commented on My Whole Life I've Been Asked If I'm a Girl or a Boy
Awesome piece, Sarah. I sort of wish though that you could find yourself under the umbrella of "woman" and know that everything you've felt and desired is perfectly normal beneath. You're rocking it like a person, and not like a gender stereotype. That, more than what you choose to call yourself, was my takeaway from this essay.
The terms "man" and "woman" also encompass enormous, complicated spectrums. Humans do not come off an assembly line. We aren't all TV sitcom husbands and wives. Our society created the boxes we're all shoved into, so kudos for pushing back against those limitations, knowing them to be untrue.
Our culture provides us with so few female "Captain Hooks" but that doesn't mean we don't have many amongst us and many others starved to see them represented in our culture. I remember making fun of all the "girly" stuff too when I was young and idolizing Sigorney Weaver in Aliens and refusing to wear make up, and I don't think I'm unusual. I don't think you're unusual. I think most women and girls (and men and boys) press against the sides of these tiny boxes and find them too confining.
I'd like more people to expand what "woman" is, so more people will not feel shame in that title, and so girls growing up can see a few more badass women looking any way they want to and know that there is a place for them - gay or straight - to be who they are, as they are.
commented on The Decline of Western Civilization Gets Boxed!!
Sweet. I saw the 3rd when it was released - I can't remember how it added up, since it was so long ago, but I was a fan of many of the bands featured at the time so I'm sure I loved it. I do remember bumping into one of the crust punks featured hanging outside a GBH show not long afterwards, panhandling. Actually, the film may have been a tad depressing too.
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You are wrong, #2/8. Grillz, brew, body mod, and shade grown organics are "it". It's writ in ad speak. Der.
Also, nice piece.