Belenen (belenen) wrote,

dating Arizona again / sexist professor / discussing poly&queer w/ biosib S / bluntness not caution!

It's been ages since I wrote -- partly from busyness and partly because I was so freaking stressed about financial stuff that I could not spend time in reflective mindspace or I'd fixate on it. My financial aid finally came in this week (two and a half weeks into the semester, having no books) so I have a little room to breathe. and so much has been going on, argh, I'm frustrated that I haven't written.

Things are SO busy, I've scheduled weekly dates -- one with Kyle and one with Abby -- and I've started seeing Arizona again. When we broke up in November, it was mostly because at that point Arizona intended to stay at Serendipity for the rest of zir life, and wanted to be with someone who could become part of that family too. I couldn't do that and Arizona couldn't help hoping for it and it was making us both sad. But now zir life has taken a different turn, ze's making new roots with a new lover that ze's very serious with, and there are possibilities between us again. And it's pretty amazing -- I don't feel like the sad parts or separation damaged our connection at all; it feels even stronger than before. I think we're both much more 'ourselves' than we were when last we were together and when we touch and make eye contact I feel like a plant soaking up the sun. It's just so purely nourishing. Although I realized recently that the breakup was much harder for Arizona than for me, because I always thought that we'd get back together in a year or two, but ze thought we were over forever. I think one of the lessons I am most grateful for learning/believing is that if you have a true connection, and you leave space open for it, it will always come back (even though you can't predict when). When I lost Hannah the first time I thought I was going to die, and losing Aurilion the first time crushed me too -- but after a time, we reconnected. These things are too real to die (I think sometimes they might hibernate until the next lifetime, but they're eternal).

Classes are 3/4ths pretty cool, and 1/4th INFURIATING. One of my professors is massively ignorant and sexist -- which I find especially offensive and disgusting if you are a professor stating these things as if they aren't patriarchal propaganda, and even WORSE if you're teaching sociology, to people who are trying to learn about society. Ze had the gall to say that the abolition of slavery had nothing to do with the rise of feminism; that women lost their "economic equality" thanks to industrialization making them obsolete and after centuries of being "totally happy" with their lot as unofficial slaves, they got all uppity and decided to stop taking care of the children and wreck all the families; that men are "biologically" less nurturing; and that the reason women are the ones who usually initiate divorces is that "women are troublemakers!" I'm not fucking kidding, that was a QUOTE. Oh, and that "all the reports of abuse aren't really true, most men back then were good guys who just wanted to support their families." This ignorance is INEXCUSABLE. I want to talk to someone in the department but I haven't yet worked up the courage to. I will be beyond depressed if this blatantfuckingignorance is supported by the college. And most of the people in the room were nodding along. I'm desperately hoping that the person with the feminist tattoo comes to class next time this prof goes off on some bullshit so that I have someone to deconstruct with afterward. AGH. MILLSTONES. They apply to you too, teacher of lies. Lying as a teacher is lying to the power of however many you're teaching. I really don't think I could get angrier about anything. I might be more hurt if a lover lied to me, but I wouldn't be as angry, because it's not as widespread a harm! It's fucking criminally irresponsible.

My biosib S was in town last week and I went to dinner with zir and my bioparent M. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was surprised. The evening ended up being S and I talking about real things, much to M's consternation (ze shook zir head and pursed zir lips and drew zir eyebrows but mostly stayed out of it). S asked who I was dating and I answered, which sparked a whole conversation about polyamory and queerness. The poly was a short conversation but the queerness conversation went on for a while -- S asked how it fit with my [religion/beliefs (can't remember the word ze used)] and I said, "ummm, it just fits? that's a vague question." Then ze tried to come up with a better question and I said that I understood that the church has an anti-homosexuality doctrine, but it's based on a handful of verses taken out of context and misinterpreted. M tried to challenge me and then got a bit intimidated because I clearly know those verses better than ze does. Then someone mentioned Sodom and I said that the sexual sin of Sodom was rape, and to claim otherwise is to say rape isn't that big of a deal. Which somehow got us on the topic of marital rape, and I tried to explain consent and coercion to S, which I think mostly went over zir head, but I think some of it got through. And M said that it wasn't rape unless it was forced and I corrected that lie (sternly). I was a little drunk by that point because S bought me a margarita and it was REALLY strong. But I was pretty happy that I didn't back down or even feel like backing down and it was actually kind of a relief to be able to confront those ideas directly with people I don't think will get it. With people whom I perceive as actually WANTING to understand ask, I speak so carefully, trying to say just the right thing. I think it's counterproductive sometimes, but I feel responsible. I think it might be better if I could stop worrying whether or not an individual is "won to the cause," and just say "that's ignorant and prejudiced, and here's why." I think the overcaution is the equivalent of trying to save people -- I need to stop thinking that I have the power to change people's minds, and just be naked and blunt and if they seem open, THEN speak carefully. I need to try for people who actually care instead of trying for everyone. Throw seeds everywhere, but only water the ones that sprout.

Anyway I ended up being impressed by how S listened, and decided that I wanted to try to have a friendship with zir. Amusingly, this is an attitude I developed from being poly. I learned that I could still find value in relationships that were the emotional equivalent of candy, because it wasn't that or nothing. I can have candy AND food that will actually nourish and satisfy me. I don't think I will ever be super close with S, but I think that ze can be a good way for me to learn communications that I won't otherwise learn, and I think I can help zir learn about people who are different from zir.
Tags: abby, anger, arizona, biofamily, christianity, goals, kylei, other-directed education, polyamory / relationship anarchy, queerness, rants, sexual abuse, social justice / feminism

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