Conservatives Threaten School For Reading Book About A Transgender Girl. Their Response Was Perfect. | ThinkProgress

Some good news out of Wisconsin, The Mount Horeb Area School District has taken a stand against fear and hate.

Conservatives Threaten School For Reading Book About A Transgender Girl. Their Response Was Perfect. | ThinkProgress:

“After the backlash over a transgender-inclusive children’s book, a Wisconsin school has countered the criticism by unanimously passing nondiscrimination protections for its transgender students this week.”

(Via.)

Out Of Sorts

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Things are going to be a little out of sorts here for a bit, my doctor adjusted the medicines I’m taking and the dosage, so I’m in the process of getting use to things again. It has made it difficult to write, though I don’t feel as disconnected as I did before. Just bare with me and hopefully things will be back to normal soon.

 

Speaking of normal, I’m getting back into reading. Not at the level I was before but it’s better than I have been. I do wonder if I wasn’t using books to escape not only the day to day grind, but the issues inside my own head… One thing I do know is I was reaching a point which wasn’t healthy, no matter how painful or confusing, I could only hide from myself for so long before they became serious issues. So I want to ease back into things and maintain a level of moderation. Books may be exciting in their own way, but they should never replace reality.

Some Thoughts About My Other Interests

 

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I have another post I’m working on but it isn’t ready yet and I’m awaiting permission to use some images, so I’m going to chatter a little bit.

I am looking to expand my horizons on a number of fronts because quite frankly I’ve gotten lazy. In the not too distant past I kept up with new books coming out, new music by indie artists, and what was going on in the contemporary art scene as well as the latest news in technology. I have sadly fallen out of the habit of doing so, letting so many of my interests grow stale. Well, enough of that. I have started to rekindle my old interests, making them my new interests. Being cooped up in the house more than I like really leaves me wanting some adult conversation and some stimulating topics to pursue. I suppose this is one of the reasons I’m a bit of a tech nerd, a computer gives me the ability to stave off brain death… which is what happens when your main human interaction is with people young enough to be your kids… because, well… they’re your kids. As much as I like working nights because it really makes going to work easier, it really puts a damper of socializing. Add to this my lack of interests in going to places like bars and clubs, it makes Kira one dull girl most evenings. 

So what’s a girl to do? A number of things actually. I’m putting together my own little TvGuide of programs I want to watch, both past and present. Thankfully I have an account with Netflix which makes things easier, I also have Hulu. I spoke before about the programs I currently like, Elementary, Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards. I also enjoy some anime shows, cartoons, and a few (very few) reality shows, most notably American Pickers, so I have plenty of choices.

I also enjoy a good movie, regardless of genre. One thing is, I really don’t care for going to the theater too often, I would rather enjoy a good flick at home… after all, there are simply some things which make it easier. The cost, a pause button, cheaper popcorn, soda, and candy. I mean why should I pay more for a popcorn and medium soda than I did to see the movie in the first place? The last movie I saw on the big screen was Star Trek: Into Darkness.  On the other hand I have recently watched Oblivion, and Oz the Great and Powerful. In addition I have gone back to watch Hugo, Wreck It Ralph, and Rise of the Guardians.

Then there are books. At one point I was reading at least two books a week, and back in school there were times I was reading as much as a book a day. Even though I used reading as an escape growing up, I still think of it as an enjoyable pass time even when I’m not trying to get away from reality. Of all the things I lat slip over the past year and a half, this is the one which stung the most. I am now making a concerted effort to rekindle my reading habit. I am currently reading Ellen DeGeneres’s autobiography, “Seriously… I’m Kidding.” While I have never been a big fan, I wanted to read some autobiographies to get a better feel for writing my own and hers caught my eye. I’ve just started it, and it’s a bit cheesy at this point, I think it is going to be an interesting read. I am also going back an rereading Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” series. It is an epic work of Fantasy and is destined to be a classic. Sadly Mr. Jordan died before he could finish his master work and the last two books were written by another author, still it well worth the time to read all fourteen novels.

So, there you go, a little insight into my offline life, at least the part which isn’t filled with being a parent and keeping house. At least it gives me a way to fill the time between when the dryer dings and the washer finishes…

Creativity

Over the years I have had many interests and hobbies but two things which have been a part of my life since I was young has been poetry and reading. The local library was a refuge and I took full advantage every chance I got. I was reading at an adult level by the time I was eleven which opened up an entire universe of knowledge and imagination.

My first love was Edgar Allen Poe. I read his collected works and of course watched the Saturday movies. “The Raven” along with “The Pit and the Pendulum” have been long time favorites. Later I would discover Robert Frost, Dylan Thomas, and Maya Angelou.

The first book I bought with my own money was “The Shadow Spy” by Nicholas Luard. It wasn’t a epic work worthy of being listed next to J.R.R. Tolkien or Ernest Hemingway, but I embraced it none the less. In fact, I went back years later and found a copy which I read again cover to cover… I still own it today. Since then I have read thousands of books, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, crime and medical thrillers.

One of the difficult things for me after coming out has been my lack of interest in these things. I found it difficult to get into any books, even many of my long time favorite series simply couldn’t hold my interest. I don’t know if this was related to my own creative difficulty, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it were. The reason I wanted to talk about this now is because, at long last, I have found these interests returning. I have been returning to reading book reviews and looking to see what new releases are on the way. I am also spending time reading through a number of poetry sites trying to get back up to speed on what the current trends are.

These are small things, but they have lifted my spirits and I hope I can get my own creative engine going.

Understanding Gender: A Quest For Information (Updated)

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think it is fair to say gender is a very complicated aspect of what it means to be human. The very fact there is now so much heated discussion on the issue should be as proof of that. Any dialogue which can be started must be approached with an open mind and a willingness to learn. Attempting to engage in talks with a predetermined assumption as to a correctness of view, with no room for compromise, accomplishes nothing.

One of the ways in which we can approach these discussions and especially the arguments which arise from them is to seek to educate ourselves. I don’t mean simply reading Wikipedia, but taking the time to do in depth research. The problem, if you want to see it as such, is that even with the power of the internet at your disposal, it takes time and patience to find usable and (most important), reliable, information which you can then refer people in support of your position. This is what I am trying to deal with at the moment. I am doing research online in an effort to better educate myself, to be able to write competently and convincingly about the issues which face Trans* people and to refute the claims by those who seek to invalidate us.

I have found one site which I I am currently reading and so far it seems as good of a starting point as any;

Understanding Gender: http://www.genderspectrum.org/understanding-gender

If anyone has other useful resources, links, books, videos, whatever, please feel free to share them. I’m sure I’m not the only one who is seeking to understand this issue.

 

Thanks to (e)m for pointing me to this article from Natalie Reed: http://freethoughtblogs.com/nataliereed/2012/07/16/signifying-gender/

Be Your Own Woman

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I sat down to write a post for today, but I didn’t get very far in writing it. Why? Well, for some reason I decided it would be a good idea to do a little Googling. My search term was”How To Be Your Own Woman”. I’m not sure what I was thinking I might find other than I thought it a good idea to see what ideas other women had on finding your own voice, your own expression of who you are. One thing which has caused me more then a little anxiety has been knowing I missed years of learning how to be myself. Years which were lost while I tried to fit into the world while wearing the wrong shoes…

I often find myself trying different search terms, looking for different books and articles to read to give me a better understanding of myself. Things might be different if I were able to sit down and really talk openly with other women, but that isn’t possible at the moment and so I have to find other ways of learning. I point this out because I found an interesting article on the Ladies” Home Journal website titled “Be Your Own Woman” which I have linked to here: http://www.lhj.com/relationships/friendships/be-your-own-woman/

Reading this article, I had the impression it was written without any real thought to Trans* people or the larger LGBT community, yet I believe those of us who are seen to be outside the mainstream have a unique understanding and relationship with peer pressure. No one wants to be seen as an outsider. As strange or different. Everyone, on some level, wants to be accepted as part of the group or groups we are surrounded by. No one wants to be ridiculed or belittled, to be bullied or abused and so, we all do things, right or wrong, often against our best interests in hopes of fitting in.

I don’t know if reading this will give anyone the answers they seek, but I do feel it something to think about.