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Morissette: I just didn't want to stop [writing]. I continued writing with a handful of different people and it just didn't click until I met Glen. So everyone had an agenda often when I would go into the studio with them, whereas Glen had no agenda. The fact that she was trying to push some buttons with the lyrics, that was the thing that stood out the most the first time: "Would he go down on you in a theatre? I remember in one of those rare instances, we put the record on that moment. We played Alanis then and we decided to play Alanis now, just based entirely on that, I mean, there was a lot of hype about who she worked with and the themes of the songs.
Ballard: She was trying to figure out who she was in that moment, and it was this incredible thing. We were late getting started; the studio wasn't ruined, but a lot of stuff had been shaken up. And then when we're writing the record, literally this O. Simpson saga was happening and at one point, Robert Kardashian, he lived in Encino not far from my house. What stood out to me was that [Alanis] was accepting her vulnerability but she definitely was not, shall we say, a victim. And I think the tone of the whole album was one that embraced women for all that we are. I was born in the very early 80s and if you need a unifying identifier that gathers us in unbreakable, non-millennial stature, here it is: We remember being teenagers without the internet, and we remember being teenagers, it. We remember when MTV’s “The Real World” had purpose, when it respected itself. Most of our sexually formative years involved in-person activity, but don’t think we weren’t on the front lines of the first chatrooms in existence dabbling in what you now call sexting, apparently an entirely normal part of the current dating process even though you conveniently leave it out when you tell stories about the new guy you’re seeing to your companions at brunch. No smartphones, no face swiping apps allowing us to thumb through pictures of human beings like shirts on a clothing rack at Marshall’s. Dating was always the thing you did “after you’ve got your career.” And this wasn’t a mild suggestion, it was a command. But it never happened to me, I wasn’t a girl boys paid attention to, and it never bothered me because I was scared shitless of them anyway. Overall, I have spent a total of nine years online dating. To want to make the effort to see each other again. If a man is interested in me, he will make it clear, and if I am interested back, there will be a wonderful connection, a new person in my life. We are Generation Y, the generation the world jilted. The forgotten, early 80s-born, un-entitled children of technology’s greatest crossover. I spent the whole of the 90s watching girls in high school have “boyfriends” they “dated” for two weeks and then broke up with in some very intense way. The world groomed me, my entire youth, to meet a man as humans do. We do not know each other, and yet the premise of online dating is that in that first meeting we’re supposed to develop enough attraction to each other to want to see each other again. He saw her from across the room…” that old chestnut, has proven true for me, every time.Today’s teens, those just tiptoeing into the shallow end of attraction and romance, they know what a dating app is. All the ways I interacted with the opposite sex were in person. And then when I got my career, when it was time to go out and really use the wealth of knowledge I’d built up, the game changed entirely. Suddenly we were all too “busy” to meet someone during the natural course of life that literally every couple since the dawn of time had used to meet their partners before us. I’ve always been an early adopter of technology (late bloomer in literally other way), but in reality online dating had existed for ten years by then. I was still “weird” for setting up an online dating profile ten years after the invention of online dating, but I was horribly late to the party when I waited two weeks to download Pokemon Go. No one in law school was truly interested in me (of course they weren’t), and I was watching other people connect with their future spouses left and right. I’ve pursued plenty by the way, to absolutely no avail. Am I the only person who thinks online dating is illogically setting us up to fail? What’s going to happen is that it’s going to fizzle out. And yes, we all know someone, or several someones, who met their spouses via online dating. But assuming that is the rule, rather than the exception, is ignorant. ” And I don’t scoff at that, I don’t see anything wrong with that. Because we’re comfortable doing what we’ve always done, what we’ve learned. I didn’t learn this, I didn’t prepare for it, I’m learning as I go.They know that that’s how you meet someone to date. Quite the opposite, that’s what will feel normal to them. “Why can’t you just meet someone I was forbidden to call boys. That tells me a lot, the slowness of humanity to warm to online dating. I do not suffer from self pity or doubt, I know I’m a love-worthy person. Confidence-wise I hover somewhere in the middle to keep myself at a good p H balance. The confusion you might be feeling, the confusion I now have as a building block of my psyche, has been this cloud of mystery hanging over my late twenties and early thirties that exists, almost like a living, breathing thing in my day to day life, that no one can explain. I think it means meeting at least one person via online dating in nine years who wants to hold your hand. I’m not entirely sure I’ve met that many hands I want to hold, either. Neither will put forth any effort toward a second meeting. No pressure or anything, you’ve got two hours and two glasses of Sauvignon Blanc: Go! Can you imagine the strength of the lightning strike you’d need to meet a stranger for the very first time and actually begin to develop real feelings for them? Yes, every now and then a couple will meet, fall in love, and marry as a result of online dating. Millions of online daters and you know two couples. We wouldn’t dare take away the phones of Generation Z just as they start to date, the poor things would be terrified. I looked to the future and and journeyed in that general direction and then arrived someplace completely different. And a nineteen-year-old learning these things and making her mistakes has a lot more time to make mistakes than someone who is 34.
's sharp arrival was unexpected: Morissette's previous work included two teen pop albums and a single that gave her the moniker "Too Hot" Alanis.