Georgia on My Mind


Okay, so this is presumably analogous to hiding naughty magazines under the mattress. Except since they’re bees, their version of “the birds and the bees” involves flowers.

But… I’m wondering about the specific choice of Georgia O’Keefe here: yes, officially she painted pictures of flowers, but we all know better. Which weirdly enough brings us back to magazines boys (stereo)typically hide under their mattresses.

Am I overcomplicating this, or was Wayno?

Fun Fact: A couple of years ago at the Whitney Museum in New York, I convinced a couple of people that the original title of a particularly blatant O’Keefe painting was “Swear To God, It’s a Flower.”


  1. I don’t think you’re overcomplicating it, but I wouldn’t call this “weird” or “overcomplicated” either. The fact that you can think of the book as about flowers qua flowers, or as flowers as a reference to something else, makes the joke work on several different levels. It would still work if it was a random picture book of flowers, but IMO, this version works better.

  2. I think it works. Honestly, what is the ONLY thing that pops into your mind if I say, “sexy flowers”?

  3. Georgia O’Keeffe didn’t just paint flowers, she painted FLOWERS – enormous close-ups of them, So to an adolescent bee – well, think centerfolds….

  4. Does the bee edition of a certain magazine have the slogan “The magazine you can read with three hands”?

  5. “Does the bee edition of a certain magazine have the slogan ‘The magazine you can read with three hands’?”

    Probably not, since bees don’t have hands. And there are a VERY limited number of male bees. On the positive side, with bees, EVERY mother is treated like a queen!

  6. I think Wayne is complicating it just perfectly right amount. Bee’s centerfold = flowers. O’Keefe = yeah, you know. All works.

    Nor sure what the issue is.

  7. Am I the only one thinking that would be a cookbook for the bee? Different flowers produce different flavored nectars. Now, if you want porn, you have to be showing pictures of bees to flowers.

  8. ” I forgot about Rule 34…”

    I, for one, am happy that I live in a time and place that if someone wants to send the message of “look at this. Isn’t it sexy?” they don’t have to pretend that it’s something else. If you want to say “man, I was just thinking about sex, and it put me in the mind to do MORE thinking about sex”, you don’t have to pretend that it’s about artistic ideals of perfection, or natural beauty, or some B.S. ANYBODY can start out writing fanfic about Mormon vampires, and wind up cashing the check for the third movie made out of your combination of horniness and ability to operate a typewriter.

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