It’s been a little longer than usual, but we’re alive!
Have you been well? Or are you caught in the throes of survival? Summer offers both and, as it happens, so do I.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Am I right?
But let me tell you why.
So, you’d assume I’d look up all my volume titles and themes word by word before choosing my theme right? Well, you’d be wrong to assume. Maybe your assumption wouldn’t be wrong, but don’t be assuming anything! Anyway, this time I didn’t do that because “Coochie’s Fables” is a title and idea that came to me on May 13, 2018. I sat with it for a while and let it marinate before it occurred to me I wanted it to be one of The Co | Zine’s volume themes.
I chose Summer because it’s allegedly “uncuffing” season, but, you know, it’s also Summer so it took a while to gather enough Co | Ntributors since people are busy beeing and uncuffing and just generally trying to get the fuck out of wherever feels stagnant. That being acknowledged, you know how things are blessings in disguise? So too with this. Because I want Coochie’s Fables to be an anthology, but it also must be an ongoing conversation.
Fables change, as you’ll see and, well, coochies are fascinating and mysterious things, as I’m sure you’ll see or agree. But here’s one thing before we jump into the etymology and such things: while I came into my awareness of the word “coochie” as a euphemism for “vagina,” this isn’t some exclusionary version of the term I’m using. Anyone can have a coochie. It’s a feminine part, but we all have feminine, masculine and androgynous in us just by being humxn beings.
Coochie got its reputation through a series of inaccurate portrayals . . .
Both through the mischaracterization of sensuality as inherently “sexual,” and through the depraved portrayals of black people with the creation of minstrel shows.
But all good stories have a twist. This is why we recount or tell them in the first place. So
Coochie also has something to speak, tell and say: The joke’s on the minstrels.
White-Cishetero-Patriarchy DOING TEW MUCH: Acts and actions of low grade. Inferior performers and performances. Thee most unconvincing blackface dialectics.