14 April 2007

It's true, I'm 100% for sale


In an anonymous comment a few days back, written in response to my Liv-Tyler-looks-pregnant post, one of my angrier readers, somewhere in between reminding me I don't have a husband and asserting I have an obsession with my waistline, launched the out-of-nowhere perennial 6th grade insult: "you're a slut."

My initial reaction was confusion. On several fronts. How can I be both man-free and a slut? Isn't it an accepted, objective truth that Liv Tyler looks sausage-encased every third time she goes out in public? And then most curious of all, why did this reader place commas after transition words when the connective sentences weren't stand-alone ideas and then not use them when they were?

The more I thought about what this reader wrote, however, the more sense her words seemed to make. Then last night, after a male friend convinced me to do something I didn't want to do with the promise of a paid-for UVA-free tanning session, I realized she was right. In some ways, I am a slut.

When it comes to Peter Som dresses, Veuve-grade-and-above champagne cocktails, weekends in Manhattan, even the occasional UVA-free tanning session, I am undeniably the cheapest, crotchless-lurex-pants wearing, cork-wedged strutting, pleather-Sam's-Club-handbag toting, find-'em-on-a-streetcorner-and-take-'em-home, rootin'-tootin' trailer park whore.

If you buy me any of the above items (not to mention a whole host of others, including this and these), I will quit my job, forget how to speak Chinese and be your Tina Turner private dancer, Julia Roberts polo-match escort on a full-time basis. We don't even need to get along or challenge each other intellectually. We don't need similar interests, the prospect of laughter or common values. All you need to do is buy me what I want, and I will fix for you Annie's organic penne and cheese, Pillsbury Grands and simple green salads every night of the week. I will let you massage my back, cajole you into watching E! News Live every weeknight, blame you for every pound I gain and double-promise to involve you in completely inappropriate public displays of affection like egregious crotch-grabs, outdoor-voice ribald sex talk at work functions and pressure you into ordering pre-dessert "dessert" in upscale restaurant bathrooms. Women's bathrooms.

And the more you give me, the more Tera-Patrick-in-Hogtied! I'll be, so it's really to your advantage to drop serious cash.

So, as much as I appreciate my friends coming so quickly and convincingly to my defense in the face of having the s-bomb hurled at me, I feel it's only fair I come clean and admit I am in fact 100% for sale.

7 comments:

a fan said...

sorry, I couldn't get past the idea of you in a "crotchless lurex dress" -- do they even sell those in DC?

Good to be back! Missed you and your biting sarcasm!

knew you as hannie said...

too funny. best way to respond to that idiot. you know what she's probably doing today with her husband? not having sex, not having fun and not looking gorgeous.

Hah hah.

west coast devotee said...

My dear, are you currently in the market for a buyer or has someone already placed you in their basket?

love the post.

Anonymous said...

laughed out loud. so witty!!!!

new fan said...

A beautiful woman who knows about Tera Patrick??? Marry me now!

jessica said...

Best. Post. Yet.

Candid Cool said...

you're brilliant!