March 6th, 2005

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'Missing.' Lost Sawyer/Sayid fanfic, by nopejr. Life is wonderful.

I have two questions: 1) Does anybody know what you call the writer's bump on your middle finger of the hand you write with? Is there a medical term for it? and 2) Is there anybody out there who happens to own the .mp3 of "Shiroi yami no naka" by Shakkazombie? I love that song like a mad loving thing. I don't know anything about it except that it's the song on that really badass Cowboy Bebop/Trigun songvid. (The fact that I know this says more about the anime geeks I room with than me.)

So. I'm putting together my promised Kinsey Scale rant, which I'm doing now mainly because dayafternext is doing a report on sexuality and her posts keep setting me off on the subject. Anyway, it's turning into a whole big long thing, and in hopes of saving myself some time and making my point clearer, I'm going to make a pre-rant poll first. Please take a couple of minutes to fill this out, and if you know anybody else who might be interested please point them this way. I'm screening all comments to this entry, too, so if you need to elaborate in comments please feel free to do so. :)

Poll #449584 How much do you know about the Kinsey Scale? (All answers to this poll are screened.)

First off. How old are you?

13-17 years old
42(16.6%)
18-23 years old
128(50.6%)
24-29 years old
42(16.6%)
30-45 years old
36(14.2%)
45 or older
5(2.0%)

What gender are you?

male
19(7.5%)
female
229(90.5%)
transgendered male
1(0.4%)
transgendered female
0(0.0%)
unsure
4(1.6%)

Without looking or googling, please, take your best guess: The Kinsey Report was released in what year?

1934
5(2.0%)
1948
70(27.9%)
1955
114(45.4%)
1960
44(17.5%)
1972
18(7.2%)

Again taking your best guess, the Kinsey Scale is a range of:

0-6 with 0 being 100% straight and 6 being 100% queer
124(49.0%)
0-6 with 0 being 100% queer and 6 being 100% straight
20(7.9%)
0-7 with 0 being 100% queer and 7 being 100% straight
25(9.9%)
1-6 with 1 being 100% straight and 6 being 100% queer
65(25.7%)
1-7 with 1 being 100% straight and 7 being 100% straight
19(7.5%)

Please give your best guess as to where you think you fall on the Kinsey scale.

Using only one word, please tell me your sexual orientation. (you can use comments to elaborate.)

on a scale of 1-5, where 1 is "not at all" and 5 is "very," how comfortable are you with your sexuality?

Mean: 4.16 Median: 4 Std. Dev 0.80
1
0(0.0%)
2
6(2.4%)
3
47(18.6%)
4
101(39.9%)
5
99(39.1%)

On a scale of 1-5, how educated do you feel you are about matters of sex, sexuality, and sexual practice?

Mean: 4.03 Median: 4 Std. Dev 0.77
1
0(0.0%)
2
6(2.4%)
3
54(21.3%)
4
119(47.0%)
5
74(29.2%)

What things about sex do you know the least about?

In your closest real life circle of friends, what topics of discussion are pretty much off-limits?

personal issues and experiences regarding sexual orientation
13(5.2%)
anything having to do with sexual orientation (including political/religious debates or personal discussion)
0(0.0%)
anything having to do with gender debates or discussion about gender and sexuality.
2(0.8%)
specific sexual practices and experiences we've had
44(17.5%)
some, but not all, sexual practices and experiences.
51(20.3%)
we don't talk about sex or sexuality at all.
11(4.4%)
we talk about everything; nothing's really off-limits.
130(51.8%)

In your online social life, what topics of discussion are pretty much off-limits?

personal issues and experiences regarding sexual orientation
8(3.2%)
anything having to do with sexual orientation (including political/religious debates or personal discussion)
1(0.4%)
anything having to do with gender debates or discussion about gender and sexuality.
0(0.0%)
specific sexual practices and experiences we've had
18(7.2%)
some, but not all, sexual practices and experiences.
38(15.1%)
we don't talk about sex or sexuality at all.
6(2.4%)
we talk about everything; nothing's really off-limits.
180(71.7%)

Being totally honest here: where did you learn the majority of what you know about sex?

a sex ed class in high school
3(1.2%)
a sex ed course in college
1(0.4%)
independent reading of non-fiction books about sex and sexual practices
82(32.5%)
actual sexual practice and experience
46(18.3%)
advice from a doctor or doctors
0(0.0%)
by reading porn, erotica, or fan fiction.
88(34.9%)
other (please explain in comments)
32(12.7%)

Finally, how comfortable were you in taking this poll?

Very
66(26.3%)
I didn't really think about it.
97(38.6%)
I had to think about a lot of my answers, but I wasn't uncomfortable.
71(28.3%)
I had to think about a lot of my answers, and it did make me slightly uncomfortable.
17(6.8%)
I wasn't really comfortable, and may not have been completely truthful or accurate.
0(0.0%)
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Woe. In addition to still not being able to send email at all to anybody, I just logged into my email and discovered that thanks to an email virus that just came into my inbox, every single fucking message in my inbox has completely disappeared. This is the second time in about three months this has happened; as you can guess, I'm more than a little pissed, especially as I've never heard of a virus that eats only the messages in your inbox even when it's quarantined.

I just lost so many messages that I hadn't backed up anywhere. I could cry. I just might. Anyway, woe. If anybody needs to email me you can still use my regular email; but if you've sent me something major recently, you'll have to send it all over again. Wah.

Thanks to everybody who's left such thoughtful responses to my poll. I realise it's a really limiting poll in some ways, but that was partially intentional and partially because I was in a hurry. Good things about today: Georgette Heyer and Lemony Snicket. Bad things about today: not getting any writing done (except for a boring page of Heyer slash (Gervase/Martin) that I scribbled frantically in the middle of The Quiet Gentleman when I couldn't take anymore), email viruses eating my inbox, and really, really not looking forward to what's coming at work tomorrow. Or what's coming, in general.

I've been gobbling up A Series of Unfortunate Events for the past two weeks. I'm 3 books away from the end and I'm appalled that I'm about to run out of books and then there'll be no more and I won't know what happens, and it will be awful. I really really like these books. They're so clever and witty and strong, and I think I'm a little appalled at how much I relate to the Baudelaire children--but then, don't we all?
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Your must-read link of the day, courtesy of mroctober:

The Gay and Straight Alliance club at Manchester High School has announced that they will have speaker and author Greg Herren speak during third period on March 11. Mr Herren writes gay erotic fiction and gay and lesbian psychodrama. His books include Upon A Midnight Clear Queer Christmas Tales and Fratsex, and he has written for the Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review, the Washington Blade and Unzipped Monthly. ... Is this appropriate material for our children? Is this an appropriate way for school time to be used? Are students allowed to miss class all day for any other speakers? Who appproved this speaker? Who is picking up the tab for this event? ... A student was suspended this year at Manchester for downloading pornography at school. If you view the enclosed attachment, you will wonder why that student was expelled when this author is welcomed. ... If you believe that Mr. Herron's presence at Manchester High School is inappropriate, please let your voice be heard.
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