Monthly Archives: December 2016

Dreams and Realities

I find it interesting that as my recovery continues, that my musical tastes evolve.

It’s not that I lose interest in my previously loved music, just that in many ways one can almost chart my emotional recovery by the differences in my musical tastes.

When I was still living with my ex, more often than not I listened to a lot of what is called “bubblegum dance.” Bands like Aqua and Toy-Box were my favorites.   And because I rarely spent money on myself, my Gothic tendencies were the Geek Goth Additionally, I was well on my way to denying all of my dreams (not that they have ever been even close to being numerous).

Now that I’m no longer in that situation, and focusing primarily on my mental and physical health (rather than sacrificing me for everyone else) I have moved from bubblegum to “angry pop” (i.e. Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson – break up songs, empowerment songs, and such) to grungy heavy metal and finally to symphonic metal/cinematic metal and classical crossover music.

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Making People Think

For the first time, I’m not going to set up an aside with a favored quote.  Oh, I’ll set up one that has pertinent information, but not the quote(s).  You’ll have to read (oh, horrors!) the books for yourself.

Now, the problem is, making people think seems to have become a felony.  Well, it’s been that way for quite a while, it’s just that we’ve extended Robert Heinlein’s “Crazy Years” by a couple of decades.

Reading either Robinson’s or Heinlein’s books should — in an ideal world — ensure that someone learns how to think just from reading their books.  Sadly, as can be found from reading some reviews (and in the case of Heinlein, reading ad nauseum how he is supposedly the anti-thesis of good depending on whatever the critic thinks is important), it is very possible for someone to read their books and still come away as ignorant (AND proud of their ignorance) as they were before they read them.

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Not Offended, Just Sick

Now, I completely understand the idea that if you make a parody of a popular song that you hope you can ride on it’s coattails in the hopes of some form of Internet stardom.  I really do.  Hell, even doing a cover of it can add to a musical group’s popularity, such as the Haschak Sisters’ version:

But when someone’s parody (No, I won’t paste your parody on my blog — not when it takes up all of the disgusting tropes that artists like Meghan Trainor and the Haschak Sisters are trying to destroy) uses all of the exact same tropes that women — and particularly women of size — are fighting, simply so they can be treated like human beings then yes, I will publicly comment upon it.

Meghan Trainor is a body acceptance advocate.  Even the  “complaints” about her song “All About That Bass” were baseless (see the quote below).

I’m bringing booty back
Go ahead and tell them skinny bitches
Hey no, I’m just playing
I know you think you’re fat,

But I’m here to tell you that,
Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top


All About That Bass

Meghan Trainor

Added emphasis is mine.

NOTE:  If you are a feminist, and still think she’s not being a body acceptance activist, then perhaps you need glasses.  The above-quoted words specifically state that even “skinny bitches” think they’re fat but they are just as perfect as any other female body.

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Poly Myths & Poor Relationships

Since today is my 48th birthday, and I’m not interested in talking about deep emotional issues or about politics or just about anything that might piss me off, I thought I’d offer some insight based on a song I find to be both sad and funny.

You see, there are quite a few myths, stereotypes and other cultural misunderstandings about polyamory that make figuring out whether you ARE poly sometimes quite difficult.

There are two parts to the song’s lyrics that I feel need some clarification.

First is the pseudo-chorus.  I call it that because while it takes the place of a chorus, it is not a repeat chorus.

What makes it amusing for me is that it is referring to what many polyamorous people call “searching for the Unicorn” or Unicorn Hunting.”

I assume you know what a unicorn is, but if you do not, a unicorn is defined as “a mythical animal typically represented as a horse with a single straight horn projecting from its forehead.”

In the context of poly, however, searching for a unicorn relates to the actions of a particular set of people.  These are usually a male/female married couple where the female is bisexual and the male is heterosexual.  What they want is a woman who is willing to join their relationship, but must be willing to date both.

Now, some Unicorn hunters are not dysfunctional people in a dysfunctional relationship.  Some are very able to be fully honest, fully communicative, and fully invested in the three-way relationship.  These healthy people are simply clear on what they are looking for, and aren’t playing any games. They are a Dyad (dictionary version, you should also look at the polyamorous definition on the Glossary of Polyamory Terms. looking to become an integrated Triad (Glossary of Polyamory Terms — look at both Triad and Delta).

Sadly, however, MOST Unicorn Hunters are not this kind of healthy couple.

More often than not it is a dysfunctional heterosexual male and a co-dependent bisexual  female.  The male tends to be very jealous, very insecure and frankly rarely understands how to have ONE healthy adult romantic relationship let alone more than one.

The female is in a bit of a sticky wicket here. She has admitted to her male partner that she is bisexual, and more often than not she knows the only way she will ever be “allowed” to date anyone outside the main relationship is to look for a female partner. She must also look for someone not only willing to date the man as well, but someone who is willing to always be an outsider to the previous male/female relationship. The additional female will usually be limited from ever dating anyone outside the triangle, or if she is allowed to date outside she is ALSO limited to only other females.  This allows the man to be the only male in the relationship (a situation that happens so often that it too has it’s own term — the One-Penis Policy [a.k.a. OPP] which should be self-explanatory. If not, look at the glossary linked above).

Additionally, any action taken by the bisexual female’s other female relationship that sounds like issues with the primary relationship (i.e. unwilling to date the male, willing to date both but requires equal standing, etc.) will immediately mean that relationship will be ended.

Now, this does not mean that it has to be a male/female couple.  There are sometimes LGBTQ relationships that are similar (where one side is bisexual rather than strictly gay; and the bisexual person is limited to only dating the opposite sex outside of the relationship).  It can also be a male/female couple where the man is the bisexual.

No, I’m not saying that everyone must be willing to date every body type available.

But those men who are openly stating this tend to be of a certain immature and narcissistic personality type.

The reason it comes out as looking for a hot, bi babe is that the straight male puts an extra emphasis on the aesthetic looks of the intended third person.  These are the same kind of straight, monogamous males that are ONLY willing to date women who are “height/weight proportional” or like President-Elect Trump, will only date women he deems to be a “10.”

The issue is the dysfunction that is being perpetuated.

There are already good articles and even videos out there about the difference between a dyad looking to become a triad versus Unicorn Hunters.

So, let’s deal with the other situation I emphasized above — f alling in love.  Now, this is a song, it’s not a place to go into deeply what is meant.  Many polyamorous people I know do not have what amounts to a fear of falling in love.  Many enjoy falling in love.

But, there are some polyamorous people who use it as a way to keep committment limited.  I personally find that sad.

EVERY relationship a human has requires some level of committment, not just romantic ones.  But those who are afraid of committment all have one issue in common, they are afraid of managing the expectations of others in relation to their choices – whether that is expectations by a friend or expectations by a lover.

Yes, every single time you engage in a relationship (including an employment relationship such as boss/underling) there are expectations to be managed.  A person in a relationship has certain duties and obligations that are often specifically stated (if they are not specifically stated, then there’s an important discussion to be had).  They fear many things in regards to these obligations or duties.  Here’s some possible fears:

  • Fear of failure (not being able to fulfill those duties)
  • Fear of loss of self (having so many obligations that you have no time for yourself)
  • Fear of vulnerability (fulfilling those duties can require opening up and trusting the other person not to hurt you)
  • Fear of being taken for granted
  • Fear of rejection

There are LOTS of people out there – monogamous as well as polyamorous – who are that afraid of commitment and have developed that fear into a relationship anxiety. It all comes down to protecting one’s self and the inability to trust anyone else than yourself.

I may have serious issues with trusting other people, but once I am in a relationship I give it everything I can.  I learned romantic committment from my parents.  You keep working on it as long as possible.  What I didn’t learn was how to recognize when the other person is not engaged in the relationship.

I’m not sure why I did not develop a relationship anxiety after breaking it off with my ex.  I am open to meeting new people, even meeting possible new romantic relationships.  I’m not hiding from it. Maybe it’s simple, I simply don’t equate the rest of the men in the world with who my ex-husband is.

 

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Stumbling Over Ruins

 

I’ve discussed some of my old programming when it comes to romantic relationships. I’ve made some real progress, however slowly, in rewriting many of the larger of my stumbling blocks.

But just like Satine in Moulin Rouge,” there are still some of my definitions of what is expected of me in romantic relationships that take a while for me to actually see as an issue.

In my marriage, I let myself be celibate (and damned near asexual) for a dozen years because somehow I excused my ex from making our sexual relationship a priority.  Now, life is life and often that means many issues become a lower priority temporarily.  But, if a relationship is going to be healthy, except for those times of crisis, dealing with the issues — sexual or not — should at least be in the Top Ten of priorities for each person in the relationship.

It’s about meeting each other halfway.

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