"Women and cats will do as they please."
October 31, 2015 11:25 AM   Subscribe

I am unwilling to read this until I am assured that no harm comes to the cat. Anyone?
posted by Frowner at 12:33 PM on October 31, 2015 [1 favorite]

I"m not sure I like this story so much. But then, I'm not sure it's meant to be liked. There was a lot of increasing impulse to be as frustrated with the narrator as she is with cats. I suppose writing such a dislikable person makes the ending poetic justice? Or something?
posted by happyroach at 12:53 PM on October 31, 2015

Why was the baby crying?
posted by Omnomnom at 2:32 PM on October 31, 2015

Because it's a baby.

No harm comes to any of the animals, as far as I can tell, Frowner.

That was a really good story. Thanks for posting.
posted by gingerest at 3:31 PM on October 31, 2015

Uh, the cat is distressed by circumstances, however.
posted by gingerest at 3:32 PM on October 31, 2015

Uh we read different stories then. Much great off screen animal death is implied, similar to factory farming. Also animal drugging and abuse and neglect in the scenes.
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 4:15 PM on October 31, 2015 [1 favorite]

I was really hoping that this was the New Order / Tank Girl post that I've been waiting for all these years. Alas...
posted by humboldt32 at 4:29 PM on October 31, 2015

Ooh that's bleak. The ending was a bit telegraphed though.
posted by Joe in Australia at 4:38 PM on October 31, 2015

Man, that's depressing. Poor Pocket. SPOILERS...




And lemme get this straight. Has our heroine been taken off to pump out babies for this dystopian future government, just to make cute baby videos?
posted by suburbanbeatnik at 10:03 PM on October 31, 2015

No harm comes to any of the animals, as far as I can tell, Frowner.

That is about the opposite conclusion I got about what happens to the cute animals when they get older, but it is indeed left unsaid.
posted by phearlez at 11:46 AM on November 2, 2015

Yes, I was answering the literal question asked, about the named-character animals and on-screen action, not a question about whether there was animal misuse implied. The story is set in a near-future version of our culture. It's a dystopia but it isn't far removed from where we live, where animal abuse is systematic and structural, with animals bred and killed for big-dollar human amusement. (Without getting into upsetting specifics - where I live, today is a state holiday because of a multimillion-dollar horse race. It takes a lot of horses to make a world-class field of 24.)

Regardless, Frowner, I am very, very sorry if my account of the story misled you, especially if the story caused you distress.

Suburbanbeatnik, yep, that is what I took as the gist of the story, because, just like the animals, we're all grist for consumer capitalism's mill.
posted by gingerest at 10:04 PM on November 2, 2015

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