Before I trash anyone’s dating book or other creative project, I think: Remember Aimee Mann. If you missed last spring’s pop culture rumblings, she Tweeted, “Christ, there is no reason in the world anyone should ever have cast Ice T in a television show.” Ice T got wind of her comments, and responded, “Hey [Aimee], stop worrying bout my acting bitch, and worry about your WACK ass music. In the mean time.. Eat a hot bowl of Dicks!”
Although I never found a recipe for said Hot Bowl of Dicks, the Mann – T smackdown taught me a lesson: Don’t talk shit about other people’s creative careers. You never know who’s listening. Not to mention, after all, your comments’ target is simply an artist trying to make a living doing something that interests them. There are certainly worse things someone could do with their time. Aimee Mann agreed. “I do not like to hurt people’s feelings,” she Tweeted. “I forget that twitter is not just me and four other dorky friends, ragging on TV stars. He’s out there doing his job. He doesn’t need any heckling from the peanut gallery. So, I am sorry, Mr. T! You get out there and DO IT!” Cease fire declared. “Once again there’s peace in Twitterland.”
Why am I telling you this story? Yesterday, Samhita gave me a heads up about a Katherine Chloe Cahoon’s video Why Single Girls Want to Meet European Men. My immediate reaction was, “Is this chick fucking serious?!?!”
I was going to rail against her “fetish” for European dudes and — as someone who lived in the UK and Europe for many years — explain that there are just as many jerks in Europe as there are in the US. No one country, continent or group of men (or women) has exclusive rights to being hot, sexy, rude, kind or anything else. Instead, I bit my lip and googled Katherine Chloe Cahoon. I sought to find out, Who is this woman and what’s her story? Over at The Gloss, Jennifer Wright wrote:
I’ve watched this video three times to try to figure out if recent Vanderbilt cheerleader/graduate Katherine Chloe Cahoon is serious, and I still can’t tell. Well, I watched it once while laughing so hard that vodka came out my nose, and then I watched it twice more, so I’m not sure the first viewing really counts. But, oh, God, “he’s like Albert Einstein in a Lance Armstrong’s body!” And then she wears a dress [that looks] as though she’s about to tear out Alexis Carrington’s hair in the grand foyer. So, basically, this is the best dating video in the history of the world.”
Come on, friends, do you really think I am being serious?! Of course they are parodies! No, I do not expect a girl will try to flirt with European men as six bulls are bearing down on her at The Running of the Bulls. It’s a joke. No, I don’t wear a dress when I bikeâ€¦much less one matching a basket of flowers on the handlebars. I don’t even own a bike. And no, I do not go around constantly posing. I believe that if others are going to participate in my parody, it’s only fair that I join in.
Brilliant. Katherine talks about her video and the positive reviews the book itself received. She even mentions the title of her book. Oh, and did I mention she’s selling a book? ;) The Single Girl’s Guide to Meeting European Men. [Sidenote: Modern day Europe is much browner than her cover image.] I haven’t read the book. Having already “been there done that (and moved on to the next continent)” I probably won’t. Quality/content aside, generally speaking, over at the past few months I’ve been following publishing trends closely as I edit my manuscript and start the pitching process. I’m listening, learning, researching and watching what others are doing to sell their books. When I last checked, Katherine was #3 on Amazon’s list of top-selling list about solo travel. Interesting marketing ploy for a book about dating dudes from Europe, huh?
While we’re on the topic of dating, heads up … I’m going to be a guest on Alan Roger Currie’s radio show tonight. He’s the author of Mode One: Let The Women Know What You’re REALLY Thinking, and he asked me to come on the show to discuss something like, shedding prudish ways and becoming more of a freak in the bedroom ;) Shoshi will be there, too. We’ll tell you about the nuances of women’s feelings about sex, seduction, erotica and intimacy. Tune in tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET.