Anonymous said: While finding a character's sexuality is a very, well, interesting task, I'm not sure I understand its purpose. But then, I'm also personally against labeling people and categorizing their sexuality, having been assumed to be many of the various tumblr-born "-sexual" names as of late. My question is this - why do you do this? From what I have read, you seem to guess quite often and ignore the innumerable possible desires held in favor of speculating over which category a character fits in with.
So, first, I find it kind of interesting that you’re dismissive the “various tumblr-born -‘sexual’ names” while simultaneously chiding me for “ignoring the innumerable possible desires” of each character.
Second, I’d like to say that I’m sorry folks have tried to force various labels onto you. I definitely don’t think anyone should try to force a label onto any other person…but we’re not talking about real life people. We’re talking about fictional characters. I cannot go up to The Doctor, for example, and ask him to explain his sexual identity. All I can do is watch the show, maybe read some interviews with cast/writers/etc, and see what I see.
What I’m doing is not guessing or speculating, though. What I’m doing is something often referred to as “queering the text.” I’m purposefully interpreting the characters in such a way as to disrupt the notion that heterosexuality and monosexuality are the normative default. This is actually an old practice, far older than Tumblr. Far older than the internet, even. Arguably for as long as there have been marginalised queer folk, there have been queer folk “queering a text.” It’s what people do; we find ourselves in the stories we hear and tell, regardless of whether the authors of said stories intended us to be there.
As for the purpose, well as I alluded to above, the purpose is that it disrupts folks’ preconceived notions of what is ‘normal.’ It’s fascinating how much it throws people off kilter to hear that a character they thought was straight or gay/lesbian, is actually bisexual.
Also, and more importantly, it provides a space for bisexual/pansexual folk to see themselves represented. Mind, most of the characters on this blog fit one bad stereotype or another, so I’m not suggesting these are examples of good representation. It tells bisexual/pansexual folks that their interpretations of characters are valid, that it’s not just all in their heads. These characters are bisexual/pansexual, it’s just that most folks don’t pick up on it.
Navajo Kindergartner Sent Home from School, Ordered to Cut His Hair
On Monday, a 5-year-old Native American boy was sent home on his first day of school and ordered to cut his hair short because it allegedly violated district policy, the boy’s mother said.
The child, Malachi Wilson, an enrolled citizen of the Navajo Nation, had been looking forward to his first day of kindergarten at F.J. Young Elementary in Seminole, Texas.
I AM SEETHING. FUCK THE CONTINUATION OF ASSIMILATION EFFORTS AND ASSAULT ON THE PHYSICAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL, AND SPIRITUAL WELL-BEING OF NATIVE AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLE.
THIS COUNTRY HAS NO SHAME
NO HISTORICAL BEARING
HAS AMERICA FORGOTTEN SO SOON?
THE TRAGEDY OF NATIVE CHILDREN FORCED TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES FOR RACIST BOARDING SCHOOLS?
WHERE THEIR HAIR WAS CUT? WHERE CHILDREN WERE BEATEN FOR SPEAKING THEIR MOTHER TONGUES? WHERE THEY WERE ABUSED AND FORCED TO HIDE THEIR CULTURE AS A WAY TO SURVIVE?
NEVER FORGET. NEVER.
SO WE TAKE THEIR LAND AND THEN WE MAKE THEM CUT THEIR HAIR!?!?!?!!