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I learned 5 hours of HTML on CodeAcademy and used those skills to make this slightly eldritch conceptual writing project:

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a gender reveal party where I open a box full of balloons but all the balloons are colorless and have "it's a human child!" written on them

Legendary Apollo project programmer Margaret Hamilton, next to a printout of weirdo tech bro replies to her posts

ok fingers crossed might delete later. here's my stupid essay attempting to synthesize my reflections on trying to navigate the quite intense discourse regarding queer vocabulary and identity.

cw for extreme discourse, mentions of various iterations of queerphobia (this is an essay about "the discourse", after all)

I'm blatantly reposting this on here, because it is beautiful
validation and hope instead of toxic positivity

sometimes a family is a few hundred queer strangers on the internet

boobs coming out their well to shame mankind

@mcmansionhell I'm reminded of an excerpt from a book called "Lesbian Health Matters" which my mom read in med school in the early 80s. It's too much to type out here, but I posted it on birbsite a while back: (I still need to finish that thread…)

TL;DR of the excerpt is "In fact: there is probably no statement about our relationships and sexuality which would hold true for all [lesbians]." The label is convenient, but it isn't prescriptive of actions or even identity.

Personally, I think insisting "the label means one thing and you must follow it or you are Not Valid" is the very antithesis of queerness, but that's just me.

all this hemming and hawing on my part comes from my depressing experiences never fitting into or being accepted or desired in queer womens spaces UNTIL i started identifying as a lesbian

tldr i beg the questions: 1) are labels really a suitable way to attempt to categorize the diversity of our queer, lived experiences and 2) would the discourse around lgbtq labels and identity be as virulent if we all had equal access to space and care ??? hmmm

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