Shut up. Shut up, you’re in Dubrovnik, I don’t hear you.
This is 4 sure why I didn’t get into UCLA
"as every mother knows, a lifelong complex can easily develop in a child who lags behind the others"
i think the authors of this ad were reaching for a way to visualize a complex through a lagging, and they found a dog. kathryn bond stockton actually has a whole chapter on dogs as the literary vehicle for some children’s refusal to grow “up” into responsible heteronormativity. her focus there is mostly on modernist depictions of children designated female at birth, and her dogs tend to be in motion, but this is too perfect.
"The family dog, for instance, is not just a pet. It is a metaphor for all that is loyal, familiar, familial, and family-photogenic. Or as Leo Bersani said in the late 1980s, before there were many gays on TV: ‘The family identity produced on American television is much more likely to include your dog than your homosexual brother or sister.’ This was true—and false. Lassie was never such a simple companion as she seemed. She was never just a figure devoted to the ordinariness of family life. Rather, the dog is a living, growing metaphor for the child itself […] and for the child’s own propensities to stray by making the most of its sideways growth. The dog is a vehicle for the child’s strangeness. It is the child’s companion in queerness. As a recipient of the child’s attentions—its often bent devotions—and a living screen for the child’s self-projections—its mysterious bad-dog postures of sexual expression—the dog is a figure for the child beside itself."—kathryn bond stockton, the queer child, or growing sideways in the twentieth century
what i find sort of fascinating in this image is the tension between bersani’s sense of “the family dog” and stockton’s. because this dog is clearly both the child’s sissiness and the familiar normativity that condemns it. it’s the dog’s gaze that meets the viewer’s, and it’s a gaze arranged simultaneously to mirror the child’s and to convey pathos and judgment. he’s getting to be almost as fancy as me, this dog is saying. and that’s just wrong. get him some ovaltine.