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this one should pull in some flack: new blog post



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Nov. 6th, 2008 11:19 am (UTC)
good essay. if you get flack, then at least you'll be making people think and question their assumptions.

>Anglo-European culture’s long history of cultural imperialism, which is overwhelmingly responsible for the world-wide propagation of conservative Christian or crypto-Christian social mores–through brutal violence when necessary.

yeah, that. :/

btw, i have a filthy mind. you wrote about "fingering racial 'others'" and i had a beavis & butthead kind of reaction to that. i swear, slash has ruined me.
Nov. 6th, 2008 12:05 pm (UTC)
thanks, vicki.

I lol'ed at your dirty mind. I have to remember not to write those double entendres when fishing for more colorful phrasing. I wonder if I should change that one. :)
Nov. 6th, 2008 12:10 pm (UTC)
i'm relieved that you laughed! i hesitated to mention that but hoped it'd amuse you.

once i posted a poem about driving up to get gerry at the chemo center, and i mentioned stopping to "do my duty." i meant i was going to get gerry rather than driving on past toward parts unknown, making a break for it, but a perceptive lj friend laughed and said it sounded like i stopped to do something unmentionable in the bushes. :D
Nov. 6th, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
haha! your "duty." that reminds me of a "Friends" episode, unfortunately. :)
Nov. 6th, 2008 12:27 pm (UTC)
heh .. heh .. heh heh heh - she said "fingering" .. heh ;)

OMG .. my brain is infected, too!
Nov. 6th, 2008 12:45 pm (UTC)
haha! sorry about that. (i'll be lucky if erik doesn't boot me out of his lj.) :D
Nov. 6th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
did you go get that userpic expressly for this thread?

and of course I'd never boot you from my lj! or, I can't imagine doing so, anyway. I suppose "never" is quite a commitment, which of course I'm terrified of.

oh what the hell. I'd never boot you from my lj.
Nov. 6th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
yes. yes, i did. google image search is my special friend. ;)

i promise not to abuse your good faith by trying to stir up trouble.

heh heh heh heh heh...
Nov. 6th, 2008 12:24 pm (UTC)
I love the way you write :)

And yes, I suspect there is such a thing as "cultural karma!"

I'd say more but sadly I must get ready for work soon.

Nov. 6th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
thanks, joyce. feel free to write later if you have the time and energy!
Nov. 6th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm with Daisy and Joyce - my mind is not immune, it seems, to double entendres.

I heard on NPR this morning a speech from half of a same sex couple in California who were - emphasize WERE - legally married. She (i'm paraphrasing) said that it wasn't okay to write a law that said two member of opposite races could not be married, why was it okay to have a law that said two people of same SEX couldn't be married? Well, when she said it, it made a lot more sense.

What can we do? Those of us who totally agree that there should be no such barrier, who contributed in what every way we could to what happened in California NOT to happen...and I don't think same sex marriage should be illegal ANYWHERE. Those of us like daisydumont, who are - well, of a certain age - and past any kind of sign carrying political radicalism if only for our own physical safety? To someone on the outside, it seems so overwhelming, I can't imagine what it must seem like to you.
Nov. 6th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
well, for me at least, after 25+ years of being openly queer, the battles just seem to, er, grind on and on (you all stop giggling!). seriously, from a point of view of having grown up in the deep south in the 60s and 70s, where I couldn't even figure out what was going on when I didn't like boys in "that way" in high school and had not one role model anywhere to help me out, the mere fact that the country is considering gay marriage just blows my mind. setbacks like this have been a constant theme: they mean we have to regroup, rethink our strategy, redouble our efforts, then re-engage. the struggle is constant.

I found the Bowers v. Hardwick Supreme Court decision even more infuriating than this, but back in those days we did not stage a great deal of outward protest. I think that it was probably a central theme of that year's Gay Pride march (it wasn't yet a parade), but I don't recall marching on the federal courthouse in Atlanta or anything like that. lots of enraged editorials in the gay papers, and maybe the Atlanta Journal-Constitution printed a letter from an angry gay man.

things were so different in that time and place. and yet they still remain the same in so many ways that I think one just gets used to it, finds one's community, and takes refuge there. I will say that one thing I do understand about prejudice in this country is how it restricts one's freedom of movement. I am keenly aware of being in unfriendly territory when I travel through conservative-leaning regions, which in my mind constitutes most of the land area of the US. these days I just look like a guy--I don't know whether I appear gay, but in my paranoia, I interact with few people "out there." it's why my preferred locales are big city or wilderness. the in-between scares the crap out of me.

anyway, Proposition 8 will be the subject of an ACLU lawsuit if it does pass--last I checked, there were still enough votes to be counted that it could conceivably fail, but that's unlikely. if you do want to help, I'm sure the ACLU will welcome support in more than just monetary form. the No on Prop 8 people will probably be at the forefront of ongoing efforts as well--check with them once the votes are all counted to see what the next step is.

just knowing there are people like you out there is heartening. truly. for me personally, it helps to dispel the delusion that everyone else is a raging southern baptist--something I've had some difficulty overcoming as an adult.
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