frida

In my treacherous youth, I must admit that I was completely entranced and beguiled by all the costumes and props used by THIS FIERCE BROAD — all of it expertly employed so that she might festoon her broken body, attack the canvas, and SPIN HER WITCHY MYTH FOR THE AGES. And, HOLY SHIT — did she EVER.

However, now that I am an Old Dragon, myself — all done with contrived objects and nonsense, and shaking off scales at an alarming rate — you know what? FUCK all the mantillas, the mangoes, the monkeys, and the mustaches. FUCK ALL ARTIFICE. 

This right here — THIS — is the greatest, most revealing image of Miss Frida Kahlo that I have ever gazed upon amazed. Seeing it for the very first time a few days ago, it took my breath away. No pomp, no pose, no dreamlike apparitions of a Tubby Bug-Eyed Lover gouged into her hirsute forehead. At long last, it is just her and her FORMIDABLE POWER and PRESENCE. Raiment removed, stripped bare…basking in the sun, like a clean, clean bone.

That’s how I howl, that’s how I bowl, that’s how I roll:

TO THE MARROW, BABY.

‪#‎teamfrida‬

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About muffybolding

Muffy Bolding is a mother/writer/actor/knitter/feminist/withered debutante who likes the smell of asparagus pee, and remains obsessed with the bathroom hygiene of her three children -- despite the fact that they are 23, 19, and 16. She is blissfully married to a cute Jewish boy who looks like Willie Wonka, but remains tragically in love with the dead poet, Ted Hughes. She has the mouth of a Teamster, and her patron saint is Rocco (pestilence relief.) Ms. Bolding lives in Southern California, where she enjoys typing words, making movies, and plucking the rings from the fingers of the dead. She was the co-creator and Editor-in-Chief of the award winning satire zine, Fresno Lampoon, and in between writing screenplays, carnival barking, and savagely threatening her trio of darling larvae with a wooden spoon, she currently publishes the zine, "Withered Debutante." More of her work can also be found in the anthology, "Mamaphonic: Balancing Motherhood and Other Creative Acts", the compilation zine, "Mamaphiles III: Coming Home", as well as in The Cortland Review and hipmama.com. She is currently writing and producing for film and television, and working on a book of essays entitled, "Inside A Chinese Dragon." She has slept around, but not nearly as much as she would have liked.
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