Monthly Archives: September 2016

50 years of Star Trek

What does one say about the biggest science fiction phenomena of all time? (Star Wars is fantasy. It doesn’t count.) Granted I haven’t been around since the beginning, but I feel I was born and grew up in the right time to be a fan. 

My mom has always been a big Star Trek fan. I didn’t really understand Star Trek till just before The Next Generation was ready to premier. As a kid I was bored by The Motion Picture and always saw the classic show as something parents watched. 

It wasn’t till a day when I was around ten that it captured me. I was playing in the living room while my mom was watching The Wrath of Kahn. I ignored most of the film as usual until the final space battle grabbed my attention. I was blown away by how real it looked as well as how intense it was. 

Then it hit. The scene that left theaters riddled with tears. Spock’s selfless sacrifice and death. Even as I write this I can’t help but tear up and laugh. Characters I barely knew beyond their names invoked such powerful emotions in me.

My ten year old face was drenched in tears as I struggled to figure out why. Why did this impact me so much? Well, fast forward to a few days ago. I was watching the resently released directors cut blu ray.,I was in tears again as I was decades ago. 

Star Trek won me with the most emotional scene I ever saw as a kid. It won me not only with the world it created but those who were in it. I have cried many times in Star Treks run on both the bug screen as well as small. 

Tasha Yar’s death in season 1 on Next Gen further cemented my love for the franchise. The two hardest for me however were the destruction of the Enterprise D (the ship I watched from day 1) and the death of Data. 

Why do I point out the saddest parts you ask? Simply to prove a point. These parts would mean nothing if the shows were not as captivating as they were. Sure dome were badly written or just downright silly but it was the people who came first. Their lives in this world. 

If it weren’t for them then Star Trek would be nothing. Their good times and bad times carried me as a fan. 

Gene Rodenbarry said the best stories are the ones that still work if you take out the fantastic. Meaning the human adventure is the most endearing. 

I think he was right. After all what would any genre truly be without the human element. I will forever love Star Trek in all its incarnations. Even if Paramount messes it up from time to time. 

Happy anniversary Star Trek. Live long and prosper. Boldly going where our imaginations dare to dream. 

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Something bothering me about the Rocky Horror remake.

So this has been on my mind for a while. I’ve let it stew around till I could explain it properly. Hopefully i can express this properly. Maybe it’s just me but I don’t get the remake.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is about Brad and Janet as fate sends them in to a chance encounter with Dr Frankenfurter and his unusual crew. A solid enough premis for any film. Dr Frankenfurter is a transvestite. That is some one who dresses in the clothes designated for the opposite gender. The part was masterfully played by Tim Curry and has since gone on to live as big of a legend as he himself has become. 

Fast forward to this year. Next month the tv remake will air starring trans pop queen Laverne Cox as Dr Frankenfurter. I could pick many things about what I’ve seen in the remakes trailers to complain about but I want to focus on just one major flaw. Laverne Cox’s  Frankenfurter is not a transvestite. This literally breaks the character. 

What I mean is this. Laverne Cox may be a male to female transgender but that is not important. She is a woman. Which is fine for the character and a fun change up. The problem is fishnet stockings and lingerie are women’s clothing. How can she be a sweet transvestite if she’s just wearing women’s clothes? 

Frankenfurter also created Rocky. A mindless muscle man to be his sexual plaything. For the era it was quite outrageous for these things to be expressed in such a manner. I can’t help but ask what the new film is trying to portray? Frankenfurter is now a woman but Rocky is still a man. So is it a feminism thing? 

I really feel this is not only a bad representation of the character but also harmful to the trans comunity. This Frankenfurter should be wearing leather pants or some tightie whitie men’s underwear. Somthing to actually enforce the transvestite notion that is so re enforced through out the story. They could have played it up further and made Rocky a woman and made her Frankenfurter’s femme to her butch. Try and even out the dynamic. It would have been a fun twist to the classic Frankenfurter and Rocky. 

Instead we get what I think most will see. A woman who was a man playing a man who dresses in cross dresses for sexual pleasure. I hope I’m wrong about that but so many in this world are so ill  informed when it comes to the differences between tranvestites, crossdressers, drag queens, and transgenders. For all I know she is playing Frankenfurter as a woman through and through. This would be fantastic but leaves the plot hole of the whole tranvestite thing. So either she is playing a man who is a transvestite or a woman who doesn’t seem to understand it. This can get quite confusing. 

I don’t mind the remake. It will never take the place of the classic and I am sure it will have its own audience. I just feel this was poorly planned out by the people who created this version. After all a woman in thigh highs and a corsette is hardly a tranvestite. Lol. 

Forgive me for the choppy writing. Trying to get my thoughts across while typing on a phone is rather difficult. 

A question left to the bygone days of pop culture news coverage.

Life can be quite funny. Especially when you realize everything runs in trends. What will be relevant one moment and mean the world to some will fall silent as if time itself says you had enough. I have seen this happen many times to many different subjects over the decades. However, now we are left with a passed topic that was not only popular, but affects a small portion of the world, myself included.

If you haven’t figured it out yet I am talking about the great bathroom debate of 2016. What was once daily being spoken of from both sides and found its way in to many governing offices has now gone silent. Understandably so. With the riotous and extremely scary circus that has become our presidential debate how could the eyes of the populous not move to them.

Yet this time it has left a nagging issue for those of us who had our fates being determined by our precious political system. The basic right to use the restroom peacefully is still a question. Will we be arrested if we use the restroom? Will we face recourse from the public for simply answering natures call?

No answers. Just like before. Only this time legal actions have been taken in some places. So thanks to the popularity train no answers were widely reached. The country with the motto liberty and justice for all forgot to tell us that it only happens if the populous cares long enough to make a decision.

This is honestly both a good thing and a bad thing. At least from where I sit. On the positive side there are many states that didn’t bother with the popular debate. They sat quietly allowing people to deal with the issue as it arises. Essentially it is down to the people involved. That is if it even becomes an issue. In this thought alone I feel the loss of the countries eye has been a good thing, but to believe it would be this simple would lead to complete naivete on my own part.

For lack of better term they threw down the gauntlet then walked away. I can’t speak for other but this worries me. Probably more so than if they had actually won in the courts. They bullied Target in to taking back its own ruling. All because of the fear of rape from straight perverts. The opponents of our rights used straight rapists and our children to scare a world in to thinking basically we are dangerous.

What is more perplexing is what the country is also talking about right now. Elitists kids raping women and getting slaps on the wrists for it. I laughed at myself as I watched these events unfolding. All I could think was no wonder people fear the trans community. Rapists get nothing and the poor women who are assaulted are left to pick up the pieces. What kind of justice is that? It actually makes me understand the fear the country has created around people like myself.

After all any man can put on a dress and some make up, claim to be one of us and enter a restroom. Hell the idea of a man in the women’s restroom scares me as well. I understand the idea of safe space really well. There have been times I have found solace in a public restroom from not so lucky encounters.

Then comes the harder thoughts. I have been assaulted. I have had my clothes unwillingly ripped off my body. I have been raped. I went in to a lost state after I realized I could tell no one and trying to cope with my own physical and mental issues lead me to a very depressed state. I tried calling a rape crisis line. I was met with a CIS gender only policy. Family hadn’t been the most accepting of who I am so they were of no help.

So here in lies the problem as far as I can see it. My worth means nothing to this country because I am trans. I get no rights. Or maybe I should say I am not awarded the niceties of our culture because others have lumped trans people like me in with the worst of our species. I would say I get no justice but if CIS women can’t get the help they deserve then I know I am on my own. Even in my stealth a doctor will eventually discover what is underneath. Considering what I have dealt with in regards to this issue over the years staying silent is the only thing I could do. My physical pain healed years ago. I like to think I do pretty good mentally.

My apologies. I am a bit off topic. While it is relevant to my particular case, it doesn’t move the issue along. It is a battle cry I have said many times before. More so over the last year watching rape case after rape case where the attackers are set free. If you violate another human being then you don’t deserve these things. We need more harsh punishments for people (of all genders) who do such heinous acts to anyone. No one should have to go through that. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.

So yeah. Bathrooms. My right to pee scares me because I don’t know what my rights are. As a born citizen of this country that scares the crap out of me. I essentially have no real secure rights or protections. Can’t go in women’s restrooms because if I am discovered they can fear I will rape them. Cant go in men’s restrooms because I fear rape myself. Never mind the fact I do not look like a man. Thanks to the attention span of the press and the modern culture trans lives across the country are now left in a heated climate to sort out for themselves what is safe and what isn’t. Kind of like before. But now there is severe animosity.

What I think is actually worse than the bathroom debate not being finished is the cold hard truth the recent news has shown us. Rapists will rape. Whether the world thinks they have access to bathrooms or not. If they want to they will. We are certainly seeing that. So what was really gained by all the fear-mongering over the bathroom debate?

I wish I could leave this post on a happier note. I wish I could say the lack of news or public eye makes it easier, it doesn’t. Keep our brothers and sisters in your thoughts when going in to a restroom. Remember the ease of which you can go freely. No recourse. No hassle. It is a natural right and freedom I don’t share.One that many like me will keep others from living their lives the way everyone else gets to.

Equality and Individualism

One would think a word as this would bring up images of people getting along or at the very least not hassling each other. Isn’t that the point of such an idea? That we are all equal and can live together despite our differences?

I would love to say this is the way the world has been nurturing for decades now. America has always been struggling and pushing towards its true ideals. Liberty and justice for all. Though this is something that has been fought hard to even get where it has gotten. Sadly (as often happens) those that have fought the hardest have become part of the problem.

I could go in to the problems with political correctness but I wont. Just as the idea of social justice warriors could be brought up. What I wish to point out is far beyond any such ideals or labels.

The right to individualism.

Simple words that our world has completely forgotten about. I’ve seen it a few times myself over the last few weeks. We are all individuals. No matter how many similarities we share this will never change. I will never be like any one else just as no one will ever be like me. For some reason though our world has decided it is ok to dictate how we should act around one another.Here is an example.

I was having an argument with a friend a few weeks ago on the topic of porn. While at a swap meet a friend found a lesbian porn dvd and held it up giggling. I just like her and another friend laughed. But there is always some one who finds such things wrong and rude. I was glad to see she held off making to much of a scene. Needless to say we had a talk after everyone went their own ways.

Thus began a conversation about how she was insulted and felt it is rude for anyone to pick something like that up and flash it about. To her I kindly responded I understand how you feel but this is how we have always been. It is quite humorous to us to know a swap meet is selling porn. You dont expect to find it there at all. Her response was a simple we need to be more respectful about how she feels.We were going against how she believes and how she wishes to live.

This is the point I let out a heavy sigh. This statement is very poisonous to me. It can be ok, but it is taken to far. Basically it tells the listener when I am around you must change who you are to fit how I live. I am not ok with this idea. I have spent to long of my life listening and agreeing with other people in regards to even how I should be.

As cold as this answer is I could only think if you do not like who we are then maybe we aren’t the best of company for you. We have every right to act and be who we are. Sure we are subject to being judged by others but that is how it works. If others do not like who we are then they look for people who are like them.

What makes her statement even more dangerous is the common issue when these types of things are brought up. It’s always about the individual. Again she has every right to be offended and feel how she does, but that doesnt mean the world has to cater to anyone. I have been with friends who have discussed many things i found uncomfortable and worse. I sit quietly and wait for a new topic to begin, or I can help start the new topic.

Now the friend who was uncomfortable felt it would be best if she informed everyone involved how things should be when she is around. When she said this all I could think was then don’t be around. Don’t change us to fit your world. I would never tell some one to not do something in front of me or to change who they are around me. To do so goes against our basic rights as living beings. We are individuals.

This girl and I are still ok friends. I wouldn’t break off the friendship over something like that. But just as she has her choices to make so do I. I will have to think a lot about having her along to do things in the future.

So all this brought me to the question why do we constantly try to tell everyone how to change for the better? It is none of our rights. I just don’t understand this overwhelming need for some to make the world work their way only. It is not a way of life I believe in. In this world of fear and anger we should be trying to build bridges to not only equality but individualism. You really cant have one without the other.

What does everyone think? Is it truly possible to know when in public we will be exposed to things we do not wish to, or does it make more sense to try and censor?