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I've just received a book which I have to review for work, the blurb of which describes it as "a tale of yummy mummies with flat brown tummies".*

As a leftie supporter of free speech, I think book burning is one of the vilest things in the world. But come on! "Yummy mummies with flat brown tummies!" Do you think anyone mind if I set fire to it?

*Lest anyone think I have some weird racist objection to brown tummies, I should point out that as this book is about posh Sloanes, any dark skin in the entire book is of the fake-tan variety.


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Nov. 29th, 2004 04:10 am (UTC)
Heh, thank you. It seemed the only appropriate one, really...
Nov. 29th, 2004 03:59 am (UTC)
Gosh, how vile. And the blurb sounds awful, including another fine example of straw-woman working mum. Please eviscerate it!
Nov. 29th, 2004 04:11 am (UTC)
The very term 'yummy mummy' causes me to retch spontaneously. Burning would be too good for it. Could you use it as toilet paper, perhaps?
Nov. 29th, 2004 04:14 am (UTC)
Well, I could, but the proof pages are kind of shiny, so that might be more unpleasant for me than the book....

And yes, "yummy mummy" makes me retch too. It's just so.....god, words fail me! Smug? Obnoxious? Just plain wanky?
Nov. 29th, 2004 07:09 am (UTC)
You could line JuJu's cat litter box with it. If the pages are shiny, they will make excellent liners.
Nov. 29th, 2004 04:25 am (UTC)
ew, motherhood porn!

why not throw it out the window? use it to line the catbox? mail it to someone you hate?
Nov. 29th, 2004 07:09 am (UTC)
I see someone had this brilliant idea before I did - that will teach me to read all comments before I post. ;-)
Nov. 29th, 2004 04:37 am (UTC)
That wouldn't solve the problem. Can't you just set fire to Wendy Holden? Or at least her typewriter and stationery.
Nov. 29th, 2004 05:37 am (UTC)
Although I am deeply against book burning in general, I feel this is the exception. Burn this book. Burn all copies of it. Because anything that has the phrase "yummy mummies" in it should just be banned.

Alternatively, just give it a wonderfully scathing review, and leave it out in the rain.
Nov. 29th, 2004 05:59 am (UTC)
Argh. You know I'll never ever forget that phrase, now?
Nov. 29th, 2004 06:12 am (UTC)
Heh heh heh. It's what we shall all call you once Future Baby is born....
Nov. 29th, 2004 06:24 am (UTC)
Alas, contemplating the current state of my ever-yellowish tummy, I suspect I'll never qualify. Also, I've rarely been considered edible.
Nov. 29th, 2004 06:16 am (UTC)
Oh dear god. Burn it. Or give it to Juju to scratch into little pieces.
Nov. 29th, 2004 06:25 am (UTC)
Burning is too good for it. Put it somewhere where you don't have to look at it, and allow it to inspire horror in everyone that sees it.
Nov. 29th, 2004 06:42 am (UTC)
Ick. That makes me puke. And that's all the sophisticated commentary I've got for today.
Nov. 29th, 2004 06:55 am (UTC)
wow. i think i may throw up.
Nov. 29th, 2004 12:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, god. That's really repulsive. Almost as repulsive as the new "hip" phrase my students keep using: "Got MILF?" (Mothers I'd like to Fuck).

Is there some sort of disgusting, hyper-sexualized rich mother thing in vogue right now? Cause, ick!

Nov. 29th, 2004 09:40 pm (UTC)
I had to click through the link to realize it wasn't a story about sexy taut-tummied mummified Egyptians brought to life. Here I thought for just a moment that someone had made that kind of a mummy romcom book, and I was torn between nausea at the idea of mummy sex and admiration for the brave soul who tried to tell the clearly cracked and possibly revolting story.

Uh, right. Wrong kind of mummy. Have fun reading it! And then go ahead and burn it. Blecht!
Nov. 29th, 2004 10:00 pm (UTC)
*leans forehead on keyboard and howls with laughter*
Nov. 30th, 2004 10:28 am (UTC)
What's a Sloane? Bridget Jones writes loads about them, and I've yet to figure out exactly what one is/they are.

Line the litter box with it.
Dec. 15th, 2004 04:23 am (UTC)
A Sloane is short for a Sloane Ranger which was a stupid invented by someone for a joke book in the 80s. Sloane Square is in a really posh part of London and has loads of very expensive shops and eateries and is the plce a particular type of woman seems to hang out. Basically, they are the daughetrs of the upper middle class - would have had ponies as kids, have blonde hair held back with an alice band, wear pearls and sensible expensive clothes. The stereotype is they work in industries like PR and publishing until they find a man[1] and then settle down in the Home Counties and raise more kids the same.

[1]But they don't have to make massive amounts because Daddy pays the rent.
Dec. 17th, 2004 01:09 pm (UTC)
Muy interesante. Thanks!
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