Friday, May 11, 2012

Say what you will about this cover, but the kid's pants are an absolute stroke of genius. Putting him in military fatigues opens it to a whole new field of interpretation. Forget for the moment that it's a mom and her son and just think of it as an aggressively sexual image. Female dominance versus the incredible shrinking man. The triumph of womanhood, the infantilization of manhood. Think of alternate headlines: "Suck It, Soldier Boy! Has the New Military Finally Gone Too Far?" It looks like a picture from some futurist society, some all-female state, the kind Fellini imagined or Thomas Berger wrote about. Classic. (By which I mean "Ripe for parody." The Onion, The Simpsons -- they're probably already working on something.)

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