April 1, 2007

There are so many phallic skyscrapers.

It's good to see some representation for the vulva:

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ADDED: In the comments, some folks have trouble seeing what I'm talking about, and I admit to being influenced by that "snuck a snuke in her snizz" episode of "South Park." If you haven't seen it, just picture a female robot's genitalia. (Oh, don't tell me you don't do that all the time!) Then, Chip Ahoy offers up an image of a much more vulva-like building.



Wow! China! Aren't you blushing?

38 comments:

Simon said...

It's an actual laugh out loud moment reading the caption.

Peter Palladas said...

One sundial in the sky does not a vulva make.

Leastways I hope it doesn't. I prefer my vulvae nearer the ground - it's a vertigo thing.

Maxine Weiss said...

When is the trip to the Whole Foods Headquarters? Is that on the itinerary.

It's really the only reason to bother going to Austin---the largest Whole Foods Market in North America !

I'm really surprised with all your peeps that live in Austin, not one of 'em has ever made the trip to that special Whole Foods.

Peace, Maxine

Sissy Willis said...

You want involuted design? How about the Vietnam War Memorial?

Reading the landscape

Cedarford said...

No, it's long and boxy and full of sharp edges and ouch-phallic. If it was a sex toy it would have gays and females run screaming from it.
Not vulvic at all.
There was a San Diego edifice where they managed to pull a fast one and say they were doing new twin-dome architecture to planning officials....got the permits...opened the establishment as a topless bar. Called the "Dollhouse" if I remember correctly. The twin domes were nippleless, so legally, they built what they say they would...

mcg said...

Thank goodness my wife's doesn't look like that.

mcg said...

I'm moving to Georgetown, TX (north of Austin) this very week. Heck we're packing tomorrow. We've already been planning our first trip to Whole Foods.

George said...

Does it have a vestibule?

Simon said...

"No, it's long and boxy and full of sharp edges and ouch-phallic."

Well, you have to do what you can within the confines of the medium. What're they going to do, dig a thirty story hole in the ground which serves as an atrium to adjoining underground offices? I suppose there's a geothermal argument for it, but it seems very Trantor-esque.

Joe said...

Scarier than Britney.

yetanotherjohn said...

I usually refer to it as the batman building. Take a look at night and it looks like batman's ears from the right angle.

Now if you want a good photo op. Get one of the George Washington Statue on the south mall of the UT campus (best angle is to George's left). Then read the sign about who erwected the statue.

rumtumtugger said...

have we found an explanation for the althouse b/heads explosion?
http://www.livescience.com/healthday/603144.html

urizon said...

Yes. Phalluses are so . . . phallic. Why can't we have more vulva-like phalluses?

Thank you for this very important observation.

Simon said...

rumtumtugger - bhtv participants can't see one another during the recording process.

Bissage said...

To me, it kind of looks like one of those Japanese warrior cartoon robot things, but I haven’t started drinking yet.

I’ll check back later and we’ll see how it goes.

Walt said...

I think I saw a vulva once but it was different. As near as I can remember.

Old Dad said...

What Walt said.

Stephen said...

Yeah well, mine doesn't have edges or a point like the Washington Monument.
Nor flames coming out the bottom like a Saturn V. Don't need a gantry either, so far.
People say stuff.

Fen said...

Ann, I hope you have the luxury of spending a few days in Austin. As a native Texan, I must confess its my favorite city.

If you have the time, check out Maceo Brothers Seafood on 4th street, on the west side of Congress Ave. They're former mafia brothers that were kicked out of Galveston, but the seafood is outstanding [I used to work there for them]. Not sure if they're still in business, but worth checking out.

Also the State Capitol building. Rivals even the federal Capitol. Geez, I also worked there for a bit for the SGT at Arms. So I'm biased, but its worth a tour if you have the time.

Funny story, the Senate broke another senator into tears. She had introduced a worthless lame duck bill, so when they called for a recess, another congress-critter ordered 100 rubber ducks and had them placed on each Senator's desk before they returned to vote on it. Texas politics is littered with crazy stories like that.

Craig Landon said...

Are there any skyscrapers that aren't phallic? This one looks stumpy.

Ron said...

In appearance, Volvo maybe -- vulva, not so much.

Ann Althouse said...

I'm influenced by that depiction of Hillary Clinton on "South Park" last week. Also it helps to invert the image. It's pretty obvious you know. It even has a clitoris.

mcg said...

Aha! There's the problem: I never can find one of those without feeling around a bit.

So the reason I'm not "seeing" it is because, well, I don't read buildings by Braille.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

It's quite blue. One might even say it's an aqua vulva.

J.R. said...

I've loved this building since I first saw it. I never equated it to the vulva, and frankly don't really see that now. But, as modern glass skyscrapers go it is a pretty one.

Welcome to Texas! We are richer for having you here.

J.R.

Cedarford said...

Ann Althouse - I'm influenced by that depiction of Hillary Clinton on "South Park" last week. Also it helps to invert the image. It's pretty obvious you know. It even has a clitoris.

if I invert the image of Hillary, I see the clitoris?

*Shudders*

Peter Palladas said...

Also it helps to invert the image.

Now she tells us!

Never seen 'South Park', but there was a Hillary 'upskirt' photo doing the rounds years back.

All steely white panties as best I recall. Nothing aquatic or vulvic or...not going there at this early hour...on display.

Harry Eagar said...

The building doesn't inspire any anatomical thoughts in me, but what's with the slanted floors up top?

Is that where they keep the steers that grew up on the hillside and have shorter legs on one side?

Chip Ahoy said...

Ha ha.  Yes nice to see for a change.  But, harsh and unfluffy. Needs curves or water feature. Chinese 2008 Olypmic stadium.

RogerA said...

Two thoughts: (1) too much time on folks' hands--come on, folks..lets help the Bush administration out and apply that time to increasing productivity; and (2) far too much information from our hostess and other commenters.

Bissage said...

Iph shee it!! ISHEE IT !! ITSH a Vulvac. . . a vulavac!! Shee, itsh rite shaaare, it issh!1 SHOORe ish apritty vucacaaa. A a.aa a

Triangle Man said...

I had heard a story on an architectural tour of Chicago that the Smurfit -Stone building in Chicago was designed by a female architect who, fed up with all of the "phallic" structures in Chicago the skyline, incorporated a more vaginal form in this building. It appears, however, that this story has been well debunked on snopes.

Mike said...

I agree with Craig. How, exactly, do you make a skyscraper that is not phallic? Sometimes a building is just a building. Most of the time, in fact. All of the time, in fact. I'm beginning to wonder about you, Ann.

peter hoh said...

Check out the photo of the Chinese stadium with its red, retractable roof showing. That must be for when the pole vaulting takes place.

http://www.bjghw.gov.cn/forNationalStadium/b01/moxing/B0114.jpg

RogerA said...

Count me in with Craig and Mike--anything that is erect (skyscraper, flagpole, etc) presumabably could be called phallic; that's a bit of a stretch to me--far too freudian. Skyscrapers are also utilitarian in terms of the maximization of floor space with respect to land use footprint--how is that phallic?

Cat said...

Wow - Chinese National Stadium. Looks like it was designed by Georgia O'Keefe. :o)

Ron said...

Prince better not ever play that Chinese stadium, or the next generation of Chinese will bury us -- in Sheer Funk! While we sit and play with our skyscrapers by ourselves!

Dr Zen said...

It makes a change from seeing breasts everywhere, I suppose.