Rati - art, politics, genital cosplay, or not?
June 11, 2003 6:22 PM   Subscribe

Oh my. Is this performance art? A political statement? An in your face variation on cosplay? Meet the very not-safe-for-work Rati. Is this a contemporary nod to tradition? Does it rise to the same level as another popular theme in art? Weigh in on Rati!
posted by madamjujujive (12 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

posted by quonsar at 6:37 PM on June 11, 2003

This is one of the stupidest things I've ever seen.
posted by khisel at 7:15 PM on June 11, 2003

I can see it all now...

Teen Slang Dictionary: New Entry
Rati - female sex organ; all-consuming sexual angst; fishy finger odor; cowardly person...
posted by GT_RULES at 7:17 PM on June 11, 2003

It must be hard to live one's life as a huge sex organ.

Perhaps Rati could learn to move beyond her gender obsessions and into the realm of the transpersonal.
posted by troutfishing at 7:28 PM on June 11, 2003

Perhaps this "spokesmodel" who works for the San Francisco Department of Public Health could engage in a monologue with Rati, and offer a little sage advice on dealing with life as a costume-sized representation of a sex organ.

Trouble is, that even though for many months he and his sidekick walked the city streets and appeared all over town in huge posters bus stop benches around the city, he's probably NSFW...well, that is if you go by the fact that the poor stiff has been hurled back into the closet due to Viacom taking exception to their visage appearing in their advertising spaces.

However, I'll just bet Rati doesn't hold it against him.
posted by Dunvegan at 8:21 PM on June 11, 2003

They left out the scene where Rati was paid for her modeling work - in one of those enormous novelty-size checks.

No, really, I uh... can't think of many positive things to say about this, but the whole thing was worth sitting through to get to that guestbook at the end. Did Rati herself write all those, or were they all translated from another language, or what?
posted by soyjoy at 8:43 PM on June 11, 2003

If she is God, she would be fair and give men menstruation.

Oh, never that...can you imagine what would happen to the price of chocolate if men had PMS?
posted by dejah420 at 9:35 PM on June 11, 2003

Haha, your links truly amused me Dunvegan, thanks for posting...they made me laugh out loud, which was part of my intent or hope with this post. My, we have had a serious, weighty, troubled day here on the blue and the grey!

I would like to have been a fly in the Viacom boardroom when the discussion to closet the giant genital was made. ("Dick the dick, but the Sore can stay"). I must say I've had some really bad jobs in my day, but at least I never was a Sore. Imagine that on your resume.

soyjoy, Rati's creator is Hong Kong artist Phoebe Mann so that might account for the language. She's done some other art projects too.

(on preview - word up, dejah!)
posted by madamjujujive at 9:51 PM on June 11, 2003

Very funny! Thanks, Juju!

In Portuguese slang (on the ruder fringes), rata, meaning female rat, means vagina. I wonder whether the two are related.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 10:50 PM on June 11, 2003

I laughed my head off. Thanks, mjj.
posted by plep at 1:39 AM on June 12, 2003

I thought it was hilarious. The world needs more giant foam body parts.
posted by hilatron at 4:58 AM on June 12, 2003

The world needs more giant foam body parts.

Ask and ye shall receive!
posted by Pollomacho at 1:11 PM on June 12, 2003

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