You’re Standing On My Neck

“Don’t worry, I don’t have low self-esteem. It’s a mistake. I have low esteem for everyone else.” – Tracy Grandstaff as Daria Morgendorffer in the Daria episode “Esteemsters” (via Glenn Eichler)

Daria & Jane

Daria & Jane

It all started when I wandered into a store I’d never heard of before – OPOPOP and spotted the Charmanca Mesh Jacket in Green. I don’t even remember what had sent me to the store in the first place. All I know is that the moment I saw the jacket in green entire seasons of Daria flashed in my head and made me squee like a drunken hummingbird.

There aren’t a great deal of animated characters I can relate to. First of all, most “main” cartoon characters are boys. And, cooties aside, boy objectives don’t generally align with mine. When there are main female characters in animated shows they are generally annoyingly sweet, obnoxiously peppy, or they kill people for a living. I can’t relate to the first two at all and while the last holds some appeal, I nearly kill myself in the kitchen on a regular basis, so becoming an assassin seems unlikely.

Still in the 90s, Daria came on MTV – a glorious representation of mai peoples — and all was right in animated girl land. For a while.

Naturally, I immediately assembled an entire Daria outfit and ran to show Grace who I just *knew* would be thrilled to her virtual bones and tickled all over.

Then this happened:

Salome: Where are you?
Grace McDunnough: —- sim
Grace McDunnough: ie no where
Salome: alone?
Grace McDunnough: yes
Grace McDunnough: and?
Salome: TP meh
Salome: Who Am I?
Grace McDunnough: No clue. Who are you
Salome sighs
Salome: “You’re standing on my neck….”
Grace McDunnough: I am not
Salome: It’s Daria! You goof! How do you not get it? I look perfect!
Grace McDunnough: uh huh
Salome: what do you mean “uh huh”
Grace McDunnough: I never watched Daria
Salome: …
Salome: WHAT
Grace McDunnough: Serioulsy.
Salome: But….you’e Jane and I’m Daria
Salome: Our entire friendship is based on this fundamental truth
Grace McDunnough: Jane?
Grace McDunnough blinks
Grace McDunnough: Is this going to make me cry?
Grace McDunnough: Oh my fu….
Salome: How did you not know about it
Grace McDunnough: I was like .. you know .. doing stuff

After assaulting Grace with Daria clips we set off to build her the perfect Jane outfit and then it was picture time. I took a shot of my own and fooled around with it for a little bit:

Me Daria, You Jane

Me Daria, You Jane

Then I decided to stop fucking around and actually grab someone who knew what they were doing; I begged photography goddess Rainey Manx to come and work her magic. Which she did! (more squee)

She Jane, Me Daria

She Jane, Me Daria

Yes, kids, there was a time when MTV was cool. Beavis and Butthead grunted “fire” at big hair metal videos. MTV’s Oddities and Liquid Television gave us The Head and The Maxx and even Aeon Flux. The Real World was actually new and interesting, and Daria helped an entire generation of girls realize that they could be sarcastic, under-achieving anti-socialite intelligent beings without owing anyone an apology.

And then we discovered fire.

/me goes to dig out the old videos and watch a marathon.

The Outfits:

Hair: DeLa: Minna II Mesh Hair (Orange Brown 4)
Glasses: K_gs: Boston 1.03
Jacket: OPOPOP: Chamanca Mesh Jacket (Green)
Top: Whippet & Buck: Lizzy Cropped Boatneck (Coral)
Skirt: Maitreya: Mesh Pencil Skirt, Knee-Length / Length 2 (Black)
Shoes: J’s Laceup Short Boots (Black)

Hair: Sadistic Hacker: Nagi Hair, Short-Bang (Black)
Jacket: Entente: Classic Mesh Blazer (Femme – Burgundy)
Shorts: Mon Tissu: Hanalei Shorts (Gray)
Top: Guarded Cross: Strip V-Neck Sweater (Black)
Leggings: Little Fish: Tight 2
Boots: Shiny Things: Glossy Ribbon Boots (Black)

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  1. Posted August 3, 2012 at 4:35 PM | Permalink

    I think we should clear up a few misconceptions before this gets out of hand:

    1) MTV *was* cool. It was cool until 1986, the day before this aired:
    2) When MTV *was* cool in 1985, this was animation:
    3) Are you sure you aren’t actually Quinn, just hoping to be Daria?

  2. Posted August 3, 2012 at 5:06 PM | Permalink

    Dear Ms. Daria-Come-Lately:

    I understand the pressures placed on some of our chronologically challenged readers and how that influences the fickle nature of memory. Please allow me to assist in your disability by clarifying your wildly inaccurate recollections.

    1. Although it is impossible to pin down exactly when MTV stopped being able to claim “cool” status, your date is nearly ten years too early. In the late 80’s era, the network still served as a clearinghouse-like vehicle for pop, rock, and early rap, delivering all genres with neutrality. The death and decline of coolness was actually trumpeted by the Meatloaf/Michael Bay abortion “I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That).” Bay, as you know, went on to cause the same decline in Hollywood — his effect similar to that of Ted McGinley on steroids.

    2. While Max Headroom was a delightful romp, the coolest animation ever to appear on MTV through its history was, without question, The Maxx. As The Maxx did not appear until 1995, it is impossible to declare MTV as wholly “uncool” prior to the 1995 year.

    3. Fuck you.

    Thanks for reading and enjoy your decade-late discovery of Daria.

    Kind Regards,


  3. Posted August 3, 2012 at 10:36 PM | Permalink

    So Daria voices GlaDOS in “Portal”, right?

  4. Trixi Tiponi
    Posted August 4, 2012 at 6:39 AM | Permalink

    Cool has only been in rerun since 1972 when the Original Scooby Doo, Where are you? stopped production. Velma Dinkley is Daria’s more earnest ancestor!

  5. Posted August 4, 2012 at 11:57 AM | Permalink

    Diarrhea cha cha cha! Squee!

    Grace, MTV didn’t lose it’s cool with Hey Mickey. which happened in 1982, not 1986. Neener neener. It was the second season of R of the REal World that caused MTV to totally lose it’s way and become the Spring Break/Reality show/TRLized piece of total crap it is now.

    And I’m Quinn: Redheaded, fashionista, smarter than she lets on.

  6. Posted August 4, 2012 at 1:55 PM | Permalink

    ONe caveat, the jacket seems to be sized for fashion waifs, even the XL is too msall for me.

  7. Posted August 4, 2012 at 4:28 PM | Permalink

    Velma hung out with a dog, a pothead, a Barbie doll and a guy with an ascot. Daria was smart enough to keep better company.

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