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06 November 2007

My Old Childhood Nightmare Made Porcelain

It's like that dream from my ancient Catholic-school days ... Even now I carry some strong feelings about plaid skirts and knee socks.

(Dunno why I mentioned that really ... that's not from Catholic school. My Catholic school didn't have uniforms)

Not the one about the singing fish chasing me through a field of lobster tails ...

Not the one about my sister's school friend in the laundry cupboard ... Although if you find a picture of that one, pass it on, eh?

This one:



I'd love to tell you where I spotted that originally, but I've forgotten. I apologise to whoever I owe the link to.

Oh, and there's a lot more where that came from.

11 Comments:

At 12:32 p.m., Blogger mur said...

I guess going to the bog can be a religious experience for some. I remember some years ago being on my knees before the sacred porcelein praying to huey after a big night.

 
At 2:53 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Metro-Boy

Virgin Mary urinals? There's a prime location in Hell, I'm thinking, for this would-be Rodin. Perhaps a jizz-mopper in Beelzebub's bordello?

EK

 
At 3:23 p.m., Anonymous raincoaster said...

How can you tell they're virgins? They look to me like you could drive a mini metro through there and have room for a moped!

 
At 7:44 a.m., Blogger Metro said...

@Mur:
That's why Catholics are holier than Baptists--we drink. So we spend far more nights on our knees chanting "Oh God ... Oh God ... Ooooohhh ..."

@EK
That's putting it a bit strongly isn't it? "Rodin"? More like the guy who designed those fibreglass Ronald McDonalds you see sitting on the benches in the play area. Those always looked like they might have been designed by someone whose alternate job title might be "jizz-mopper".

@RC:
Of course they're virgins. Who'd touch one?

 
At 7:41 a.m., Blogger a h m a d said...

I got this by forward along with other "innovative" bathroom designs and to be honest, I don't find it nice... These women believed in a certain message and now they mock them like that!

 
At 8:44 a.m., Blogger Metro said...

@Ahmad:
I really have to put you back on the blogroll. My apologies.

Regarding this pic--I think if you regard it as art, rather than a practical urinal, it makes a certain sense.

Perhaps it's about bringing reverence and sanctity into even the least and most necessary of our acts?

 
At 9:42 a.m., Blogger a h m a d said...

In that case, I can say that I am intolerant towards any "work of art" that insults a group, belief, religion, faith, message, etc.

 
At 10:18 a.m., Blogger mur said...

That doesn't leave much to look at ;/

 
At 11:01 p.m., Blogger Metro said...

Dangerous ground there, Ahmad.

Is "Piss Christ" (a Robert Mapplethorpe piece featuring a crucifix immersed in urine) an insult?

Okay, let's ban it. But where shall we draw the line?

If Salvador Dali offends people by its sexuality, shall we ban his work?

The works of Toulouse Lautrec alarmed Paris for their portrayal of the gritty side of the town.

Edourd Manet was nearly ridden out of town on a rail for his painting of "Olympia Receiving Flowers."

Should their works have been destroyed?

What about the mosques that do in fact contain pictures of Mohammed? Should those be removed?

If images of God offend Jews, should the Sistine Chapel be burnt down?

I prefer to cast the net of "art" as widely as possible, and use common sense to see when a deliberate insult is intended.

In this case, I choose to believe that the artist is simply making a statement, not going out of his or her way to offend.

And those women, although my interpretation of the image is associated with the long-ago faith I had as a child, may not be nuns or images of the Virgin at all.

 
At 10:52 p.m., Blogger a h m a d said...

I prefer to cast the net of "art" as widely as possible, and use common sense to see when a deliberate insult is intended.

I agree with you. Of course, there is no way that we can compare such a toilet with Sistine Chapel or similar works of art...

Personally, I think that the "artist" of this bathroom intends only to insult those with Christian faith. But again, it is not my job to judge him/her.

My interpretation of the image is associated with the long-ago faith I had as a child...

Personally, seeing this image is also associated with the education I had as a child: insulting another religion is totally wrong, a no-no, a taboo! This is obviously necessary because in Lebanon we have samples of every sect in the world! :)

 
At 11:29 a.m., Blogger Metro said...

Ah, but that gets tricky.

Consider the cartoons of Mohammed. Should all newspapers be banned from printing them?

Should newspapers be forbidden to caricature Jesus?

What about Buddha? Krishna ... you see where I'm going.

Satire is an art form. Should we ban Monty Python and the Holy Grail, or Life of Brian for their irreverance?

I am rapidly coming to believe that the more sacred the cow, the harder it needs to be kicked.

If I can say that without offending Hindus ...

One last note--The sole exception is hate literature or art. Stuff that goes beyond free expression to threaten or induce violence against a person or group.

 

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