Pingy-Dingy Wednesday – Vivek Shraya, “How did the suffering of marginalized artists become so marketable?”

If you’ve ever wondered why queer stories seem to be repeating themselves, and that the stories are often so sad and violent, Vivek Shraya has a few thoughts to offer. I’m old enough to remember when even the hint of queerness in the media was something to be celebrated, even if the character or mention was horrible – at least we had proof that we existed! That time, thankfully, is long past, and queer stories, queer lives, must be told and honored in all their infinite variety. Not so easy, though, when the powers that be are hoping to keep those stories and lives within very narrow, oppressive boundaries.

Vivek Shraya, you get one pingy-dingy! Thank you for making your own, unique, honest queer art, and thank you for sharing your wisdom and experience. It is immensely inspiring!

I’m a typewriter whompin’, card catalogue lovin’ white girl from back in the day, and I yearn for a time before the covers of trade paperbacks were all squidgy, so you can imagine that I don’t actually understand what a pingback is. I do know that it can in some way be part of spreading the love, and since that’s what I’m all about at The Total Femme… every Wednesday, I pay homage to the laughter, love, and inspiration to be had elsewhere online.

At the Total Femme, my intention is to post three times a week: Meditations for Queer Femmes on Monday, Pingy-Dingy Wednesday on Wednesday and Femme Friday on Friday. Rather than play catch-up in a stressful fashion on those weeks when life prevents posting, I have decided to just move gaily forward: if I miss a Monday, the next post will be on Wednesday, and so on. Thank you, little bottle of antibiotics for inspiring me in this! (“…if it’s almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Don’t take a double dose to make up for a missed one.”)


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