I saw this on the subway the other day.
New Yorkers will tell you that subway graffiti is not uncommon, in particlar on the subway. Even in more particular is the practice of drawing a penis next to someone's mouth. My pal Nasry even has a joke about how he is afraid to have his own TV show because it will inevitably lead to penises being drawn next to his face. (So far so good!)
But in this case I have to take exception. This girl doesn't deserve this. I could understand if it was some skanky Bravo reality show about cutting hair or real housewives or "The Cougar"* which seem to fill the subway. Those ads cry out for penis drawings. This is a young lady trying to better herself by getting an education. She's stuck with a shitty sounding book too: Fields of Reading. If reading Catcher in the Rye is the equivalent of finding a million dollars in a suitcase, Fields of Reading sounds like the equivalent of well having a dick drawn on your face.
Plus, not to pile on here but it's Queens College, it's not like she is at MIT and needs to be taken down a peg. Does this guy (shot in the dark it is a male) really feel like he has to publicly shame her just for taking any form of initiative in her life? "Yeah whatever with your reading and classes, this is all the thing attached to your neck is for."
Also, is this hovering, unattached penis supposed to be his? It appears to be either flaccid, tiny or both. I guess good art is supposed to generate discussion.
I know, I haven't touched on the buckteeth or the mustache. The penis really is the main point of this graffiti, in the same way bacon is the main point of a BLT. But it does once again compound the confusion if the artist is suggesting that is his penis. Why is the penis interested in a woman with facial hair and horrible teeth?
I just hope this doesn't discourage young New York women from following their dreams for fear that it will surely only lead to a man forcibly sodomizing their mouths while they try to do some homework under an Elm. Women, if you are reading this allow me to assure you that only happens like half of the time.
Now if you'll excuse me, all I can think about is eating a BLT.
*Has anyone told self-proclaimed cougars that the term more or less means old slut? That's how I use it anyway. They should really be aiming for the classification of hot chick, without any age-related sub category.