Day 4: Ten facts about me

  1. I have photographed Channing Tatum and Sienna Miller
  2. I have interviewed the director Ramin Bahrani
  3. I am a crazy cat lady, short-haired tabbies are my weakess
  4. Almost all of my best friends are gay men
  5. I am asexual and aromantic and identify generally as queer
  6. I am an atheist and a feminist and have taught Primary Ethics
  7. I am diabetic, a very misunderstood autoimmune disease which is often paired with depression, but the insulin needles don’t hurt
  8. I love flowers but over-water plants, I can only grow money tree succulents
  9. I was an army cadet in high school, attending a bivouac camp and debutante ball
  10. I watch a lot of baby name videos, not because I want to have babies, but because I find name meanings, etymology, derivations, and shortenings endlessly entertaining; two of my favourite names for each gender are Christopher and Samson, and Edith and Clover
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Morgan Bell circa 1998 – Army Cadets Debutante Ball

 

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Day 3: My first love (aromantic version)

I’m going to go all high-school essay on this one and start by defining the terms. I know what is meant by ‘love’ in this context – a common romantic love – but as I am aromantic I will tease out the idea a little.

LOVE (noun)

  • a person toward whom love is felt; beloved person; sweetheart.

LOVE (abstract noun)

  • a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for parent, child, or friend.
  • an affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests.
  • an enthusiasm, or devotion.
  • a profoundly tender passion for another person.
  • a sexual desire.

to LOVE (verb)

  • to have love or affection for.
  • to have a profoundly tender, passionate affection for.
  • to have a strong liking for; take great pleasure in.
  • to need or require; benefit greatly from.
  • to embrace and kiss (someone).
  • to have sexual intercourse with.

So although I have not had a romantic ‘love’ (noun) in the commonly accepted usage of the phrase, I have had many friends with which I have shared ‘deep affection’, ‘warmth’, ‘attachment’, ‘admiration’, and ‘devotion’ with.

ROMANCE (noun)

  • a love affair, especially an intense and happy but short-lived affair involving young people and/or unmarried people
  • a love story especially in the form of a novel, treating love in an idealized or sentimental way
  • something (a story, account, or explanation) that is extravagant, absurd, or fantastic and lacks basis in fact

To me romance is purely a literary device.