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As of Thursday, December 6, 2012, Washington state now issues equal gender identity and gender pairing marriage licenses.
So I was filling out a form at the Doctor’s office…
I’m going to be honest. This is the most difficult online petition to sign. You have to create an account, then wait for a confirmation email and only then can you finally sign it.
But it’s a White House petition (as opposed to say, a Change.org petition) so I don’t know if that’s why it’s so difficult, or…
…if it’s because they want you to give up and say it’s not worth it.
But it is.
It really, truly is.
Oh man yeah creating an account on a website and waiting for an email is some difficult shit.
For fuck’s sake it takes like five goddamned minutes you drama queen come the fuck on.
If a conspiracy theory/delusion of persecution is what some folks need to get them to sign up to make my marriage legal all over the US, well, I guess I can’t complain as long as they DO sign. Yes, They do not want you to sign a petition published on the internet for all to see.
Reasonable persons, do go sign this.
I got copics, and most of them are either gray tones or pinks, so I drew some davekat as practice.
that is some lovely naked (mostly naked?) snuggles
Rock me. X
At a recent presentation, I asked all of the gay male students in the room to raise their hand if in the past week they touched a woman’s body without her consent. After a moment of hesitation, all of the hands of the gay men in the room went up. I then asked the same gay men to raise their hand if in the past week they offered a woman unsolicited advice about how to “improve” her body or her fashion. Once again, after a moment of hesitation, all of the hands in the room went up.
These questions came after a brief exploration of gay men’s relationship to American fashion and women’s bodies. That dialogue included recognizing that gay men in the United States are often hailed as the experts of women’s fashion and by proxy women’s bodies. In addition to this there is a dominant logic that suggests that because gay men have no conscious desire to be sexually intimate with women, our uninvited touching and groping (physical assault) is benign.
These attitudes have led many gay men to feel curiously comfortable critiquing and touching women’s bodies at whim. What’s unique about this is not the male sense of ownership to women’s bodies—that is somewhat common. What’s curious is the minimization of these acts by gay men and many women because the male perpetuating the act is or is perceived to be gay.
An example: I was at a gay club in Atlanta with a good friend of mine who is a heterosexual black woman. While dancing in the club, a white gay male reached out and grabbed both her breasts aggressively. Shocked, she pushed him away immediately. When we both confronted him he told us: “It’s no big deal, I’m gay, I don’t want her– I was just having fun.” We expressed our frustrations to him and demanded he apologize, but he simply refused. He clearly felt entitled to touch her body and could not even acknowledge the fact that he had assaulted her.
I have experienced this attitude as being very common amongst gay men. It should also be noted that in this case, she was a black woman and he a white gay male, which makes this an eyebrow-raising dynamic as it invokes the psychological history of white men’s entitlement to black women’s bodies. However it has been my experience that this dynamic of assault with gay men and women also persists within racial groups.
At another presentation, I told this same story to the audience. Almost instantly, several young women raised up their hands to be called upon. Each of them recounted a different story with a similar theme. One young woman told a story that stuck with me:
“I was feeling really cute in this outfit I put together. Then I see this gay guy I knew from class, but not very well. I had barely said hi before he began telling me what was wrong with how I looked, how I needed to lose weight, and how if I wanted to get a man I needed to do certain things… In the midst of this, he grabbed my breasts and pushed them together, to tell me how my breasts should look as opposed to how they did. It really brought me down. I didn’t know how to respond… I was so shocked.”
Her story invoked rage amongst many other women in the audience, and an obvious silence amongst the gay men present. Their silence spoke volumes. What also seemed to speak volumes, though not ever articulated verbally, was the sense that many of the heterosexual women had not responded (aggressively or otherwise) out of fear of being perceived as homophobic. (Or that their own homophobia, in an aggressive response, would reveal itself.) This, curiously to me, did not seem to be a concern for the lesbian and queer-identified women in the room at all.
Acts like these are apart of the everyday psychological warfare against women and girls that pits them against unrealistic beauty standards and ideals. It is also a part of the culture’s constant message to women that their bodies are not their own.
It’s very disturbing, but in a culture that doesn’t see gay men who are perceived as “queer” as “men” or as having male privilege, our misogyny and sexist acts are instead read as “diva worship” or “celebrating women”, even when in reality they are objectification, assault and dehumanization.
The unique way our entitlement to women’s physical bodies plays itself out is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to gay cisgender men’s sexism and privilege. This privilege does not make one a bad person any more than straight privilege makes heterosexuals bad people. It does mean that gay men can sometimes be just as unthinkingly hurtful, and unthinkingly a part of a system that participates in the oppression of others, an experience most of us can relate to. Exploration of these dynamics can lead us to query institutional systems and policies that reflect this privilege, nuanced as it is by other identities and social locations.
At the end of my last workshop on gay men’s sexism, I extended a number of questions to the gay men in the audience. I think it’s relevant to extend these same questions now:
How is your sexism and misogyny showing up in your own life, and in your relationships with your female friends, trans, lesbian, queer or heterosexual? How is it showing up in your relationship to your mothers, aunts and sisters? Is it showing up in your expectations of how they should treat you? How you talk to them? What steps can you take to address the inequitable representation of gay cisgender men in your community as leaders? How do you see that privilege showing up in your organizations and policy, and what can you do to circumvent it? How will you talk to other gay men in your community about their choices and interactions with women, and how will you work to hold them and yourself accountable?
These are just some of the questions we need to be asking ourselves so that we can help create communities where sexual or physical assault, no matter who is doing it, is deemed unacceptable. These are the kinds of questions we as gay men need to be asking ourselves so that we can continue (or for some begin) the work of addressing gender/sex inequity in our own communities, as well as in our own hearts and minds. This is a part of our healing work. This is a part of our transformation. This is a part of our accountability.
This has been on my mind a lot lately.
Side note: I’ve seen and heard a weird number of gay men talk about women’s bodies, specifically genitalia, as disgusting and gross and etc, and people consider this okay because they’re just expressing their lack of sexual desire towards these aspects of the female body. Not being attracted to someone doesn’t mean it’s alright to insult the body they have. White gay men, unfortunately, sometimes do more harm than good when it comes to challenging patriarchal and societal norms. I’ve been hesitant to say such things for fear of coming off as homophobic, but I just don’t think it’s okay for gay men to treat women and their bodies like this at all. Stop demonising the female form just because you don’t find it sexually appealing. Start examining how your words and actions can be harmful and hurtful.
awhile ago i commissioned Baruyon for some red pants art
and it turned out so super cute i wanna make out with it just look at thiiis
(she gave me permission to post it hehe)
if youre a dude hugging another dude you have to pat his back exactly 3 times or else you fall in gay love with him. Sorry I dont make the rules
we were taught about how David and Jonathan were ~best bros~
when this was
not the case
Hah, but as is the case with every Bible verse or set of verses, if it can be interpreted in a favorable way, even if that interpretation isn’t reasonable, that will be the one that the church and its followers accept. Then they’ll go on their way, whistling Amazing Grace or something like these verses never happened.
Ignorance is bliss, as they say.
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