Oh. You don't know the three P's? Where have you been living? Well never mind, and gather round children, so that you may learn..no but seriously I know you all might actually not know what it is, and fair play, so behold:
Ah, Eunice. Though not as widely hand-wrung as Sylvia Plath or Virginia Woolf, Nina Simone (born Eunice Waymon) is just as much a genius and just as much tragic. Her end isn't quite so widely sensationalised as those of her fellow female heroines but hers is somehow more personal to me, despite her and I being the most opposite two women could possibly be in our respective situations.
Okay yes. I hold my hands up. I'm one of these feminists. One of these feminists that doesn't like Bob Dylan. We're a small faction, true, but we are vocal. And way more melodic than Mr Bed Head himself. We had a meeting in a pub off Kings Cross and I was selected to make the case in their behalf. So here goes.
Arya Stark. Right? I mean, I've not watched a paltry second of Game of Thrones, ever (totally true, on my life) and even I am aware of the two milestones the 22-year-old scrappy thing has reached in her young life. She's had a shag and killed a big baddie. Basically James Bond, am I right? As a consumer of Westernised film and TV this is how it goes: ol' James Bond shoots and leaves like its his job (which it kind of is, now you think about it), ooh about a million times by now so what's the big furore? Why should it be so different, so 'wrong' for a 22 year old female assassin to get hers? The day after, news headlines shouted of 'Fans Cringe at Game Of Thrones Sex Scene' and a million GoT Twitter fan accounts had conniptions that a girl should take control and own her sexuality in this way. It was all anyone talked about for roughly 48 hours, so I had to look see.
As the eponymous and everlasting Missy Misdeameanor Elliott once said: "Put my thang down, flip it and reverse it," and then something that always sounded like: "It's your-thingy-fema-thang-wip, it's your-thingy-fema-thang-wep," and we all went, "Yeah, ok," because it was very cool, and we sang it in a kind of I-Don't-Know-What-I'm-Saying-But-This-Is-On-At-The-Club-So-Lets-Get-It kind of way.
Carole and Gordon, Long time fans of Auden,