Ask a Lesbian
Dear Nell,I am a young lesbian myself and I was wondering how you think about sexuality: would you say lesbianism is a political ideology, or is it more of a lifestyle choice?Thanks,Confused
Dear Confused,The answer is BOTH. Lifestyle choice AND ideology. That is why lesbianism is so menacing.Helpfully yours,Nell
AND ON TO OUR SECOND WRITER:
Are you really Jewish?
AND ON TO OUR THIRD WRITER:
Don't you think trying to inhabit another another gender is like trying to inhabit another race?Just Wondering,Concerned
Dear Concerned,I can't remember the CRT [ed.s note: "Critical Race Theory"] answer to that, so all I can say is... trying to inhabit another race is appropriative; trying to inhabit another gender is subversive. Figure out why yourselves.Helpfully Yours,Nell.
Now. For those of you who feel a bit... let's say CHEATED by the brevity of Nell's remarks on these topics, I shall permit you a glimpse BEHIND THE SCENES of Ask a Lesbian, by which I mean, the ensuing gmail chat.
nell: i answered... you didn't give a word count
me: ok look
yr answers are SURPRISINGLY GOOD
just tell a little story and everything will be perfect
nell: trying to butter me up?
me: THAT IS UNIMPORTANT
[8 minutes pass]
me: wut say u.
nell: ok ok.... so, this past weekend i was on a quaint country jaunt upstate with my friends and while we were antiquing in an old whaling town, i found a pretty cool leather jacket and was surprised to find that it fit alright -- usually cool men's clothing is much too large on me. so then, despite misgivings about fitting the dyke stereotype more than even i can handle and spending too much money on some old junk, i bought the jacket and was pretty pleased with myself for the next two days. even my girlfriend's lukewarm reception didn't get me down. i looked wayyyyy cool. but then i got up this morning and put on the jacket and realized that i look kind of ridiculous in it. DAMN. there goes my sense of my own gender presentation, sailing out the window once again. this is all very tied up in the politics and life-style of sexuality, as well as the minor crises involved in subversion-via-genderfuck, which are linked to, but much less problematic than, trying to cross racial boundaries. you have to figure out why.
me: LOL AWSUM
u r rly giving back to the community with this
btw that jacket is teh rox00r