I got transferred this week from a store I’ve managed for over 2 years to a new location. My staff took me out for drinks tonight. I’m full of conflicting feelings. On one hand I feel so loved and appreciated and on the other hand I’m so incredibly distraught I can hardly keep myself from crying. Its hard, as a young person, to manage people who are the same age as you because you develop friendships with them that you can’t fully appreciate since you’re expected to be a mentor and role model.
“Every gay and lesbian person who has been lucky enough to survive the turmoil of growing up is a survivor. Survivors always have an obligation to those who will face the same challenges.”—Bob Paris (via gaywrites)
We will always be split at birth into categories of biological sex. But is society progressing towards a world without gender, and the stereotypes and assumptions that come with it?
This NPR article seems to hint that we’d be better off in a world without gender, and that we’re slowly heading towards it. Gender lines are becoming more blurred, the article says, citing examples like the parents who won’t reveal their infant’s gender or the androgynous model who appears on male and female runways. There are tons of specific examples of gender-bending; you never really realize how many there are until they’re all listed next to each other.
A big part of the argument against gender is rooted in simple equality. If everyone deserves equal treatment, why do we need to know whether someone is a boy or a girl? Why does it matter?
The article makes interesting points about the role of cisgender people in ending gender stereotyping, as well as the differences between boys and girls that only exist because society says so. Read through this piece - it’s well-researched and an enjoyable read.
I took the day off today for a doctors appointment and to run some errands.
Either because I’m lazy, or because the weather in Ottawa is constantly changing into bullshit, or because I truly had nothing better to do with the rest of my day, I ended up on tumblr. Next thing you know, I have my very own blog.
Anyone who knows me on a personal level, by which I mean outside of Facebook, Myspace, Twitter (I don’t expect anyone to give a flying nutsack what I’m doing in 140 characters or less), You Tube, etc, knows that I have a serious love/hate relationship with social networking sites.
I wish to touch on two sites in particular.
First, You Tube: There is some amazing content on You Tube. It can be educational, informative, humorous, and generally entertaining. I’d be lying if I said I haven’t on occasion spent hours on this site. What bothers me is that it has given everyone with a camera the idea that people actually care to watch them perform their rendition of the Single Ladies dance (take this twat for example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJlPEHL85Ig).
Second, Twitter: Quite simply, I don’t need to know what you’re doing. ”John Doe is taking a pretty serious crap.(via twitter for iphone)”
I’m ranting. My apologies. I’m passionate about my feelings towards social networking sites because they seem to be breeding a generation of socially retarded individuals. People who are incapable of communicating with another person unless its via text, chat, or tweets. It makes me sad.
I really shouldn’t say too much about social networking sites though. I met my boyfriend on Plentyoffish (I’m thrilled that I chose to join that site, otherwise we never would have met!), I interact with the majority of my social circle via Facebook, and I’m currently on a full blown rant via my brand-spanking-new tumblr account (I would have posted it on Twitter but it was too long). Honestly though, I don’t expect anyone to read this.
To conclude my rant, I think its important to find a balance in your internet life v. your real life. Next time you want to communicate something to the world, say it to someone. Who knows, you might end up starting an enjoyable and stimulating conversation.
I’m not really sure what I’m going to do with this blog. I enjoy photography. Perhaps I could use it as a means to share my passion with others. Or perhaps I could use it to share some of my favorite recipes with other aspiring cooks. Or maybe, after I finish this post, I’ll completely forget that I ever created a tumblr account. Only time will tell.