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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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Equality supporters toast YES vote at Hobart Commemoration

Marriage equality advocates celebrate ... Credit: Michael Roberts, Mountain Peak Photography

Tasmanian marriage equality supporters celebrated the first anniversary of the Yes vote today with a toast to love and equality.

The commemoration was at the Cascade Hotel in South Hobart where hundreds gathered a year ago to hear the postal survey result.

Speakers at today’s commemoration included Olivia Hogarth and Rebecca Dorgelo who were married in Hobart in October; Hobart civil celebrant, Maxine Lowry who advocated for marriage equality and has married several same-sex couples this year; and Roen Meijers and their partner Matty Wright who spoke about the continuing need for transgender law reform.

Contacts for these speakers are included below.

Equality Tasmania spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said,

“We are here to celebrate our fellow Australians voting Yes for love and equality.”

“Like many other Tasmanians we are particularly proud our island’s Yes vote was above the national average.”

“We didn’t want a postal survey but groups like Tasmanians United for Marriage Equality rose to the challenge and love won out.”

The sixty people who attended today’s event then toasted love and equality.

A new book on marriage equality called “Going Postal” will be launched at 6pm this evening at the University of Tasmania’s Stanley Burbury Theatre.

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  1. Christopher Eastman-Nagle

    November 16, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    ‘Equality’ is one of those ‘feel good’ ideological keywords that is sufficiently plastic to be fittable into any available space. Its elegant beauty is that it is all things to all people. It assumes what it needs to prove in a virtuous loop of self-proving what it needs to assume, like the characters in Lewis Carroll’s Alice books do.

    ‘Equality’ is a widely accepted fiction that sits on everyone’s mental bookshelf but is hardly ever read, which is why hardly anyone interrogates its meaning beyond propaganda and rhetorical flourish.

    The off-message sexual lobbies have created a sexistential state of grace for themselves that builds their sexuality into the centre of their ‘humanity’ which is the equal of anyone else’s. This raises sexual feeling to an identity level never before attempted, as if sexuality was the spiritual heartland of ‘humanity’. Sex is inflated to the very centre of ‘being’ as if the rest of what makes a human character is but a courtier train that falls in behind the sublime divinity of orgasm.

    And sex is effectively stripped of its reproductive purpose.

    This trashy pseudo philosophical baloney, crib, fudge and bluff, could only happen in an environment where real ideas and debate had been rendered obsolete and replaced by public relations marketspeak.

    The shifting of sexuality and sex to the existential centre, the fudging out of the prosaic but real biological purpose of sex and gender, and the gliding over over of the critically necessary intimate mentoring to children of what it means to be a man and woman, husband and wife, and father and mother, over a reproductive cycle, has meant the bluff has worked.

    The elaborately creative equivalencing becomes ‘equality’, and you can get away with it not just with the aid of a PR campaign that would keep tobacco lobbyists on their toes, but you have invaded a social infrastructure that is now so damaged and dysfunctional after 50-70 years of systematic deregulation and privatisation that it is incapable of defending itself from even the most painfully opportunistic bullshit.

    You guys can certainly congratulate itself on a job well done, but it is only twelve months, and the world order that has made your invasion of the reproductive centre possible is obviously starting to crumble, and is under attack. You masterfully talk about ‘sustainability’ when it comes to the environment, but using the same language for your social infrastructure doesn’t come to you quite so glibly.

    You just blithely assume that history has a one way ratchet. Well actually no, it doesn’t. That is just a capitalist myth that the modern experiment can go on forever. No, it won’t.

    The biological basics are going to catch up with you eventually. When the reproductive centre gets its dentures back, it isn’t going to like what you have done. And at some point, when the regime that made your moves possible becomes history, my bet is that so will the ideological games you have played with yourselves and the rest of us.

    If I were in any of your shoes, I would be heading for the hills now, because I appreciate just how unsustainable and temporary the status quo really is.

    Now I don’t care what people’s sexual fantasies are. They are none of my business. I have no particular feelings about sexual off-messaging one way or another. At a personal level it makes no difference to me. They are all entitled to the basic civil decencies, respect and tolerance, but the invasion of the reproductive centre is political, and the politics stink. So do the claims to ‘equality’ within the reproductive centre. That is solely the business of cross sex reproductive agents, and I will fight for that, even if it kills me.

    And I can wait. Patience …

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