Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Blog for Choice Day 2008

As a trans-women I will never have to worry about getting an abortion so why is voting pro-choice so important to me? Well the main reason is that I am a feminist, one who holds that radical notion that women are humans capable of making rational decisions about what’s best for them. But there are other reasons to vote pro-choice, ones that have to do with the rest of the anti-choice agenda.

Besides the whole ‘no abortion to save the babies’ thing the anti-choice movement wants to ban all contraception. Despite the fact that that would drive up the abortion rate. The again the Catholic church and their fundamentalist allies have never let a little thing like in consistent or contradictory positions bother them. But these positions are only contradictory if you buy their official position that it is all about the babies. Their real agenda is to keep women in a subordinate position, it’s all about control and power,

The control thing is also why the anti-choice movement opposes sex education; it’s so much easier to maintain control if you keep them un-educated. That abstinence only education doesn’t work is beside the point, when they have sex anyway you have another lever of guilt to control the poor kids.

What you may ask does this have to do with voting pro-choice? The point is that he anti-choice movement is run by authoritarian fuck-wads who want to control the most intimate part of your life. Unless you like the idea of these busybodies intruding into your bedroom you had better vote pro-choice. The sex life you save may be your own.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Trans and Gender Queer in Media a Continuing Series

One of my favorite Gender Queer songs is ‘Rebel Rebel’ by David Bowie. One of my favorite songs from the 80’s is ‘You Spin Round (Like a Record’ by Dead or Alive and their gorgous lead singer Peter Burns

As appoint of fact Dead or Alive predated Culture Club. Well Peter Burns continued to evolve along Gender Queer lines until Dead or Alive covered ‘Rebel Rebel’

Now that is Gender Queer at it’s finest. But not their only explicitly Gender Queer video

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Trans and Gender Queer in Media a series

To start this off I would like to introduce you to two of my favorite web comics, Narbonic and Skin Horse both by Shaenon Garrity. Narbonic originally ran from 2000 to 2006, the complete series is archived and is currentlyt be re-run in directors cut form with comments from the artist. The series was about a mad scientist, Helen Narbon, and her staff. Narbon was a geneticist and had created a supper intelligent gerbil who decided to experiment with a gender swap drug on one of the staff. It wasn’t the last time genders were altered involuntarily and voluntarily. Shaenon Garrity’s latest effort is Skin Horse featuring Tip, a cross dressing psychologist who deals with sentient animals. At least we assume ‘he’ is cross dressing given Garrity’s delightfully twisted sense of plot things could be much more complex. Go read and enjoy both series.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Patti Smith is a Goddess

And here is the proof

That should convince you

Friday random ten

Afro Celt Sound System - House Of The Ancetors
Antharx - I Am The Law
Tan Dun & Yo-Yo Ma - The Eternal Vow
Janis Joplin - Misery'n
Duran Duran - Violence Of Summer (The Rock Mix)
The Velvet Underground - All Tomorrow's Parties
Hawkwind - Narration (Elric The Enchnater Part One)
Led Zeppelin - All My Love
Judas Priest - All The Way
Paul Williams - Faust(Swan)

I defiantly need more new music. Of course I haven’t listened to all the music I have yet.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

It isn’t over until it’s over edition

Well I was going to make a long post arguing that the primary’s were far from over and that Romney and Edwards were not out of it yet by any means but Apostropher does it so much better. I will point out though that Romney could just keep getting second place and still take the nomination outright if McCain and Huckabee keep swapping first place finishes. Romney’s chances are even better if Guliani can take New York. It is happing up to be an interesting primary season.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

HRC and Barney Frank want to be Borg……

Well not actually but they do want to be assimilated. Assimilated into mainstream U.S. W.A.S.P. culture. Except for their preference in sexual partners they already are part of that culture, now they want the perks of being middle class whites in the U.S. Thus the push for a ENDA law protecting only sexual orientation and not gender presentation and for marriage equality. That they are willing to throw overboard trans folk and non gender conforming gays and lesbians shouldn’t surprise any one, their values are essentially those of the selfish middle class. I should know, I am a member of the white middle class by birth and their sense of entitlement is monumental exceeded only by the very rich.

The conflict between the HRC and the groups comprising the United ENDA Coalition mirror the conflicts between trade and industrial unions and integrationist and black national groups among others. It is the conflict between moderate reformers who want just enough change to get the benefits of the middle class for themselves and radicals who want to transform the whole society to a hopefully better society for all. If you haven’t guessed I am a radical hence my pride in my queerness. I am well aware of the murderous excesses that have been carried out in the name of radical transformation of society and thoroughly deplore them. The problem with moderate reforms is they do not change the underling power structure and that power structure can always push to abolish the reforms if the effects become to troubling for them, the elimination of affirmative action is a recent example of this. So remember my peeps, SMASH THE STATE!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

It was Friday yesterday Random Ten

My iTunes random ten;

George Thorogood - Move It On Over
Cream – Toad (Live)
Weber & Rice – I don’t Known How to Love Him
The Clash – Safe European Home
Linda Ronstadt – Adios
Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love
Devo – Jocko Homo
Guns N’ Roses – Mr. Brownstone
Led Zeppelin – Wearing and Tearing
Duran Duran – Wild Boys

I need more music I think

Friday, January 4, 2008

Don’t pray for me anymore….

I am an Atheist. A nice short sentence that, I also support Richard Dawkin’s OUT campaign to learn more about the OUT campaign click on the scarlet A on the right side of the page.

Hm what? You want to know why I’m an atheist? OK, it’s really quite simple I see no direct evidence and very little indirect evidence for the existence of any god or goddess. Add in that the Universe can be adequately explained with out recourse to any gods or goddesses and you come to me not believing any of them. Want more? Just look at the shear number of beings put forward by people as the one true god or goddess, they can’t all be right but they can all be wrong. I am open to being proved wrong but citing you’re favorite holy book isn’t going to do it, that’s hear say evidence at best.

Oh and a few more things, I don’t hate god I just don’t believe in him, her or it. I would never try to restrict you from believing in your god or goddess noir would I try to force my (non)belief on you, please do me the same curtsey.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Almost Friday Cat Blogging

Here is my youngest cat the Demon Fafherd

and his older sister the embodiment of Ultimate Evil, Fryea

An Introduction

Well I blog again. I think a new introduction and a bit of personal history are in order. I am a gender queer biological male and while my sense of gender identity is fluid it tends more to the female than the male. Which brings us to a bit of personal history. With the wonderful gift of hindsight I can see that I had a lot of what might be called feminine mannerisms in grade school, left to myself I preferred hopscotch to baseball. Then came middle school and intense peer pressure over the way I walked, held my books and the like. This was the early sixties and I did not even think top question gender roles so I buried the female side of myself after all I was a ‘boy’ and needed to act the part. I didn’t like playing most sports, I threw like a ‘girl’ surprise surprise, but being a true child of Los Angeles I loved cars. So I went through high school and on to collage where I found out that I wasn’t quite as straight as I had thought, I feel in lust with David Bowie in his Ziggy Stardust phase. As I still had sexual interest in women I realized I was bisexual but still had no clue that I might be transgender in any way. So I graduated, started working and eventually got married all without realizing how much of myself I had blocked off and buried. You can not deny that large a part of yourself without consequences, in my case a deep depression that started in my mid 40s and got to the point where I really did not care rather I lived or died. Then I got lucky thanks to Mikhaela Reid and Erin Lindsey. From Mikhela’s excelent blog I was referred to Erin’s equally excelent web comic while there I started reading the online forum and there I read a post that induced a satori moment. That post lead me to realize my androgynous nature and my depression started to lift. My problems weren’t over; I had nearly wrecked my marriage while in the depths of depression and coming out as transgendered to Lyne created it’s own set of problems. Now I am in therapy exploring my self and putting my shattered life back together. It’s been a long and sometimes miserable trip but now I’m a (mostly) out gender queer trans-women who has something to say, stay tuned.