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People are so stupid. Apparently tons of people are saying the character from "Brave", Merida (which is very good, by the way), is g.a.y, because she doesn't wanna get married. -_-
That's like saying I'm not American because I don't like football or something. It makes ZERO SENSE.
This is why I'm going to keep writing about LGBTQ (well, maybe not the "T", as I have much less experience with people who are tr.a.n.s. and don't know if I could do the topic justice at all) people. People need to be EXPOSED to this in the media, so they can understand it better. The media is SO influential, we really need to use it as a tool to help society accept LGBTQ.
I talked with my mom about this, and we had a very interesting debate. I said I thought a goal for the LGBTQ rights movement should be to get some g.a..y charries in children's shows. Mom didn't like this idea, but not because she's against LGBTQ (she's for it). It's because she thinks that s.e.x.u.a.l.it.y of any kind shouldn't be a major issue in little kid shows, same-s.e.x or straight.
What do you think? When will we have LGBTQ charries in kid shows? How can we, as a society, get this to happen?
ADDITION: For the "Brave" thing, I'm mad that people assume any woman who doesn't wanna marry is g.a.y. Not that she is/isn't gay, because having a gay Disney princess would be FANTASTIC for society to see. :)
EDIT: I'd love to see a g.a.y. Disney princess, it'd be fantastic for LGBTQ acceptance.
I'm only mad about the "Brave" thing because it's so demeaning, to assume like these people are doing that straight women SHOULD wanna marry, and if they don't they must not be. -_-
I think that if Disney's gonna show a kiss between the princess and some other guy they need to do the same for princess and girl. I think they can show that much in a kids' show. I don't think Merida was ga.y necessarily, she just didn't want to get married and that shouldn't automatically be linked to her se.xuality being in question.
I have a trans* romance on TI and I understand it somewhat cos I have loads of trans* friends and I am androgynous myself :P. So I write it and it's not the easiest thing to write unless you're going through it or a trans* person is telling you their troubles on a daily basis or something.
I do love your LGBQ romances though :3 so I'll be quite happy if you put up some more of those :).
Sorry to butt in, but I couldn't help but commenting and if you'd prefer me to leave this thread, I completely understand :). Anyway, I don't think sēxuālīty should be much of an issue with children's show, you know? Like, gāy and strāight romances should be proportionate, but not over-though about. A show/book/et cetera should have a gāy couple just so they can have the "token LGBTQ person," if that makes any sense.
Have either of you read Graceling by Kristin Cashore? If not, I highly recommend it. The reason why I'm pointing this out is because the sequel, Butterblue, just came out and it show some gāy romances (a lēsbian couple, hints of a gāy couple, and a gāy prince). However, not once in the book does it say "gāy," "lėsbian," or something along those lines, nor do their hõmosėxuality interfere much with the main plot. It just is what it is. (This might have happened in the first book, but I read that one when I didn't really know too much about LGBTQ.) That's one thing that annoys me – when a book or movie has an LGBTQ romance in it, and that ends up overpowering everything else (then again, I hate it when that happens with straight romances as well).
Anyway, those are my two cents, and if you're craving some YA literature, I highly recommend those books I mentioned (as well as the companion to Graceling, Fire, while I'm at it ;) ).
I'm reading Graceling right now actually XD. An English teacher (my soon to be one for AP English Language) recommended it to me. (We know each other cos I babysat for her and her husband who was my Biology and also my Human Anatomy and Physiology teacher and she was the kind soul who edited my book, Eugenics). I haven't gotten far-- stopped to reread Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone :3-- but I'll make sure I get to it :P. I might not for awhile though since I'm rereading the whole HP series atm XD.
I don't mind, Leafy :) you're welcome here too.
I'm so stressed.
I have to pick a major and I'm not sure if I still wanna do film and maybe I wanna do journalism, something in communications, but I'm not sure, what if it's a mistake, I don't know! And then I haven't explored really the other majors, even though I've been to all these schools visiting, mainly b/c they had good film programs, and my mom's being totally understanding and supportive of my undecided status but I'm SO STRESSED, I have to figure this out.
Mom even suggest possibly going to a community college, but I can't do that, because it's just like high school for two extra years to figure out what you wanna do and I can't waste that time or go through two years of high school 2.0, I really can't, I...ugh...I dunnnoo......
I typed this out really fast and I'm so stressed and scared, I can't go to community college but I don't know what I wanna major in for sure and I just wish I would wake up and know, for certain, SOMETHING.
You can still go to university and not decide your major for a year or two :) and don't worry about freaking out-- I'm doing the same from finding out an old playmate of mine who moved away committed sui.cide and the fact I'm dating one girl and totally falling so hard for another one :/. I know that's nothing in comparison to your issues but you don't have to pick a major for at least the first year of university.
It's not "nothing", it's just a different kind of issue...
*sigh* I'm not even very religious, but I'm seriously praying to God that I can figure this out, that I'll have some sort of revelation over what I wanna do/be with my life. Although I'm not thinking He owes me anything, considering how not-so-religious I've become. It seems like God would mainly grant prayers to people who actually know they believe in him for sure/go out and help others or something...ugh.
If I get into Hofstra, my dream school, it'd be perfect, b/c they have a wide variety of majors, including certain communication ones, but they don't have admission attached to a major- if you're in, you're in, you can pick the major after.
I'm so selfish- I completely ignored your post... I'm sorry.
I'm so sorry about your friend, Lizzie. :( In middle school, one of my friends almost committed sui.cide, but luckily he got help/went to a center or something. I was so scared when that happened, though...
Hmm, romance troubles? I'm far from experienced with those...
Mmm yeah but I don't think it matters where you go if you don't have a major decided they will still let you in and you'll just take generals until you get your major figured out :). So I think you can worry a little less, Dolphin :). You could always decide on a major and just take generals your first year and then change your mind and go for something else the rest of college :).
Dolphin, I looked up Hofstra, and that college looks amazing! Anyway, don't get too stressed over what your major will be – you'll be a senior, right? My sister is starting college this year, and she hasn't completely decided what she wants to major in. So don't lose too much sleep about it - it'll all end up all right :)
And Lizzie, wow, I'm sorry. I've never known anyone personally who committed sui.cide, though one of my friend's good friends (when they went to another school) took his life, as well as a close family member before I was born :/ *huggles tightly*
Yeah it was too late for Jake :( but I'm hoping the afterlife goes better for him than this one did.
Really? I'm surprised... I get this sort of everyone loves you vibe so everyone would be trying to date you/get you in real life? I guess not? Hmm...
There :) problem solved. Broke up with my current gf cos we agreed that the distance was too much.