The awesome Book Bitches reference in a recent post this article in Time about the outing of Dumbledore. Which, yeah, it happened like two weeks ago, so what? I’ve been busy and in the doldrums. I am now, by virtue of having been repeatedly annoyed over the last day or so, not in the doldrums any longer.
So the gist of the article is, if JK Rowling planned to keep Dumbledore’s sexual preference out of the books, she never should have told anyone, because it’s shameful that he wasn’t allowed to be the Hollywood Montrose of Hogwarts. How dare he not swish about the castle at night dressed in pink tulle? How dare he not, in any conversations with his students, slip the fact of his homosexuality out in conversation? Because nothing is more appropriate in a discussion between Headmaster and student than revelations about buttsecks.
No, no. According to the writer, in denying Dumbledore the chance to turn Hogwarts into Big Gay Albus’s Big Gay Wizard School, Rowling has given us a bad gay male role model. And of course he’s right, because everyone knows the following facts:
1. The only defining characteristic of a gay man is his gayness. It MUST be always first and foremost in any examination of him, and he must react to all situations by waving his hands in the air and squealing.
2. A dignified gay man is a disgusting and pitiful character, because he has not allowed his inner Judy Garland out to play.
3. The sexuality of teachers can and should be an open subject for discussion among teenagers and preteens. It cannot be kept secret, no matter what sex they go to bed with, because keeping one’s bedpartners private is apparently silly when dealing with adolescents.
4. The idea that an elderly gay man may not be actively having sex is terrible.
Whatever. Personally, I don’t really care, because the sexuality of the aforesaid elderly man never interested me, just as the sexuality of none of my teachers ever interested me. (Except Mr. Reims, our eighth-grade gym teacher, because he was very handsome and we did wonder if he was gay. He had highlights, you see. And, y’know…Mr. Reims. But rumor also had it he was getting it on with the female gym teacher, whose name escapes me. Anyway.)
You’ll notice I’ve added Tionna Lee Smalls’s blog to my blogroll. Go visit her. She is the rockinest.
I’m in German!. Okay, sort of. The book is in English, but it is available on both Amazon Germany and Japan (be warned, the Japanese one doesn’t really load well without the Language Pack thing.) But still, hee! I thought that was so cool!
My buddy and fellow Deliciously Naughty Writer Sherrill Quinn has a new EC release, Demon of her Dreams! It’s her first EC release aside from a Caveman antho story, so go check it out!
I forgot…our untitled wedding story at League of Reluctant Adults is complete! And AWESOME. So go read it again here, and suggest a title for it, too!
And that’s really all I can share, although I swear I intended to link to something else today too…I’ll come back if I remember what it was.