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[Jun. 29th, 2009|02:36 am]
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I suppose this is nothing new to most people who might have even a cursory relationship with gender, but wannabe Gender Soldiers get my goat.

Ok, I call them gender soldiers*, because they seem mostly concerned with being do-as-you're-told grunts wanting to bring the front lines of some gender war into my company. Hon, I've fought in the gender wars in ways you probably haven't gathered. Saying that a car "smells of Boy", or complaining about "the two boys in the front" isn't furthering a cause, nor is freaking at the concept of a boy in a skirt. It isn't bringing attention to anything that has escaped the attention of anybody in this civilisation. If you want a cause, pick another, because your actions for this one merely serves as an annoyance.

I guess knowing the battlefield a little better, and having taken fire (not always directly) from far more capable warriors, makes these stupid little gestures nothing more than a mild buzz from an annoying fly, but it's annoying all the same. It's just adding to the noise that confuses an all too mixed signal.

In this instance, I wish I could call this little conscript on it. The problem is, I'm comfortable where I am right now in that circle. It's all too easy to draw attention to my veteran status, and while it's a status that I proclaimed while I marched through the streets of Dublin yesterday, it's something that could quickly become the centre of my identity in the group. So, I bring up the topic, and it never drops, and I'm still fighting the same old stupid skirmishes... or I let this one pass me by. Both prospects set my teeth on edge.

I say this with all seriousness to potential militia - leave it to the professionals.

* I'd prefer a term that really signified the lowest of the low ranks of grunts, as I know there's a great range of views of the fighting profession on my flist, but "gender privates" just brings an altogether different image to mind.

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[User Picture]From: tearsofzorro
2009-06-29 11:43 am (UTC)
This isn't even about people encountering gender variance for the first time, or about militia for us, it's about those who really want to establish an "us and them" demarkation. I'm thinking of the sort of people who have nothing new to add to an already tired argument.

I'm talking about the people who would wear "Boys are smelly, throw rocks at them" t-shirts in a serious manner. I'm talking about the people who make laughable, sweeping statements, saying that male/female people are [insert undesirable quality here]. I'm talking about those who want to get a rise from "the other side".

And you're saying you never met these people, in Ireland? Sometimes, I've even found Hess to try that stuff on. The difference between Hess and a lot of others is that she'd at least have some gumption to try and learn more, and aspire to be something more than just another rank-and-file grunt spouting out the same old tired attempts to get a rise. That sort of behaviour is not helping anyone. And it's certainly not helpful to a good party atmosphere when someone brings it up.

So when I say, "leave it to the professionals", I really mean that they should put at least a shred of original thought into what they say when they next feel the need to remind the room that there are the girls, and the boys, and that boys shouldn't wear skirts, and that the car smells like Boy - which is bad. No militia needs them, unless they really need cannon fodder.
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[User Picture]From: tearsofzorro
2009-06-29 02:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, if they were potential allies, I wouldn't have this beef. I'd definitely encourage them, especially to get them to try thinking beyond the basic "heteronormatives are smelly, throw rocks at them". :)
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[User Picture]From: motosycho
2009-06-30 12:55 am (UTC)
all boils down to; stupid blond pretty bimbo, no life experiences, gets shocked by alternate fashions. Dumb cow >>
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