Yesterday, I picked up Stone Butch Blues.
I have only read the first chapter.
I think I’m going to like it.
From memory, I would say I have never read any work of fiction that deals with transgender topics.
I wonder why?
Can’t say I have read much about bisexuality either.
Maybe one of the reasons I have sidestepped Stone Butch Blues all these years,
is because I hate to read about suffering and abuse.
I’m a bit of a wimp that way.
I have always had trouble dealing with novels whose main theme is abuse.
I know it exists, I hate that it exists.
Child abuse, incest, all are topics that disgust me.
I realise that most people feel that way, maybe it’s my inner ostrich coming through.
A friend of mine asked me to read Bastard Out Of Carolina, she told me it was very important to her
and that she kept coming back to it.
So, I read it.
I hated it and loved it, at the same time.
The voice was so true and it was so painful to read.
When I finished it, I felt physically sick, like I might vomit.
I’m glad I read it and I will never read it again, no need, it is imprinted on my brain.
I would encourage people to read it, it is strong and powerful.
I know, Stone Butch Blues, is not about that kind of abuse.
It is about ignorance and abuse of power.
I also think, based on what I have read about it, that it is about being who you are.
Not an easy task in a world that doesn’t accept you.
I’ll let you all know what I think of it.
Fiction has the power to illuminate.
I’m hoping that Stone Butch Blues, will help me to understand transgender issues.
Not to accept, I accept, who am I not to accept?
Understanding is something else.
Bisexuality also leaves me a little perplexed.
I get fluidity,
I get being attracted to both sexes,
I get evolution in one’s life and being different people at different times.
Maybe, I get bisexuality and don’t realise it.
I must try and find a novel that deals in a truthful manner with bisexuality.