Ah, the slowly blinking cursor and white screen of a yet to be filled blog post. Time to engage Stream of Barely Consciousness, Lynn. 🙂
I am…. frustrated with myself and my health this past week. It seems I am not fully out of the shadow of dear old, Uncle COVID. Yes, I’ve been testing negative and the cough is mostly gone. Yet, I find my brain – make your own jokes here 🙂- is not with it. On listening to others who’ve been there before, it seems it’s a good month before the mind fog clears. Well, bugger. This is unhelpful because a key part of who I am is creating and organising stuff.
With the high temperatures of late and the above, I did not pack a bag for Chams. I really enjoyed the company and the discussion, but the idea of shapewear, slap, and a Syrup on my head was a bit too much.
Talking of makeup, I did buy a new concealer palette in the Prime Day. Fingers crossed it’ll help mask my under eye shadows. The summer seems a good time to stock up on cosmetics as the hot weather and tanned skin seems to make many people go bare faced.
Stranger by name
With a new streaming stick installed in the television – the trouble with so called smart TVs – I’ve finally got around to watching the latest series of Stranger Things.
I won’t spoil the site with this reveal, as a number of the main characters play Dungeons & Dragons. For us old school RPGers, or maybe it’s just me, hearing the characters refer to the series Big Bad as a classic monster – the Mindflayer, etc – raises a wry smile.
Given the above interests of the characters and the time the show is set, the mid 80s, I was wondering if the writers would lean on the moral panic about D&D. They have, but again, it’s a minor point in the plot.
If you’re not familiar with the Satanic Panic during that decade, it saw heavy metal, horror, and D&D singled out as a corruptor of the youth, or a gateway into dark magic.
Stop that sniggering at the back! 😉
It was, of course, complete bobbins. Hanging about with your friends, pretending to battle through a dungeon/forest/castle to defeat the evil dragon/sorcerer/undead lich, rolling funny shaped dice, and spending money on graph paper to map things; well, perhaps I missed the secret notes to summon Dark Forces Beyond My Control… 😋
Having somehow managed to not sprain my eyes after rolling them, or over using the phrase “really…?”, I find myself again, subject to another moral panic. The nonsense that we trans people are out to recruit children safe turn then to the dark side. At least with D&D you could tempt your mates with snacks 😉What have we trans folk got? Hey, fancy being at risk of violence from bigots, a higher suicide risk, be told you’re a perv invading safe spaces, and if you’re out at work, discrimination. Yeah, it’s kinda hard to get the numbers up 😋
But, snarkiness aside, I guess like the moral panics about pot, heavy metal, RPGs, rave culture, being a goth (!); the nonsense will pass. It will not be an easy run and with politicians who should know better, it’ll be a while. But, it will pass. We might just have to be a little bit more open and be the allies we need if we can’t.
ps: Happy Non Binary day for yesterday