posted by Anonymous, at
10/01/2008 11:17 AM
The real news here is that Sarah Palin just admitted to being bisexual because only a bisexual woman could choose to be married to a man and have five children. Palin is clearly gender queer (she was a very butch basketball player) and so it is amazing how Christian Republicans will bash MSNBC's lesbian anchor Rachel Maddow for looking too butch, but will not notice Palin's bisexual gender bending even though they consider deviant sexual orientation and gender identity to be evil.
posted by Thomas Kraemer, at
10/01/2008 11:36 AM
Yes, Thomas, it's absolutely true! If Sarah Palin thinks that all people have the capacity to choose to enter into a gay relationship, then she must personally have that capacity in order to make such a reference! She has (unknowingly) admitted that she could theoretically make that "choice" herself, meaning that she is bisexual. In essence, those who think that their fellow human beings can "choose" to be gay are admitting, again unknowingly, that they are able to make that choice themselves.
posted by Chris L., at
10/01/2008 11:47 AM
One could also ask Palin when she "chose" to be heterosexual? This moron clearly understands nothing about sexual orientation. Lets see her produce evidence that one can pray away the straight first for the sake of argument and for proof that orientation can change through prayer and aversion therapy. What's good for the goose is good the gander.
posted by Robert, NYC., at
10/01/2008 12:15 PM
I think after those comments it's likely palin will have to change her remarks to "my gay former best friend." I don't see how any self respecting queer could be friends with her after her hurtful and ignorant comments. It's funny/sad how many times I see people make comments about how they have gay friends and relatives right before making a homophobic or deragatory statement.
posted by nimbusthegreat, at
10/01/2008 12:34 PM
I'm a gay man and I think Rachel Maddow is hot. That fuckwad Limbaugh made cracks about her 'testosterone level'. At least she has a testosterone level Rush, and doesnt need viagra like you do to get it up.
posted by Anonymous, at
10/01/2008 3:13 PM
I couldn't believe the British paper that thought Rachel Maddow is a butch dyke. I think she's perfectly adorable, myself, and I'm straight as a die (just born that way, I guess). Perhaps I should spend more time on my hair and makeup? No no, can't do that. The manly Mr. Biscuitbarrel disapproves of obvious makeup. On me, that is.
from my comments on 'passing and gender variance' over at BTB
I would like to talk about passing and gender variance. Gender variance is a term that refers to those expressions of gender (masculinity and femininity) that do not conform to the dominant gender norms of Western culture. (wikipedia). My hope is to explore the issue of racial discrimination under the same arguement that racism is based that a sub-group of any population can express bigotry toward another group, with claims of superiority, and to disenfranchise folk outside of their group, enacting systematic oppression. In the case of people of color, racism allowed the dominant power folk and privileged folk to denigrade folk based on their skin color.
In regards to those who are gender variant, oppression, discrimination and violence are often enacted toward those who fall outside of the gender box. Yes I can pass, but many GLBT folk can’t and shouldn’t have to.
In the gay community, one of the High Holiday’s is Halloween. It is a chance to put on a costume to fit in. . .or to express oneself. (Although I am always curious as to why so many ’straight men’ revel in the fact that they are given permission to dress up in drag. In high schools, at least back in the day, during Spirit weeks athletic boys don cheerleading outfits and girls wear football pads and other masculine costumes.) But there are many folk in the GLBT community that bend the gender rules. Some do it all the time, some do it occassionally and others do it in the privacy of their homes.
With the privilege of having lived in large metro areas, Seattle Portland & DC, and have also circulated in small rural areas, I find it interesting in the GLBT communities ability to don regalia for special functions, social outings or even on a basic day to day basis. For those in the Leather community, The Bear Community, The GymBOTS, it is amazing to run into some of these folk in street drag. Yet they are hyper extending their gender variance. It is the same for some of my lesbian sisters, whose entire wardrobe consists of carhart jeans and overalls and workshirts. These wonderful sisters find comfort in wearing these clothes and diss the skirt.
But for many, falling outside of gender norms is just a part of who they are. It is not a choice. It is sometimes an expression of pride and personal acceptance.
Victims of racial discrimination are more than likely able to turn to their families, their churches and pastor, and the neighbors for support if they experience an act of indifference, threats or even violence. On the other hand, many GLBT folk targeted for their gender variance may have been rejected by their family, may not report issues for fear of increased publicity or even loss of job and home.
America is still brewing racism, ageism, ableism, heterosexixm, anti-semitism and on and on and on. Although the bright spot on the horizon comes about with announcements from people like Sarah Palin and even Catholic Joe Biden on their support of GLBT folk. What is disheartening is that within the GLBT community their is the ugly fact that internalized homophobia coupled with the conditioning of heterosexism, people of the GLBT community continue to subject others to same injustices. Take a look at The Color Purple again, when Oprah Winfrey confronts Whoopie in the cornfield asking ‘did you tell harpo to hit me?
Sofia continues: ‘All my life I had to fight. I had to fight my daddy, I had to fight my uncles, I had to fight my brothers. Girl child ain’t safe in a family of mens. But I ain’t never thought I had to fight in my own HOUSE!’
posted by rusty, at
10/03/2008 1:27 PM