The following things feel related:
— today a promoter I know asked Facebook today about whether or not it would be appropriate for him to work with Roseanne Barr on a project given her Twitter campaign against trans people being able to use public restrooms last October. Gays and lesbians replied like, sure, who cares; trans people were, to say the least, a bit more circumspect
— Aunt Viv from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air said a lot of mean things about Wendy Williams this week, that relied very heavily on calling her a MAN MAN MAN MAN MAN
— the last time I went home to see my mom on the train, this train conductor sat around talking to a bunch of us hanging out in the snack car and for no particular reason except for comic value brought up about how uncomfortable Wendy Williams makes him because she looks like a MAN MAN MAN MAN MAN
— one of Germaine Greer’s most pointedly transphobic screeds involved an appeal to maternal subjectivity, something to the tune of, “you know who I’d like to hear from? the MOTHERS of these so-called ‘women trapped in men’s bodies.’ i’d like to hear about how THEY feel about all this”
— which really sucks, right? like most people, i have a complicated relationship with my mom, so it’s a particularly low blow because it’s like, your humanity is only as valid as your mother’s esteem of you, which is like, WHOA
— Roseanne and I got into a twitterfite during #PottyWars, and she tweeted mean things at me that had this real tinge of like, mom intensity. “i’m sorry you feel BETRAYED by my expressing an OPINION.” Well I guess I just can’t say anything right at all! Don’t mind me I’ll be dead soon! Auugh get out of my head lady! It is too weird to have America’s Working Class Ur-Mom throwing shade just like my mom mom
— said twitterfite was also during Hurricane Sandy, and I was in New York and nervous and compulsively snacking and flipping back and forth between the Weather Channel and Honey Boo Boo marathons and thousands of people were losing their homes and gas went up to $11/gallon and I was trying to figure out some awkward sexual tension with the guy I was hurricane-ing with so this made everything feel so much more fraught
— there’s a legislator in Arizona who right now is actually trying to pass a Papers-to-Potty bill right now, punishable by a $2500 fine and six months in prison
— the last time I was in a straight stage play, I played a mom. Of a teenager! And I am 33!
So I guess what I’m saying is, basically, let trans people pee in peace and I should be America’s Next Top Sitcom Mom, f’realz.