Labels: ourselves and others
Posted 2 Days Ago
So, Tom Daley put a video on YouTube. In it, he talks for over five minutes about his life, mentions that he's in a relationship with a guy, mentions that this came as a surprise to him, though he was aware of it as a possibility, mentions that he's dated girls before and is still attracted to girls ("of course").
He didn't use any labels at all.
If I was asked which label best suits this self-description, I might perhaps say bi. Maybe even bi leaning straight, actually, though I wouldn't be sure about that.
It is, of course, no great surprise that Tom has received much praise for his courage in coming out as gay.
Labels: they can be tricky at times. And, it seems, bi-erasure is still a thing.
Latest reply: 2 Days Ago
In need of a wash
Posted 4 Weeks Ago
I do have water. What I do not have is an electric shower: I have an immersion heater. That means that if I want hot water for washing (myself or anything else), I need to turn on the immersion and wait about half an hour. In theory. For the past few days, it's been acting up.
Last night, I turned on the immersion and went and lay down while waiting for the water. It was late and I was tired and didn't feel like doing anything else. Well, I fell asleep. When I got up in the morning, I stuck my hand between the gap in the insulated jacket around the water tank to find the temperature inside to be, well, mildly tepid. Something has clearly gone wrong with my immersion.
Since I (a) was late for work, and (b) didn't have the heating on so the house was cold, I decided against a shower. I could do with one. I'll need to talk to my landlord on Monday. Perhaps in the meantime, I'll pop round to my parents' house to wash.
Latest reply: 4 Weeks Ago
Off to IDWCon again
Posted 5 Weeks Ago
And I never did get around to getting myself a jester's outfit*. I do have a hat, albeit in black and blue, and with tassels rather than bells. Also far too warm to wear indoors. Not ideal, but it'll do. Ah well, nevermind. I have a couple of days yet; I may be able to pull something together.
* The Con is themed Lancre, so Verence the Fool seemed an appropriate character.
Latest reply: 5 Weeks Ago
Manning and the News
Posted Aug 23, 2013
Just to say that the constant misgendering of Chelsea Manning in the news is bugging me. Zinnia Jones has a video at http://youtu.be/VM7cd9eA_aA.
Latest reply: Aug 23, 2013
To those who have, more shall be given: A comment I made elseweb
Posted Jul 15, 2013
I suggest you stop waiting for your Straight Pride Parade, get up off your arse, and start organising one. You may want helpers, of course. You couldn't manage such an undertaking on your own. You'll want to reach out to a group who can help you put on a display reminding people of your privilege, of how good you have it. A group who know how to rub minority groups' noses in the fact that they're second-class citizens.
Might I suggest the KKK?
Latest reply: Jul 15, 2013