So far so good. I am consciously staying off work. Isn’t it pathetic when someone has to “consciously stay off work” on weekends?
The hormonal tempest ends finally. (Relative) peace for the next 15 days before the shebang starts again. Is it a little icky that I talk about intimate matters such as PMS and aunt Flo in this blog? Ah, but you see, I am anonymous. At least to people who don’t associate gobblefunkist to me (nearly all the people who read this blog know me, though). Thankfully (or is it?) I suspect most of the regular readers here are women and if any, they’d fall over my shoulder and cry in empathy. For the few men (actually, TWO men) who read this blog, well, you guys rock (not to mention, are effing lucky).
The kid is off to a course in journalism. I wish I could attend it too. Too bad we never had this much exposure to different things when we grew up. Oh well. I can always learn from the kid can’t I?
I haven’t done any drawing or painting since I took off yesterday, but that’s ok. I have been reading and generally relaxing in quiet solitude (in the mind i.e.).
One of my friends’ favourite nephew came out of the closet (isn’t that the phrase?) as gay a few months back. My friend was fine with it, although the boy’s mother was hysteric. Recently he came out of the closet as a trans-sexual. My friend is not sure how she feels about it, but she is definitely not unduly upset – more concerned about how the nephew (niece?) would cope in a largely conservative family. I know someone whose 5 year old daughter is convinced that she is a boy – she has been claiming that ever since she could talk and nothing would let her believe otherwise. The kid’s mother is disturbed about it, and I can see why. Transsexuality is still a sensitive issue here. There are transsexuals commonly seen in India, but they are not respected at all, not even as human beings. But then, the trans people who often beg at street signals are a bit bothersome – they are bullies and can be downright unpleasant. I am not sure what has created what – has societal disdain created unpleasantness in the third gender, or is it the other way around? I suspect it is the former. But considering that even the predominant genders – male and female can’t seem to get along with mutual respect in our country (or perhaps the world), it is wishful thinking to talk of an inclusive society with no gender demarcations. Carol once commented that the female reproductive system was not thought through before design, I think this whole gender demarcation is a less-than-optimal design too*. Hermophroditic humans may have faced extinction through in-breeding earlier, but may have been saved from a lot of trouble on the gender issues that plague society today.
*And not just for humans. Have you observed cats? There is an un-neutered female cat in our neighbourhood, who becomes pregnant every six months and the whole reproductive process is so skewed. All the tom cat does is gherao the woman until she relents, has his way with her and vamooses, while the woman is literally left holding the kittens until they grow up, and then the whole cycle repeats.