“Fabulous” – A rant starting in one place and ending up somewhere totally different.

Posted: March 15, 2013 in On Articles, Uncategorized
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“I had relationships with men as well as women. I wasn’t choosing; I didn’t think I had to.” – Jeanette Winterson

Political correctness, to me, has never made much sense. Are people really so uptight that they prefer you use African American over black? Continuing (roughly) down this road, I’ve always wondered something.. completely hypothetically speaking. If you, as a person, are an asshole to everyone around you.. except for “different” people (handicapped, mentally deficient, LGBT), does that make you prejudiced? Rather than treat the “different” people like you do everyone else, you differentiate them and the way you treat them. Even if your treatment isn’t negative.. isn’t this still discrimination? Isn’t it still a bad thing? We’re all just fuckin’ humans being. We’re not heroes, and we’re not bastards. We’re just people.

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The sheer wealth of information from “QueerYA” and “I’m Here. I’m Queer. What the Hell do I read?” is a bit staggering. Books with LGBT characters, books by LGBT authors, poems, quotes, v-logs, links to other blogs.. it’s crazy. With blogs like this – and the internet in and of itself – how can people still be so ignorant of others? Any bit of information you would ever need is readily available. I think the problem is we don’t use the internet as an information source anymore. Instead, we use it for our hair-trigger temperaments and our empty-headed opinions. We get upset about something we really know nothing about, and the internet means we don’t have to formulate an actual argument or write a well thought-out letter to an editor. We spew it out on a Facebook wall and boom. Done. It’s out there forever. This is how discrimination and hatred breeds; it’s a fear of that which we don’t understand manifesting itself.

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I was particularly impressed with Lee Wind’s website that’s tied into his blog, where he talks about how focused we are as a culture on sex. Don’t get me wrong – it’s natural, it’s stupid to pretend we’re not interested, it happens. But like in Will Grayson, Will Grayson, I wonder why it is we give so much of a damn who has sex with whom. Mentally daft bible arguments aside, what is the problem with gay people? What is the problem people have with it? It’s unnatural? Are you happy with the fact that your arguments harken back to how we justified slavery a short 200 years ago?

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If I’ve offended you here, I’m not sorry. At all. I might be an angry keyboard jockey right now, but I would be happy to have this conversation with you face-to-face. Feel free to un-follow me. That’s where I flourish. To quote one Mr. Dick Rischling, “I love conflict! I WIN THEM ALL.”

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Comments
  1. nikkijh24 says:

    This is fantastic on so many levels. You’re absolutely right. The internet is no long used as a research mechanism. Instead, it’s a place where you look up stuff that agrees with your “empty-handed opinions” in order to feel better and justified about your thoughts in the world. So original.

    Currently, my facebook feed is blowing up with the equality sign as people’s profile pictures and posts about why gay marriage should be legalized. Along with those posts, there are many that oppose gay marriage and declare how it is immoral and yada yada yada and soon enough I delete them.

    I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t understand gay relationships because I’m not gay. I’m sure gay people don’t understand heterosexual relationships, hence, they become gay. Just because I don’t understand something doesn’t mean I am going to abolish a person’s right to acknowledge or put their opinion on facebook. It absolutely blows my mind that people can’t just accept another human being for the way they are.

    “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” will be on my bookshelf when I’m an English teacher until I have some pissed off administrator or parents ranting and raving about how it is about *GASP* gay people. I am so ready to defend the reason that book should be allowed in my classroom. Bring it, public education. BRING IT!

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