So I'm sitting in my dorm room up in Stevens Point, WI (don't feel bad if you don't know where that is) looking out my window, and it finally stopped snowing for today!
Doesn't that statement just make you wanna shoot things?
I mean, I know Wisconsin has fucky-uppy weather, but come the fuck on!
Anyway, I posted this on my LJ but wanted to post it here, just for some feedback and maybe one or two people who feel the same way as me on the matter.
"So I know The National Day of Silence is coming up (April 18th I'm thinking) and I've already had people ask me if I'm participating. Until recently I hadn't had a definite answer. Now I do; I won't be.
Not because people seem to think I'm 'losing touch' with my gayness since I've been dating a guy, or because I'm too afraid to stand up for something. I just do not see the help in it. I wish there was use in it and that more people didn't just use it as an excuse to shut up for a day or sleep in their classes, but the truth is that's all it's there for. No one takes it seriously and that's unfortunate, because there is a possiblity of the action yielding a strong and, ironically, deafening effect to those who choose to perpetuate homophobia.
(woah, big words)
Secondly, I'm yet to see it's effect. I went to Arts for three of the four years I've participated and it was pretty much a case of preaching to the converted; it doesn't work if you're surrounded by people who are all doing it too. Even in middle school when I did it, it didn't have any effect on anyone within the school or my family, except irritation and alienation, and that's not what we're working for. Most people just ignored the ones not talking and carried on with their day, or remarked on how stupid we were or that "at least the annoying gays shut up for a day" Don't think that's the angle we're going for.
Maybe I'm seriously jaded and don't think anything will rush acceptance, but on the other hand I do believe that people's actions make a difference, just not in this way. The practice just seems 2-dimensional to me.
I mean the most respect I can to whoever is participating in DoS. If you believe this is a proper way to protest homophobia, then by all means go at it. All I ask is that if you do participate try going somewhere where you aren't surrounded by people who do it too. Try actually doing something with your protest rather than just shutting up."