If you are a fan of, well, me, or, if not me, my writing, I would be most obliged if you would second my nomination for Grande Conservative Blogress over at Gay Patriot’s place. I have been nominated, but Daniel, formerly known as Gay Patriot West, tells me that isn’t enough — lots of people have to second the nomination for me to be considered for inclusion in the list of finalists.
And, um, here’s the thing — I expect I DO need as many people as possible who like this blog to go over to Gay Patriot and second my nomination on account of there’s a teensy-meensy chance that I am on thin ice, as it were, because poor dear Daniel, who was very supportive a few months ago when I was under my first organized leftie attack (for supporting Sarah Palin — ha! like THAT would stop me!), asked me what I thought of being called a “dyke diva” and I rather gave him an earful, as follows:
I’m glad you asked — actually, I am more a feminine lesbian and not a dyke at all: for a community that professes to dislike labels, we actually define these words with some precision. Anyway, in the late 1980’s I founded a group for feminine lesbians called the Lesbian Ladies Society in the Washington, D.C., area, and word got back to me that lesbian rap groups — comprised of dykes — actually discussed at their meetings whether or not my group should be allowed to exist — like they had a vote!
It is a bizarre irony that feminine lesbians are far more likely to be harassed and abused in the lesbian community — by dykes — for being feminine than they are in the straight community for being lesbian. The last poll I looked at on the percentage of the U.S. population that is gay and lesbian said it is four percent gay males and two percent lesbian. My personal opinion, based on my observations from that time, is that lesbians are at least four percent of the population, but that the missing two percent is comprised of feminine lesbians — who are not the same as femmes because we prefer other feminine lesbians as partners — who have been driven out of the lesbian community by the dykes. My Lesbian Ladies Society meetings were always 20 percent African-American, while other lesbian events I attended were usually only five percent African-American — in an African-American-majority city! — so the hostility and insults and rejections my members reported to me must have been particularly devastating to the African-American lesbians, especially the ones over 50.
The intolerance of dykes toward feminine lesbians, the reprisals I experienced personally for founding a group that served a neglected sub-culture in the lesbian community and that never tried to convert any lesbians into appearing feminine, and my inability to redeem any promises of inclusion by the liberal lesbian community — such as wheelchair access for my paralyzed life partner, a request we made for SIX YEARS to lesbians who well understood their obligations because they were at the very top of the disability rights community — all of these factors played a large part in my realization in the fall of 2008 that liberalism is an Animal Farm where I would never be one of the more equal animals and that fiscal conservatism is the philosophy that truly serves individual liberty and which creates the conditions for individuals to realize their full potential on the terms they set for themselves.
OK, now YOU’RE probably sorry you asked, but since the heart of your question is, “What should you call me?,” and since my blog is named “A Conservative Lesbian,” telling you to call me “a conservative lesbian” may be a tad redundant, then “conservative feminine lesbian diva,” or “conservative lesbian diva,” or “conservative lesbian diva with a killer sense of humor and love of God and country,” will have no alliterative punch at all, but will be on the money and most acceptable.
So — anyhoo — I really would be much obliged, if you like this blog, if you would go on over to Gay Patriot to second my nomination — I need a lot of people doing that to make the list of finalists being considered for Grande Conservative Blogress of 2010. All you have to do is write a comment along the lines of, “I second the nomination of Cynthia Yockey, A Conservative Lesbian.”
Thank you, thank you very much.