Thanks, Log Lady.
"The brain can get sick too."
Re-make of this post.
End mental health stigma.If you EVER need someone to talk to, my ask is open! Stay strong loves.
posting this as someone who found out in adulthood she was OCD after being misdiagnosed as ADD during it’s heyday.
I’ve blogged a bit about these things…and I’ve often thought about posting the “Let Me Try To Set Every Record Straight About All Things One And For All!” blog about how I am not transphobic (nor is my husband), how I am not “ableist”, how I am not a rape-apologist, how I am not a “terrorist-lover”, how am I not a man-hater, and how I am not a man.
But I have realized over the last ten years of being called all of the above (and worse) that it isn’t my job as an artist (and as a human) to constantly explain myself, my songs, my poems, my actions. That would be a never-ending task, and it usually encourages the drama.
Listen to the work.
Is “Evelyn Evelyn” ableist?
Is “Sex Changes” transphobic?
Is “a poem for dzhokhar” terrorist- loving?
Does “oasis” apologize for rape?
If *you* find the work “problematic”, then there’s your answer. it is.
if you don’t? it’s not.
It’s art. the decision, ultimately, must be yours. that is what is beautiful and powerful about art.
don’t let somebody else - even me - make the decision for you.
one the the best things my early teachers - art and otherwise - taught me was about critical thinking and not believing everything you read, even if it’s in the New York Times or in a school history book.
there are no experts on your human heart and how art makes you feel. there’s only you.
there will always be people, on Internet and off, trying very hard to dictate what you should and shouldn’t think. about art. about politics. about feminism. about miley cyrus. about rush limbaugh. about woody allen. about lady gaga. hilary clinton. banksy.
as for the controversy about whether I have a penis or a vagina (which seems to have died down when ms gaga picked up the slack) you’ll have to let my vagina speak for itself, but we’ll need to get to know each other first.
the decision, ultimately, must be yours.
If you’d like to convince the public that you’re not transphobic, perhaps you should stop equating womanhood with having a vagina. It isn’t a difficult concept— not all women have vaginas, and not all people who have vaginas are women. That’s not a statement to be left for artistic interpretation. It’s not information that’s been devoured and shit out by the media. It’s a fact, and acknowledging it as one is a basic human decency.