Week Ten Reflection
This week class was canceled, as Professor Mangini and his household were sick. When most students would be excited about a class cancelation, I was kind of disappointed. I was looking forward to drafting my Room For Debate piece with Courtney and Kylie. I know they were disappointed as well. Hey, I’d rather not have class than infect my family with a bug. A few months ago my three-year old son, Arthur was sick. It was horrendous. He was vomiting like crazy. There was nothing I could do to help him. He rested in my arms, with a fever. I rotated a cold wet rag from his torso to his head and neck continuously for days to bring the fever down. I was puked on countless times. Each time, with tears in his eyes, he said, “I’m sorry, Daddy.” No parent enjoys seeing their child ill. The day after Arthur recovered, I was hit with the bug. He didn’t understand. I got no rest.
Anyhow, back to the relative past, this week my heater finally was repaired, I banged out the first draft of my Psychology research paper (which isn’t due for 3 more weeks. I feel accomplished), and I worked on my Room For Debate piece. My R4D piece is a total piece of crap. I hate it. I am actually embarrassed to post it on my weebly site. It’s mostly a shitload of quotes from people with credentials. Courtney and Kylie contacted me to see if I could meet up at DCCC this week to collaborate. I wanted to, but unfortunately I couldn’t escape the responsibilities of my job. On Sunday my boss gave me an ear full of shit because I was wearing a gray vest. She ragged on everyone. The dress code is black and white; black pants and a black or white shirt. Apparently there are no “gray” areas with the dress code.
This week Caitlin Jenner was nominated as “Woman of the Year”. I’m unsure as to whether I find this offensive or absolutely ridiculous. Believing you are a woman doesn’t make you a woman. The guy didn’t even lob off the frank and beans, and even if he did, would he be a woman because he believes he is? I mean, if I where a space suit, does it make me an astronaut simply because I believe that I am an astronaut? If I were to believe that I were the second coming of Christ, would the world accommodate my mental illness, or would I be 302’d? I can’t imagine the torture and suffering that these people go through, but is Bruce Jenner a hero because he decided to wear a dress in public after 50 years of wearing one at home? If anything, I think he was a coward for 50 years. He sat at home in his evening gown while others put their asses on the line to help the LBGT community. He waited until it was sociably acceptable to wear a dress in public to do so. I don’t think he’s a hero, at least not my hero. But you know what? If Bruce Jenner inspired one transgender person to not commit suicide, I think it’s cool. Anyhow, I’m sure some people will not like my perspective and I may be offensive, but let’s just say that when I speak my mind I am unleashing my proverbial Bruce/Caitlin Jenner. Not everyone will think I am a hero, but in a time where political correctness silences thought, I intend to speak my mind.