03/02/2017

GLOWIMIN | "not queer enough"


as you might have seen splattered all over social media, me and Kaa Glo have started a podcast called Glowimin (Kaa GLO + Anna WIM, obvi). after years of complaining about certain feminist/queer/eco/life-related topics over Messenger and/or Facebook calls, we decided to make our heated debates public as we both thought certain things just didn't get discussed much, especially on the CZ/SK scene. as we both live in different countries, our talks will be in the form of online calls, just like they usually are, but for our first podcast, we actually managed to meet at Kaa's place in Prague. the podcast is in Czech, but there's a transcript for anyone to translate; and you can always watch the podcasts on Youtube or listen to them on Mixcloud.

here's a lil summary for those who don't speak Czech, because i believe we came across some important and relevant facts.

the first episode is called "not queer enough" and we discuss an issue we both have encountered personally. as identified and proud pansexuals, we have experienced a very prevalent misconception and confusion about the sexuality. for those who don't know what pansexuality is, it is "is the sexual attraction to a person of any sex or gender" (according to Wikipedia), and differs from bisexuality by refusing to recognize the gender binary only. however, the problems us pansexuals face are pretty much the same for bisexuals – that is, your sexuality being often questioned and devalued. people want you to "pick one side" as the hetero/homo categories are much easier to understand for many, see your sexuality as an "experimental phase", or assume your sexuality based on who they "have seen you with". both of us mention personal experiences with our close friends and acquaintances who would automatically assume certain cishet future scenarios based on the fact that we have majority of dating/sexual experience with cis men, despite of the fact that they are familiar with the way we identify.

as we mention that we feel like our queerness is "too much" for many people in cishet spaces, we also come across feeling "not enough" in queer spaces. i discuss my experience from working at a queer festival with people who know some of the cis men i have been with and seeing them being somewhat surprised that i also identify as "queer", leading to my own doubts whether i was "queer enough". we talk about how crazy it is that this kind of bi-/panphobia happening within queer spaces, but then we come to the conclusion that it is actually no surprise considering how most queer spaces are mainly gathered for cis white gay men (which we will probably discuss in a different podcast).

huh, what to do with such a complex issue? we stress that each of us needs to realize that one's sexuality is not validated by one's experience, and it is absolutely up to the person to decide how they want to identify and no one has the right to disprove that. we also assume that the reason this is so commonly happening in all kinds of communities is simply because of the oppressive, normative structures that are so deeply ingrained in us that influence all of us even if we would prefer to think differently. we encourage everyone to stay aware of this normative structure and keep on fighting for their right to be whoever they are! ❤️

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