listening to my roommate play videogames and talk bullshit on xbox live like
“Black and Third World people are expected to educate white people as to our humanity. Women are expected to educate men. Lesbians and gay men are expected to educate the heterosexual world. The oppressors maintain their position and evade their responsibility for their own actions. There is a constant drain of energy which might be better used in redefining ourselves and devising realistic scenarios for altering the present and constructing the future.”
- Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider
And I would definitely add transgender people to the list of people who have to go through things like this.
Friendly….I don’t know how to “freindly” anymore. And apparently that makes people think I’m an arrogant asshole. I’m not. I don’t have the weight in self-confidence for that. “Friendly” takes too much energy out of me and these days I don’t have that energy to waste…sorry.
Besides, I think it is good for people to learn to be comfortably silent around one another. There is no need to constantly fill the pauses and disrupt the quiet with nonsense or forced “pleasant” small talk so that everyone feels fluffed and validated…