PERFORMANCE Group

Why is it that a song denigrating Barbie types is more popular than a song where Barbie speaks for herself?

All you want me to say is nothing at all
All you wanted me to do
was stare at the wall
while you glom over my body
each part just a plaything to you
shiny and new

While staring at the wall
you blowing me up to blow you
I formulated plans.
I analysed your hypnosis
charming chanting credibility
substantiating your not-so-subtle misogyny
indie rock sensibility
makes one’s view more respectable,
I notice.

of course you would know better
you’re cool and cynical
biting bitter while waxing lyrical
you’re the Man
I’m just a blonde bimbo girl
earnest and banal
even though we are both in fantasy worlds
and you wouldn’t know what to do
if the fantasy wasn’t centered around
you.

and while you were lost in
your self-serving fantasy
I rallied together
the Polyester Girl Army.
Sparkly and sharp
like titanium stilettos
Bubbly and potent
like 200 proof champagne
Bubblegum femmes
our sweetness can kill
you wouldn’t know what hit you
when we bend on our knees
and trip you over.

From the backwoods
to the backstage
Going rogue with bright red rouge and burning rage
Perky tits and ass bringin’ it back back back
Winding them up for a massive attack
Deflating your ego, letting loose your hot air
If you bought into the patriarchy
well Buyer Beware
Take this truck and shove it
Feel the glamour and pain
Burning this dollhouse down down down
Till we explode - BOOM!
Your attitude’s more ugly than any of our stains
Want to return us to the factory?
Don’t bother
It’s not us that need repairs.

The Polyester Girl Army
50 plus years of being dismissed
as shallow fluff
Now we’re here to call your bluff
- are you prepared?

our hollow limbs are stronger
than your hollow boasting.
our makeup is thicker
than your skin.
our false eyelashes are more real
than your false consciousness.

Altered Barbie - Poetry Evening
7nd November 2012 | 50 Shotwell, San Francisco
Video: Phia W
Song: Regurgitator - Polyester Girl

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