Well, I guess I've been lurking long enough, so here's my #introduction post...
Hey everyone, I'm kitsunecoon. Nice to meet ya! I'm a lover of all kinds of art and music, and I have a long list of hobbies and interests. I believe in freedom of expression, and not being
an a-hole. I love nature, hiking and biking. Give me an animal & I will love on it! Hoping to make some new friends here, as well as convincing some of my irl friends to leave Fascistbook and Instascam to come here instead.
🎵 🔊 Naer het leven
"This album is a series of tone poems and sonic meditations built around recordings made with the #SOMA Laboratory Ether v2 #antiradio (tracks 2, 4 and 6). The SOMA Ether is capturing electro-magnetic waves all around us, that otherwise not available to the senses, and transforms them into sound. This album tries to transform some of these sounds into #music."
In education, we talk about "lightbulb moments," that moment when everything "clicks" and you can see that a new insight has just happened, like in the cartoons when a character gets an idea and a light bulb appears above their head. Ro and I shared a light bulb moment that day. He saw himself on that screen, and that gave him the confidence to be who he is without shame or embarrassment.
The big question...
Upon watching for the umpteenth time, he asked me, "Is she a woman or a man?"
"Well," I said, "Right now she's a woman. When she takes off her makeup and wig and sparkles, she's a man."
"Oh, like when I'm Rolanda?" he asked.
"Yes, exactly like that!" I replied. "It's called being a drag queen."
He got the biggest smile on his face and said, "Oh, cool! Mom, I'm a drag queen!"
The first time my son saw Li'l Miss Hot Mess doing dqsh, his whole face lit up. He's seen drag queens before, but he was just captivated by her. He sat through the whole story, which is not typical for him at all. He said, "I like how she looks!" He asked to watch the video again. And again. And again.
More personal stuff...
I would be very surprised if he "just grows out of it." Roland is Rolanda, and Rolanda is Roland. This is who my child is, and he deserves to be seen and loved and celebrated for his beautiful uniqueness.
I'm going to get personal here.
My youngest is really into role-playing and dressing up, even moreso than his peers. He's a drama kid, already has 2 shows under his belt at the age of 5. This alone doesn't necessarily mean anything, but he also has a fervent interest in playing with make-up/nail polish, wearing beautiful dresses, jewelry and hair accessories, and referring to himself as his female alter-ego, Rolanda. My family seem to think that it's a "phase" he's going through. I disagree.
I had my first son in 2003, and my second in 2014. Both boys were raised on loving kindness, feminism (the non-toxic kind), and gender equality, just to name a few core values. Both liked to dress up as toddlers. Both role-played as girl characters from time to time. My oldest has been pretty "typical," your average teenage cishet boy.
I've always loved queer folk and am very happy that they're getting more representation nowadays. As an educator, I am always looking for quality books that represent the diversity that exists in my classroom and community. I was thrilled when they started doing dqsh, because it's such a great way for people to share and celebrate their diversity. So I already cared before, and then...
This book is important to me. Drag Queen Story Hour is important to me. Why? It's a long story, but suffice it to say it's about representation, and I have a personal stake here.
This legit made me cry. People are so disgusting sometimes.
"#VincentPrice presents a hair-raising, bone-chilling collection of classic #horror tales featuring a ghastly brew of witches, ghosts and goblins. Originally released in 1950...a collection of poems by #LeahBodineDrake. It was the author’s first book and her only collection published by #ArkhamHouse. It was released in an edition of 553 copies, of which 300 were given to the author, making this one of the rarest books published by Arkham House."
Stay curious. Make art. Stick it to the Man.