I am not sure how offensive a middle finger is. Like, is it an "adult content, not safe for work, don't click if you'd be offended"-level thing? Or is it like saying, "That sucks!" or "I'm pissed!" or "Screw that!" where our parents wince but the rest of us forget that anyone winces? Well, just in case, I'll give you the heads-up that this post is on that subject and may contain images.
I am intrigued by this guy's idea. He says that if you're married and you're pissed off about Proposition 8 (which bans gay marriage in California), you should switch your wedding ring to your middle finger and take a photo of it.
I tried taking a photo like his, and I looked like a HUGE IDIOT. If you clicked through, you'll have seen that he looks pretty awesome: he looks cool and friendly but definitely he's got a strong stance, and he looks like he feels comfortable using his middle finger to express that stance, and also his wedding ring is really cool.
But when I tried it, I managed to give the impression that I was NOT giving the finger but in fact just happened to have my middle finger separate from the others, and also like I didn't realize I was wearing my wedding ring on the wrong finger and too high up. Also, I LOOKED the way older people SOUND when they try to use teenaged slang words.
And since I was trying to take a photo of MYSELF, in some versions I missed my hand entirely. In others, my hand was blocking my face. But in ALL of them, I looked like an aging mother who was trying to be all gangsta or something. And also, I looked like I was pointing at something, perhaps at the last wisps of my evaporating youth and coolness. Pitiful.
PLUS, I was painfully aware of how displeased my parents (who read this blog) would be to see their daughter giving the finger, and also I'm wary of cheesing off the friends and family who would take the opposite stance on this issue. In general, I don't want to go around telling you what to think/do (unless it's about COOL BABY CLOTHES you should DEFINITELY BUY), because I think everybody should think/do their own thing and not screw around with what other people think/do. But in this case, what's happening IS that people are telling other people what to think/do, and THAT'S what I'm objecting to.
So, hey, Prop 8! Yoo hoo! Over here!
P.S. If you do this, too, be sure to go over to Diary of a Modern Matriarch and add your name and link to her list.
Edit: I want to say for the record that I realize the way I expressed my feelings on this subject was highly disrespectful. I would be equally disrespectful about a decision to, for example, ban black citizens from voting in elections, or invalidate heterosexual marriages, or make it illegal to worship God.
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