Read of the Day: “Your Patriarchy is the Reason We Can’t Have Nice Things”
5:41 pm, October 24th | by Colette McIntyre
The piece opens with HERMAN MILLER, M.D., seated andMOM, supine.
Don’t impose your gendered imperatives on me.
With a flourish meant to denote finality, DR. MILLER cuts the cord and MOM is awash with love and, pungently, placenta. I make my entrance, glistening, orb-like.
II. BABY’S FIRST BIRTHDAY
The setting is a two-bedroom in Sarasota—ranch-style, nondescript, on this day outfitted to reflect the occasion at hand:BIRTHDAY. Balloons flank the paneled interior. Children sit cross-legged, in various postures of mirth. Gifts are collected on a table marked GIFTS. Cards are pre-screened to reflect gender-neutral pronouns. The stage is suddenly alight with the appearance of a tiered cake and attendant candle. The scene reaches a thematic/tonal impasse when partygoer DEAN HOUCK (male, average height, 40s) instructs me to “blow.”
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