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OMGWM Part 3: Teased post-polio sissy

"Frankfurt am Main - African refugees rallying for the right to stay in Germany" [Demo für Bleiberecht, Bahnhofsviertel], by Picturepest on flickr (1/1/2000)

I encourage readers to give full attention to the footnotes.  I have used a reference librarian’s “due diligence” to offer relevant background information throughout this article.

    • Part 1 – Old middle-class gay white man
    • Part 2 –”Whiteness” as a class thing
    • Part 3 – Teased post-polio sissy

It astonishes me sometimes—no, often—how every person I get to know—
everyone, regardless of everything, by which

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“Anti-paraskavedekatriaphobia” – from October 13, 2006

Walhydra admits rather sheepishly that she was very much in the closet until around 1973.

It was then, while she was in her first year in Lutheran seminary, that she finally realized she couldn’t lie to herself anymore—and, better still, that the Divine One did not in fact condemn her for her “difference,” regardless of what the Church and most of Western civilization had to say.

Finding her courage, she dropped out, moved back to her beloved college town

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OMGWM Part 2: “Whiteness” as a class thing

"The Teff Harvest, Northern Ethiopia," by A. Davey from Where I Live Now: Pacific Northwest [Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0), via Wikimedia Commons]

Introduction: In Part 1, I wrote about growing up oblivious to the “white cultural mindset which is my default setting.”  There is much more to this than most of us realize. 

I encourage readers to give full attention to the footnotes.  I have used a reference librarian’s “due diligence” to offer relevant background information throughout this article.

    • Part 1 – Old middle-class gay white man
    • Part 2 –”Whiteness” as a class
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Old middle-class gay white man: Part 1

"Duo," by Mike Shell (4/29/2021)

Note: I encourage readers to give full attention to the footnotes.  I have used a reference librarian’s “due diligence” to offer relevant background information throughout this article.

  • Part 1 – Old middle-class gay white man
  • Part 2 –”Whiteness” as a class thing
  • Part 3 – Teased post-polio sissy

My life began in a liberal 1950s Ohio preacher’s family.  When I was 10, Dad moved us to Boston so he could earn a doctorate

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Ethan Hawke on John Brown and white guilt

Excerpts from “The Shape-Shifter: The Protean Career of Ethan Hawke,” by John Lahr in The New Yorker (9/21/2020, pp.44-5) [behind the paywall].


“Black people didn’t need saving.
The affluent white communities were the ones living in sin.”

In 2013, James McBride, author of The Color of Water and Song Yet Sung, published The Good Lord Bird, the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade

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