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Sunday, 2 October 2016

Beer, but not as we know it

No, not at all, but look at those shoes. And the dresses. *sigh*

I ought to be writing a post up for my blog about beer.

First pub, first ale, it's a stout.

Always a dangerous game to play as the stouts
are generally the best ales. How to follow up?
Already there are discussion points within this post. Let me explain: a good friend of mine was up yesterday to sample the delights of the local beer houses and to have some time as, well, friends. Primarily, however, the early hours of the visit were taken up with playing with our small people, which is fine and dandy. My good friend is rather good at this game - bringing Exploding Kittens to play, which the Boy is now obsessed with (and even though Tilly neither played it nor really saw it, she too wishes to gain a copy) and the rather awesome Pirates of Pangaea comic book/graphic novel (is there a difference?) that enthralled the Girlie this morning. Anyway, yes, time was mainly spent entertaining small people in a way that only my friend can manage, I will confess to being slightly jealous of that ability, and was thus ended when confusion reigned.

Ah, no, more explanation required. Tilly had booked in someone to come and help declutter the house. Not because we need someone to do that but because a friend is setting up a business based on that (so achingly middle-class) and they bring their daughter for ours to play with. Basically Tilly is happy to pay her friend a nominal fee, call what she does work and they both have a sweary time together that is mutually beneficial and happy. Much like my friend and I heading out to pubs and me buying in rounds, I guess, so that probably explains that one.

Clearly, by going to another pub and having
a golden ale suited to the summer in the
middle of a heavy downpour whilst discussing
Grayson Perry.

I mean, obvs!
Back onto the opening point: the word 'ought'. Now, many people will have their own unique relationships with this word (its stable-mate 'should' often rears its head too) but, for the most part, the self-help manuals and psychologists tell us that the word can be somewhat dangerous when employed by people who use it as a stick to beat themselves with. All of which, of course, serves only for me to show you that I fully appreciate the power of the word, the importance of its deployment and then to continue on having used it as if I do not know either. Make of that what you will.

However, I am not updating my beer blog with my thoughts on the ales that were imbibed and I feel that I should be because the weeks ahead will be busy and the ales will no longer be anywhere where people can have them. I suppose that calls into question the point of the blog about beer - the point could be about me sharing my thoughts or about me trying to help others with their choices on ale, either way, the purpose is not served well by my writing this blog rather than the other one and yet that is what I am not doing. Of course and quelle fucking surprise. Which is a delightful variation on a phrase I over-use that I must use more often.

Point, what? Oh, yeah, I had a point.

Thence to have a lovely porter at a third bar.

I think I rather like this porter, I rave about it.
I don't know precisely what it is that makes
it so nice, but it did the job nicely.

Over this offering was discussed identity and
how it can be stripped out but not immediately
replaced and what this might mean.
My friend and I had a good conversation, across several bars and locations, interrupted by stormy rain and darkness, curry on Indian time and strange looking bars with old men that did not bode well, decent ales and thirties decor. But it was frank and it was full. I suspect, also, it remained unfinished as we were both rather prone, indeed we are rather prone, to tangential remarks and rabbit holes. But I shall summarise the points most relevant to my thoughts here in this blog - the rest, well, that's not my business nor mine to reveal and discuss. And there is no real order to these thoughts nor, as is my wont, much in the way of answers.

First and foremost there is the over-thinking aspect of my potential (and just unconfirmed) Asperger's. I have been amazed in my reading to discover that NTs don't have their brains turned on for full analysis all the time. I mean, I knew that people tended not to think about things to the same level as me but I did not realise that literally no one who was NT thought about any given thing nearly as much as I have to in order to stay sane. More to the point, most NT people tend not to be thinking about things nor turning them over in their heads all the time in order to reach a clearer understanding or for any other reason. Now, this revelation was not had in my discussions on Saturday night but the ramifications of that were discussed and did become apparent in the way I approach the recent news and where that leads. I cannot turn off my thoughts on over-population, environmentalism, society and how Tilly and I interact. I can weather them, but I cannot turn them off. I guess an NT would call the turning off something like 'moving on'. Simply put, I am going to struggle.

Thus to a bar that was designed and built in
the 1920s and has gone back that way with
the decor, to have the lovely Affinity.

A good hoppy number that is warm and inviting
and soft, like good company and good
conversation. The rain had increased but, as my
friend put it, we're not soluble in water.
On Friday night I was sent out to get some take-out for the evening meal. I had a list. I am provided with lists to stop me trying 'something clever'. However, I wanted tea too. So, finding an option that seemed to provide what Tilly wanted along with something for me prompted me to go 'off list'. On returning home there wasn't one of the things that Tilly wanted. She got upset. No, she would not warm the food up if I got what was missing. No, she did not want me to go out and rectify. I should eat what I'd got and she'd have nothing. I ended up storming off and getting her the bloody meal again (for free, the mistake was not mine this time, apparently). And it made me angry. How bloody hard is it to follow a bloody list? Yes, she was being unreasonable because she's bloody pregnant. And that summed up this whole thing for me. I saw this coming, I know what her being pregnant entails and I am fully aware of my own proclivity to fuck up the most basic instructions through trying to be 'more efficient' or 'clever'. You'd think that, by now, I would know better but it appears I simply am unable to turn that part of my brain off. I'm not just spotting patterns but I am constantly trying to pare them down or make them better. If there isn't a puzzle to complete then I am apt to make them up - maths puzzles or geometry or word games - so that my brain has something to do. Just now, having the pet out, I found myself working out work puzzles and rhythm for poetry because this is what I do all the time.

My life not being entirely pintrest, I did not
take pictures of the curry nor the accompanying
half of Cobra. So, instead, here's the last
half of the night at the first pub all over again.

Ruby Red, this one, which seemed like a decent
stab at ending the evening out, and so it was.
The second major theme was masculinity. Now, given my blog and my behaviours, you'd be forgiven for thinking that I think that masculinity is defined a particular way. However, the more I write this blog and interact with people who are trans and who aren't, the more convinced I become that the only differences are what we decide as a group they ought to be. That is, society really does dictate what masculinity is and ought to be. And yet, it does the same with parenting and political thought. In both cases I have long opted out. So has Tilly, for that matter, and we tend to move in the same direction in both of these areas. Reading that Aspergirls has also unlocked a method of my realising that I do the same with gender and, well, have always done so in some small part of my head. The difference here is that, for many years, I fought against myself to stay in the socially accepted norms of gender behaviour.

This is why, at University, I spent most of my time pushing on the bondage front (self) rather than the cross-dressing front (which you could argue was more pressing). Bondage is socially accepted as a fetish and a 'thing' whereas cross-dressing, at least the way I do it, is less so. Now, bear in mind that trans was becoming a thing and there were some movements around the place on that score - I did not immediately recognise what I was doing as being part of that umbrella because I did not know the term and assumed, therefore, that it did not apply to me. Thus I wasted many years where I could have been defining my own masculinity and identity on fighting those very urges. One of the conversations that was had on Saturday was all about identity and masculinity and the pressure to conform one's identity to one's masculinity or femininity. And, in the course of that, I came to the conclusion that I, perhaps through autism, have essentially decided that if we get to define what being grown up means now that we're the grown ups then it means we also get to define what masculinity and femininity are too.

See, would have that hairstyle and that face.

It looks great.

Now, is that a woman or a man in the image?
I suspect I know, but how can one tell?
Do want.
To that end, I am happy to define my masculinity as a desire to wear clothes designed for women, an eye for good clothing on others (mainly shoes, watches and hair styles though) and a command of my academic focus. Parenting is something that I view as being masculine as well as feminine, or, rather, as androgynous. Increasingly I am working up the courage to ask the hairdresser for the most androgynous style my face can carry off when I next get a haircut. Basically, my concept of masculinity is what I suspect people may term androgynous simply because I'm not sure what the differences are despite being keenly aware of what the differences ought to be. That word again.

The third and final set of thoughts was when my friend raised the oddity of having tease and denial as a fetish, along with the idea of masturbating to chastity. That is, getting off on being unable to get off. It is something of a paradox and something that is thus a little strange. By this point in the evening, on our sixth half pint, I confess that although I realised it was directed at some of the things that I have said on here I opted for evasion rather than frank honesty. Come the morning, and sober reflection, I realise that this was somewhat disingenuous on my part and unfair given the frank nature of the discussions we were having. No, it is strange, and yet it is alluring. It plays into that whole thing of the magic pill - the thing that allows us to lose control and thus absolve responsibility and blame in case things go wrong. Be in hypnosis, magical captions or technology and conditioning, the literature and captioning on TG tends to hit this one hard. It's as if many people, mainly males struggling to come to terms of with Default Man masculinity and its ubiquity, want something that will allow them to step outside of themselves and and their desires to 'let them have their way' and thus cry innocence... later. This even chimes with femdom and all that this entails. And it makes a great deal of sense, in that context, to get off on the thought of being unable to get off as it fetishises the concept of loss of control and power over something that, by dint of masturbating to it, is pretty damn' fundamental.

Aaaand, we're back here again.

Fitting? Well, I should hope so or
it's going to chafe that willy.

Yes, I am quoting Robin Hood: Men in
Tights
, so? You have some kind of
problem with that?
I have, after all, said on here that I dislike the idea of a vasectomy simply because I rather like having my penis and the ability to make it do certain such as ejaculation. I cannot conceive of having my penis and being unable physically to make it ejaculate. This is, on one level, extraordinarily selfish but, on another, very much inkeeping with my AS. Now, a corollary of this is that I cannot suggest that my wife have anything done surgically on her to prevent pregnancy either - I suspect that she, too, likes her innards kept relatively pristine. This would thus suggest that my ability to ejaculate is something that I view as being fundamentally part of my identity in a way that is more than merely unthinking and has simply been unexamined. Now, what does this mean for the whole chastity fetish? I guess it means that chastity implies that the ability to ejaculate has been temporarily removed and simply placed in the control of another and thus is a method of exploring vulnerability in the presence of someone else - that is, something that society says is typically feminine. I have been known, vociferously, on here to say that I should like the 'damsel in distress' role for parts of my life, so, in my case, the chastity thing sits there. It's why I'm not that huge a fan of tease and denial as a masturbatory aid (though, let's be brutally honest, pretty much anything can be used as a masturbatory aid when the mood takes me).

This feeds back into that discussion on identity and masculinity and this is why I feel it is worth the over-thinking treatment.

The curry was really nice though and the whole night, curry included, came to the price I paid for the curry at the beer festival I went to a fortnight or so ago. That is something that pleases my tight as a duck's arse style of budgeting.


4 comments:

  1. I don't believe that vasectomy would in any way eliminate ejaculation. The prostate makes seminal fluid, you would just have semen without sperm mixed in.

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    1. Ah, thank you. Shows how much I haven't looked into it. I need to seriously look into it. Maybe I can get it done free in the NHS, maybe not.

      I should have looked into it a long time ago.

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    2. Yes, shooting blanks would be safer for everyone.

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