Thursday, 23 February 2012

"I am a lady"

Meg enjoying the sun, in her usual spot in the bedroom window
Yesterday I was moaning about the weather and how it has the ability to shrink Trelawnyd into some sort of ghost village.
Well today, when I got home after night shift, the weather has blossomed into spring and almost early summer, as the wind dropped, the sun came out and the village suddenly burst into life again.
I opened up every window in the cottage, and before cleaning and vacuuming the winter dust away ,I left a large bowl of eggs on the outside wall, so that people out for a walk could help themselves and not bother me.
But of course I was bothered now and then by neighbours and egg customers, but I didn't really mind... it was nice just to see people out and about.
The Good "Ladies" of Trelawnyd circa 1952

One villager chatted about the Jubilee "carnival" which is still in the embryo planning stages .I told him I had a few old photos of locals at the 1952 village carnival where local men all dressed up as society "ladies"
"Oh you can't do that anymore" he told me and he sited an article he had read in the Daily Mail 
which outlined that bigwigs at Exeter University have banned Male students dressing up in drag because it believes that trans gender groups may be offended by the mainly pissed up rugby players parading around in ill fitting mini skirts and sling backs on their male bonding nights out
(interestingly I note that Nick over at http://nickhereandnow.blogspot.com/  has brought up the same subject on his blog) and has dealt with it with his usual dry humour

Micro managers with their bloody nanny-ish ways and worries  seem to make life just that little bit harder to enjoy in our "let's be so careful" modern world. Potential Offence has to be seen at every turn and in every activity,
and generally, ( I would like to think) that in this particular case, trans gender men and women  wouldn't give a flying fuck that some alcohol fuelled 18 year old psychology student is wearing a pair of ripped stockings, a knackered old wig and  some cheap Ann Summer's suspenders.

Then again.... I could be.... oh so very .....wrong!

49 comments:

  1. Sadly, the only transgendered person I know takes everything VERY personally.

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  2. Not so much micro managers, I think, as well-meaning student leaders who've exaggerated other people's sensitivities and come to ridiculous conclusions! Now excuse me while I dig out my Ann Summers suspenders....

    And I look forward to pics of the society "ladies"!

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  4. Some folk are offended by anything, I imagine that they have difficulty walking past a mirror without a fight.

    Seems to me that it's (genuine, not fruitcake religion-based, and you know which lot I mean) minority groups that are most fed up with so-called political correctness. Why does the government imagine that we all need their permission and their protection in order to exist? Twerps!

    Not allowed to hold an opinion any more, which is a shame, since I have many and varied!

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  5. For some reason, my comments keep appearing twice. Sorry about that.

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  6. nick
    they are always welcomed no matter how many times they appear

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  7. Oh dear, they should visit Brighton in August when we have our 'Pride Parade' that would upset them....lol
    Briony
    x

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  8. Does this mean that I can no longer wear trousers?
    Jane x

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  9. Oh well, at least Meg seems to have her priorities sorted and to be able to watch the world go by without getting too upset - now that IS a lady!

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  10. Do you foresee the end of pantomime, then?

    Political In-correctness, take a bow!

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  11. Unfortunately there is always somebody who has a "hard-on" over something, instead of paying attention to themselves ! The Toronto Ontario Pride Parade would surely give them a run for their money I would think ... LOL.

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  12. Some people seek out behaviours that will allow them to demonstrate their indignance, while others just wait for such an opportunity to come along - I think they must see themselves as some de facto moral politically correct policeman.

    What's wrong with dancing on a bar top in your undies with a lampshade on your head while pissed? All the best rugger groups do it! lol!

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  13. John I trust you will post a photo of yourself with that lampshade on your head

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  14. It's that way here, too, John. Can't hardly sneeze any more without offending some person or group somewhere.

    Darned annoying!

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  15. If she is as cuddly as she looks, then I need a hug from Meg. I also need you to come around and vacuum the winter dust away - we've been busy digging the vegetable beds and moving mountains of horse poop.

    I hate all of this criticising of everything we do and say, and it happens, even in the world of blog. Life is too short.

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  16. I love it when guys try to give their "carnival" impression of us women. Shouldn't women be the area of concern of insulting? I would tell a transgender person to cowboy-up! After all, it is really US women they are imitating, and I think it is awesome when some burly guy is wearing horrendously colored lipstick and showing too-muscular legs in a short mini with heels on that are wobbly and might as well be stilts. Yes, I love it. I've also imitated the men in my family with the macho walk, vulgar sitting positions and train-wreck sudden scratching of anything and everything that itches. These are the things in life that make life itself humorous.

    My weight-lifting dad would sometimes come out in one of my mom's skirts or wigs and us kids had the time of our lives during those moments.

    If people are offended by these things, they would've hated being in my family, with a mother "cripped" by Polio, yet she would roar when one of us three kids would take her cane and try to dramatically walk like she did. Such family fun! Humor has healing power and lessens the awful truths that a person might be enduring. Laughter is often the sign of being well adjusted while being looney at the same time. Good medicine for the soul.

    For those too easily insulted, maybe they should try on a laugh instead of the undies. :-)

    I loved your picture! Priceless. They need to pick up that old tradition again!

    Lana

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  17. I am so TIRED of all the political correctness these days. I say if you don't like it just suck. it. up. and just get on with it. It might just build a little character in people which is lacking in so many these days!

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  18. life is a tangle isn't it?

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  19. good points lana
    to me the important thing behind any behaviour is the intention to upset or hurt
    if that is there.. then that should be dealt with... but for the majority the intension is generally benign

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  20. galestorm
    I agree.... sometimes we are just not allowed to piss someone else off

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  21. '...wearing a pair of ripped stockings, a knackered old wig and some cheap Ann Summer's suspenders."

    No change there then - and not for the last 40 years, judging by your photo. I had this image of you greeting newcomers whilst dressed up in a black latex outfit as Matt Lucas.

    Weight-Watchers have a lot to answer for - ruining Welsh, rural life as we have always known it.

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  22. ...wearing a pair of ripped stockings, a knackered old wig and some cheap Ann Summer's suspenders

    that inspiration came from my brief visit to bath one afternoon.... there was an old soak staggering back from the pub as I recall..... after shouting at all by the bar... the sad old duffer tried to pick up the local strumpet... but alas , because his looks had faded.. she was not interested
    xx

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  23. Story of my recent life...

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  24. Why, oh why did you ignore me, John?

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  25. The transgendered person I know would tell them to "get a life"!

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  26. you had your hands full!
    ( the police were handcuffing you)

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  27. Phwoar, sounds like my kind of student. What's her name?

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  28. oh I wondered when the head of the Barbara Windsor fan club ( cira 1970) would rear his ugly head!

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  29. Never mind that John, What's her name?!

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  30. mad as a box of trannies!!!

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  31. I thought they were stripper-grams, sent by you.

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  32. Political correctness has been done to death and then some.

    When I'm in the presence of one of 'Them' I like to crank things up a notch. The best of fun.

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  33. For god's sake, let people wear whatever the heck they want. Geez, Louise. Too many pickles up too many arses for my liking.

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  34. Sadly I think that taking offence is the new sport which should be in both the Summer and Winter Olympics. And I am not at all sure who the gold medallists would be.

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  35. Elephant's child - gold medal goes to .........................

    drum roll ..........

    "The Australian Bureaucracy"

    Represented by: The Secretariat for Workplace Law for Managers – How to make people management easier and stay on the right side of the law.

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  36. The one transgendered person i know didn't come to our reunion. I was wishing s/he would have, as it was a wonderful time, and i truly enjoyed catching up with so many people.

    I agree with Lana.

    Love the picture of Meg, and the cats would be wanting such a window to call their own. We had mostly rain today, and snow forecast for tomorrow. I'll be dressing warmly in my pair of men's jeans lined with polar fleece, gender be damned!

    megan

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  37. Some people look for things to be offended by. We all need to learn to laugh at ourselves a little more. It is better for the digestion.

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  38. hi john,
    i've been enjoying your comments at nicks place for a while now!

    i just want to say about lana's crippled mum and the kids laughing that i have a slight disability and my kids are allowed to laugh at it because i have taught them to but woe betide anyone who laughs without my permission.

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  39. Does Meg really choose to sit in the window and look out, John? That's very charming.
    Here, Down Under, we also seem to be under the sway of the uptight, needing a rule and regulation for every sign of self-expression.

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  40. I'd say men the world over could claim a cultural right to dress as women since it's a custom as old as
    humanity.
    And isn't Meg a sweetie sat there in the window. I love the fact that you have a window Dog.

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  41. I don't think for a moment you are wrong John. It is yet another instance of people trying to underline the gender issue. Until we all accept gender as a matter of choice for the person involved and treat it all as matter of course, we shall not have got there.
    My gay friends have just been to stay - now why do people need to tell everyone they are gay - I wouldn't have said my heterosexual friends have been to stay would I.

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  42. "a pair of ripped stockings, a knackered old wig and some cheap Ann Summer's suspenders"? No! No! No! Given your new svelte figure, what you need to wear is a tweed twinset and pearls just like Audrey Hepburn. Then you really would hear the "Trelawnyd Voices"!

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  43. Perhaps EVERYTHING should be banned on the basis that it could potentially offend SOMEONE

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  44. Kylie --- I agree wholeheartedly. In our family, we were taught to be free with each other, but if we were on an outing and some stranger began to make fun of mother with ill-intentions, we'd kill them. Simple as that.

    Lana

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  45. God preserve us from those who feel they must be correct about everything.

    They aren't, but they make us feel the blame for their mistakes. Or something like that.

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