Late-night Foray into the Void

On a relatively late-night stroll into the ether, or the internet as it were, I found my way into my own particular gut wrenching subsection. I began looking at tiny houses and wondered what it would be like to quit my job and live a life of traveling and seeing the world. Then I was watching a video about a deaf girl who could sing better than I ever could even in the prime of my chorus days and then I landed on the one that broke me. Turned my already fracturing understanding of the human race and its current way of functioning into a pile of ashes.

I splintered and shattered as I looked at an old man while he described to a boy what it was like for him to come out as gay when he was younger. He briefly described that it was illegal and that if you were spending the night with a male friend and the police came in and found you in bed together that you could be arrested simply because. Watching him dream about what it would be like to be able to think about being gay as maybe not “such a big deal” and definitely not face the same consequences as he would have in his youth.

And all I can say is what have we done? What are we still doing? We make people who are too old to restart, or too tired to try again, dream about the sludge that we still turn out as human beings. To fantasize about the trash that is being put forth by many people toward the LGBTQA community is inconceivable to me, even though I know progress has been made. And no, I am not talking about LGBTQA community exclusively, my hopelessness encompasses all oppressed or discriminated against people.

What kind of a society are we that we can’t just let people be. Where I, who pass in all ways, still want to escape the shit people we have become as a society. When did it become so important to everyone what someone does in the privacy of their bedrooms or where someone pees that we have completely ignored that they are still people. Like, holy fuck, just let them pee!

I never before thought I struggled with depression but I am wondering if I have developed it from the deep-seated misanthropy that grows inside of me. The fact that I am considering investing in a tiny house so that I am not tied to one place or so I can easily escape when things become too much is a worrisome thing. I should want to plant roots and make a family but I don’t.

Recent studies have shown that the rate at which people from my generation and younger are having babies is dropping too quickly and I can’t say that I am surprised. There are many reasons why I have chosen a child free life but chief among them is not wanting to bring a child into this world—to see them go through life and be treated like shit the way we treat anyone that doesn’t fit into the box we’ve labelled normal.

They say that normal is just a setting on your washer but truthfully it is this imaginary standard that we measure everyone against. Some fake ideal that we have concocted in our heads from movies, stories, politics, religion, ect, that we use as a ruler and in the end, it’s inadequate, no worse, it’s complete and utter shit and it’s harmful.

We as people can do amazing things and overcome ridiculous obstacles. To be able to write and compose your own songs, then sing those songs with an amazing voice that gives me goosebumps is amazing in general but when it done by someone who is deaf? That is something I would not have thought possible but I was proven wrong. Why can we not use this amazing ability to adapt to accept each other and strive toward greatness and use the resources we currently spend on keeping others down and trying to maintain the imaginary status on helping those in need and decreasing world suck?

When trying to fit people in a box doesn’t work, it’s time to change. When what you believe only hurts and does not help, it’s time to change. When I have to watch an older man, sit and wistfully imagine what it would have been like to experience their first love or crush without the fear of being disowned/abused/arrested/killed it is time to change. When you are putting your personal ideas of what someone else should be before the life and feelings of said person it is time to change.

I can’t teach you to care about others. Empathy, it seems, is becoming an increasingly rare trait and without it we’re all screwed.

Yeah? Well, I’m Taking my Legos and Going Home

Today’s topic for me is one I only recently encountered. Having grown up where the LGBT clubs I came in contact with were more than happy to welcome all, it’s quite a shock to me to hear there are some who feel asexuals should not be included in the group.

When I was younger I didn’t know many people who were out, and from my limited perspective on the world it seemed the majority of people we plain, vanilla straight people with a smattering on the edges of gay people. From early on, I didn’t care about peoples orientations as long as they were decent people. I allied myself with what I believed to be a minority. As I grew older though, I learned of transgender, gender queer, asexuals, intersex, polyamorous and all the other people who didn’t fit into the heteronormative box.

I began to wonder, if there are so many people living on the “fringes,” how are their voices not being heard? And recently it clicked for me. We’re fighting among ourselves. The people who are oppressing and discriminating against the sexual and gender minorities don’t have to divide and conquer because people are doing that for them from within.

From bisexual erasure to excluding asexuals all together, it’s a wonder that we’ve achieved anything at all. We’re fighting for freedom and equality. Do the gays and lesbians deserve it more simply because they have more members. Aren’t we all really after the same thing? Equality, acceptance, the ability to live our lives as we see fit without someone trying to tell us we’re wrong?

There are a lot of similarities between the background stories of some asexuals and gays. Many of us feel alone and isolated, questioning our own feelings and believing there is something wrong with us because we aren’t like everyone else. And my lack of sexual attraction is no more a choice than theirs is for who they’re attracted to. There is usually a coming out experience for all and then the subsequent back lash from some of the people in our lives who no longer accept us.

There is also an idea beginning to pop up that asexuals are trying to piggy back on the success of the gay and lesbian movement. This makes me mad for some many reasons, but mostly because I thought we were all in this together. We’re a team working toward the goal of decreasing world suck (nerdfighter for life) and yet some are accusing asexuals (or others) of being the one holding them back in the three legged race. We’re not dead weight; we’re not riding the coat tails of others. Everyone brings something unique to this cocktail party. I’m not trying to say your cheese and crackers tray is mine but I bet it would pair well with the wine I brought.

My partner and I were talking about this post and I was trying to explain why some might feel like asexuals shouldn’t be included and why bi-erasure exists. The best explanation I had was to imagine a life where your nerve endings don’t reach your skin, therefore you do not have a sense of touch. I can explain all day what rough means but without feeling it for yourself you’d never truly know. Touch is so ingrained into who we are most of us cannot imagine a world without it. Or like trying to explain light to someone who cannot see. My partner mentioned it’s requires being able to walk in someone else’s shoes, to take a step out of their box and into someone else’s. Empathy, it takes empathy. So few people truly know how to do this anymore but without it we are lesser beings. Empathy is a dying skill in our society.

So, the next time you want to exclude someone and tell them they can’t play with your toys because they’re different or they don’t belong, remember they’re human and on some level we’re all the same. To the people who want to exclude asexuals: Don’t, just don’t. The whole idea of the QUILT BAG community is about inclusion and refuge from the oppression of being in a society that doesn’t understand. Who are you to say that my color isn’t included in the rainbow?

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