Letters: Readers Talk Back!
The cover to your recent issue (#16) was priceless -- Lois Lane fantasizing about Xena while being rescued by Superman!
I love it! Keep up the excellent work!
I picked up your magazine for the first time just the other day. I've got to say, I'm very impressed. I feel like I should come out, too, since your magazine seems diverse and freethinking. You see, I am bisexual with horses. That's right. I am a zoophile. I prefer to have sexual relationships with animals. Now before you start saying, "That's sick," let me tell you a few things.
It took a long time for me to accept that I am a zoophile. For quite a while, I thought something was completely wrong with me because horses turned me on more than humans did. I thought "animal screwing" was something uneducated farm boys did. School textbooks labeled zoophiles as sick perverts. Why couldn't I be more "normal"? Boom. I went into a deep depression.
While in college, I became friends with a psychology professor. One day, with a lot of hesitation, I broke down and admitted my sexual orientation. I told him everything, and was sure that it would be the end of our friendship. Instead, I was amazed with what he had to tell me. Basically, he said, "Why are you beating yourself up over something like that?" He explained to me that being totally unhappy is far more "not normal" than the fact that I choose to express my sexuality differently than the rest of the world. Just be a sensitive, caring, productive person in your community who marches to the beat of a different drummer, he said. Most important, he told me, take good care of the horses with which you decide to have relationships. This released a weight off my chest like no other.
A few years back, I discovered a community. Many out there share my same sexual orientation. I discovered that I was not alone. There are a lot of zoophiles out there, probably a lot more than most people even realize (or care to realize). I have discovered all sorts -- rich, poor, doctors, teachers, students, farmers, you name it. People who you wouldn't even think are zoophiles. This made me happy. Yes, zoophiles are not "normal" to most people. I am not "normal." I am different. Instead of casting us out, perhaps it's time for the rest of the world to start casting a different attitude and, as someone mentioned in your magazine, start "dealing with differences." Keep up the good work!
I certainly hope and presume that the trademark thing on your cover is just your droll satire on the mainstream culture's ability to co-opt movements into the ubiquitous commercial mindset. Like, say, the old American Flagg comic, where there were bogus s and pseudo copyrights plastering every page, quite pointed and wicked parody really. Surely you don't really think a "revolution," engendering or otherwise, is conceptually compatible with trademarks and can be "owned" and policed by the intellectual property lawyers of some organization, profit or non. (The revolution will not only be televised, it'll be trademarked and our attorneys will be on the streets to license your banners when you storm the barricades -- hard not to giggle!). Nor would you likely be so dubious of your own ongoing creativity that you needed to piss on every cute acronym of the month, in fear that somebody in the movement might actually find it useful, without paying you royalties, before you can think of a better one to contribute.
With new organizations, it's hard to be sure they really take themselves in proper perspective; sometimes folks truly do get kinda puffed up on themselves. It might help if you actually played up the satire a bit more. How about pretending a servicemark on "Bi Scout", and putting a little next to every use of the word "Faerie"? And words like "transman" or "polyamory" -- every single creation could be pretend trademarked or copyrighted, for personal enrichment or control rather than artistic expression, communication, or community building. This could be much richer and funnier, and perhaps serve as a useful reminder from within, to a countercultural movement which in this society is always in danger of losing focus and adopting marketeer values and hoping to be the first commercial colonizers of a primo and mostly unexploited demographic. You've come a long way baby! (trademark acknowledged).
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