other causes of this phenomenon? Some say that its the emasculation demeanor of the Black woman. Bullshit, my Irish best friend insists that Northern European women have the same zeal. So, what else could it be than beauty? According to Rose Weitz’ Rapunzel’s Daughters, White men are attracted to thin teenage-esque bodies, but Black men will trump all other beauty demands in favor of what is rare in Black culture: naturally long hair. Regardless, whether it’s Western world’s obsession with thinness or a Bantu/Khosian African hair fetish, beauty (in all forms) is woman’s most potent power ( outside of bearing children) and the woman who possesses it can advance further in life.

My character in KlashkaTse is Sylvia Soleil, Tabby’s mother. I like to think that Tabby as the daughter I would’ve had with my ex-beau if I were brave enough to bare a child out of wedlock. However, Tipper Gore’s crusade against indecency in the media which inadvertently caused a paranoia of the urban community made me too paranoid to take such a leap.Therefore, I chose asexuality and solitary existence outside the office. You just never know when contraception may fail and I refuse to bring a child into this world only for it to be hated by the likes of more extreme versions of Sara Palin. Suspicious, paranoid, suburban housewives everywhere have been my lifelong adversaries. Today, thanks to Jean Shinoda Bolen’s Goddeses in Everywoman, I can avoid generalizing all housewives and narrow the shrews of the demogrphic down to a nifty, memorable, mythological term, “Heras“.

Allowing women their beauty may turn out to be one of the most difficult aspects of personal liberty

-Karen Lehrman

The Hera’s of the world demand a that you dress up to show respect for your betters, yet declares DEATH on the woman who turns out to be prettier than they are once the advice is followed. For those who aren’t familiar with the myth, Hera was a spurned earth goddess and consort of Zeus who was honored with the title of wife but bore lackluster if not horrible children: Hebe the goddess of youth and Ares the god of war. As fate would have it, Aphrodite compelled Zeus to seek other women who bore far superior offspring which drove Hera mad with jealousy. I like to akin Aphrodite’s meddling to ElfQuest’s “recognition” which is a phenomenon that occurs when two elves meet they know they will haven’t extraordinary children. Hera, understandably, could not bear to see Zeus’ illegitimate children rise in power over her own, and thus became a outraged, raging bitch. Nevertheless, her logic is unfair. Zeus either tricked or raped the women who bore Heracles, Hermes, Artemis, Apollo, Persephone and the remaining 17, the paramours didn’t invite him, but Hera doesn’t care. She’s too much of a coward to punish her husband. Therefore.  Hera’s archetype is any woman who would rather torture her husband’s paramours and their children rather than confront her husband herself. Women like this are abundant in right-wing religious right propaganda media.

After a harrowing social science presentation in her journalism class, Tabby returns home to confront her mother on her decision to be a single mom. To justify her decision and restore her illegitimate daughter’s self-worth, Sylvia tells Tabby the story of the Olympian progeny, and compares herself to Leto, Zeus’ consort her seduced as a swan. Hera prevented Leto from giving birth anywhere on Earth, but Leto found refuge on in an remote island and bore Artemis and Apollo, Zeus’ favorite children. Sylvia makes the analogy that there are many Heras in the world who feel that only they have the right to breed. As for the philandering husbands, in Sylvia’s and the case of many other women, she was the one of many conquests that lead to Tabby’s father’s marriage to the “perfect woman” or the ideal that the rich boy’s parents or society compels him to merge his assets and continue the family bloodline with.
Women are ranked and Black women are at the bottom of the list in the U.S. This is a distinctly American practice. Although Blacks are have been marginalized in Western and Near Eastern societies for ages, Black women enjoyed a higher standing. There are Black Queens of Greek Pharoahs in Ancient Egypt and in the Middle Ages, many wealthy Arabs.

To paraprase the Arabian Nights Entertainments, Arab women resent this preference and lash out by calling Sub-Saharan African women ( which I prefer to distinguish by language like every other race in their cultural contetx Bantu/Khosian) as camel-lipped negresses. Regardless of name calling, North East Africa loved Black women, so there wasn’t the despair over not winning a qualified husband. In contrast, the marriage issue is very different for Black American women.  Sylvia has a B.A. in biology from U.C. Berkeley where she met Tabby’s father, but that did not impress her beau’s family. Low birth is low birth and marriage to Sylvia would never be considered to be a good match. As far as the top 2% is concerned, Sylvia is just another scholarship student who’s parents do not own property. Hurting like Hell, Sylvia stuck to her guns to have the child of the man of her choice and gives birth to Tabby. Sylvia Soleil may not be as financially well off, but at least the Hera’s of the world can not call her worthless and stupid.

Returning in the mythology theme, Sylvia assures Tabby that although her nameless “Zeus” father married someone else, she is his best offspring: free-spirited Artemis or Persephone.

Tabby muses a bit and remembers that Athena, born out of Zeus’ head from his first wife Metis who dwells inside of him, was the favorite. Sylvia admits Tabby is correct, but no matter. So long as the wife Tabby’s father’s turns out nothing but duds, she’ll take comfort in assurance that a lateral socio-economic class is not the key to a successful marriage.
Sylvia giggles to herself. Catharsis at his cattiest.

Sylvia Soleil is the epitome of the single moms I grew up with. They were not wealthy, but they weren’t welfare queens and did not live on alimony. They were the mama’s who made the dollars to paraphrase Destiny’s Child. Sylvia chose to live the life of an artist than follow the path of pharmaceuticals that most botanist who want a 7 figure salary and live in Marin County follow. Instead of a half timbered house in Mill Valley, Silvia and Tabby live in a warehouse live/work space in West Oakland. Tabby is called Ghettorella by the Dozens Crows in homeroom, who tease her incessantly. As comforting as her mother’s story is, Tabby still resents her mother’s decision deeply and plans to get out of the ghetto with her own talents. However, Silvia won’t let Tabby stop there.  Sports and music are seen by many Blacks as the way out of the ghetto, but mother knows education is the path to happiness.

Tabby is a mixed race Black who passes. Sylvia is well aware of her daughter’s plans and for the reasons of career and social advancement, chooses to support them. Reconciliation with ethnic identity will come later. Despite the copious opposition, Tabby will face from the Black community, Sylvia knows the advantages Tabby’s exotic appearance will garner. It’s likely that Tabby will leave the ghetto and lever look back. Many successful Blacks have done just that. They’re not welcome back anyway. I speak from experience. However, people get older and attitudes change. Sylvia knows Tabby won’t have a total reversal and fly off the handle as a gangster rapper once her identity conflicts are resolved. Education levels the head. Instead Sylvia is confident that though education at the proper college for daughter, Tabby will use her talent to change the world and media that disparages the inner-city. There is so much more to the inner-city than gangs and violence. In fact there are people who live in such communities and never see or hear peep out of these occurrences the news media loves to exploit to the hilt for their headlines. Among the alternate inner-city denizens are the artists who live wherever it’s cheap but close enough to commerce to sell their work. The news media loves to ignore the virtues of powerless communities, but it’s just as well. Scaring sheltered money people keeps the rents low and leaves large live-work spaces available for people who will actually use them for the structures original purpose, instead of wealthy bachelor pads.

The idea that women will achieve more if they only didn’t have to waste time on beauty is nonsense. Women will achieve more when they garner equal legal and social rights and privileges, not when they give up on beauty.

-Nancy Etcoff author of Survival of the Prettiest

Once again, Beauty is power. Actually, beauty is one of the most powerful tools in a woman’s arsenal. Beauty is intimidating. Beauty can also be disarming and has subdued many powerful men. Just look at Helen of Troy who won over her cuckolded husband in Euripides’ “Trojan Women”. Helen attained power through beauty and sex. She won Menelaus and became his queen. Unfortunately. Sparta proved to be a bore for her so she ran off with Paris for a 10 year shopping trip to Troy while tens of thousands spilled blood outside the city’s wall trying to retrieve and retain her. The woman went through husbands like toilet paper. After Paris’ death she married another powerful protector, only to hide his sword to face a defenseless death by Menelaus in order to be absolved from blame, once he showed up in her bed chamber to climb his lost prize. The Helen of Troy myth is mutable. Men may have loved her (many against their will and cursed their second brains) but women loathed her. According to the Rhodesian’s story, Helen met her fate on the island Rhodes after being driven out of Sparta after Menelaus died. She was hung from a tree for her crimes by the tearful widow of Tiepolemus who died in the Trojan War. Helen’s crime was hubris. Lesson: the pretty girl must wield her power, very, very carefully.

Tabby will use her beauty to advance in life and it will be a challenge for her to balance her hubris with congeniality. It would be Hera and Athena Aegis-like behavior to deny Tabby the right to use such a powerful tool. She’s not going to turn into a tart or anything, but the Hera’s of the world are everywhere and have a habit of coming out of the woodwork when a girl is most vulnerable to attack. A Hera can make her competition feel like shit for years or even cripple her victim’s sense of self worth for life. Eliminating the competition is just what a Hera wants. She is a goddess of family power and she’ll defend it mercilessly. Unlike her husband, Hera is not known for forming alliances. Hera doesn’t need any friends, power over the weak within her own clan gets her though the day. Every other archetype, however, needs, craves and loves the company of friends for they are the family one chooses and sometimes you need a force of Aphrodites to kick the Gone With the Wind Old Guard of frothing Hera’s asses.

Tabby’s pike of Aphrodites is KlashkaTse. As a member of KlashkaTse. Tabby is in the company of 4 other beauties to protect her from the Old Guard. Klashka will make them cry for their youth, Tse will shock them to silence, Jen will kill them with kindness and Sigrid will tell them where to go…properly over tea of course. They know their industry. Pretty people sell music and products. Unfortunately for non-cosmetically appealing people. the practice has spilled over into other industries. Pretty people get hired over their less then pretty counterparts. Less attractive people, when they are hired, are pigeoned holed in the sea of cubicles, never to be considered for management. Management is the path to job security over ageism, but it also requires a candidate to be the face of the company and clients love trim, tall bodies and pretty faces. It’s all horrendously unfair and against everything that Big Bird and Sesame Street taught in respect to diversity–but we don’t live in a Sesame Street world. No. We live in Barbie and Ken’s universe.

Maiden, Mother, Crone. Beauty fades. By the time women reach 40, they become invisible. No one will deny that Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren were/are beautiful in their juicy crone years, but opportunity favors the young. The Maiden stage of a woman’s life is when she makes the most money off of her appearance. In the context of popular music, the target market music is age 13-30. Klashka is pushing 30 and because she’s no fool, has a masters under her belt.–and the student loan debt to go with it! Klashka is a reluctant beauty who would rather be known for her considerable talent for music than her Apollo blonde appearance, but brilliance isn’t marketable unless you’re established. I paralleled the experiences of Pat Benetar who is a classically trained opera singer, but her record label mandated garb of a rock-sex diva, making her absolutely miserable. As brilliant as Klashka is as a composer, she doesn’t want to be as poor as Mozart, so she’ll use her DD assets to cash in before gravity takes its toll. She can win her Grammy and Oscars with pro bono composing projects when she’s 40 a la Annie Lennox, in her very own paid off Malibu beach house.

Tabitha watches and learns. What else is popular music, but glorified mating calls? Therefore, it helps when the chirping cricket is cute. Not to worry, much like the aforementioned identity issues that is sure to arise, exploiting her good looks will temper with maturity and plenty of people to slap Tabby around when she gets too full of herself. Sylvia knows this, for she went through it herself. Like any wise Demeter, Sylvia knows when to stop shielding her Persephone from the challenges of the Underworld and meet the Hades media and growing pains on her own. The Sub-conscious will not seem not such a scary place once Tabby figures out which way is up. When she does, Hermes will guide Tabby to those who love her most and will protect her from those who contest her right to exist, flower and flourish.

Works cited:
Survival of the Prettiest
-Nancy Etcoff

Rapunzel’s Daughters
-Rose Weitz

Goddesses in Everywoman
-Jean Shinoda Bolen

Gods in Everyman
-Jean Shinoda Bolen

Goddess in Older Women

-Jean Shinoda Bolen

Blonde Like Me: The Roots of the Blonde Myth In Our Culture

Natalia Ilyin

History of the Wife
-Marilyn Yalom

Japanese Language Class Notes

I took elementary Japanese 10 years ago, and my teacher and a Japanese friend of mine got a kick out of the doodles. Perhaps they could be of use to all of you in cyberspace.
Mata ne!

Superficial Solstice: Sakura and Asexuality

Yaye Zakura: This Japanese cherry-tree goddess was a beautiful young woman each spring. She remained celibate while her beauty lasted, only taking lovers when her petals had fallen.
Far East Realm

In an earlier post. I semi-paraphrased an angry make reader who felt the the Superficial issue “Our Fiends and Neighbors” was sexists for it featured Asali an ascetic priest, a blue eunuch, or in the ballet Sheheazade,”Blue Dieu” who was Sakura other half. The reader especially took offense that Asali was surrounded by pretty girls on the Jasian family en route to Nami Solstice party. To the reader, this would be torture to a castrated man (even though Sydney is castrated by choice for religious reasons) and the whole set up was cruel.

Shinoda Bolen on Sigfried upon meeting Brunhilde:
This affects him like the first pangs of falling in love, which for men commonly is in response to a woman’s appearance.

In love making the woman is often the mother as well as the lover.

I had no idea that I was being cruel. For as a woman and an asexual one at that, it never occurred to me to see beautiful single men as fresh fruit to be picked the way the reader in question painted men attitudes out to be toward women. This argument inspired me to change the story of the final issue of Superficial, “Superficial Solstice”, bring awareness to asexuality and to establish that HipChick Comics is not about a bunch of women looking for love. Goddesses are too busy for that—-save Aphrodite.

Sakura is a virgin goddess. To reference Jean Shinoda Bolen’s Goddess in Everyworman, “Kura takes after Artemis. She’s a forest goddess who channels her energies into competition and activism. However, unlike Artemis, Sakura defends her animals. She is the Shinto pantheon’s mother nature and her job is to balance life on the Japanese archipelago. Poachers and invasive species are her enemies who has time for unpredictable ordeal of madness and pregnancy scares that is a heterosexual relationship? The human side of the character is a baller dancer and in that competitive world, there is not time to rush to the gynecologist to flush the result of faulty contraception. Being sexually active is expensive for a woman.

In the final comic, Loki has fallen for Sakura. He had been stalking her since their violent encounter in the second issue leaving Sakura with an ominous feeling that she was being hunted. Through the counseling of Hermes and those closest to his cherry goddess, he learns to respect Sakura’s boundaries and befriend her. The outcome parallels Free to Be You and Me’s version of Atlanta. There are no golden apples for Aphrodite to trick Sakura with. The meddling goddess of love rescinds her lusty powers when Artemis, Persephone and Athena come to Sakura’s defense. Nami even lays her rivalry with her smaller elder sister aside to bolster the issue and her friend Athena proudly looks on.

There is nothing quite as sad as reluctant virgin sold to the highest bidder by her family of society expectations of her fecundity.

I have found to two references that describe Sakura as the ethereal being and the virgin goddess. The woman who is trying to protect her powers as a virgin or chaste being:

The Ballerina is ethereal whereas before the female dancer was an object of desire.
-Ballerina narrated by Diane Baker

For Loki who loves Sakura, and men like him, he everything to gain. However, for Sakura, there is a real psychological change–and she doesn’t like it!

Loss of Virginity as Psychological Transformation
from Ring of Power by Jean Shinoda Bolen

Brunnhilde loves Siegfried but is terrified as a physical consummation of their love, telling him that, “wildly my fears seem to seize upon me. Dreadful horrors arise in the dark.” She proposed that leave her peace, keep the image of her with him and “not destroy the maid who is yours.”
Loss of virginity is a significantly different psychological experience for a a woman that for a man. With the first intercourse, she has a physical experience of being entered, of becoming vulnerable to the man, to pregnancy, to possible infection, to the unknown consequences of being forever changed. She feels instinct take his body over as he thrusts toward orgasm, and if she is sexually responsive this first time, she herself has the experience of beige taken over by an orgasm. It s an initiatory experience that happens in and that leaves her vulnerable. For many women, it is also an emotionally boding act that increases their vulnerability. Historically, patriarchal societies have place great value on virginity as a requirement for marriage, and and woman who lost her virginity under any circumstance other than marriage was ruined: once married, she belonged to his man forever as a possession. While this has changed, it there is a collective memory in the unconscious, it also has an influence. For these may reasons, loss of virginity can be a psychological experience that changes her life, especially for a Valkyrie, a warrior maiden who never before has felt vulnerable and unshielded.

To await the first man who awakens her and be from that moment slave to him as monster is what Wotan told Brunnhilde would happen to her. Recall that Brunhilde has been her father’s confidante in an emotionally incestuous relationship in which she knows his weaknesses, and that she also has felt his hury, been terrified of him and and learned to please and be conciliatory. This set of circumstances, in fact prepares a woman to a become a codependent i an abusive situation, to defer to and obey a man who treats her badly. Thus Brunnhilde and women like her mayrightfully fear what will happen to them when they have their first sexual relationship.

Loss of virginity for Siegfried and men like him is an experience of mastery rather than vulnerability. When Brunhilde responds to him passionately, Siegfried notes, “I find again my boldness of heart; and what fear is I have failed to learn. My fear I find, as faded and gone like a dream.”
In their union, both Brunnhilde ad Siegfried are ecstatic. Brunnhilde laughs as she says farewell to her previous life, farewell to Valhalla and to the gods, for she is no longer an immortal Valkyrie; now Siegfried is her “one and all.” So it is archetypically. when a womb who has been a one-unto-herself virgin goddess and by loving becomes a vulnerable woman. There is ” laughter in death” of her former self, and his.

Sakura fear of lost power. More from Jean Shinoda Bolen:

Erda and Wotan:

Erda tells him her wisdom has been clouded since he conquered her.

To conclude, it’s best to leave Sakura archetypes alone sexually. Unfortunately, this tends to leave to the asexual being fully alone, for so many feel that a non-sexually receptive female is not worth knowing. Thankfully, the world is a place of diverse psyches and social media makes the planet even smaller. What I hope will be the result of the Superficial Solstice is to raise awareness of asexuality and bring more respect to this viable sexual orientation, so it will not be stigmatized as an unapproachable anomaly that is best left sighing with loneliness in the corner.

From Superficial Solstice

Jelly Guru Album Cover

I am still tweaking this. I think dropping the clean up line will marry it to the BG. I used a Pizzicato 5 album cover for inspiration. Jelly Guru is pretty much Pizzicato 5, Fantastic Plastic Machine and Kahime Karie so I went a step further with their concept and used the cover art.

Design Reference #11: Children’s Album Covers

There is a smattering of my transition into popular music from my adolescense too. I used to buy Disney albums largely for the cover art. I loved the songs too, but copying the art was an added bonus.

Design Reference #10: Mom’s Album Covers

I gleaned through my mom’s album covers this time for typography and layout reference. I made a pretty good haul wouldn’t you say? Feel free to take a few pics for your own reference.

Album Cover Research

One of the great things about KlashkaTse is that I get to immerse myself into music again. I haven’t really collected since April of 2001 when the .Com bust hit. The next year I turned thirty and therefore said goodbye to the part of my youth that shook her groove thang on a regular basis at the trendiest discotheques.

In te 90’s, I was well off enough to buy albums just for their covers. I have sold many of those cd’s since the .Com/Disney Feature Fall Out, but I am happy that many of shown up online.


Shonen Knife Free Time (English Version) Album Cover | Shonen Knife Album Covers

Pixies Bossanova (Omr) Album Cover | Pixies Album Covers

Siouxsie Siouxsie and the Banshees: Dreamshow Live at the Royal Festival Hall Album Cover | Siouxsie Album Covers


Now that Superficial has completed its run, I am on to the next chapter of the adventures of the 175 characters that live in my head.

Meet KlashkaTse, the indie band that is too hip for mainstream. The Jasians take a step back as their favored humans take center stage in this series. However, you will still the gods moonlighting as the management of this rebellious musical group, so there will still be plenty of Cthonic powers, cosmic time travel and weird twists of fate and kismet that baffle the minds of mere mortals who stumble through the life that is the blink of an eye to their divine patrons.

So sit tight, and enjoy the adventures of a teenage girl name Tabitha Soleil who joins a band, never knowing whether her latest gig will be local pub, Paris—or a time bending trip to Neptune and back again in in time for finals!

See you when!

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