Category: Opinion


Image from Code Geass: Lelouch of the Revolution, taken from Kotaku

Image from Code Geass: Lelouch of the Revolution, taken from Kotaku

In the wake of this last clusterfuck of reality that we are now forced to deal with, there’s one thing that stands out more than anything. There is a ridiculous amount of finger-pointing going on. There are the standard blame third-party voters. This I understand… and Libertarians are taking the brunt because they managed to get a percentage. Surprisingly, if you were in the liberal echo chamber, you would think it was Stein. She didn’t manage to get even 1% in any state.

But now there’s bigger fish to fry, apparently. Frankly, it’s one that’s burned to death after 8 years of conservative propaganda (and yes, I’m specifically speaking about Fox “News”). Liberals are awful, horrible people and are totally to blame for this. It’s the DNC’s fault because they backed Clinton. If Sanders ran, he would have won.

Yes, I have seen these articles to in the wake of the election. I have made no secret of how I swing. I openly admit to being socialist. I think that government should serve the people. I have never been happy about a candidate until Bernie Sanders. He didn’t make it. For whatever reason, that’s a failure.

Yet, I’m not going to blame the DNC. I’m not going to blame liberals (since I fall to the left of liberals). At this point, it’s not going to help anything but to further disenfranchise those of us that are liberal or further left.

By saying that liberals are to blame, you are creating a divisive dialog, very similar to the concept of “libtards” that has been pushed for 8 years by the right. The fact that we don’t have an equally ablest and divisive title of conservatives should show that we have decided to take the high road for far too long.

More than anything, I think that we, as people who lean to the left. The people who are appalled at the very notion that the alt-right now have a legitimate place in modern society. That we are sitting on the precipice of losing every ally we had because only a quarter of the population decided for this country. One that probably the 50% who stayed home instead of voting are probably now regretting.

While I agree, Hillary was not a great candidate, I think that there is someone who deserves a majority of the responsibility. It’s not the alt-right, it’s not the liberals, it’s not the people who didn’t vote, or who voted third-party. I blame the press. And the bonus is, they are also blaming themselves. They are looking at what they did during this election cycle and taking to heart how they could have done better. The New York Times (one of the most respected papers in the US) recently for how they covered the election. Hell, CNN has also admitted that they are partially to blame for how they covered the election.

The people deserve better than that. We deserve to have a press that’s willing to put itself on the line like it used to. The job of the press is to take people to task and expose corruption. Instead we have a group of yes men who are too scared to get sued for taking a stand. Maybe, just maybe we might get that press back after this debacle.

But let’s not blame each other for (hopefully just) the next four years. We can only reflect on the information that we’re given by the gatekeepers. Those gatekeepers are the press. The press should do better by us. It seems that some sources got the memo. Hopefully many more of them will soon as well.

“I am to misbehave.”

I feel that this quote from “Firefly” feels the most appropriate right now. I refuse to behave. I refuse to lie back and take what a part of this country thinks I should as a woman, as a pan/bi/queer non-binary person. I can’t.

And I won’t.

I can’t as a member of humanity, trying to find their happiness in this world. A human who believes that other humans have an equal right to find their happiness, whatever that may look like. And to do it without the expense of other people. Happiness can be had without it being on the backs of others.

So, that’s why I have chosen to stand, to stand up for the things that I believe. To stand against hate and fear. I’m going to stand the only way that I know how, and in a manner, that so many of you are familiar. I’m going to write. I’m going to write about the things that I believe. I’m going to criticize things that I think could use change. I’m going to wear a big ol’ target because this is important. This is what America was founded on. It wasn’t founded on blind acceptance of what is. It’s fighting for how we can make things better.

I refuse to just fall in line. I refuse to be quiet.

I’m so grateful that I have people who will support me in my right to speak my mind, especially in a place where everyone wants to tell me to shut up and make a man a sandwich.

I will not let someone take away my bodily autonomy. I refuse to be barefoot and pregnant. I refuse to stop fancying who I fancy.

I will be me, unabashedly. I will be the queer person that I am. I will continue to pursue my happiness, and I will not take away from someone else’s for my own gain.

This is counter-intuitive to where this country wants to go. I don’t want to regress. I don’t think that things were better in the “good ol’ days”. I think that the best is yet to come. And I will fight for it to exist. I refuse to accept (like those who want to hold back what I consider progress) what is now the status quo. I have never been a fan of just accepting things the way they are.

And now, I feel, if you share my beliefs, that we all must fight to maintain every step forward we have taken. To not give in to fear and despair. To work to realize a better world for us all to live in. To fight against the alt-right and the white supremacists who want to limit the happiness that other humans should also be enjoying. America is not a white utopia. It should be a utopia for all.

So, I too shall raise my voice and say, “This is not OK. This is not acceptable. We are too good for this.” We will not be abused and told to take our place.

I will not be subject once again to the same abuse that I had to live for so many of my lives. I’m too much of a fighter for that.

“Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
-Dylan Thomas

Here we are again… another weekly round-up.

Life is getting busier now. I got me a press pass for the San Francisco International Film Festival. Now it’s about setting up interviews with people. This is both exciting and scary. I feel like things are actually starting to move forward for me. This is an incredibly scary thought. It’s continuing in to the unknown. If I want it bad enough, I’ll keep going. I really would like to write and not being in an office job.

More importantly, I’ve got plenty of writing that I’ve done over the last week. I will get some more writing up on Thursday.

Enjoy!

There are somethings that politicians say that make me think WTF.
Square Enix takes some sexy away.
Who can forget Torchwood?
This is a reassuring story.
Remember the “what gender is Sheik” question?
More politician WTF.
Business world scandals can be equally be interesting too.
If you hadn’t heard, Hillary Clinton is running.

That’s it for this week’s round-up. I hope you enjoy the articles. I’m pretty proud of all of them.

‘Til Thursday!

Here we are, once again. It’s time for our weekly round-up.

LIfe is still pretty busy. I’m working out how best to make some time for some personal writing. I have a feeling I’m going to need to be better at it. One thing I’m really hoping to get more work on is my screenplay. I also want to work on a new story as well as continuing to work on the old one that I posted a new part for here. I’m hoping to he able to post again on Friday.

So, what did I write last week, that wasn’t here…
An article about Fred Phelps’ granddaughter who left the WBC
The backlash of Indiana’s “Religious Freedom” bill
Arkansas makes their “Religious Freedom” bill better
This op-ed piece that I’m *really* quite proud of. Seriously, reaxd it.
A study about sex and the modern Millennial
Some stuff happening at the San Francisco International Film Festival
Conventions are safe spaces for the genderfluid

So, there you have it. I hope you enjoy reading them Especially read the op-ed piece. I’m very proud of it. I think I did a good job.

I hope you enjoy it!

Until then!

Life certainly likes to keep me on my toes. This is a very good thing.

I’m still doing my internship. I’m going to be covering the San Francisco International Film Festival. This is huge and incredibly exciting for me. I’m hoping to be able to get an interview with some of the people. This is exciting on so many levels.

I’m still enjoying writing a lot. It still doesn’t feel like work. I wasn’t really sure if I would be OK with writing in volume. I wasn’t sure if it was going to feel like work. It doesn’t. This is a lot of fun. It’s something that I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy. Now I know this is something I love doing. It’s something that I would love to keep doing. Here’s to hoping.

It’s also that time. It’s time to go over my writing for the last week… so, here we go. Feel free to go and read my pieces I have written in the last week.

Talking about the LGBT points of “Empire”.
Rand Paul’s Moral Crisis (I just love that title).
A recap of the winners from the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles
Tokyo is trying to make itself LGBT-inclusive by the 2020 Olympics.
A snarky look at the bill called the “Sodomite Suppression Act”.
Mika’s latest single
Gencon makes decides to stand by their LGBT attendees.
Looking is canceled after 2 seasons.

Feel free to go, read and enjoy! I’m still pretty proud about these pieces.

I may or may not be able to get another piece up here this week. I’m going to try to see if I can’t manage to make that happen. I would like to write about other things. So, I’m going to see if I can make that happen.

Until then!

Here we are, back again with the daily round-up. This week has been busy, busy,busy. I’m taking a day to do things like get tax papers together, set-up auto-payments on my health care and  the laundry. I live large on my days off.

Does that mean that I haven’t been doing anything?

Of course not. I have a whole slew of articles that came out in the last week.
Chipotle’s environmental conscience is grounds for discrimination?
Barney Frank is quite outspoken when it comes to Aaron Schock
Bi-sexual Make-Up Tutorial
An interview that I really enjoyed with an interesting person

There is one more article that I could add, but it seems to not be working currently. I hope to be able to add it soon, but I have to wait in the mean time. What’s more… I think I’m going to try to get in another article this week (what?!?). I’ll see if I can squeeze that in there for you… and a “short story” post. At some point, I think I’m going to have to change that designation as I think that I’m stretching the meaning beyond… well… reason.

So, things to look forward to this week. Huzzah!

Until then!

Here we are again, time for the round-up of other writing stuff I have done. This time it’s 2 weeks. This is longer than what I was planning. I’m still recovering from a respiratory virus. I apparently got worse than a cold, but better than bronchitis. On the plus side, I am on the mend. I still get moments of feeling pretty draggy and tired. Thankfully, I have today off. I can sleep and rest and relax. That is the plan.

So, what have I done in that time… I have a lot of stuff for you to read. I seem to be quite prolific. So, here we are.

A review of the memoir “My Avant-Garde Education”
Dr. Ben Carson Op-Ed
The embracing skeleton video
Skeleton Twins movie review
St. Patrick’s Day and the LGBT community
Elton John vs. Dolce & Gabbana
Planet Fitness really is a Judgment-Free Zone
LGBT offerings at Tribeca Film Festival
Another Op-Ed, this time about the staffer who sexually assualted 17 children
TBT: Ellen
Terry Pratchett’s death
Frank Underwood’s sexuality in “House of Cards”
Moar the Wicked + the Divine
LGBT characters represent on TV

I know, it’s a lot. It’s been a couple of weeks. I hope you enjoy reading more of my stuff. It’s been fun getting to write like this. I hope that I get to keep doing this. I wake-up every morning excited to go to work.

Huzzah to that!

Here we are once again… another week under my belt. Here is a listing of posts I made over at my other new job.
Enjoy!

Alan Turing’s family petitions British government to pardon 49,000 other men convicted for being gay.
Neil Patrick Harris at the Oscars
Poly in the tech industry. I’m not gonna lie, I love this post.
TBT, Will and Grace
Tegan and Sara, the duo of the moment
Transphobia and violence
Community, a show I love

I hope you enjoy and read these. I’m pretty proud that I’m getting published. I do hate that I’m still sick this week. I’m hoping to be up and running again by Thursday. I need to write more.

I’ll try to get more writing up here this week… possibly even tomorrow.

Until then!

There are certain things that get under my skin. Things that I wish I could change, but I haven’t the power to change them. And while it might seem like a crusade, I’m genuinely concerned about the state of mental health care in this country (the United States).

It’s the unspoken thing that we all try to avoid. No one wants to talk about it. It’s embarrassing, like women’s health. No one wants to admit that they have psychological problems. They’re seen as a weakness, a flaw. Something to be hidden from the world. Except you can’t hide it. You can’t pretend it doesn’t exist because it starts to form the very base of our personality. It’s why we have the word “eccentric”.

We like to treat mental health by putting blinders on about the situation. When we have school shootings, everyone wants to know why such a thing could happen. What it doesn’t do is open up a much-needed conversation about psychology. Instead we talk about gun control. When really, both issues go hand in hand.

So, why don’t we talk about mental health? Why can’t we openly admit that the environment we live in has negatively affected us?

Perhaps it’s a stigma. After all, some of the old ways of treating mental were abhorrent. We’ve gone from trephining (drilling holes in the skull) to throwing drugs at it, but largely it’s always the same.

It is so frowned upon to admit to mental issues that we don’t want to hear the truth. Life is hard. Some people have it harder than others. It’s the severity of those hard times that cause a multitude of problems. Instead of treating people with respect and kindness (which is the cornerstone of pretty much every religious belief), we push away.

The only time we seem to be completely OK discussing someone else’s mental health is when it’s a celebrity. For some reason, the only time we feel at liberty to discuss mental health. Doing a quick Google search nets a ridiculous amount of hits from specific celebrities like Chris Brown, David Duchovny, Lindsay Lohan, Michael Douglas… The list goes on and on and on. This is the only time where we find it entirely acceptable to speak about mental illness. Unfortunately, it often falls in to the realm of celebrity gossip instead any real discussion of mental health… as witnessed by the Huffington Post Chris Brown article that I wrote about. An article that did absolutely nothing to forward the conversation and everything to just be gossip.

While I understand that this sort of thing makes celebrities seem more human, it also seeks to minimize what is a very real and painful issue. Something that we often brush under the carpet instead of talking about. Mental health is so frequently minimized and stigmatized that a large population of the homeless community is largely composed of people with mental health issues. It’s become so bad that some of them have been intentionally getting arrested so they can get the help they so desperately need.

When do we decide that mental health is something that we need to discuss and address?

A couple of days ago I read an interesting article on cosplay. I talked about race in cosplay. Here is the article.

As I was reading the article, it made me think. It made me think of all the criticisms that I have seen on the net. The amount and degree of the criticism can border on the downright abusive. This outlet of geek culture is as equally divisive as… well, most. It’s right up there with the “Fake Geek Girl” argument. Unlike the “Fake Geek Girl” argument, cosplay can really bring out all the isms.

In the above article talks about racism in cosplay. Racism is a huge problem, period. As much as we would like to think we’re in a post-race society, the truth is we’re not. I’ve personally heard people, largely ex-friends, make repeated racist comments. It’s sad that it still exists, but it does.

What’s even sadder is when people make someone feel bad about their cosplay because they’re not racially accurate. Honestly, that shouldn’t matter. The point behind cosplay is that people are cosplaying characters that speak to them. There’s something about them they feel so drawn to that they want to occasionally dress up as them. It’s about fun.

However, some of the comments the cosplayer received were so racist, I can understand why a lot of prospective cosplayers would be afraid to cosplay in the future… me included.

I have quite a few characters that I would like to cosplay… hell, some of them are even male. It’s quite difficult for me to cover-up my femininity as it’s quite prominent. For instance, I love Ciel Phantomhive from Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler). More importantly, I love the costuming. However, there’s no way I could ever accurately be Ciel Phantomhive for two reasons: 1) I’m not male and 2) I’m not twelve.

But why would that matter?

To some people, it does. This is part of what makes the internet a dangerous place. Because of the anonymity that the internet affords people… as well as the ability to tear into someone without dealing with the repercussions.

That is why I’m afraid to do cosplay.

I know that if I were to cosplay any of the characters that I love, I would be torn apart for being too old or too fat. And that’s the reality of it: I know that I’m older than the typical cosplay age. I know I’m too heavy and not athletic enough to cosplay some of the characters that I want (Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell, for instance). Part of my personal reservation largely has to do with the abuse I received as a child. I am more critical of myself than I am of others.

Because I love seeing people cosplay because they enjoy it. I love seeing people smiling, enjoying themselves, happy because they’re dressing up as someone they love. More power to them. I don’t think it should matter. I find myself in awe of people who have incredible costuming skills (and in many ways I’m jealous because I wish that I possessed them myself).

It’s a shame that cosplay tends to bring out so many isms in people. It’s sad that people are more inclusive to people who don’t necessarily fit the mold that’s stated in anime. Without the aid of plastic surgery, most women don’t look that way.
People should cosplay because they enjoy it. So, if you want to dress like someone, do it. There’s always going to be people who are going to be hypercritical of people for whatever reason.

I’ll close with the video of Yaya Han’s panel on the Sociology of Cosplay. She makes a lot of really good points about cosplay.