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:: Free Your Mind ::

:: Free Your Mind ::

More visitors came today.
hotdoggie and playwell dropped by for lunch and I was able to
Guide them personally through the exhibits and the Object Theatre Show.
Contrary to my expectations, both of them were impressed by the museum,
And we managed to catch up over lunch, sitting by the lake in a picturesque setting.
Somehow, the far west, away from the hustle and bustle of the concrete urban jungle
Offers repreive, in the form of a few hours of tranquility.
runecircle popped by in the afternoon.
I showed him around as well, and then we settled for tea.
(with pinming in the meanwhile making the shortest possible cameo -
He came and left before we caught sight of him!)

On another note, the latest parlimentary spate has helped me better understand
The government's predicament; while the issue was initated by them nonetheless
I see the situation that they are in. Mindsets take time to change, and prejudices require
Generations to be eradicated. An old song comes to mind almost immediately.

Prejudice, wrote a song about it.
Like to hear it? Here it go.

I wear tight clothing, high heeled shoes
It doesn't mean that I'm a prostitute, no, no, no
I like rap music, wear hip hop clothes
That doesn't mean that I'm sellin' dope no, no, no
Oh my forgive me for having straight hair, no
It doesn't mean there's another blood in my heir, ya, ya
I might date another race or color
It doesn't mean I don't like my strong black brothers.

oh la la, oh la la, oh la la, oh la la
Why oh why must it be this way?
oh la la, oh la la, oh la la, oh la la
Before you can read me you got to learn how to see me, I said

Free your mind and the rest will follow
Be color blind, don't be so shallow.
Free your mind and the rest will follow
Be color blind, don't be so shallow

So I'm a sistah
Buy things with cash
That really doesn't mean that all my credit's bad, oooh
So why dispute me and waste my time
Because you really feel the price is high, for me
I can't look without being watched, and oh
You rang my buy before I made up my mind, OW!
Oh now attitude, why even bother
I can't change your mind, you can't change my color.


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I have two thoughts about the government's stance about repealing 377a:

On one hand, I agree with what PM Lee said, that repealing the law will not change people's minds and hearts and opinions about gays. That takes much time and effort -- even in the US, where anti-sodomy laws have been repealed, much of the country's residents are still very homophobic and anti-gay. The work to change minds and hearts goes on, in perpetuity. The repeal of the laws is just the beginning, not the end. It would be good for many Singapore's gays to realise this; many seem to think that the work of gay rights and gay acceptance must come from the top down, and be mandated by the government; that once the government says so, people will obey and start accepting gays. This is far from the reality. The work must be from the bottom up.

On the other hand, I disagree with the PM's statement that because Singaporeans are largely conservative, their wishes and feelings must be respected. The government must provide leadership; not just follow the mindset of society's lowest denominator. As I had written before in the Singapore gay newsgroup, if we follow their logic, this “pragmatic approach to maintain social cohesion” means we only progress at the rate dictated by the most conservative, homophobic members of society. This is akin to civil rights laws in the U.S. South in the 1950s being pegged to the mindset and acceptance level of the most racist and bigoted citizens; progress would depend on how fast the KKK, for example, accepts blacks.

But if I am to point the finger to the real oppressors and instigators of homophobia, it would be to the religious right here, mainly those who take inspiration from the Christian right wing in the U.S., with such groups as Focus on the Family and other virulently anti-gay organisations which have set up base camp here and who conduct an ongoing lobbying campaign to legislators and political leaders here, urging them to roll back the curtain over gay rights.

They are active and organised, well-funded and well-connected, and through their noisy complaints and angry claims of the threat the nation faces from a "homosexual lifestyle" and "gay agenda" they have earned the ears and votes of the politicians. And meanwhile, the overwhelming majority of the local gay community remains happily oblivious to the battle, leaving a few activists to wage the war while they dance on in their clubs and shop for their supplements. If as the article quotes, there are really 400,000 gays and lesbians in Singapore, and even if only 10% of those wrote a letter to their MP and the Prime Minister, that would be 40,000 voices that could make a great impact. Instead we cede the ground to the haters.

In the end, as HL Mencken said, we get the government we deserve.

I like to stay positive and remember Ted Kennedy's words: "the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die."

wow tat was a long comment..
hmm anyway..i wish i had the time to go and and visit wolvie too!
argh...darn...im packed with sch work...hope i have time to go down..sounds lotsa fun..and of cos..visiting wolvie seems great =)

hahaha. i was there yesterday too! i went with my SAFTI MI campmate. walked through this loophole in camp and straight into SDC/Army Museum. lol. yesh, quite impressive. but we were quite disappointed that the hologram thingy is under repair or something (it's actually our second time there). i think that one's uber cool. we were also quite amused by majors rushing secondary school children to their bus when we were at safticana. =P we were um-chioing.

Sorry I hate army so u won't see me there FOREVER :D

U take care come visit me instead since u so near by 3 days advance booking applies.

Eaststar, your posting quite cheem but makes sense. I have heard you talk before, you have quite a powerful mind. maybe you should represent us in politics! :-)

any good antiques like 'mona lisa' can be found at the museum? :D

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