So I couldn’t find the video of these compared to the song Blurred Lines, but here’s a link to photos of rape victims holding signs of what their rapists said compared to the lyrics of the song.
This is my favourite rendition of Same Love.
Relating to our topics of transgender problems
Yesterday while at Cafe Ventana I decided to go to the mens restroom so I didn’t have to wait for the women’s, because why not? They are literally the exact same.. in fact, they just recently switched the signs on the doors for the mens and women’s, so it technically used to always be used by women.. but as I walked out this man stopped me and said, “FYI, they switched the signs.” He was angry because he had to wait for a woman, rather than a man. I looked him in the eyes and said, “that’s okay” as I walked away. I found it very rude and disrespectful, and what if I didn’t see myself as a woman.. he knows nothing about me. Last weekend in Rockford I was at a regatta for rowing and we had to stay in the YMCA with about 700 other people.. I didn’t want to wait for the girls restroom once again because there were six girls in this one bathroom brushing their teeth.. when I came out of the mens restroom, mind you it was a private restroom, this guy was disgusted and said, “I can’t go in there now,” and walked away. Little things like this are becoming more visible to me and it’s ridiculous.. especially because all restrooms are made for the same purpose, regardless of sexual identity. End rant.
So in primary school we are typically taught sex-ed, but it is always about heterosexual relationships and sexual encounters. I was curious if any schools in the state also teach children about safe sex in homosexual relationships. I didn’t find anything specifically regarding the U.S. but I found an article about Scotland teaching students about homosexual sex-ed, which is really rad. I personally think that if at a younger age we were taught about these things as we grew up we would be less likely to shun those who live that lifestyle. I know that as a child if I were taught about it I would have probably been more comfortable in my own skin and possibly would’ve been more accepted by my peers and bullied less.. but that’s just a personal opinion.
This is completely random and irrelevant to what we’ve been talking about but today at lunch my friends each pulled out their own sanitizer’s, because god forbid my male friend use the fruity scented one and my female friend use the way-too-strong cologne sanitizer. I shouldn’t have been surprised to see that they have sanitizer “for men,” but I was. I was shocked that men had to have a special sanitizer labeled that it was just for them.. The fact that everything has to be separated into these two categories bothers me..
I’m posting a better photo of my tattoo if anyone cares to see it not in the fading process.. like I said in class, I do not find it a negative word and I enjoy using it in my vocabulary not in a negative context. When I first got it and told people they we disgusted or just questioned why I got it. I don’t need to have a reason to why I got it, other than because I wanted to and that I enjoy the word itself.
So this is kind of off topic, but my best friend and I started this project called The Love Your Body Project. We went to Taste of St. Louis this weekend and took photos of some people, men and women, with something they love about their bodies written on a whiteboard. This doesn’t relate much to any of our readings, but it just really helped me, and others, to really put thought into what they loved about themselves. Most had absolutely no trouble coming up with something. We only had time to ask a few, but we’ll be doing it a ton more in the future. If you want to check out some other photos, or watch the array of people grow you could follow the Instagram page @TheLoveYourBodyProject.
If you like cute elderly people, or laughing, you should definitely check this out.. If you don’t find this a little humourous we need to have a chat. :p