On second thoughts, I think that perhaps not having any
curatorial experience might make applying for a fairly senior curatorial role a bit silly. And I was stressing out too much trying to apply. Let's focus on my PhD, shall we?
Not in my journal
. There's not a lot worth journalling
about my PhD right now, except that finally it's going my way and stuff. Instead, I have some links from my fpage for you all.rozk
brings up the problems gays* and transfolk are facing in Iraq
Most weeks, three or four people are hacked, stoned, burned or shot to death for being lesbian, gay, bi or trans. The highest Shia religious dignitary Sistani has again promulgated a fatwa calling for the execution of all non-repentant LGBT people - people talk of him as a liberal and in this degree he is - he allows people to repent on pain of death when most of his rivals would just kill. Contacted by the UN about this campaign of murder, the Iraqi government has refused to acknowledge that it is even a problem.
And on a lighter note, kadrin
talks about the prejudice that atheists face
. I miss the days when this wasn't a problem in the UK.
There's the people who will automatically assume I'm the same religion as them in conversation, and invoke that fellowship - typically against other religions, which of course must be beaten down. There's the Americans who will never, never, never vote for an atheist to be their President, because they just can't be trusted. There's the fact that the leaders of both major Australian political parties are racing to show who God loves more. There's the fact that we can choose for Siobhan a Catholic school, a nondenominational Christian school, or an unfunded hellhole where you're given a switchblade free with enrollment.
What it all comes down to is, I feel easier in my mind coming out as bisexual than I do coming out as an atheist.
It's an incredibly well written post, and laugh-out-loud funny in the right places.
*Again this footnote is here to express my frustration with language. I have historically been against lumping sexuality with gender identity, because I've always liked to think of them as different issues. However, recent introspections have made me realise that even if it has a separate cause, equality issues should no longer be treated separately. What affects one affects all, and the word 'queer' is just sitting there waiting to be used to apply broadly to minority sexualities and transvestitism / transexuality (also in my mind, different things). The trouble is, I fear promoting the falsehood that homosexuality is equivalent to transexuality** about as much as I fear that separation would give the impression that "trans issues are not my issues because I'm merely a sexual deviant", which is also not true, because it is my problem. I'm human.
**True story: a friend of mine who similarly dresses for comfort not looks, who doesn't wear make-up unless she's going out, who's bisexual and who gives about as much thought to traditional gender roles as I do, was asked by her NHS-prescribed therapist if she was FtM and had she considered Gender Reassignment Surgery? It made me so angry to realise she probably wouldn't have suggested this if Friend was thin with long blonde hair, yet dressed the same.