Why does Canberra pump all the weird into the blogosphere?

johnboy 7 October 2006 29

This morning I ask myself; Why are so many of the weirdest bloggers in Australia from Canberra? Here’s a list (in no particular order) of Canberra bloggers who’ve reached national notoriety for all the wrong reasons.

â– John B1_B5 (A self described unsung hero of Australia) mostly for his behaviour on other people’s sites (to say nothing of his outbursts on adult sex sites) but creepy and odd nonetheless.

â– Dno infamous for the most stultifyingly dull blog in the world.

â– Imelda sadly now semi-retired but notorious for her frank confessions of hyper-ejaculation and cage-dancing at Cube (having seen her picture I suspect she was mistaken by staff and patrons for a trannie) while sleeping her way to the top (so she said) of the Commonwealth Public Service. Also famous back in the day for modelling her manky shoe collection in public toilets and photo-blogging about it.

â– A.E. Brain ageing trans-gender hyper-nerd.

â– Samuel Gordon Stewart who’s blog would be less remarkable if he was 50 years older, and is currently (as near as I can make out) blogging statements he was hoping to make on talk-back radio.

I can’t think of another city in Australia that’s produced two such examples let alone five. Is it that our special people are articulate enough to get noticed? Or is this the dark hidden underbelly of the bush capital?

UPDATED: Meanwhile over on planet loon I seem to have touched a nerve. Having one’s own quote file thrown back as insults is a little peculiar but par for the course I guess. Oh, and as I’m self-employed I have to say this inquiry into my duty statement is going to be a hoot.

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29 Responses to Why does Canberra pump all the weird into the blogosphere?
Zoe Brain Zoe Brain 11:43 pm 16 Oct 06

Oh, and bonfire – it’s arguable on the medical evidence that I did crossdress for 47 years, uninterrupted. But I had an excuse: I looked male, so I wore male clothing.

When I started looking female, I switched to that. Well, I always was conventional, trying to fit in with society’s expectations. Trying to blend in, not to stand out too much. For one thing, it’s too dangerous.

Transgendered people who are obviously so have 17 times the rate of being murder victims than the average, in the US anyway.

Feel free to contact me, I’ll give you URLs. Then you can make up your own mind, you may or may not find the scientific evidence pursuasive. But the Full Bench of the Family Court in the Re Kevin decisions did.

Zoe Brain Zoe Brain 11:32 pm 16 Oct 06

Aging… that hurt. The truth always hurts.

Transgendered? By some definitions. My birth certificate says “boy”, Medicare Australia says I’m female, and not only that, but being treated for severe androgenisation of a non-pregnant woman.

Psych tests show I’m female, as much as that can be determined. A blood Karyotype showed I was normally 46xy, which surprised everybody given the somatic changes. Blood hormone levels are not consistent with me being human, according to one medic. But consistent with having 2 separate minor mutations, we think we know what caused my somatic sex to change.

I’m just doing the best that I can, under the circumstances I’m in. OK, my circumstances are unusual, embarressing, and complicated.

The facts : 1 in ~3500 people are born with congenital neurological intersex, “harry benjamin’s syndrome” as it’s called now. I had that, but no longer, now my body is female, or at least, more female than anything else.

About 1.7%, one in 60, people are mildly Intersexed in some way, about 1 in 1,000 really severely affected. But it’s all so embarressing to everybody that no-one talks about it. Think about it – you could have been born with “ambiguous genitalia”, or chromosomes that don’t match your body, or any of a number of other Intersex conditions.

Only a very few – those with 5-alpha-reductase deficiency for example – have their somatic sex change over their lifetime. But it happens to some.

This is not “normal”, though it happens in all mammalian species, so it’s not un-natural either.

OK, I’m a freak, medically speaking. But I’m not sub-human, and if treated like one, I’m going to object. I’m hideously embarressed – and embarressing – but I’m not ashamed.

OK, I’m an uber-Geek too. Part of being a Rocket Scientist, it goes with the territory.

LurkerGal LurkerGal 11:35 am 10 Oct 06

Hey Teej, thanks for the tip. Wondered where you’d got to.

Absent Diane Absent Diane 11:01 am 10 Oct 06

we are all gods children. so we should accept the way we are born. I have learnt to accept that I am not diane despite the fact that there is a very small chance in the future that i may become diane. i don’t even like the name diane.. I just choose to not be her. does this make deviant.

Thumper Thumper 10:52 am 10 Oct 06

But are you really a steamshovel bonfire?

How do we know that behind that gruff, uncompromising figure, there is not a steamshovel operating the keyboard.

Can we call you Bill?


bonfire bonfire 10:47 am 10 Oct 06

self reference does not make it so.

if i chose to identify as a steamshovel, i doubt that anyone apart from the shrinks humouring me would refer to me as a steamshovel.

Kerces Kerces 6:14 pm 09 Oct 06

I’m pretty sure blogs don’t have genders

I work in a clothes shop. The other day someone from one our other stores rang me up and asked if we had a “female shoe”. That one sure confused me.

Jey Jey 5:29 pm 09 Oct 06

“A small although significant part of society believes gender is related to how one feels about him- or herself, regardless of biological gender. Members of this group (approximately 2% of the population) classify themselves as transgendered.”
Source here
Sure it’s not a most credible source but at least shows I’m not pulling the numbers out of my head.
See also here.

bonfire bonfire 4:44 pm 09 Oct 06

are you sure youre not confusing this with hermaphroditism ?

I think you’ll find crossdressing is clearly deviant behaviour.

Jey Jey 4:11 pm 09 Oct 06

Are you saying that only .1% of the population is transgender?
Quoting only from memory so I could be incorrect but I believe it is more like 2%
and transgender behaviour has been documented across many cultures at many different historical moments

bonfire bonfire 2:48 pm 09 Oct 06

‘And who’s to say what’s ‘normal’?’

99.9% of mankind since recorded history began.

Mr_Shab Mr_Shab 1:49 pm 09 Oct 06

Ooboy. Let the flamewar begin.

Jey Jey 1:45 pm 09 Oct 06

Bonfire, the blog itself is not transgendered. I’m pretty sure blogs don’t have genders. Some ppl are pretty persistent is gendering their cars and boats so perhaps the same could be extended to blogs.

‘He/she’ is a she.
And who’s to say what’s ‘normal’?

bonfire bonfire 9:46 am 09 Oct 06

the bizarre thing about the transgendered blog is that he/she just expects everyone to accept it as normal – when its not.

those letters to the foreign minister etc…

Thumper Thumper 9:38 am 09 Oct 06

If that is the future then I don’t really want to be a part of it.

I’d rather go to the pub and have a yarn over a few beers.

Absent Diane Absent Diane 9:35 am 09 Oct 06

blogs are a good way of knowing what friends are up to without ever having to socialise with them. its the way of the future.

Jey Jey 8:45 am 09 Oct 06

JB, ‘transgender’ is one word.

Thumper Thumper 8:11 am 09 Oct 06

I would start up a blog, except I can’t think of anything boring enough to write.

And I couldn’t be bothered.

What drives people to write about every mundane aspect of their live? Do they think that people actually care? Or want to read it?

Has society just become one giant soap opera with the bloggers the self appointed stars?

It’s got me fucked…

miz miz 3:15 pm 07 Oct 06

Gawd, I’d assumed SGS was an aging baby boomer! Something to do with the fixation with 2CC I think . . . oops.

emd emd 3:10 pm 07 Oct 06

There’s plenty of boring blogs out there. You just come across more local ones because it’s a small town and we’re all only three degrees of separation apart. I’m guessing most blogs exist to tell family/friends what’s up so the blogger doesn’t have to make as many phone calls or write individual emails.

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