I am an activist for my people. I perform my activism with my words, which is the tool I have at hand. Sometimes I am repetitive. I am a teacher. Some lessons are hard. That's a clue to the fact that they are important. Important lessons need to be taught, time and again, using different words, approaching the issue from different points of view. That's what I do. Some of you claim that I do it "ad nauseam".
Many of you know me as the transsexual woman (or whatever you call me). Some of you know me as a poet. Some of you see the teacher in me. Or the glbt activist and PFLAG parent. I am all of these. I am a human being.
This all started with a joke about Ann Coulter belonging in a men's prison. It ends much differently...
I'll lay aside the part about how insane it is to send transsexual women to men's prison and the near-death sentence that probably is. But I will not lay aside the fact that some people think that joking about Ms. Coulter's looks in regards what they think is her questionable gender is appropriate. I'm a feminist as well...former co-president of my county NOW chapter in Arkansas. Was it funny when right-wingers called Janet Reno and Madeliene Albright men because of their looks?
At the time I wrote:
But it is about Coulter, isn't it. What part of that evil woman is a clown that she needs to be made fun of? And what part of making fun of her requires the disrespect of a group of people? Isn't it enough that we (I'm only one of about 20 transgendered people here, to my knowledge, but I'm the one who speaks up the most (not everyone is as out as I am)) ask you not to do so? Sort of like gay people asking that 'gay' and 'faggot' and 'dyke' not be used as terms of derision. When did progressives and liberals start practicing such disrespect? I thought it was the other people.
I'm not just writing this for you. I hope other people will read it as well.
Then I started thinking. I do that. It's a gift. And a curse. I thought first about how appearance is such a poor gauge of people. What does it say about ourselves that when we encounter minds, we judge their packages? What kind of humor is involved in making jokes about people's appearance? I just don't see that as an acceptable trough to dive into in public for the sake of a joke.
Some people say that means I don't have a sense of humor. Hey! Guess what! I don't laugh at jokes about race either. Don't you think race is about appearance?
I was reminded it was going to be Martin Luther King Day. I wrote about Martin and Coretta after Coretta's death.
Landscape of the Mind
Indeed, Martin Luther King is the human Martin Luther King. And Martin knew that you can't even get to The Mountaintop if you are not willing to climb the hills. Getting over that appearance thing is one of the hills.