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[personal profile] invisionary and I pretty much want to stick this judge in a room and have her watch Finding Nemo over and over again.

"You can't never let anything happen to him. Then nothing would EVER happen to him. Not much fun for little Harpo."

[This happened in the county where I LIVE, folks. And thus is terrifying as well as enraging.]
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I really hate when I see stuff going on that makes me sympathize with people far to my right politically, because certain people who generally reside within my part of the political spectrum are being every bit as much the amoral/immoral asshats that the scary fundies THINK we ALL are.

[Yes, I know cryptic post is cryptic. I can't give too much more of the contexts in a public post, sorry. Please rest assured that it is not about me or my immediate family.]

Just some general points, though:

- Sexist commentary is not suddenly OK when it is directed at conservative women. No, not even "for their own good" to free them of their "irrational" beliefs. (And mocking people for their religious beliefs? Not OK either.)

- EVERY TIME I hear someone say, "I know I'm being politically incorrect," my brain is now translating this as, "$PERSON knows s/he's being an asshat, but believes that the asshattery is justified even though there's a minimum 98% chance that it's not."

- Not paying your child support? IS NOT OK, with possible rare exceptions involving literal impoverishment. "Connecting to my child in other ways" does not cut it, sorry.

- Having females around to have sex with is NOT a basic human right or survival need for individual males.

*sigh*
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I remember one day when Alex was about three, she was bouncing up and down in the living room near my desk, saying, "I'm a beautiful wonderful Alex!"

I stopped whatever I was doing, gave her a hug, and said, "Yes, yes you are!" And I thought to myself:

How cool is that - she can say so without a single blip of self-consciousness?

And my next thought was:

I'll enjoy it while it lasts.

Sad, really. Because, no matter how many times anyone else tells her that, or she tells herself that in her head, it's not the same as saying it out loud.

I am significantly more "intelligent" as measured by such things as IQ tests than most people. I learned to read when I was only slightly older than Tori, and have no memory of being UNable to read. When I was eight years old, my mother took classes at the community college where my father worked, and taught me how to do some of the math problems she was doing. I thought it was great! I went to college through the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted when I was not-quite-14, and finished my undergrad degree when I was 19.

For all that, I have a very hard time calling myself intelligent, and am fighting the urge to put disclaimers all over this post. And y'know, it's part of who I am, like being female or fat or queer or a mom or dealing with the gimpy leg and the ADD are parts of who I am.

And as difficult as it is to talk about any of those other things, sometimes, or the frustrations that they cause me on a personal level (it's much easier when I'm ranting about something not-personal)...it's even more difficult to just come right out and say, "Yes, actually, I AM really smart - thank you for noticing!"

It's so much easier to talk about the ways in which I suck than the ways in which I rock. That ain't right, folks.

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