August 2006


Blargh.

With no apparent sense of tragic irony, Mich Womyn’s Music Fest, set the record straight with this press release.

And yes, normally, I don’t link to Heart (on the grounds that she talks a lot of anti-trans crap, such as favorably citing the MWMF press release, for instance…) my sense of empathy has been stirred by her taking a hell of a slashing from soopermouse. Criminy, folks… I don’t know that I even agree with Heart, in fact I’m more than wary of the “The Women Who We Consider To Be Most Oppressed of All the People of the Earth, They Art Wonderful for We Shalt Save Them They Shalt Save Us All” thingy that seems to be wandering around in the background of her post…but seriously? Heart is the cause/enabler of pr0nstitution?

I’m frustrated at this all…but nobody ever said it was going to be easy.

The Dude Abides,

-sly c

Postscript: Jay, as usual, with some righteous commentary on it all.

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I’m trying to get this sermon done…and for some reason, I’m convinced that it will be best done by having a short story at the beginning. Rather enamored with the idea of fiction and narrative as sermon, I’m trying to break the academic preachifying urge that so easily comes to us libruls.

But I haven’t written non-academic prose in over a year. So it’s a little tricky. And very cliche’d.

I keep wanting to promise a return to regular updates, but I have a feeling that will actually happen when I get back to Yale. It’s not like I’m less busy out there, but the nature of the distractions are different. Here, it’s the sermon, the boy, and everything I love about this town. There….

It’s New Haven.

So yeah, look forward to regular updating starting early September!

-sly

It’s the good news post.

Jay Sennett has the awesome news that the Michigan Womyn’s Music Fest has ended the exclusion of transwomen. The quote of the day there:

“This is not about winning,” said Snodgrass. “It’s about making our communities whole again. The policy divided people against each other who could be fighting on the same side. We want to be part of the healing process.”

This is, of course, far better reading than the NYT article of ill-fame. But piny’s coverage here, is an excellent rebuttal. The comments go on to far surpass all expectations by delving immediately into jokes made at the expense of the Time’s penis fetish. Not safe reading if you have coffee in your mouth.

Go on. Have yourselves a good day.

-sly

The boy is meeting the parents today.

That is all.

-sly

In honor of the recent re-definition of several politician’s names via Google bomb, i suggest this for our dear governor Tim.

Pawlenty: v. To remove funding for, to undercut, or otherwise eviserate an organization or entity for narrow partisan purposes.

Driving the boy to work this morning, the suspension took another beating on the dirt road cleverly disguised as 38th Street. Now, I know Minneapolis had some choice in the matter once the aid to cities was cut. But streets and schools are both pyhrric choices…so while I certainly don’t fault them for (correctly) choosing to keep the lights on in the schools…this is an intolerable situation.

The damage done is deep. The potholes and cracks will continue to expand, and entire streets will need to be torn up to make them servicable again. And I don’t knw if you’ve seen Lake Street lately, but that kind of total reconstruction not only takes massive amount of cash…it can kill local businesses. The longer a project takes due to a small budget, the more shops shutter. Lowry is in even worse shape, and there’s been some cry that majority minority areas are getting the most underfunded and disruptive road work. Given Minneapolis’ long and tragic history of mistreatment of these communities, this is a real problem. Ryback got a hard lesson on this, as his do nothing proposal on crime fell flat recently in North, and the city can only expect more of the same hostility if it imposes inept repairs to infrastructure…whether it’s schools, roads, police coverage, whatever…

Even if we try to rebuild the city from the crumbling imposed by intentional neglect…the trust to come through this together has been strained far too much. The burbs might have the ability to coast for a little while, but ultimately, the infrastructure of the state has been let rot to feed Timmy’s political aspirations. And his base will feel it too. But not before the rest of us have suffered immensly.

So, thanks Tim. Thanks a lot.

-sly

How long it was going to take. Meme’d. My first time, too.

I’m omitting any of the bad jokes that could follow. Really. And there’s absolutely no meta or fourth wall humor in pointing out that absence.

I started answering, and then i realized that without exception, every single answer could be the Bible. So just keep that in mind. My second choice answers are as follows.

1. One book that changed your life?

Location of Culture by Homi Bhabha. The first “theory” work that actually grabbed me. I’m cheating several articles and shorter works here, but I think it’s fair to give credit here.

2. One book you have read more than once?

Hotel New Hampshire, John Irving. I know, Irving isn’t exactly high art. But honestly, that’s what I like best about him. I read HNH because it’s about a whole bunch of people with no intrinsic purpose in life (contra Cider House Rules, for example) who are trying to make the best of things. Keep walking by open windows.

3. One book you would want on a desert island?

Anything by Hemingway. Probably a short story anthology. Big Two Hearted River is one of those stories that gets me to hope. That, or Post Rapture Radio by Russell Rathbun. Reminds me of home….a crazy, touching, right on critique made in love of the Church today. I read it to remember that I have a place in the church, no matter what gets said otherwise.

4. One book that made you laugh?

Lamb by Chris Moore. An oddly reverent book for how irreverent it is. A shockingly honest view of the human condition, and how amazing love is.

5. One book that made you cry?

Amazing Grace. It’s a collection of stories of faith written by queer folks, and has some of the most heart wrenching lines ever. My favorite is an exchange over the nature of sin. One young gay man tells another that he must confess his sin…an alarming statement for someone wounded by the church. The sin, however, is the one of ingratatude…for not being thankful for the life given and blessed by God. Yeah, I cried.

6. One book you wish you had written?

Cop out here. I don’t really wish for that, but I do wish I’d gotten more done on the thesis I wrote at the end of undergrad. It’s not a book. Yet.

7. One book you wish had never been written?

God, I’m enough of a hippie liberal to feel guilty even thinking about this. But…I might have to echo a few others and say Da Vinci Code. It makes riding on planes hell, since as soon as people find out I’m a Divvy, that’s the first thing they ask. I have to go with something inconsequential and asinine, since the rest is too important…for good or ill.

8. One book you are currently reading?

Re-reading Location of Culture, reading Killing Rage by bell hooks, and Orientalism by Edward Said. One book doesn’t really happen much to me. It’s always kind of a rotating mess.

9. One book you have been meaning to read?

My Greek textbook that has suffered so much neglect this summer. When i planned to get that head start for next semester, I didn’t count on being in a relationship. Oops.

Tagging more folks seems redundant at this point…so I’ll let this one go.

A brief review, since it appears that we all need one.

It is a *bad* thing to try to out anonymous bloggers as a way of shutting them up.

Evil. Wicked. Tricksy.

Some of us depend on relative anonymity to be able to speak our minds. I may or may not be in the right on a given issue, but the fact that I’m blogging my time at Yale at all comes from the respect other people have given me by not linking my name to this space.

I have stuggled a lot with the ethics of anonymous speech, but at a place that has ceased to provide such cover in it’s internal publications, I have found it necessary to come here.* Moreover, I have found that the freedom and saftey i can have here has augmented, not taken away from, my willingness to take real life risks for these ideas brought forth in our conversations. Rehearsed and polished on the blogs, these ideas inform my advocacy and voice.

I value this conversation, greatly. Y’all are my fellow academics, almost academics, never academics, people who just plain think about why this world is like it is.

So for the love of all that’s sacred, don’t make a weapon out of what we share here.

-sly

*There is a weekly open letter, but it has ceased publishing articles without names after a snarky exchange on showoff first years. Closing that down for such a tempest in a tea pot is a classic Yale “Missing the Goddamn Point” Divinity School moment.

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