Archive for July, 2010
This isn’t new but tattooing your pussy has to hurt, right? Right? Think it’ll catch on?
Calling Amy Winehouse, hello?
[via Defamer, who calls it twattoos]
Lee Lynch, for whom I have boundless admiration, has written another humbly inspiring piece in her bimonthly column at JAW. Lee is a L&G historian by default – she writes contemporary lesbian stories that establish an indelible sense of time, place and people in a way that reminds you to gently ‘take notice please’ – without intending to claim them as memoirs or, much less, historical fiction.
Aside from her stories, her column, called Amazon Trails, has been running for decades – sometimes moving between homes but always a note to look forward to. The reason I’m highlighting AT in this post is because I’m going to quote a line from it:
Every book a gay person writes about a gay life, every time we come out to a boss – or every time we hide while the bigots win elections – we may think we’re just living our lives, but we’re actually determining our history.
I have friends, gay and lesbian, who will never do the grand gesture of marching, protesting, petitioning or stuff like that yet still live their whole lives as homosexuals, usually in long term relationships. We argue about whether just ‘being’ that way (usually on the quiet) is enough or whether they should do more. Obviously how much one can show depends on each individual situation. But herein lies the truism, if we don’t do then there will be no change.
Many, if not all, of us owe our progressively improving lot to the few who ‘do’. My question then is if you had nothing to lose, if you were secure enough, would you ‘do’ more? My part answer, for today, is no. If you’ve been ‘not doing’ for most of your life, then having more freedom/less recriminations will not make you change your behaviour. Because you’re used to just ‘being’.
I’ll be heading soon to Cologne for the Gay Games and continue tramping through Central Europe over (their) summer. In the run up to that, I have a thousand and one things to do/buy/select/pack/unpack and organise, hence the quietness on this blog.
But before I leave you, here are a couple of items literary lesbianistas that you are should check out:
The first is a peek at the new Batwoman comic series, Elegy. Take a look at the graphics. Like wow! If you’re wondering why you should support this series, well, honey, Batwoman in her RL alter ego as Kate Kane, is family. I don’t know why she’s got a couple of freaky dudes as her sidekicks but I can’t wait to find out. Sadly, I won’t be taking it on holiday with me. I’ll be loading up my iPhone with ebooks in the unlikely event I’ll have time to read.
Secondly, this is a shout out for a young woman who is attempting to read and review the whole lesbian literature-verse. She’s starting a bit far back but unearthing some beauties. Good on ya, Danika. Send her your book picks at http://lesbrary.wordpress.com/
Finally, don’t forget to download your copy of 4Play: Read These Lips Volume Four from www.readtheselips.com