Doin’ nuthin’

[I wrote this in early June, then waited for a photograph. I have none, haven’t been carrying the camera, to be honest. All part of the doing nothing theme, I suppose.]

Doing nothing feels like floating on warm water to me. Delightful, perfect.

Ava Gardner

and nothing doing.

Life felt somewhat like I’m back in the groove of nothingness after a month with the boys in Oregon.  Rema came to take the trash and Dolores cleaned the casita this morning; Sunday is El dia de los locos with its thousands of celebrants.  Bells have been pealing for the past two weeks at 5:30 a.m., 6:30 a.m. and various other times of the day for weddings, baptisms and probably for the fun of it.

I was asked if I would speak again at the UUs at some undetermined date, so I’ve been updating the talk I gave two years ago.  So much has happened in the trans world but not the scientific world.  It’s been a struggle to decide what to include, but the core, the neuroanatomy, remains relatively unchanged.

Part of the research, of course, has been the boo-ha-ha around Caitlyn Jenner.  It kicked into a higher gear with Elinor Burkett’s op-ed piece in the NY Times last Sunday and there are numerous critiques (in print) and supporters (in comments to what’s been written).  Two of what I thought were the best counter-pieces are written by Jaclyn Friedman in Dame from The daily Dose, Who Decides What Makes a Woman? and Samantha Allen in The Daily BeastCaitlyn Jenner Is Pissing Off Feminists and Bigots—Good for Her. While second wave feminism was so important to moving society forward, comparing Burkett’s writing to Friedman’s and Allen’s – and to Amy Schumer’s humor – shows how far the 3rd and 4th waves have taken its place.



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