My regular roundup of interesting reads, found from all over the place.
I Dreamed of Being a Plus-Sized J.C. Penney Catalog Model: “I strutted out into our kitchen, doing my best model walk — which I had learned from watching years of Miss America pageants — but my mom had just mopped the tile floor, so it was kind of slippery. As soon as I stepped on it, picking my feet up like I was walking through a mud field, I tripped and fell across the kitchen counter. Before my family could react, I jumped back up into standing position, repositioned my cockeyed denim newsboy cap, and continued my strut.” (Shanna Green / The Hairpin)
Dying for a Pro-Life Cause: “Savita’s death was medieval. It resulted from an ideology so committed to the idea that human life is sacred that it ignores the reality of human life—messy, practical, complicated, risky, unpredictable, riddled with the need to weigh one hope against another.” (E.J. Graff / The American Prospect)
How I Might Have Just Become the Newest Urban Legend: “I’m wet but also, it’s like I found a spot I didn’t dry off somehow after I took my shower. But I know that’s not possible, because I showered more than fifteen minutes ago. But it’s dark in there, and I’m already on my side, so I kind of rub at where I’m wet, which is all around this part here of my hips and butt and I’m like, “This is kind of like a gel, maybe I got into some lotion or… but I don’t know. I can’t feel my fingers, so I’m not sure what I’m touching here. So maybe I’ll just smell it. And it smells like semen. And that is because it is semen.” (Pamela Ribon)
You Got Your Monogamy In My Poly, Or: My Awful Corrosion: “One of the reasons monogamy is so damned pervasive is that you can win at monogamy. Every relationship in a monogamous setting has the goal baked right in: Date. Get engaged. Move in together. Marry. Don’t cheat. Die. …aaaaand you’ve won at monogamy! Collect your prize from the funeral director in the form of happy signs from your mourners. They’ll all praise your legendary love. Fifty years together and they were still holding hands on their deathbed? My God, how inspiring. Me being stupid, I ported that ideology straight into my poly, a subtle corrosion I didn’t notice until about six months ago.” (Ferrett Steinmetz) comments are worthy
Toldot: Voices and Transgender Day of Remembrance: “But it goes beyond representations of trans people in the media: this is a function of trans lived experience. To transgress the societally sanctioned normative boundaries is to commit an act of deception against society, against the individuals you come into contact with. But either way, your gender is not real, and your identity is a deception. You are not real. You are practicing an unforgivable deceit upon the world if you are thought to possess the voice of Jacob and the hands of Esau.” (Emily Aviva Ylime / Planting Rainbows)