I was disillusioned (and a bit disgusted) by the attitude a friend I love very much, but whose behavior I can’t understand at the moment. Ignorance and Bigotry on Steroids, a post I wrote in 2010, tells you more about the person who nearly made my head explode about a week ago. In that post, I shared details about how the people my friend works for wanted her to ban And Tango Makes Three on the grounds that the picture book “went against good Christian family values, promoted homosexuality, and opened children’s mind to evil thoughts.” She didn’t do it, and was actually outraged by the suggestion.
I also think that ignorance is a sword that can be wielded by the ones missing information and sharpened by those keeping the information from others. I’m almost sure that many lesbians can identify with Molly Bolt’s spunk. I give some reasons why in “Molly Bolt Isn’t Nasty.” And when it comes to AlmaMia Cienfuegos, the numerous emails I’ve received from girls (young ones and some who are now grown women) are all the proof I need to corroborate the fact that certain evils cannot be fought with smiles and speeches. It is a terrible circumstance about life and the human condition, but like in the case of little AlmaMia, there are instances when we need to wipe our tears, grab a rock and bare our teeth in the face of the human-monsters.
Last week, my dear friend asked me to back her up during a book discussion. I was very excited about the idea, until she explained what she wanted of me. My friend believes that Molly Bolt, the protagonist of Rita Mae Brown’s Rubyfruit Jungle, “is too indecent and too foul-mouthed to be a real lesbian”, and she wanted my help coming up with evidence to support her claims. The former was not what pissed me off, for we all have opinions and they should be respected; what made me want to strangle her a little—yes, I know I can’t strangle a person just a little, but you get my point. What inspired me to shake her was when she said, “I don’t even know why I asked you; the woman who spends weeks reading about serial killers, and writing stories about girl-kids who solve everything through violence.”
Girl-kids? Who says girl-kids? Seriously; we should discuss that in a different post, right now, I want to share with you, what I couldn’t share with her then. I was afraid that if I opened my mouth to explain why I chose to read certain things and write certain stories, I would forget why I opened it in the first place, and probably bite my friend’s face off.
My main motive is not difficult to understand. I “spend weeks” of my time digesting literary works like Lolita, Rubyfruit Jungle, Hannibal Rising and “Witch Child” for the same reason I study the Spanish Inquisition, the Salem Witch Trials, the Holocaust, Columbus’ rape of America, the Rwandan Genocide, the Bible, the Haitian Revolution, Niños Héroes, the lives of people like Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Cacique Hatuey, and in a way, for a purpose similar to the one that encourages me to write about AlmaMia Cienfuegos and share my witchy life at Pagan Culture: I believe selective ignorance lies at the root of a lot of the ugliness that takes place in our society.
|This is “Daisy” by SunshineShelle. She was inspired by
the main character in “AlmaMia Cienfuegos.” I’ve found myself looking into those deep dark eyes more than
thrice, and feeling that Shelle saw into the soul of the wild girl in my tale. |