Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Writing about Beauty, Unlikely Heroes, and NOH8

I'm working on an erotic story about beauty.  I am working through an exploration of the ways in which Gen X-ers and Millennials view beauty.  What has reality television and American Idol done to change the way we view ourselves?  I think there is a fundamental generational difference that I plan to plant at the heart of this piece.  We all love the same way; hearts find hearts in the darkness.  But beauty happens in the light of day, in the warm glow of candle light, or under the cool regard of the moon.  Beauty, the poets say, is ineffable, elusive, fleeting.  But in 2010, beauty is a commodity.  Beauty is a tool.  Beauty is currency.  Beauty is business.  So what does that mean for relationships?  What does an imbalance imply?  What does age do to the equation?

I am in a thoughtful mood and I must be feeling hopeful because this story started out fairly dark and evolved into something sweet and sexy and light.

I am going to give credit for my light mood to the fact that several thousand miles away Ted Olson and David Boies are spending their days standing together against Prop 8 and fighting the good fight.  Who would have thought the old Bush v. Gore adversaries would both be fighting to make gay marriage legal?  They have lightened my spirit.  If you have not read Ted Olson's article The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage in the January 18, 2010 issue of Newsweek, check it out.  Facebook it. Tweet it.  Email it to your politcally conservative friends and relations.  It's a cogent, rational argument for basic civil rights.

And speaking of heroes, if you have not visited photographer Adam Bouska's NoH8 Project, you've got to take a look.  In addition to my personal hero Kathy Griffin, thousands of people (celebs and non-celebs) have banded together in a silent protest in direct response to the November 2008 passage of Proposition 8, which amended the California Constitution to make gay marriage illegal.

Ted Olson, Davi Boies, Adam Bouska and Kathy Griffin:  Keep fighting the good fight.  You inspire me.


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  2. There was a comment posted by RING January 13, 2010 at 7:44am. The post (in Chinese) "If you're criticizing others. You will not have time to give love." However, there was a link to a Chinese porn site. The site seems unrelated to the content here, so I deleted the comment and have reproduced the message portion here. Not sure what's up with that. I invite RING to comment further (maybe without the links). Thanks -Jamie