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Apr 29 2012

Lazy Sunday: Got Monsters

First of all, a quick note: sorry there was no recap yesterday. I just figured since the week had so few posts (again… -sigh-) that it wasn’t really worth sacrificing a greatly needed night away from the blaggy-blegs. I’ll recap this past week’s posts when I do the recap this coming Saturday. Moving along to this week’s video…

I feel adding much in the way of commentary would spoil this, but for the sake of context, this is from Mina Caputo, singer of the metal band Life Of Agony, who back in the summer publicly revealed she was transitioning. This song and video’s release predates her coming out.

Slightly NSFW, albeit not egregiously so.

In the words of an e-friend of mine “That’s not subtext. That’s text.”

And links…

The Transgender Housing Network, where you can make a post describing yourself as a safe temporary place for trans people on a budget to stay while traveling (or during emergencies). Finding safe housing or shelter is one of the most serious difficulties and important daily-life / basic need issues that trans people face, particularly since our lives can often be quite suddenly destabilized. So if you’re trans-friendly, and have a comfy couch or futon or fold-out, and are genuinely NOT creepy or chasery, please go ahead, sign up, and help some trans folk out! Me and my roommate have discussed this and decided to do it ourselves. :)

Canadian Forces threaten to cut viagra and transgender care from their health plan for service members.

Black Dahlia Parton steps up, offering to do a better job of the Dan Savage thing than Dan Savage does, and NOT be so consistently harmful towards those queer folk who fall outside their own respective letters of the alphabet soup.

Quick reminder, by the way, in case you’d forgotten (as if…LOL): the cis-run media, and Chloe Sevigny, are horrible.

And in case you’d forgotten (just as unlikely), so is The National Post.

Oh yeah, and Glee is horrible too. Everything is horrible! Yay!

Hey, remember that time they refused to use the word “transsexual” in their Rocky Horror episode? YEAH GRUES, WATCHING GLEE MAKES YOU TOTALLY QUEER-FRIENDLY.

Anyway,

Some HBSer / TS Seperatist pickets GLAAD for their allegedly “militant transgenderist agenda”. The irony almost gave me an aneurysm in my soul. Something I don’t even have.

Adding monsters to thrift store paintings. (I used to work in a Goodwill, so this reaches right down and tickles the happy places in the secret well-spring of my being. Which I also don’t actually have)

And finally, though it’s not exactly news, Sarah Moglia is totally NOT horrible.

 

 

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  1. 1
    Lucy

    That’s an amazing and very affecting (is that a word?) video, thank you for posting it as I probably would have missed it otherwise. Also, I love the monsters in paintings link :-) Sorry, I’m not in the right place to read or comment on the horribleness but thank you for the happy stuff!

  2. 2
    Jadehawk

    as soon as I figure out how to post shit on tumblr, I’ll add my couch. [/inept dolt]

  3. 3
    Jadehawk

    posted. and now I feel like a total square for the “no drugs, no smoking” policy :-p

  4. 4
    Rasmus

    I guess it probably goes without saying, but the video of Bill opining about the trans* and gay stuff in Glee is seriously loaded with spoken and unspoken bigotry and/or victim blaming.

    It’s like he has an instinct for how to convey “your hatred of a minority group is justified” without actually saying anything that he couldn’t easily retract or re-frame later if someone seriously called him out on it. Slippery asshole.

  5. 5
    Ace of Sevens

    The irony almost gave me an aneurysm in my soul. Something I don’t even have.

    I thought you weren’t a natural redhead.

  6. 6
    Anna

    Since Sunday is for randomly off topic posting I wanted to bring up a supposedly popular young adult book involving trans issues called Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher. It had been recommended to me by a great number of people…

    SPOILERS AHEAD

    I would really like to know what trans people saw in this. It is told from the point of view of a homophobic character who falls in love with a trans girl in his school without knowing it. He proceeds to call her vile names. Reject her. Make up with her and promise her love. Then start the cycle all over again till she becomes self destructive, gets beaten and decides to not transition after living as a woman for 5 years.

    Its depressing, demoralizing, HUGELY triggering. Everyone is awful to the trans character. Everyone. I would have been even more messed up then I was already reading this when I was young and pondering my future.

    Just wanted to put out some warning and ask if anyone can explain what was supposed to be good about this book that may have read it. I should have got nervous when the book jacket mentioned her big secret was being a boy since shes a trans WOMAN! Not a boy a woman. I am still in a very bad place emotionally having read this…

    1. 6.1
      Lucy

      I don’t get it either. I haven’t read it, but I’ve been heard/read that it’s good from quite a few places…I read the synopsis and decided it would mess me up to read that so decided not to. Having seen your post here, I’m glad I chose that way. It feels bad sometimes refusing to read something…I feel like I should be able to cope and still be sure of myself, but I just don’t need that sort of thing at the moment. I’m sorry you went through that.

    2. 6.2
      Sas

      WTF? I’d heard such good things about that book, but no one mentioned it ends like that! Ugh, no thanks.

  7. 7
    Anders

    Psykers don’t kill people! Demons kill people!

    1. 7.1
      Anders

      Also, important message in your mailbox. It even says so in the subject line.

    2. 7.2
      Miri

      You know too much. Please remain where you are, a representative of the Ordo Malleus shall be attending you shortly. Have a nice day ^.^

      1. Anders

        My Dark Heresy psyker is growing stranger by the moment. On the mission we’re on now we were passangers on an airship. He sat all day in a corner with a set of hand-sized silhouettes he had cut. He told them little stories and occasionally decapitated one. In the night he went around and put empty envelopes under the doors of everyone – including his party members. No he didn’t warn them in advance. Why are you asking?

        There were brigands trying to take over the airship. In the ensuing fight he accidentally spoiled all food on the ship and emitted a scream that shattered all glass within 1 km. So, pretty standard for a psyker.

        At the place we are now, a monastery of sorts, we have separate cells. He has taken his remaining silhouettes (and some new ones – he carries a lot of paper) and glued them to the wall. And drawn arrows between them, seemingly at random.

        I think my next move will be drawing red crayon on some of them so it looks like they are crying blood.

        Oh, and he collects the noses from his enemies and has in a bag. He smokes them so they won’t rot.

        1. Miri

          Sounds like signs of Chaos taint to me. Exterminatus is the only way to be sure.

          Dark Heresy sounds quite interesting. But, like all RPGs I’ve ever taken an interest in, there is a missing element that sort makes gaming… difficult: other people…

          1. Anders

            Yeah, he has 29 Corruption Points and has had to burn a Fate Point because he was about to be possessed by a daemon that would kill the entire party. But these things will happen.

            Surely you could play online? Or is that still too stressful?

          2. Miri

            It’s not that it would be a problem to be with people (if I knew them), that’s fine (and so obviously online is also fine, though more complex to make work well), it’s more that the people don’t exist. I’ve been into RPGs of various sorts since I was at least 10, possibly younger (I was into table top games even earlier, I was playing Battletech when I was 7), but other than one childhood friend I saw not so often (and haven’t seen more than twice in the last 17 years), no one has ever shown interest in playing, despite my (repeatedly failed) attempts to build interest with people I knew (the number of which can be counted on one hand). Considering the number of people available today is roughly 1/5 of the number back then, things haven’t really improved…

          3. Anders

            There are about a gazillion gamer finder sites on the web, have you tried them?

            For instance:
            http://www.giantitp.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=51

            We’ll find you a group. What games do you play?

          4. Miri

            I don’t know… I haven’t played anything in like 16 years… most of the games I’m familiar with are probably long defunct by now (an impression the thread list on that forum reinforces :P)…

          5. Anders

            That would be 1996, yes? Well, look for Pathfinder games – if you know D&D 3.5 (or even 3.0) you’ll feel at home there. There are changes, yes, but theyäre not huge (except for fixing unarmed combat).

            GURPS came out with a new edition in 2004 (I think), but it’s still very very playable if you’re used to 3rd ed.

            If you want to explore something new I’d look to Eclipse Phase. Hyper advanced dystopia where people upload their minds and switch bodies at the drop of a hat.

            And if you play-by-post then you should try Obsidian Portal. They have an extensive list of campaigns and players. I’m sure you’ll find something worthwhile.

          6. Miri

            I took me a while to bring them to mind (they weren’t new games by any means in 1996), but the games I actually played were mainly Shadowrun, and Elric, Call of Cthulhu, and Pendragon (I don’t know how I managed to be involved in so many Chaosium games…)… I was very familiar with Rifts (and related games) and (old) World of Darkness (I didn’t even know there was a new version until a couple of months ago :p), although I don’t think we ever got around to actually playing either…

          7. Anders

            There are many DMs who will coach you through the first months or so. You’ll learn as you play along. And if your purse is light (and whose isn’t these days?) you can always join a freeform group. Just be aware that ‘roleplaying’ can have a somewhat… different meaning on the Internet. :)

  8. 8
    Alt+3

    Well shit. I wish I’d known about the housing network thing when I had my own place. I moved into a two bedroom apartment with my then girlfriend and she disappeared two weeks after we moved in. I was stuck with a big empty room with a bed for a year while I waited for the lease to expire.

  9. 9
    carolw

    That video was amazing. It was so intense and beautiful. As Lucy said, I otherwise wouldn’t have come across it, since I don’t know the band or the singer.
    I saw the monsters in the landscapes elsewhere this week, but I had to look at them again. They crack me up. I wish I could paint well enough (read: at all) to do that.

  10. 10
    Sarah Moglia

    Oh wow! Thank you for linking to my blog, I really appreciate it! I am glad I meet minimum standards of human decency. :)

    (Not being sarcastic, btw.)

  11. 11
    Miri

    That video… I came across that in the week I came out to myself. I kept watching it over and over, a complete blubbering mess… it’s so powerful and beautiful…

  12. 12
    Sas

    Wow, that video was amazing. I particularly like that slow shot of the tattoos fading into the arms near the end. I also like that the self-image of the woman in the video was so subdued … it defies the usual expectation that trans women always want to be exaggerated glamour goddesses.

    1. 12.1
      Miri

      I think that’s partly why it felt so powerful to me. That’s a self image I can relate to. The “exaggerated glamour goddess” image of trans women that was most prevalent in the media really made it hard to see anything of myself in that…

  13. 13
    Sarah

    Wow, Got Monsters is beautiful. I’d heard about Keith Mina Caputo but didn’t know – now I want to hear all the music!

    This discovery has me wondering: does anyone know of a good catalog of art and music that is specifically expressive of trans experience?

    1. 13.1
      Sarah

      Actually, just trans artists in general – not to limit the scope to works about being trans – more just a question of who are trans artists and what are they saying about everything?

  14. 14
    Pants

    I never really liked her Heavy Metal stuff – but I don’t like Heavy Metal. But she had a beautiful ode to NYC, on her solo album released under her old name Keith Caputo. Her solo album was a more poppy, harmony laden acoustic confection. Give it a listen here.

  15. 15
    leni

    Loved the video too.

  16. 16
    Pixie

    This hit me right in the feelings. Manly tears were shed. I’m glad to hear she’s happy now. Something about that hoarse, “broken” voice got to me as well.

    Natalie, your blog is great and just keep posting.

    Forgive me for necro-ing this old post and old comment thread, but I just couldn’t help myself.

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