Cute. And also humpy.

Am I a bad cat parent because I photographed our male cat getting humped by our female dog, rather than rescuing said male cat?

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Look at the resigned expression Winston has. Another day, another violation.

And let’s talk about how much I like Tallulah’s new collar, courtesy of Faithful Reader Tanya. It really complements this erotic moment.

Since I am home now, I have all the time in the world to witness the ludicrous behavior of my animal companions.

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Yeah. That would be Winston chomping the white butt of poor Henry. Who leaped on and baited Winston for about an hour and a half before this scene.

Henfight See?

And speaking of animal pictures, I read an absolutely fascinating article in Vanity Fair this month. Does anybody else read Vanity Fair? Anyway, it was this whole theory on why we are a culture of cute all of a sudden.

In Japan, they have been into the cute for many, many years–it’s called kawaii–and they theorize it’s a response to WWII. And since 9/11, we have gotten into it too. The Mini Cooper is wildly popular, as is the Volkswagon Bug (which I own). The most popular websites are those cute animal sites, like Lolcats. And even animated movies meant for kids, like Up, are getting made a lot more frequently, because so many adults go to them. And you don’t need to tell me how grownups are into the Hello Kitty.

The article even pointed out how when someone dies, people now leave teddy bears and balloons at the site. 

Isn’t that interesting? We really are getting all cute obsessed.

Can you think of other examples? I am riveted by stuff like this.

At any rate, my good news is I am going to get a book to proofread tomorrow. So you’ll be able to hear me complain about that soon. In a cute way.

56 thoughts on “Cute. And also humpy.

  1. I’ve also read, June, though I couldn’t tell you where, now, that the Japanese affinity for cute also stems from the fact that not everyone there decides to have children, because of the population density. I don’t believe they have official restrictions like in China, but it just seems like common sense that smart people would recognize that hey, it’s kind of crowded around here, maybe I’ll get a Hello Kitty doll to smile and coo at instead of having a baby. The kind of people that’d be on the fence about *really* wanting kids anyway. And also liking cute to begin with because of WWII sounds like it’d probably help, too.. I’m fascinated. I will be getting Vanity Fair to read it.. is it the November or December?
    When I was in Hawaii this spring, having read the article I read beforehand, I definitely noticed a lot of cute stuff marketed to the Japanese tourists (of which there are a TON, if you didn’t know. I think there might be more Japanese tourists than American tourists… it’s actually a shorter flight for them than some of us.) There were stuffed anthropomorphic pineapples… that I also bought. Cutest thing ever, and sold like hotcakes, and not in just one souvenir store; I saw it all over the place.
    Okay, you gotta see it. It’s that cute:
    http://www.amazon.com/Fuzzy-Town-Plush-Pineapple-10/dp/B000W10RQ4

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  2. Yes, Katie! Now that you mention it, I remember reading that about Japanese childless people. And as someone who had 304575038 Hello Kitty things at one time, and kids at no time, Im thinking this may be true. Because biologically, we are attracted to big heads, huge eyes, and small noses–in other words, babies–so that well, you know, care for them. And what does a kitten have? What does Hello Kitty have? Yep.

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  3. Now, see, Holly, I am vaguely annoyed with myself for liking cute things. I enjoy it and then I think, Shouldnt I be reading Proust or something? Which I have never done. But Lolcats? Read that a lot.

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  4. I can’t believe you watched the rape and didn’t step in to intervene. Winston is going to star in his own version of Precious soon.
    Speaking of rape… and cute… on i can has cheeseburger my favorite is titled “Fluffy reporting live from downtown Philly”. There are two cats doing what they do in the background and another cat, right up in the camera, with a panic-stricken look on his face. It is hilarious. I would link it but since I’m not Abraham Linkin, I don’t know how. Just go to i can has cheeseburger and search for fluffy reporting live.

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  5. To celebrate “cute”, I give you a quote from my favorite movie:
    Annie~”Well of course I’m trying to seduce you, for God’s sake, and I’m doing a damn poor job of it… Aren’t I pretty?”
    Ebby~”God, I think you’re real cute.”
    Annie~”Cute? Baby ducks are cute, I HATE cute! I want to be exotic, and mysterious!”

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  6. Tiny dogs that perpetually look like puppies in backpacks and frilly purses and the accessories for said tiny dogs! Ohhh! I love me some of that!
    Officially? I am going to have to start talking in Paris Hilton’s baby like voice now. It’ll be tough, because mine has the scratch of late nights with whisey and cigarettes. I’ll work on it.
    What about the trend this season for wearing socks with high heeled Mary Janes?

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  7. Tiny dogs that perpetually look like puppies in backpacks and frilly purses and the accessories for said tiny dogs! Ohhh! I love me some of that!
    Officially? I am going to have to start talking in Paris Hilton’s baby like voice now. It’ll be tough, because mine has the scratch of late nights with whisey and cigarettes. I’ll work on it.
    What about the trend this season for wearing socks with high heeled Mary Janes?

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  8. Tiny dogs that perpetually look like puppies in backpacks and frilly purses and the accessories for said tiny dogs! Ohhh! I love me some of that!
    Officially? I am going to have to start talking in Paris Hilton’s baby like voice now. It’ll be tough, because mine has the scratch of late nights with whisey and cigarettes. I’ll work on it.
    What about the trend this season for wearing socks with high heeled Mary Janes?

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  9. Hey Hulk, that’s my all time fav movie too. And she spent way too much time on Ebby. Much better when she got together with Crash. Although, guess it worked out in real life.

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  10. My three dogs don’t hump one another any longer. The youngest, Pickle, has a thing for cleaning the teeth of the other dogs. It’s bizarre! She struts over to them and paws them in the kisser until they open up and then she goes to town. I really need video footage of this action.

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  11. Lindy, I’m disturbed by your dentist dog. Euew, or however you spell that.
    I bought a dog stroller for my elderly dog recently, so I’m all into “teh cuteness” to quote cheezeburger.

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  12. “The youngest, Pickle”…
    The youngest pickle.
    Giggling…
    Oh, and had to ship some paperwork to China today. To a P. Tang. Dead serious. Still giggling; the hot 20-year-old co-op thinks I am an idiot…
    “Man, that ball got outta here in a hurry. You know, anything that travels THAT far oughta have a damn stewardess on it, dont ya think?”

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  13. At first glance I thought your title was a post about Marvin and his birthday partay!
    When I was sixteen we had a Japanese exchange student live with us. She LOVED the cutesy crap. She would buy little cute purses, t-shirts, pencils and note paper that looked like something for a five year old. I just thought she was immature, but I guess not. Very interesting.

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  14. just this past weekend we witnessed our friend eric’s girl puppy humping our friend ashley’s aging boy beagle. it’s a sign of dominance. it’s funny that tallulah would feel the need to keep winston in his place! 😛
    june, thanks a million for the daily laughs. with ~33% layoffs on the horizon here at AOL … ugh, i need all the laughs i can get!

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  15. “I want you to breathe through your eyelids, like the Lava Lizards of the Galapagos Islands…I want you to be aware of the chakra connection between your feet and your testicles.”
    LOOOVE that movie. And Kevin Costner wootwoot. a good thing. You all can have your cute things. I’ll take Kevin Costner instead ;^)

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  16. First: June, your shoes? Are SO cute. I think you’ve shown them to us before and I heart them.
    Second: There’s a woman in my neighborhood, she’s probably in her late 40s/early 50s, and she has 3 dacshunds whom she pushes around in a stroller every evening (she’s either an empty nester, or a never-had-kids cuteaholic). They wear sweaters with sequins on them and look positively miserable all crammed in that stroller together, she should have gotten a bigger one. It’s a really fancy one though, one of those thousand-dollar sports strollers that my friends with kids only dream about. Probably has speakers for her iPod and everything.
    And my friend just got a puppy and bought her a Juicy Couture sweatshirt that I guarantee cost more than everything I’m wearing right now combined. I so wish I had that kind of expendable income. And a puppy.

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  17. June is turning this into a “kitty porn” blog. Ha ha…I crack myself up.
    As for the LOLcats “fluffy reporting live”…totally hilarious! I love that website.

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  18. It sure looks like lots of shenanigans have been going on at home behind your back! If you had installed a “nanny cam” while you were working you would know who was the initial instigator.
    I have 4 male cats and 2 male dogs and 1 female dog. The female dog is one who humps anyone new who comes over. The male schnauzer also likes to corner one of the cats and try to hump him. A well-aimed squirt of the water bottle puts the ky-bosh on that little inter-species molestation. 🙂
    Anyone else notice how NONE of these furry creatures are daring to mess with Francis? He would probably give them a wicked stare and a HUGE beatdown. Go Fran!
    I am not so much in to cutesy stuff as I am in to “quirky”. I like quirky. Quirky is good. Not so good to type, but still good.

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  19. i’m 40 & wear a belt that has cupcakes with smiling faces on it… i wear it on my kid jeans that have elastic waist bands… what can i say: i’m not even 5′ i’m stuck with this cute crap whether i like it or not…. but me likes it!!!!

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  20. “Honey, would you rather I were making love to him using your name, or making love to you using his name?”
    I’m with you d-lou, & Shelly wootwootwoot for Crash Davis.

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  21. Funny! I was at a deposition today, and after I set up my equipment, which includes a little 9″ netbook, an attorney commented on how “cute” my computer is, to which I responded, “Yeah, cause I’m all about the cute and not about lightening the 40-pound loud of crap I carry with me every day.” But the only part of that that I said outloud was the “I”m all about the cute” part. Anyway, where was I going with this? Oh, two “cute” references in one day. Yeah. Never mind.

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  22. Interesting post, June. I live in Tokyo so I probably see the kawaii stuff a little more than I’d like. I think there are a lot of factors besides just the overcrowding for why people don’t have kids…the cost of living is sky-high, woman are moving away from the traditional role of leaving work and having children and are instead focusing on their careers and some are even having long-term affairs with married men and never marrying themselves. It’s interesting.
    Did the VF article say anything about how Japanese men are attracted to cuteness? you shoudl see some of the sex ads here…wowza.
    As for why Americans are into cuteness, it may be another reasons. 9/11 scared the shiz out of us so maybe we’re reverting back to when things were safe? Who knows.

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  23. Eh, I don’t think you’re a bad pet parent. I was walking our weiner dog when she trotted over a storm drain cover. All four little legs fell in, but I was laughing too hard to help her and she had to wiggle and roll herself onto solid road.

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  24. PS – that fish video was completely disgusting! I feel so bad for the poor fish! I don’t eat fish anyway (because, ew!)… that just made my ani-fish complex WORSE! And they’re just laughing and poking at it, and ewwww… oh that poor fish! Can you imagine being DEEP FRIED while you’re still alive? While also being suffocated?! I’m slightly distraught…
    People do crazy things!

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  25. DUDES…The fish was already dead. Good God, get over it…
    The cheese you ate on your salad…the germs you massacred while you were breathing…
    As my new step-dad says, “Build a bridge and get over it.”

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