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Aug 23, 2012 Michael Goodman commented on Pop Punk Puberty.
Dear Ms Seling,

I was also 13 when Dookie was released. I discovered it from winning a promo tape of it from a twist contest at a friend's Bar Mitzah party. Needless to say, the tape (of Longview, She and Basketcase) set me down a similar path.

I should say that I am a man, but I am also a hardcore feminist, and have lived as such for the past 16 years.

I'm also a stickler for the truth, which your article distorts due to your inability to understand lyrics. I'll agree that Blink-182 treats women as objects (and that's why I got rid of my Blink albums after Dude Ranch and never looked back). But Screeching Weasel? Come on.

""As long as you don't have lots of zits or small tits or crooked teeth, then you won't be a freak or wildebeest," it was hard not to be constantly conflicted about the fact that I was a woman, a young woman at that, with an awkward body and delicate confidence. "

The lyric is simply criticizing the way society attributes superficialities to a positive character. Anthem For A New Tomorrow, as a whole, ravaged against this notion.

I'm sorry for your insecurities. You're right, things like breast size shouldn't matter. And in the end it doesn't. But you have to admit that you are wrong to reinterpret these lyrics as to explain your insecurities. I believe that you legitimately listened to Peter Brady and were negatively affected by the lyrics. But you must also accept that you misunderstood the song, missing its point entirely, as the song fights for what you believe in.

This piece you wrote is unfair and a disservice to your readers who are unfamiliar with these bands.

By the way, Green Day's "Why Do You Want Him?" Is a song about the singer's mother.

Sincerely,

Michael Goodman
goodman0mATgmailDOTcom
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Aug 23, 2012 Michael Goodman joined My Stranger Face
Aug 23, 2012 Michael Goodman commented on Pop Punk Puberty.
Dear Ms Seling,

I was also 13 when Dookie was released. I discovered it from winning a promo tape of it from a twist contest at a friend's Bar Mitzah party. Needless to say, the tape (of Longview, She and Basketcase) set me down a similar path.

I should say that I am a man, but I am also a hardcore feminist, and have lived as such for the past 16 years.

I'm also a stickler for the truth, which your article distorts due to your inability to understand lyrics. I'll agree that Blink-182 treats women as objects (and that's why I got rid of my Blink albums after Dude Ranch and never looked back). But Screeching Weasel? Come on.

""As long as you don't have lots of zits or small tits or crooked teeth, then you won't be a freak or wildebeest," it was hard not to be constantly conflicted about the fact that I was a woman, a young woman at that, with an awkward body and delicate confidence. "

The lyric is simply criticizing the way society attributes superficialities to a positive character. Anthem For A New Tomorrow, as a whole, ravaged against this notion.

I'm sorry for your insecurities. You're right, things like breast size shouldn't matter. And in the end it doesn't. But you have to admit that you are wrong to reinterpret these lyrics as to explain your insecurities. I believe that you legitimately listened to Peter Brady and were negatively affected by the lyrics. But you must also accept that you misunderstood the song, missing its point entirely, as the song fights for what you believe in.

This piece you wrote is unfair and a disservice to your readers who are unfamiliar with these bands.

By the way, Green Day's "Why Do You Want Him?" Is a song about the singer's mother.

Sincerely,

Michael Goodman
goodman0mATgmailDOTcom
Tokyo
More...