I am 36 today! I feel like I should be coming to grips with the whole nearing 40 thing, but when it comes to my age, I feel like I am viewing it from a bemused distance. Like it’s happening to someone else.
The Marriage Equality plebiscite is still on the horizon.
As well as speaking out against the nay-sayers, people are talking about grassroots campaigns. Some are door-knocking and speaking with their neighbours. Others might hand out fliers. A few people I know are hanging out rainbow bunting or flags. And a few have made their own signs to stick inside windows or on some other part of their home, to show their support and even invite discussion. I like that idea. A nice little sign letting people know that they have your support.
The same-sex marriage debate, thanks to this appalling postal plebiscite idea, is about to get pretty hard to stomach. Homophobic campaigners are being given extraordinary license to debate the validity of homosexual relationships in the public sphere. The cost, to the LGBTI community, is bound to be high.
If you, like me, are not directly effected by this plebiscite, that's well and good. We are very fortunate. We don't have to stand by while people who hate us or disapprove of us try to influence others to deny us a human right. It won't be our relationships being used as fodder for lies and scare-mongering. Lucky us.
Last week, Soraiya Fuda published an opinion piece for Rendezview on why she believes that “fat size 20-somethings” do not belong on the fashion runway. She was referring to a Sports Illustrated fashion show that showcased plus-size models in swimwear last month.
— Daily Star (@Daily_Star) August 4, 2017
Fuda was quick to point out that she wasn’t fat-shaming. She did so in the first paragraph, in fact, mentioning that there were models in the size 12-18 bracket. She said that those models demonstrated that women of “every size” deserved lovely swimwear. Every size, it would seem, except those above a 20.