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Feb. 4th, 2011 06:17 pm
Various things:

1. I saw The King's Speech yesterday afternoon, and it was truly beautiful. Colin Firth deserves an Oscar for his performance as King George VI, and the film contains what has to be the single best use of Mozart's Seventh Symphony ever in its climax - melancholy and defiant at once in music, plot, and images. The film is about a personal struggle and triumph, but it takes place against the backdrop of the darkest period in our recent history - not exactly the most upbeat of films, all told (hooray, he's overcome his stammer and made a rousing speech...crap, that speech is the first of all the ones he'll make throughout WWII), but you come away from it with at least a bit of hope. It's a movie about the end of an era, but it doesn't leave you feeling bereft.

2. I've made a post on [livejournal.com profile] asex_adjusted about sex positivity, asexuality, and gender identification. It's far too long and probably incoherent.

3. IT SNOWED LAST NIGHT. The ice was covered with a thin layer of actual snow when I got up this morning, though it had all melted completely away wherever there was sunlight. My door is permanently in shadow, though, so there's snow on the walkway in front of my apartment. I took pictures.
OH HEY. In case you haven't heard, Wednesday is a day of remembrance for six boys who have recently come to national attention after they committed suicide in response to homophobic abuse. Dustin Lance Black (writer of Milk and Big Love) was here giving a lecture last week, and he pointed out that what we're seeing is not a rise in the suicide rate among young homosexuals, but a rise in media attention to the problem. Regardless, I think this is a good opportunity to show solidarity, and if you spend any time reading the comments on the page I've linked here (my advice: DON'T), you'll be treated to plenty of proof that we as a society still have a long, long way to go. I couldn't find anything purple in my closet, so I quickly knitted a purple wrist cuff the other night, and I'm all ready to go on Wednesday.
Well, my letter to the editor re: gay marriage got both printed in the paper and posted on their website, where people can comment on it. There are 79 comments for yesterday's letters - I have only read through the first few, but so far they've all been in response to my letter.

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Note that the fourth comment down starts with "Kathryn Kramer, I find it very sad that you are asexual. Sex is one of the greatest pleasures a human being can have."

Congratulations, "nobama," on proving that even in hippietown, there are plenty of people with their heads up their asses when it comes to sexuality. I'm thinking my response will start with "nobama, I'm find it very sad that you're so closed-minded. Approaching topics like human sexuality intelligently is one of the greatest intellectual pleasures a human being can have."

*x-posts to [livejournal.com profile] asexuality*

ETA post-troll: Link deleted since the page contained my full name and home city. Hate speech deleted from comments, troll banned from commenting here, etc.

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