Friday, May 16, 2008

Okay, here's a little more...

Well I went on a walk outside, searching for adventure but at least finding air yes air although back in here it's still sweltering, why is the warmest place right in front of the computer?

Anyway, another paragraph towards an op-ed of some sort, soon to arrive somewhere in the world:

No one should have the right to marry -- no, not even you, Mary. What we need is universal access to things like housing, healthcare, the benefits now procured through citizenship -- oh, and food, right, food? This spectacle around gay marriage takes attention away from the issues that actually matter -- like ending the US war on Iraq, massive ICE raids across the country and the neverending assault on anyone struggling to live outside of mainstream consumerist norms. Gay marriage creates fewer options, not more. While many straight people are busy reaping the benefits of gay liberation and discovering new ways of loving, lusting for and caring for one another, the gay marriage movement is busy fighting for a 1950s model of white-picket fence "we're just like you" normalcy. And that's no reason to celebrate.

12 comments:

Michael Faris said...

well said!

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Thanks, Michael -- but the *really* sad thing is that now I can't Mary Ellen's girlfriend, I mean we were engaged!

Love --
mattilda

keidy said...

Does everybody know they can pre-order your book? The book will be out in September. I want everybody to know.

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Aha -- you mean So Many Ways to Sleep Badly -- you're right, I should mention that...

Love --
mattilda

michele said...

great op-ed!

i am baffled as to why "we" want to enter this institution so badly in the first place.

i was just talking to a married lesbian friend about this tonight... talk about dicey conversation. marriage in any form is just not of interest to me, and i hate to see such $/resources being used towards "gay marriage rights".

but how to contradict that ever-present argument? -- that since the horrid mainstream dominates us, any progress in the mainstream is ultimately good. (i dont agree, but get too exhausted/depressed when this comes up to know what to say)...

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Michael, that's supposed to say "marry Ellen's girlfriend," but you probably got the point -- a voice activation software error!

Michele, glad you enjoyed it -- as for the incremental progress argument, I always say that as queers we grow up in a world that wants us to die or disappear, so we shouldn't grow up to want to become part of that same world *on its terms*...

So great to hear from you!

Love --
mattilda

Constintina said...

Thank you.

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Thank you, Constintina -- there will be more, soon, or soonish...

Love --
mattilda

stephen said...

the line between whether it is right or wrong, good or bad that gays have gained the right to marry is too blurry for my brain... but i do know that i have moved to oakland and the air around lake merrit is fresh and there are very few people to deal with while breathing it.. i love it. join me.

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Stephen, forget about right or wrong, it's an atrocity!!!!

And yay for the air around Lake Merritt, makes me want to take a walk right now wait I'm supposed to be taking a walk right now in all the soft soft fog yes for the fog!

Love --
mattilda

Katie said...

so in agreement with you!

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Thank you, Katie!

Love --
mattilda