Jacob Woods

Jacob Woods
Jacob is gay. He eats, breathes, and sleeps lgbt issues. Currently he is a rural psychology student working to educate the simpletons. Enjoy his blog and his other creative meanderings!

Monday, April 11

"My Stupid Lesbian Grandma!"

This post was inspired by my sister in law. She is a great person! And like myself and the rest of the world, she udders the words heard and read by the past.

Lesbian couple holding hands, from behind
I was lucky enough to head up to my hometown and the place I grew up this weekend. The fresh citrus scent of pine trees evoked a thousand childhood memories of building forts, fires, and mastery grill meals. Silence softened the stress of college life and family embroidered my emotions. (Holy shit, when did Jake learn how to write?)

After the tasty pizza enamored our tongues Saturday evening, the family lodged back at home and conversations brewed. The topics ranged from sexual deviation, to family interactions, to fine art, to finally the highlight; how my sister in law's parent's fell in love. Like tongues to pizza: enamored!!!

In describing the interaction somehow she phrased herself hands on her hips, "Well my stupid lesbian grandma!"

A lesbian couple married in San Francisco in 2004
She paused and saw the smirk appear on my face knowing very well what she said, "I am so sorry! I didn't mean it in an offensive way! I take it back! I take it back!"

We erupted in laughter my brother saying, "Here comes a blog post!"

I, breaking away the tears of humor, responded, "Stupid grandmother would have been good enough. Continue with your story!"

None of this is to be taken offensively or personally. The whole episode enlightened in me questions. Why did I break out in laughter when in other cases this would have aggravated me had it been someone I didn't know saying this? Why does it matter that someone said stupid lesbian grandma at all? Why is this a problem? Would someone say stupid straight grandpa? How about stupid old grandpa? Should we consider old just as offensive as gay or lesbian? Loads of questions filled my head! few answers followed.

Vintage photograph of two intimate women in a ...
Here is where I came up after pondering for awhile. Removing the personal relationships of the situation and taking a step back we see a thousand households with thousands of people talking. To me a person is more than just a person. They can be seen on a larger scale. More than one person uses the word gay interchangeably with stupid and retarded to describe dumb. More than one person has said Indonesians age like milk and more than one person has brought up their fingers to their eyes to momentarily pierce them back saying, "Look everyone, I am Chinese!" More than one person has bitterly attacked the asexual community with uninformed scrutiny in a fit of momentary rage.

All of this adds up to something much larger. A child raised in a toxic home with racist, sexist, ageist, whatever ism, yet playful humorous slurs could some day go to school and udder, "My stupid lesbian grandma." In front of a lesbian who hasn't come out. Or, "Dad says niggers are lazy. He knows black people." To someone of a different race. Or "Asexuality isn't a sexual orientation because asexuals don't have sex." Written on a well respected blog by a well respected young man. Or.

The purpose is to first identify why we say and do the things we do and decide how to interact with that reasoning to make a difference. Surely, it was funny, but in a school setting, in the work setting, and in home setting, much of this can become uncomfortable and escalate. Had I been in the closet, I would have been impeccably offended and ravenously disgusted with myself and my family. I am glad things have gotten better and that I am free to express myself as necessary. I am not free from any of this!

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Gayfabulous said...

Well, well, well, I never thought I'd see the day, Jacob Woods relaying a family gathering with humours outcomes as a way to calm an other wise controversial opinion.

Jacob, never deny your right to say what you feel and mean what you say.

Have the courage to stand behind your message, and never justify to those with nothing better to do.

Jacob Woods said...

Thanks so much!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey, its Tim.

In Staci's Defense I will say that she meant the statement "stupid, lesbian grandma" as not stupid because she was a lesbian, but as stupid AND lesbian, she realized how it sounded as she said it. The story behind it is, her grandma and grandfather had what he though was a good relationship for something like 30 years. Then one day, out of the blue she said "I'm a lesbian" then walked out the door. She is STUPID because she left Staci's grandfather up shits creek without a paddle not because she is a Lesbian. She is stupid because like 5 years later without talking to anyone she comes crawling back to her still husband then turns around and leaves again, not because she is Lesbian. You probably get the point. My point is not to judge everything for face value as I did for so many years against homosexuals.

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