It's interesting when sharing my gay experience with white gays. They sometimes feel like they can relate with my experience, which usually ends up in them overshadowing my experience with their experiences. To an extent, I agree that we gays have some common experiences, but just because it says "Gay" on the badge, doesn't mean you and I wear the same coloured badge. So this is like, a memo for white gays everywhere.
The intense West African sun beats down on the Bandiagara Escarpment in central Mali. Against the escarpment’s face, tucked in the shadow of a large outcropping, is a village that; if one saw only a photograph, one could be forgiven for assuming it was an old Hopi or Anasazi village in the American Sonora. However, this village is inhabited by a people called the Dogon. The Hogon, the spiritual elder of the village, tells a story:
To start, lets give you the basic context you need.
In 2011, my two best friends decided that they were going to take me to a Church Youth Group. I was desperate for somewhere to belong, and I already believed God, I'd read the bible, I was raised Catholic and, I had no reason not to believe in what I had been taught. I skipped merrily along with my friends.
So I left off in part four with my fiancé landing her Starbucks job. This was literally the greatest thing at that time for her. She wasn't herself with everything that had happened in the past few months. My fiancé finally found the light at the end of the tunnel... BUT it was a struggle.
The human experience is incredibly complex, and something that we fail to accurately define no matter how hard we try (and we do truly try to define everything.) As a society, it can sometimes feel as though we have embarked upon an endless pursuit of meaningless, redundant labels to explain every thought and feeling human beings have. However, for some people labels are an incredibly important part of their experience, and that can offer an insight into parts of themselves they previously didn't know how to understand. Labels can serve as the explanation people feel like they ought to have for their behaviour. In such a restrictive society, labels can actually allow for the self-expression a person would otherwise have felt uncomfortable with.
In a time approximately 500-1500 years after the Mesopotamian cultures shared stories about Asu-Shu-Namir rescuing the goddess of love from the underworld, the Ancient Greeks had arisen, formed complex sea-spanning empires, developed a very silly beef with Troy, destroyed Troy, forgotten how to write, relearned how to write, but with a better alphabet this time, and wrote quite extensively about the stories they had told themselves when they forgot how to write.
Asexuals are one of the more underrepresented groups within the LGBTQ+ community, but like any other identity, it’s easy to fall for the misconceptions regarding it. Let’s take a look at some of the false rumors about asexuality.
Today (14th July) is international non-binary day and I had the privilege of interviewing musician Emma Johnson (This, May, Them) about her experience being non-binary in a binary world.
Important note: Historiography is a living science. It evolves with the sensibilities of those who practice it and the cultures that consume it. It's the science of how we do history. Originally, the idea posed by the Greek historians was to pass on a story that was engaging and compelling and they would use that story to tie in a moral. Obviously, modern historians tend to shy away from this model in favor of a more rigorously sourced and researched method that is much harder to read.I'm not a professional historian, and as such, I'm not bound to the state of the science for the sake of my professional reputation, such that it is. So I am free to tell an engaging story at the expense of not having ready access to primary sources, because again, I'm a hack. And because I'm a hack, I'm going to try to make sure that you won't get bored of my writing. So I'll keep it relatively short, tell one story, and break my combined knowledge up into ten sections.
Asexuality is a sexual orientation you don't hear referenced very often. It's the lack of sexual attraction towards other people, and it's a part of the LGBT+ community. But what is something that most people can agree on? American culture has a soft spot for sex. Whether it'd be simple titillation in a beer commercial, an explicit scene in a movie, or the VAST supply of free internet porn, Americans tend to really like sex.