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Transilluminations – QNotes

Networking marriage equality

Transilluminations

With the passing of Amendment 1, my Facebook feed has been flooded with reactions. Voter intimidation: One family held close as they cast their ballot while protestors yelled, “homosexual marriage endangers children!”

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Miss Universe and the politics of transgender beauty

Transilluminations

Miss Universe: A laudable honorific. Mistress of not just our lowly solar system, but intergalactically so, outranking even Miss Whirlpool Galaxy and Miss Omega Centurai. Reigning over the totality of matter and energy, Miss Universe reaches across the darkness to gather stars for her astronomical tiara.

Toxic sex

Transilluminations

Issuing a sex panic over the last several years, National Geographic published a spate of articles with titles such as “Female Fish Develop ‘Testes’ in Gulf Dead Zone,” “Sex-Changing Chemicals Found in Potomac River,” “Mercury Poisoning Makes Birds Act Homosexual,” “Animals’ Sexual Changes Linked to Waste, Chemicals,” that connect pollution to the undermining of sexual differences.

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Must we be extraordinary to be ordinary?

Transilluminations

Clacking away at my laptop, chunky Dior glasses sliding to the end of my nose and lips pursed in concentration, with a lifted finger, I momentarily held off the doctor while I crafted a last sentence.

Changing sex, a desire to love

Transilluminations

With the passing of Valentine’s Day, I have been thinking about the relationship between love and desire. When does desire become love? Can you have love without desire?

Hate and marriage, can’t have one without the other?

Transilluminations

My dictionary teaches me that marriage is 1) a formal union recognized by law, 2) a combination or mixture of two or more elements. Don’t you just love recombinant forms? Romeo and Juliet, warring sides joined by love. Species hybridize, becoming more than themselves. I think marrying differences is living well.

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