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Thinking Outside the Box - De File
Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
cbertsch
cbertsch
Thinking Outside the Box
The fabulous charliegrrrl, the driving force behind the excellent Other magazine and an all-around Renaissance ____, has an interesting entry today about the way in which transsexuals and bisexuals sometimes suffer similarly constraining classifications and the solidarity that might be forged between them as a result

In light of the ongoing discussions that our Friday night soirées at Congress have been inspiring -- I'll again namecheck siyeh, commonalgebra, hollsterhambone, and kdotdammit, as well as elizabeg and a variety of wonderful non-LJers -- I thought Charlie's perspective particularly important to consider. It's hard to think one's way outside of the boxes that others have thought up for us. But we're not going to find an escape route by sitting in the dark mourning our claustrophobic fate, are we? I'm so glad to be in the presence, virtual or otherwise, of so many people who are willing to think their way to freedom, however much tape they have to cut through along the way. Box cutters of the world, unite!

Mode: cutting edge
Muse: Skylar breathing away, at work on a project that requires breathy concentration

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somemonad From: somemonad Date: July 5th, 2005 07:46 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm so jealous of these get-togethers. I'll have to come visit Tucson sometime! (You'd think four years there would make me want to never come back. Hmmm.)
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: July 5th, 2005 08:18 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Certain possible...frustrations?...wrought in part by those four years notwithstanding, I'd still say Tucson would have most anyone and you included wishing anything but never coming back. But then, I like to think most transplants endure some small fraction of the Tucson-longing that a born and bred Tucsonan feels :)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 5th, 2005 08:36 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The more the merrier! (Unless, that is, their goal is to muddle the merriment. But that doesn't apply to you, obviously).
hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: July 5th, 2005 10:21 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I like the concrete image of the box cutter you supplied. I used to work at Bath and Body Works while I was studying for my MA because in the beginning I vainly wished for a few extra luxuries that my TA salary wouldn't afford. I didn't work there consistently for too long, however, as studying began to take up all my time, but when I worked there I was always in charge of making sure the store's collection of box cutters was in order. I used to hate that "job," feeling that the box cutters were so dangerous, always fearing I'd cut myself on a blade I didn't see was open. But now that you've appropriated the object in this way I guess I am kind of proud: a bit smiley. Thanks!
charliegrrrl From: charliegrrrl Date: July 7th, 2005 01:49 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Wow, thanks! Glad you enjoyed the discussion. I've definitely learned a lot about the complexities of queer ID politics in the early 21st century!
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cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 7th, 2005 01:53 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
And you already knew a lot too. It's a pleasure seeing what you're doing. And Other rules. I didn't quite grasp its specialness at first, even though I loved what I got to read. But now that my life has taken several sharp turns in the direction of complexity, all that good reading has retroactively turned into a whole lot more.
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