November 7th, 2008
|04:02 am - on how Obama ruined my gay wedding...|
I had it all figured out. It was very simple really. First I was going to get a sex change. Then once I was a girl I was going to move to San Francisco and become a lesbian. Then I was going to convince my friend, see_me_naked, aka Sayla Marz, aka Brigid, to come there and marry me. We'd be one big happy lesbian family with tons of little lesbian kids running around (I could freeze my sperm before the operation). What could be better than that?
Only then Prop 8 passed and ruined all my plans. Now I'm just going to have to stay a dude. Sorry Brigid.
Actually, Brigid and I had been talking about Prop 8 a lot the last couple weeks before the election. She has this whole vested interest in it what with being one of them there gays and all.
I didn't really say it, but I was pretty sure that Prop 8 would pass right from the beginning. Actually, to be honest, I'm amazed it came as close to being voted down as it did.
Brigid said something to me the night after the election. She couldn't believe that in a world that's come so far as to finally elect a black president, people could still be so hateful and vindictive as to deny the basic civil right of being able to love another person. I've heard similar arguments from other friends, both straight and gay alike over the last couple days. So I've been sitting around and kind of thinking about it and trying to sort my feelings out about it.
I think I've made my feelings on gay marriage pretty clear. My personal plan was to make an amendment not only abolishing gay marriage, but the whole legal definition of marriage, period. From then on, marriage would be an entirely socio-religious concept and the state would ONLY support civil unions. But I'm a visionary like that.
But most of the world isn't full of free thinking, Jay-Z worshiping, dark-skinned Chinamen like myself. If it were, gay marriage wouldn't be an issue. Nor would racism, illegal drugs, or prostitution. One day, I'll be in charge of the world, and like the great Victor von Doom, I will rule with a firm but fair iron fist, and turn this world into a utopia heretofore unimagined by man. And you will all love it, under penalty of death.
Anyway, as I was telling Brigid, the problem with Prop 8 is it really is what the people want. If you're an alien who comes down from space and moves in with me for a month to learn about the human race, you'd probably come to believe that we're a bunch of sexually uninhibited, hedonistic, morally blurry, atheistic liberals who like to smoke pot in between bisexual orgies and the resulting abortions. But in real life that's not the case. In real life, humans are pretty much self-righteous, selfish, shortsighted pricks. People don't like that which that they don't understand. They fight to maintain the status quo.
Racism didn't just go away. We didn't just happen upon a black president. It took 100 years to get from the freeing of the slaves to the civil rights march on Washington DC. And it took another 45 after that to elect a black president. And you know what? This country is still full of a bunch of racist fucks. Change is slow.
And that's just the thing. Homosexuality has been around since forever. And yeah, gays have been oppressed forever. But really, I'd argue that homosexuality has only been mainstream for about a decade or so, and then only barely. You can't short circuit change. Will the gays get there? Sure, but it's not going to happen over night, and it's going to get a lot worse before it gets better. As sad and awful as it sounds to say, you don't get a Barack Obama in the White House without stepping over the bridge built by the bullet riddled bodies of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X along the way.
This country just isn't ready for gay marriage yet. And it can't be forced down the country's throat. That just breeds resentment and makes it worse. Of course it needs to happen, because without that resentment the change will never come.
But it's going to be a long slow road. You want proof?
You want to know what helped Obama win? Black people. By all accounts black people came out in record numbers to vote for the black guy. And it worked. It put the black guy over the top. BUT, if you look at the California exit polls you'll see something interesting. 70% of those black people also voted for Prop 8. Why? Because niggers hate faggots.
Ironic, isn't it?
But like I said, people fucking suck.
People will fight this. And well they should. Change will never come if they don't. But it's not going to be an easy fight, and I firmly believe that the wrong battle is being fought. The problem with fighting for equality, the problem with the argument "I'm just like you" is that the truth is, you're not. All people are different, and differences are ok. Trying to say that a gay marriage is just like a hetero one is a losing battle, because there's always going to be obvious differences. What really needs to happen is the world needs to realize that a gay marriage, while different is still a valid institution. And that won't happen without a change of attack. And even then, it won't happen overnight.
Unless we elect me ruler....
Under penalty of death.
I elect you ruler.
see, don't you feel better already?
||Date: November 7th, 2008 - 01:16 pm
Mav is one of the extremely few people other than myself whom I'd entrust with this job. I'll second this.
really, once the rest of the world learns your subservience, the healing can truly begin.
||Date: November 7th, 2008 - 02:30 pm
And I've even got a slogan
Chris Maverick for President:
Put a REAL maverick in the office.
OK Corny, yes, but it had to be said. :)
I always appreciate reading what you have to say; you tend to bring thoughtful and poignant observations to issues that need to be discussed openly. Thanks man.
||Date: November 7th, 2008 - 04:05 pm
Re: And I've even got a slogan
Yeah, I seriously felt that every time they said that they should have owed me $5 in royalties.
Thanks for the kind words.
Instead of president we'll just make you in charge of Sheild. I can imagine you walking into the Oval Office and confronting Obama and telling him he is naive to think he's the only Super Hero in the world...
Plus you could have a kick ass party on the Helicarrier.
Dude, I would so rock as Executive Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. And yeah the Helicarrier would be a great place to throw a party. And I could have a flying car... dude!
If the flyin' car's a rockin', don't come a knockin'
Instead of multiple costumes you could have multiple LMD running around. Hell you could probably do some kick ass multiple Mav choreography right before Godzilla attacked and Dum Dum Dugan turned out to be a damn Skrull...
People said America wasn't ready for a Black president. But it *was* ready for a half-Black president. So maybe it's ready for bisexual marriage.
But seriously, I think America's closer to being ready than you might think (and that it ever has been). And the more gay people who come out, the more other people see the love that their friends and family members have for others who happen to be of the same sex, and can relate and accept their love, too. I give it 10 years before same-sex marriages are legal in all but the backwardest states.
I don't believe it. The problem is as much as you and I appreciate gay people for who they are, a very large part of the population has firm core beliefs that homosexuality is a mortal sin, plain and simple. This is a belief dating back THOUSANDS of years and that simply doesn't just go away with wishful thinking
Again, I liken it to polyamory, prostitution, or pornography. Any belief that is against peoples core values, ESPECIALLY when that belief has to do with sex (even tangentially) is just hard to shake. Ten years is way too soon for this debate to be over. 10 years for California, sure. But it'll be a long long time before that equality exists throughout the majority of this country.
The population of California is roughly 36,553,215 as of 2007
According to the 2006 ACS Estimates, 6.2% of that is Black...roughly 2,266,299.33
and assuming (incorrectly, but I hate math and I'm swiftly losing interest in figuring it out...) that every one of that 36+ million is both eligible and registered to vote, that would be 1,586,409.53 Black voters that you just called nigger.
...because lord knows there's not even one of those who might think that government isn't qualified to determine what constitutes a marriage.
Thats the chief obstruction for the passage of any same-sex marriage law...figure the best way to get it to pass is move for all marriages -- gay, straight, something-else-that-I-can't-think-of-because-its-17-minutes-passed-stupid -- to be redefined as legal partnerships or retroactively terminate any legal benefit thereof.
...alternately, we can all wait until I've brooded long enough to become an Elder of the Universe (at which point all opposition becomes a mild vexation, easily solved by a pint of guiness, a malboro mild and the vocal stylings of Joss Stone). It will be a nice world where everyone is free to love, marry and do whatever they please so long as they don't disturb my mellow...
Damn! That was eloquent!
I would totally vote for you even WITHOUT penalty of death LOL