Where to begin? I’ll start with the fact that I’m a girl and when I feel like it I play with power tools and build things because my dad taught me how and I always get all sorts of pats on the back and oohs and ahhhhs and it’s sort of okay but it sort of isn’t okay either to be so “surprised” that girls can build shit. I also sew very well because my dad’s mom was a tailor and she taught me when I wanted to learn. I don’t get very many wows for it even though I do it better than I build stuff and it serves almost as much need and purpose in daily living. I have been very capable my whole life, it was expected of all of us on the ranch to gain our full potential. For what ever reason, in my family I was never told what I could do but I was told to do what I could and that turned out to be a lot. Many times when working for other people I was not granted the opportunity to reach my full potential because I have boobs and a vagina. I suppose you can attempt to diversify my work place in order to be more fair to me where sexism is concerned but I’m still being placed where I am because I have boobs and a vagina instead of what I’m really capable of and what I have earned the opportunity to do.
We saw how this worked when Robyn had to deal with people telling her that gays had earned the chance to have certain rights and transexuals had not. Like we have to earn the opportunity to have a right or have our rights. I know a lot of people are mystified about the current fight taking place and I want to say my piece of my peace. My son has a gene mutation and he isn’t like anyone of you and he isn’t even like me in most ways but he’s a human being. I have no set parameters to follow as to how well or not so well he is doing. I had to throw his baby book in the trash completely enveloped in tears because he began to attempt to speak at around 10 months….he couldn’t get around very well on his own and he was getting very frustrated….and he didn’t walk until he was two and we didn’t even know if he ever could. Try documenting that in one of those cute little babybooks. I really just wanted to take a hammer to it first because it hurt but I learned sooooo much.
Human beings are born with all of their rights and it takes “structures” to take them away from them and they can take more away from some of us than they do others. It is the ignoring and ignorance of our simple human sameness at our very cores that has brought us all to this place.