One of the most interesting things about being alive is the constant discovery of how many different types of US there are.
We’re past the shock (some of us) of discovering that some of us actually like our own sex. OK historically, I suppose quite a recent discovery. Don’t forget modern history shows us that it wasn’t that long ago it was against the law to fancy our own sex. And now look at us…we’re on to Trans people. Equally exciting, fascinating and here we are again consumed with the rights of being people ‘not like us’.
Working on the assumption that trans people/homosexuals etc were/are always there it all seems so unfair. One can only imagine how awful life is for those who have to keep themselves to themselves. Part of this modern world and yet ostracised and forsaken. Where nothing applies to your real self. Horrible. (See people of colour).
I always work on the sensible basis that ‘people of difference ‘ have always existed so my imagination makes me wonder how it must have been for say, in the Middle Ages. It’s not so good for them now but in the times when people ate mud for breakfast the mind can only boggle.
Of course just because we have begun to recognise that different folk exist doesn’t mean their struggle is somehow over. They will still have to navigate through the minefield of present laws that were created and constructed for us ‘normal folk’.
In a society created for everybody but them they still have to make their way through the hate and ignorance of the knuckle-draggers who unfortunately still run the world. But there is hope. The cracks in the world of ordinariness are forming and soon perhaps in the not too distant future they will open fully and those who have had to remain hidden will be revealed.
I’m pretty sure that what I describe is nothing to do with evolution unless you talk of the evolution of thinking but that is nothing to do with genes rearranging themselves, more to do with people having had enough and speaking out. More politics than physical change.
STOP READING HERE IF YOU ARE EASILY UPSET. I AM ABOUT TO GO ROGUE.
One thing that has always garnered my interest is how far will we go to accepting everything and anything. Do not forget, time was when the issues I have described above were beyond the pale. Never discussed and seen to be forever designated to the darkest room in our minds. Indeed, once even considered figments of a sick imagination and not existing at all.
Now look at us.
Homosexuality has found its place and without doubt the debate about Trans people will soon find its rightful place in society no matter how long it takes. Pornography has come out of its shell and is free for all to see. We talk about everyday ‘perversions’ on a daily basis and find them ‘joke-worthy which I guess is a little better than abhorrent and totally disgusting.
Society has changed or is changing. Debates are admittedly raging, and prejudice still abounds but you would have to be fairly dim not to accept that change is happened or at the very least, is afoot.
What other areas will step forward in the future to demand change and acceptance.
The sheer mention of those words and the suggested possibility that one day they might be acceptable sends a shiver down my spine. A similar shiver I suspect the majority of society felt at the mention of the existence and acceptance of homosexuality etc.
But who knows what is to come.
No matter what happens and how… know one thing for sure…