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Grabbed from roomie. I know I did something similar to this before, but not exactly the same, and I think I've gotten new friends since then, so... Oh. And since I'm more random now, maybe this'll make even less sense than last time... and maybe I won't remind people of a penguin >.<

Comment and I'll...
1)Tell you why I friended you.
2)Associate you with a song/movie.
3)Tell a random fact about you.
4)Tell my first memory of you.
5)Associate you with an animal/fruit.
6)Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
7)In return, you MUST spread this disease in your lj.

on Feb. 18th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
Mmkay, that makes more sense. /swt
Posted by [identity profile]
1) Slightly complicated question to answer. For the most part, though, I friended you because you knew Marlee who knew Morgan who I was clinging to for dear life because otherwise I would've drowned in gargantuan Fort Mill. And you were into fandom, which I had just started to dip my toe into. And you seemed pretty cool from what small discussions I'd had with you *nods*.

2)Mm... I'm gonna say "Razzle Dazzle" from Chicago. It's pretty random, I know, but... *struggles to find a reason for it*. And a movie? ... ... ... I can think of no movie. I really can't. *shrugs*

3)You have a playful side to rival Duo's.

4)Well, that would be a combination of "Hey, look, she rides my bus!" and "Hey, that girl is in my history class and has an... interesting sense of fashion." Though those are more first impressions than memories...

5)Maybe a grapefruit? I definitely thought citrus right off the bat, but... *shrugs* You're not sickeningly sweet, yet you're... refreshing. Yay for logic that makes no sense!

6)Mm, ask me later, if both of us are somehow on at 3 o'clock in the morning on a random day. But for now, tell me of your fascination with anime: from whence did it come, how long has it been there, what keeps you involved now, etc...

on Feb. 19th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
Answer for me?

*yells* Fighting evil by moonlight...

on Feb. 19th, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
1) Well, I wonder I friended you. Really, I have no clue. None at all. Other than the fact that you're rooming with me, maybe? [/sarcasm]

2)PotC for the movie. And song? The Sailor Moon theme song (Japanese translation, not English dub).

3)When on ice cream, you act vaguely drunk (sometimes more than vaguely). It amuses me greatly.

4)This was actually: "Hey, quiet girl down the hall who doesn't look like she could fit through a crack in the wall! Let's be friends (if we're ever awake/around each other at the same time)!"

5)Pineapple. You can be rather sweet, but people have to negotiate your misanthropic exterior first. And animal? Mm, cat. No reason for that one.

6)Ok, vaguely personal question that you might have considered yourself having answered already: where/when/why did you investigate the fluidity of gender and sexuality, and how is this relevant to your own life (as in: where do you fall on the entirely gay/entirely straight scale...) (Will screen your answer if you want me to, since this a public post [though this journal isn't frequented very often...])

Re: *yells* Fighting evil by moonlight...

on Feb. 22nd, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
Moonlight Desentu is the name of the original theme song. ^^ Pineapple? Awesome. I can see that.

Okay, on to question. You don't need to screen this, because I honestly don't care, but it will be rather long. (As in, maybe more than one comment)Yay for TMI about Rea's personal life! I was raised by two ex-hippies who weren't entirely convinced about the "ex" part. Mom is a bit conservative for our family, by which I mean that she falls under the "I have no business judging others" category rather than the "this is not a sin, deal with it feamle dogs in heat (no swearing, yay!)" category. Dad is insanely liberal, but also insists on non-gendered basic politeness, i.e. open doors for anyone, regardless of gender etc. (Yay, pretentious latin abbreveations!) My parents both participated equally in household chores, and expected me and my sis to join in when we got to an appropriate age. So, I really didn't grow up with an understanding of gender roles existing.

Sexuality being fluid was a realization that took a while to understand. I was a rather sheltered child and didn't know what homosexuality was until fifth grade, when the Southern Baptists kicked up a huge fuss about *gasp* Disney giving the same benefits to gay couples that they did to straight couples. I still didn't really understand what it was, though. In sixth grade, I took a required course on getting along with differnce. It was intended to be mainly about racial and religious difference, but our teacher involved homosexuality. I know knew what it was, but I had no idea what to think of it. I knew that the Southern Baptists thought it was bad, and they were Christians, but I also knew that they had some pretty errornious assuptions about gender roles. Furthermore, I actually hadn't hit puberty at that point, and the idea of being attracted to anyone sexually was a bit disconcerting. My early views, as far as I can remember, was that I wasn't sure about the morality, but it wasn't my place to judge.

As I grew older, I began defining my faith on my own terms, independent of what I had learned from my parents and the organized church. What emereged as the defining tenet of my faith is that God is Love. For Love to condemn love is nonsensical at best.

As I entered High School I became very interested in feminism as a movement. I've read a lot of different authors. The belief that women are in fact people is one I cherish. Feminism leads to women's studies which leads to gender studies which leads to sexuality. I don't remember where I first incountered the idea that sexuality was fluid, but I know it struck a chord with me. There is no other area where people define themselves solely by their prefrences which are held to be unchangeable. I like purple and green the best. If I decided I like yellow and blue the best, no one will care. This is not meant to imply that those moronic "Jesus made me straight" people have any legitamancy, because quite frankly I think they make Jesus cry. (Plus also, how can you seriously say as an "ex"-gay man 'When ever I feel homosexual urges, I get down on my knees in front of Jesus'. That's definately more sacriligious than any of my veiws). However, I do beleive that labels can be harmful. If defining yourself in one way gives meaning to you, than by all means do so. However, don't feel pressured to pick a label, just because everyone else has one. This isn't Pokemon--there's no need to "label them all". Besides, everyone has the capacity for sexual/romantic love (excepting asexuality, which still can include romantic love). Who one falls in love with is really not that dependent on gender.

Part Two

on Feb. 22nd, 2007 05:31 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
The idea that gender itself, and not just gender roles, is a social construct is one I've only recently come to hold. It stems mainly from my knowledge of biology, but also from taking two classes which emphasized the importance of understanding why we as humans construct things.

To be fully accurate, I do not disbelieve in gender; I disbelieve in the Western concept of binary gender. In other words, I believe that there are more than two genders, and the boundries are not set in stone. Biology supports this conclusion. In nature, there are at least four differnt genetic systems for determining gender. The X-Y system in mammals, in which the sperm cell typically contains a X or Y chromosome, thus determining gender; the X-O system in some insects in which there is only one sex chromosome, X, where females have two X chromosomes and males have one. Here the sperm cell also decides the gender. In the Z-W system, which includes birds, some fish, and some inscets the ovum determines gender. Females are ZW, males are ZZ. In the haplo-diploid system, found in ants and bees, females develop from fertilized ova, males develop from unfertilized ova.

Furthermore, there are several chromosomal abnormalities in humans other than XX or XY. Which I can't find right now, but I'll look up later. Both true and psuedo hermaphroditism are also more common than many people think. Transexuality also plays a role in this. So, I'll articulate my views on this more clearly after a semester of genetics. ^^

Anyway, on to the personal part of the question. Um, I'm not entirely sure. I'm pretty sure I'm neither a one nor a six on the Kinsey scale. Right now, I'd place myself at a two: primarily attracted to guys, but with the potential to be attracted to girls. However, like I said, it's all fluid, especially during adolescence, so que sera, sera.


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