• Akosua Biraa

A WOMAN IN LOVE AND OTHER STRANGE BEHAVIORS







…i know it’s 5 am….

show finished hours ago!!

PEOPLE IN CASTS ARE EVERYWHERE!

Where is he?


To have or… have not?

That’s a very good question

Baby, you’ve got a kid?

Sure!

Like ‘em?

Uh, no!

…AND ALL THE FUN SEEMS TO BE GOING

ON AT THE OTHER END OF THE TABLE

Could you pay it?

MORON!

Give me my purse!


WHEN YOU HAVE A MAN

YOU HAVE NOTHING TO SAY TO HIM

RUN, DON'T WALK,

AWAY FROM THESE MEN


WHEN WOMEN FALL IN

LOVE, THEY LEAVE

Get it?


Now I understand…

THE SPINSTER AUNT

YOU GET AILMENTS THAT

YOU DIDN'T EVEN KNOW EXISTED

still have four gray hairs

clinging on…

EATING EVERYTHING JUST TO LOSE

SOME WEIGHT

SUPERMARKET PERILS

Mine’s an instant spray!


…do i have a godmother…?

…my yoga instructor...

She’s so smart

so funny and so slim….!


So, who wants to be normal?!




This piece (including the title) is composed out of randomly selected phrases and capitalization taken out of Maitena Burundarena’s (1998) “Women on the Edge 4”, which was translated into English by Margarita Raimundez (2005). I simply love this Argentine cartoonist’s “Mujeres Alteradas”; i.e., her “Women on the Edge” series—both language versions.


Maitena’s work is such brilliant and irreverent commentary on everyday gender battles, as experienced by middle-class Argentinian women—with their obsessions. Her comic art also speaks to another favorite of mine, the acerbic wit of veteran French cartoonist Claire Bretécher—with her equally feminist portrayals of women’s lives and their triple burden concerns. (More on Bretécher in a future #ReadIt post.)



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