“It began thirteen years ago as a candlelight vigil in response to homophobic incidents in the quad. Since then, it has become a celebratory, rather than reactionary event.”
So really it’s a celebration of lesbianism rather than of women, and while i understand that “Celebration of WomanLove” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, “Celebration of Sisterhood” doesn’t seem quite right. I mean, i get that it’s saying “See, look at all of us women, we’re a community supporting each other, well we’re supporting the lesbians and by extension the bisexuals and well it’s just assumed that heterosexual women always get support” and wait, i’m getting snarky, huh? The usual point that gets brought up is that it excludes FtM people with the whole sisterhood thing. Mostly i just find it problematic that the title implies it’s a big celebration of Smith women while really it’s just a show of support for Smith lesbians (and bisexuals). I mean, there’s nothing wrong with the spirit of the event, i just think the title is bad.
Okay, i’m stopping now.
Anyway, even if i have issues at Smith, i’m a big fan of wearing it outside of Smith, like say back in my lovely hometown.
It’s a green short-sleeved t-shirt with white writing.
On the front it says CELEBRATE and under that has a heart, a female symbol, and an upside-down triangle.
Then on the back it says:
Love is not controlled
by gender. It is larger
than prejudice. It is
larger than indifference
For the love of our
community and for the
love of ourselves, we
celebrate women who
find joy and beauty
in loving other women.
And because it sort of follows the theme and i just think it’s interesting and want an excuse to post it, here’s something my dad sent me from a November 7 entry in this blog:
Any sane person's going to be wary of guns. But if you've never handled one, and you don't know anyone who does, they're just plain frightening. Basically, I figure guns are like gays: They seem a lot more sinister and threatening until you get to know a few; and once you have one in the house, you can get downright defensive about them.
[edited to add a snippet from one of the comments on that entry:
I understand your reasons for trying shooting, but still - as comfortable with guns as with gays? I was comfortable around gays from the minute I discovered I was around gays, but I don't think I'm comfortable around guns (or gnus), and I think I prefer it that way. It's safer.]