Girl Scouts: The New Paradigm
Female Merit Badge poster by Mary Yeager
During a very awkward time in a Houston suburb, I was a Girl Scout. There's a lot to say about this period in my life that is more appropriate for a fifth date than a work blog. But likely you survived adolescence as well, and if you were especially unpopular because you had lived overseas up until you were enrolled in the most clique-centric preppie conservative religious fourth grade class ever, then you know what I'm talking about.
Some time ago I was reading Jezebel, which had this Female Merit Badge Poster by Mary Yaeger. It's a brilliant repurposing of the Girl Scout sash and badge ritual in a much more realistic way. Selling cookies door-to-door, which was right about when I decided GS was too stressful and not for me, is much less a part of a young woman's life than the passages portrayed here. I think it would be a fun poster to have in a bathroom, but maybe it's a little too graphic for some.
Also, this reminds me of Judy Chicago, who has a way different website than I expected for some reason. I saw some of her work at the WACK! exhibit way back. In 2007. When I was living in L.A. Because I've been living in L.A. for five years. How did this happen?
Yeah, merit badges. Maybe there is one for living in L.A. as a woman, which is sometimes something to endure in itself.
Wow. I really brought down the party. Let's get back to merit badges... Yay for life! We are not alone in our passages.