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It had to happen eventually

You know how I know I'm officially a grown up? I can think of no context in which I would be willing to wear my "smoke crack and worship satan" t-shirt out of the house anymore. I don't think I have in at least 8 years. I'm just worried I'll seriously offend someone. I used to not care if they didn't get the joke, but now it seems unkind somehow. I seem to have lost the desire to freak the mundanes. I want to make them tea instead. Maybe a nice pan of brownies.

I think this is a good thing, but it does make me a little wistful sometimes.


Nov. 12th, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
See, I've reached the point that I don't know what's offensive. People have gotten offended by my Johnny-Cash-Giving-the-Finger shirt (and once even at a Dead Kennedys shirt), but the last time I wore my Smoke-Crack-and-Worship-Satan shirt, the genteel southern black lady behind the counter at Sally's just laughed and said "In that order?"

It's not about freaking the mundanes for me. It's about being true to my own aesthetic. If people get offended by that, well, there isn't much I can do about it.

(I will say that I haven't worn any blasphemous shirts while TEACHING, for the same reason I didn't wear them to work.)
Nov. 12th, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
Which isn't to imply that you AREN'T being true to YOUR aesthetic by not wearing it. Caring about the feelings of others is part of your aesthetic, moreso than it is of mine.
Nov. 12th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
No worries. That was implied. I know you respect my values, and I figure you know I respect yours.

That's very cool about the woman at Sally's. See, if I thought everyone would take it that way, I'd have no problems. I certainly don't mind being identifiable as a freak, or anything. I just no longer want to be overtly offensive about it.

Of course, if people find the mere fact of my lifestyle offense, they can suck it.
Nov. 12th, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I wouldn't worry unless you got to the point where you wouldn't kiss a girl in public, or stand up for your beliefs, out of fear of offending people. Smoking crack and worshiping Satan are obviously not actually important issues (which is kind of the point of the satire).

But like I said, I can't even tell what's weird any more. One of the girls in my Hebrew class thought it was bizarre when I stopped to talk to a chipmunk in the garden outside our classroom. Doesn't EVERYBODY talk to cute fuzzy mammals?
Nov. 12th, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
Doesn't EVERYBODY talk to cute fuzzy mammals?

you know, i sometimes worry vaguely that people will think i'm weird for talking to animals the way i do, but then the animal in question gets all wriggly or comes closer or responds in some way because i'm talking to it, and i find i don't give a fuck what anybody thinks. >:)



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