Cuteness

I’ve often had people look at one or another of my salt-and-pepper sets and say, “Oh, that’s really cute.”  And indeed, it strikes me that almost all of the sets I have in my collection do fit easily in the category of “cute.”  The exude cuteness.  Which raises the question: what do we mean whenContinue reading “Cuteness”

The Ultimate Amputee?

At first glance, this set is merely a little mysterious: Could it be the profiles of two pregnancies?  Or a couple of faceless guys with bad toothaches?  Or perhaps just a couple of chawed-off hunks of bubble gum? Bringing the two shakers towards each other solves the mystery: It is, in fact, the ultimate amputee:Continue reading “The Ultimate Amputee?”

Yet More Amputees

Here’s a set of shakers that happily acknowledges its status as a pair of amputated body parts.  Not only are the feet off the body they surely ought to be attached to, but they also proudly announce, “Walked my feet off in Niagara Falls Canada.”  It’s a visual pun, see?  There’s no body, right?  TheseContinue reading “Yet More Amputees”

The Spice of Life

I’ve just noticed that the angles from which I took the pictures in my last post didn’t show the words apparently tattooed along the amputated woman’s side: So this shaker set is not just a dehumanizing objectification of female body parts, it seems: it’s also a celebration of that objectification as a credo to live by:Continue reading “The Spice of Life”

Body Parts Sold Separately Together

Novelty salt and pepper shakers tend to be cute–that is, they represent the objects and animals and people they depict as harmless and adorable, as innocently jolly residents or cheerful artefacts of a blissfully utopian world where the sun always seems to be shining and there is no pain and no angst and no taxes. Continue reading “Body Parts Sold Separately Together”