Friday, March 13, 2009

gender outlaw

When I started this blog, I vowed to myself that I would post regularly. Publish all the things that I cared about it. So far, I haven't yet realized that goal. I could list all the excuses (In my defense, sometimes crashes my web browser) but instead, will try and summarize what I've been up to in the past little while.

As I lay in bed naked, middle of the afternoon, on an EDO (earned day off) from work, I take time to delight in all the good feelings that are starting to surface. A new found energy that's provoked when the sun shines brightly at 8:30am. Winter is always hard for me and I can't help that I love it too. So as I sit here and mourn another passing of winter, I am most certainly ready for spring to begin.

Today is a good day, an exceptionaly good day. Today I will get to see Kate Bornstein speak at Breaking The Silence, a conference taking place at the University of Saskatchewan.

I remember the feelings I had when I started reading about gender theory. I was a little baby queer, still in high school, trying to understand who I was. I always understood the binary that existed in being a lesbian. I often felt suffocated by it. Butch or Femme. Pick one. I didn't want to pick one. I wasn't either, I was neither. I was me. A 'gender outlaw'.
It wasn't until after high school that I really started understanding gender theory and Kate Bornstein was one of the first theorists to open my eyes. So for that, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to her. Thank-you Kate!!!

Gender Game - Alix Olson (mp3)
Tranny Got Pack - Athens Boys Choir (mp3)
Two Femme Girls - Nicky Click (mp3)

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