Why does our society have so much confusion regarding sexual identity? Are we making one's sex an option?
Though born a girl, raised a girl, and now attending a women’s college, Isaiah Bartlett didn’t feel quite right being female. Old pictures show a very feminine, rosy-cheeked Allison Bartlett with chin-length dark brown hair. Yet every time her mother coaxed her into a dress for one of those photographs, Allison’s skin would crawl and her mind would race with insecurities. Even coming out as a butch lesbian in her freshman year at Mt. Holyoke College – and getting rid of those dresses for good – didn’t seem to solve the problem.
Not long after Allison enrolled, in the fall of 2005, she shaved most of her hair into a mohawk and picked up a few pairs of boxer shorts. Soon she started binding her breasts with an Ace bandage every day before going out. After a year of struggling in school and a semester off to sort out her emotions, the popular 20-year-old psychology major returned to school and went to a talk by fellow student Kevin Murphy.oThen things began to make sense. Allison realized that though she was a biological woman, she wanted nothing more than to be a man. She adopted the name Isaiah. “When I heard Kevin’s story, his talk about struggling with coming out as a lesbian, then realizing that he really wanted to be a man, I felt as if he was telling bits of my own story,” Bartlett says one October afternoon in his room in Mt. Holyoke’s Buckland Hall dormitory, just before a friend comes barreling up in a robe and a green face mask to offer a quick hug and some dish. “Soon after, I came out as a transman.”
This is the latest subculture to emerge at the elite women’s colleges in the Northeast known as the Seven Sisters – young women, some still teenagers, who, like Bartlett, are exploring the possibility of growing up to be men. And it’s creating a social upheaval at these historically all-female enclaves as they wrestle with what to do about all this gender bending.
The Seven Sisters colleges were founded in the 19th century, and famous graduates have ranged from anthropologist Margaret Mead (Barnard) to actresses Stockard Channing (Radcliffe) and Meryl Streep (Vassar) to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (Wellesley). Vassar started accepting male students in 1969, and Radcliffe officially merged with Harvard College in 1999, leaving just five sisters – Mt. Holyoke, Bryn Mawr, Smith, Barnard, and Wellesley. Full story
Please go read the full story. It is not my imagination - this society is becoming ever more uncertain about everything, including sexual identity. People today find it increasingly more difficult to make a stand, make a decision, make a choice or even pick a sex. WHY? Could it be that on television and in the movies, all decisions and choices have ramifications lasting only minutes? Could it be that if someone DOES make a bad choice or decision today - they merely need to apologise or check into rehab to gain absolution? Am I alone in realizing the great potential damage such spineless, ambivalent, wishy washy and thoroughly unatural behavior could be to our society? Think about it - if a person can change their mind about something as biologically irreversible as one's sex - is there nothing that can't be reversed?
CLINTON, S.C. - The arrest of two women teachers on charges of having sex with their male students has brought cries of lingering racism in one of South Carolina's most conservative counties and evoked some of the South's oldest and deepest-seated racial taboos.
Both women are white. The boys - six in all - are black.
They say the cases reflect the way crimes by whites against blacks in the segregated South were treated less seriously than other offenses, and blacks who leveled accusations against whites were less likely to be believed.
"If this had been black teachers, they would not be out of jail right now," said Corinnie Young, a 49-year-old bookstore employee who is black.
"I can assure you if it were an African American male who committed such an offense against a white female, history shows us that the charges, the punishment and the sentencing would be totally different," said state NAACP president Lonnie Randolph. "The system ain't blind when the perpetrator is an African American male or female or when the victim is a white female."
Jerry Peace, the county prosecutor and a white man, said that the teachers are wearing electronic tracking devices and that their release on bail - $125,000 for one, $110,000 for the other - was based not on race, but on the danger to the community and the likelihood that the defendants might flee.
In any case, it would be unusual for someone accused of such a crime to be held without bail. Deborah Ahrens, a visiting professor of criminal law at the University of South Carolina, said of the bail amounts for the two teachers: "For the clients that I've represented in the past that were up for similar offenses, that sounds about right."
Signs of racial tension, old and new, are not hard to find in Laurens County. The school where one of the teachers worked used to be blacks-only. In the town of Laurens, where one of the teachers taught, an old movie theater has been converted into a Ku Klux Klan museum and paraphernalia store called The Redneck Shop. There, visitors can buy Confederate flags and bumper stickers, such as one that depicts three Klansmen and reads "The Original Boys in the Hood." Story continues below ...
There's more than enough in this story to be outraged about. It's literally boiling over with it. I did some research, mostly because I found myself very troubled by this story. But not for any reason you might think. I wanted to find out who wrote it, and more importantly - what color that person is. The author's name is Katrina A. Goggins. An Irish name - but of no help. She writes for the Wilmington Star-News out of South Carolina. No help there either, as she is not listed as staff. So, she must be a stringer for AP. In which case, I couldn't determine her race. But, this article is so full of black this and white that, that I have to assume it was written by either a very angry black woman or a very politically correct white woman. I cannot recall ever reading anything this side of Uncle Tom's Cabin that was so dripping in racism. If ever there was something written with the express purpose in mind to pick at unhealed scabs, this is it. The very tone of this piece far overshadows its facts. I am going out a limb. I think had this been written by a black woman, the editor would've tossed it back in her face and told her to rewrite and get her own personal bias OUT of it. So I am left with the conclusion that this was, indeed, written by a fawning, liberally educated, paternalistic, apologist and ever so sensitive white woman. That the editor didn't see fit to toss it back in her face with the same dictate, is what I find truly outrageous. (Editor's note - Most authors and writers check technorati on a regular basis to see how what they've written has been received. I sincerely hope Ms. Goggins will, find this and explain why she felt the need to infuse this story with her own personal bias so blatantly.)