A few things have been swirling around my mind lately and I need to get them off my chest. Three rants are below and are unrelated and unequal in magnitude.
#1: The acceptance of Caitlyn Jenner does not mean that the good ol’ USA is like Brave New World or 1984
Okay, folks, let’s chat shall we? Regardless of how you feel about Caitlyn Jenner, her choices, or the attention the media is giving her can we try to agree on one thing? Who she is and the choices she made has nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with the classic novels 1984 and Brave New World. This Washington Post article drawing similarities to conservative’s apocalyptic views and those two books has left my friends and family sick of listening to me. There was no freedom and no individuality in those books! That was the point! Yes, there were all kinds of perversity happening, but not this kind of perversity, if you consider this a perversity. Do conservatives not know that those who don’t agree with them worry that their policies direct us into the world of Big Brother and sameness? Pick another metaphor people!
Phew. On a non-rant note, I really appreciated Laverne Cox’s take on Caitlyn’s unveiling. At my local bagel shop there was an employee who had manicured nails, make-up, and a husky female voice and she/he didn’t look like Caitlyn or Laverne. I don’t know which gender she/he most identified with, but she/he was always polite, always had a smile for me, and was really a happy person. Working at a bagel shop isn’t going to give you the means to become Caitlyn, and that’s okay, so long as people respect who you are on the inside and outside. I hope she brings us a step closer to this kind of universal respect.
#2 Toilet stall doors that close by default are a horrible design
Okay, I hate walking into a restroom where all the doors are closed regardless of whether or not there is someone in the stall. Who decided that was a good idea? Walking around hunched over peering under doors or through cracks makes me feel like a hunchback voyeur. Make the doors open by default. Also, this format causes unnecessary lines for those unwilling to be creepy or rude.
#3 Hobbies and avocations are unexpected bridge builders
I met a new client this week who introduced herself by saying, “Oh, I know you. The owner at the local knitting shop said to watch for you at work.” Uh, what? This new client liked me before I ever met her because she knew I was a knitter. How awesome is that?
The end of random ranting. I feel better now.