jic: Daniel Jackson (SG1) firing weapon, caption "skill to do comes of doing" (Default)
I think the critical difference between what's going on at the wildlife refuge in Oregon and its most popular subject of comparison both is and isn't what it appears to be. It appears to be race, but it isn't (but it is). It appears to be a difference between how people are treated based on color, but it isn't (but it is).

It's actually about fear )

Courage

  • Jun. 6th, 2015 at 2:36 PM
jic: Tara from Buffy: "I'm not in the mood for this" (not mood)
I've seen a couple variations of the "courage" meme contrasting soldiers in battle with Caitlyn Jenner.

To start, I do respect the people, mostly men and women, who risk their lives to carry out their orders. I acknowledge that many of them are doing so because they have an abundance of passionate respect for their country, and I don't want to belittle that. When they face down their own fear in order to do what is needed to protect their fellows and their charges, that is indeed courage.

But

When transgender advocates work every day with persons who have lost homes, lost jobs, or lost relationships, or who gave up health care due to lack of supportive practitioners --
When discrimination and transphobia are shrugged off because trans-folk are so marginalized their identity doesn't even end up as a demographic in the BJS violence statistics (and if there are no statistics, there's no problem, right?) --
When I've sat with friends and colleagues and listened to them misgender Caitlyn and declare to me with unassailable certainty that Caitlyn is still a man --
When I've been with family whose first reaction to conversation drifting to transgender persons was "I knew one of those!" --
When I've sat across a table and had someone tell me to my face that my own assessment of my gender identity is insignificant in the face of her opinion --

Well

It's easy to be flippant about the real meaning of courage when you've never been afraid your friends will stop talking to you if you reveal your authentic self.
It's easy to be dismissive about other forms of courage when you've never been afraid your family will abandon or reject you if you reveal your authentic self.
It's easy to be glib when you can look at the collection of persons in the public eye and see more than one (out of hundreds) who represents the part of your authentic self that you most fear society rejecting.

If you have had those fears, and overcome them, but don't believe that took courage? Give yourself a little more credit.

It's easy to get defensive and slap a pithy comment on a heart-wrenching picture and use it to minimize someone else's experience, but no one is saying military personnel don't have courage. Courage is not a zero sum game where there's only so much to go around. And if you think I don't have to overcome fear every time I reveal to another person that the me above the neck and the body below the neck don't match, well...

Then maybe you need to walk a mile in my shoes.
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Solemn and Somber

  • Apr. 8th, 2015 at 11:38 PM
jic: Chris Kirkpatrick looking down woefully (sad)
So. My dad died two weeks ago, on March 25. He was 79, and he had emphysema. He had hospice care, because we were pretty sure he was in his final six months.

Almost exactly seven hours prior, I had called and told him that I love him.

I'm doing fine, except when I'm not. My emotional responses are randomly inconsistent with reality -- usually one is sad about sad things and excited about exciting things, but today I had a chunk of time where I was sad about exciting things. It was very strange.

My mom was Dad's primary caregiver. She now lives alone in Coos Bay, about 250 miles from me and about 100 miles from the nearest close-kin. I'm keeping a guest room for her, and she said she may come to visit in a few weeks.

Since Dad's pension and social security have stopped, Mom's income has decreased by about 2/3. She's a little worried about making ends meet until the life insurance kicks in and her social security gets updated to Dad's amount (which was greater and which she gets instead of her own as his widow). My brothers and I are helping as we can, both financially and with labor.

This feels like my focus has kind of drifted. I wanted to tell Dad-Stories. I think maybe not just now, though. Maybe later.
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jic: Daniel Jackson (SG1) firing weapon, caption "skill to do comes of doing" (Default)
When I was five, I wanted to grow up to be just like Dad - not marry someone like him, be like him.

When I was 13, someone at an auction bumped into me and said, "Excuse me, son," and I was THRILLED.

I've never liked anything about my breasts, except when they actually performed a non-sexual function. I don’t like how they look or how they feel or the attention society gives them. I hate clothes that accentuate them.

"Woman" has never been on the list of top ten words I'd use to describe myself.

I had kids, but I have been DONE with my uterus for 17 years. I hate everything about it, and I chemically suppress its monthly reboot. I've always identified myself as "parent" rather than "mother" on all the kids' forms.

I prefer "sir" to "ma'am", and I'm disappointed when overseas colleagues switch from the former to the latter.

The first time I remember recognizing the face in the mirror was after I cut off all my hair.

However, since that is generally about hating identification as "female" but not about identifying as “male”, the dominant social narrative doesn't really have a script. I’m doing research and consulting professionals and charting my own course, but it is unlikely to end with me having a penis.

“Neutrois” is a great search term.

Thanks for asking.
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Still looking for this- FOUND :D

  • Mar. 1st, 2015 at 9:01 AM
jic: Daniel Jackson (SG1) firing weapon, caption "skill to do comes of doing" (Default)
Does anyone remember the one where Banner is Hulked out and SHIELD is planning to send guys with rifles to tranquilize him, but Barton heads them off by pointing out that even without doing damage, bullets hurt and they let him go in with a tranq arrow and Hulk lets Barton administer? That's the only scene I remember clearly, but the story centered around the Banner-Barton friendship. I think it may not have been slash (unusual for me, I know).

edit: turns out they didn't *let* Barton go in, and it's pretty much all Barton, all the time, rather than any one friendship. Scene in question is at the end of Chapter 4 of Part 6 of the series by scifigirl47 In Which Tony Stark Builds Himself Some Friends (But His Family Was Assigned by Nick Fury)
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Trust

  • Feb. 28th, 2015 at 10:54 AM
jic: Daniel Jackson (SG1) firing weapon, caption "skill to do comes of doing" (Default)
I had a conversation the other night that caught my attention by highlighting how different people understand the same words. We were talking about the statement, "I love you," and how casually or seriously it is used in a relationship, and how one partner may use it before the other is prepared to make the same declaration.

I contrasted that I love easily, but my trust is more difficult to earn, and that makes it easier for me to navigate a situation where someone may feel more intensely than I. People say "I love you" all the time and mean a variety of things, but very rarely does one gaze soulfully into another's eyes and say solemnly, "Honey, I really trust you."

My conversation partner immediately leaped to discuss trust in terms of a lack of fear of sexual or emotional infidelity. This came as almost a shock to me, and to be honest I don't recall exactly what was said to me next, because I didn't mean trust in those terms at all.

When I trust, I believe I am safe from verbal abuse.
When I trust, I believe I am safe from intimidation.
When I trust, I believe I am safe from manipulation.
When I trust, I believe I am safe from physical harm.

When I trust, I feel supported, whether that is in the form of cheering my endeavors or respecting my views in the different areas of social justice.
When I trust, I am confident that I and my feelings and my potential reactions are considered - and if they do not inform a decision that is made, they at least inform the manner in which I am told.

And as much I want to trust, I also seek to be trustworthy. Love can survive unrequited; trust cannot.
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jic: Daniel Jackson (SG1) firing weapon, caption "skill to do comes of doing" (Default)
I went out to the movies with Son2 today, and then took him to T-Mobile so he could buy himself a new cell phone.  Then I went to the fabric store and got material to make a tablecloth for a 3x12 surface.  By the time I got home, the house was completely empty.  This almost never happens.  Three members of the household are sleeping elsewhere tonight, and the fourth is working a 12 hour graveyard shift.

I don't like the house this empty.

I remember when I used to treasure an empty house.  I started musing about what was so different between then and now.

Then, I was still rebelling against the utter lack of alone-time and, frankly, privacy that characterized my cohabitation with KOP.  He was Always Fucking There.  And beyond the wall between me and my emotions was a seething morass of resentment, anger, and fear that I wasn't even aware of until about three years after we divorced.  I was so disconnected I couldn't even tell I was nauseous.

Now, I adore my roommates.  I miss them when they're gone.  I don't like the house so quiet.

This environment is very different from fifteen years ago, and right this minute, I'm lonely instead of relieved.
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jic: AJ McLean and Nick Carter: "Think we can't heal?  Watch us...." (heal)
Couples get to hold each other over the back of the couch.
I want that.

Couples get to hold hands between the car and the building.
I want that.

Couples get to entangle their limbs as they sprawl on the sofa.
I want that.

Couples get to pet the band of exposed skin of their beloved's ankle as it rests in their lap.
I want that.

Couples know who their plus-one is going to be at the company holiday party.
I want that.

Dear you: )
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jic: Daniel Jackson (SG1) firing weapon, caption "skill to do comes of doing" (Default)
Teen Wolf - was loving it up until it turned into maybe not real.  Confused now. Need to rewatch season 3. Or all of it.

Captain America - So much squee! Loved Natasha especially.  Must read ALL the fanfic.

Agents of SHIELD - Nice job picking up what Cap laid down.  But FFS, too.

Grimm - FINALLY you answer my question!  "black's too weak a word - more like infinite darkness."  Also I love the reuniting spaghetti.

The Blacklist - omgomgomgomgomgomgomgHEARTomgomgomgomg

Once - I will catch up, I promise

Game of Thrones - *sigh* teenagers.  How much do I love Hound&Arya?  May be some competition for Tyrion as my favorite.
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The voices don't lie

  • Mar. 19th, 2014 at 4:12 PM
jic: Tara from Buffy: "I'm not in the mood for this" (not mood)
sometimes (a lot of the time these days), if I don't have enough distraction, the voices decide it's time to play "fuck with JIC" -- and of course, because they're MY voices, they aren't even lying, they're just making the truth as painful as possible.
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Vid that would be awesome

  • Mar. 11th, 2014 at 11:13 PM
jic: Daniel Jackson (SG1) firing weapon, caption "skill to do comes of doing" (Default)
Teen Wolf season 3B, Stiles-centric, to the song "In All My Dreams I Drown" from The Devil's Carnival.

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Time

  • Feb. 21st, 2014 at 11:11 PM
jic: Daniel Jackson (SG1) firing weapon, caption "skill to do comes of doing" (Default)
Six months ago I asked him out
  18 months before that, he moved in
    3 months before that, she dumped him
      12 months before that, she asked him out
        3 months before that, I thought
                "This is the guy I will want to make love with
                        when I'm a little more healed than I am now."
          6 months before that, I smudged eyeliner under his lashes and thought,
                    "Wow.  WOW.  I really want to kiss him."
Maybe in another 18 months I'll get over him telling me no.
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Feb. 17th, 2014

  • 6:38 PM
jic: Daniel Jackson (SG1) firing weapon, caption "skill to do comes of doing" (Default)
I keep seeing in fic how Kane is "so much shorter" than Toews, and then I was looking up team rosters for reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture, and holy shit there's only 3 inches difference?  Baloney.  Someone who is 5'5" is not significantly taller than I am.
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Jan. 19th, 2014

  • 1:57 AM
jic: Daniel Jackson (SG1) firing weapon, caption "skill to do comes of doing" (Default)
In all the stories, someone with a traumatic past has a tough time with future relationships - particularly healthy ones.  In all the stories, the damaged person is adored in spite of their own perception of relationship unworthiness.

I have damage.  I have plenty of damage.  And plenty of fear that I am too damaged to have a healthy relationship.  And at least three relationships that my damage has destroyed.

Would I be more lovable if I had low self-esteem?
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Week 1 - complete

  • Nov. 2nd, 2013 at 1:12 AM
jic: Daniel Jackson (SG1) firing weapon, caption "skill to do comes of doing" (Default)
So, I'm still learning the ropes of how stuff gets done 'round here, but I've firmly established that I really like all my teammates in Hillsboro, and the ones in other cities that I only see in IM.  The one I was a little iffy on at first, I've decided I like him well enough in chat.

OTOH, not having a set curriculum for the training is really stressful for me, so I'm super glad that I'm going to see my massage therapist on Tuesday.

My schedule is 10am - 7pm M-F until further notice.  Which isn't my ideal early-bird schedule, but it doesn't keep me up crazy late and it works pretty well with the swing shift people that live with me.

In other news, I'm reading craptons of Hockey RPF (thanks for the recs, [personal profile] dine), and the interesting articles at BusinessInsider, Salon, and HuffingtonPost.  Also following a bit of Derek/Stiles from Teen Wolf.  And I'm REALLY looking forward to Thor coming soon, which may resuscitate my addiction to Avengers fic.

Speaking of Avengers fic, does anyone remember the one where Banner is Hulked out and SHIELD is planning to send guys with rifles to tranquilize him, but Barton heads them off by pointing out that even without doing damage, bullets hurt and they let him go in with a tranq arrow and Hulk lets Barton administer?  That's the only scene I remember clearly, but the story centered around the Banner-Barton friendship.  I think it may not have been slash (unusual for me, I know).

What shall be the code name for my new employer?
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