Look, I know I'm an old man, and I know that with old age there comes an increase in confusion. For example, I can (just about) remember the days of standing in queues at cash desks cursing the silly old codger at the front who was having difficulty counting out his small change. Today it's me holding up the queue but, of course, in this modern world it's not counting change that confuses me, no-one actually wants cash any more, instead it's trying to sort out which of the pack of cards I am forced to carry is the one required by the store, into which end of the electronic reader am I supposed to insert it and, 9 times out of 10, I will insert either the wrong end of the card, or, the card will be upside down. A 14-year-old cashier (well, they all look 14 to me) will then patiently remove my card and insert it properly. Not that it upsets me, after all, a retired old coot like me has all the time in the world, and there is considerable malevolent humour to be derived from watching the young whipper-snapper at the end of the queue tapping his foot, glancing at his watch and breathing heavily. See, it's true, what goes around comes around!
However, my elderly confusions are as nothing compared to a commenter over at the site of my lovely e-pal, 'Sister Wolf'. 'Big Sis', as I reverentially call her (well, you wouldn't want to upset her!) wrote a post on the subject of Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms (delete to, er, taste) Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner who is/was/maybe a huge, hulking, jock-strap-wearing 'heartie' but who is now, following some careful surgery, I assume, a pantie-wearing girlie. Yeeeeees, quite!
Before and after, or, after and before, like I say, I am easily confused!
'Big Sis' is not confused but nor is she amused, either! One can sympathise with her irritation given the 'dribbley-goo' that was allowed to ooze over the pages of 'The Graun':
So now the Guardian has published a long and ridiculous exegesis on the Caitlyn Jenner Phenomenon, comparing her looks to Lauren Bacall and winding up on this note:
Like it or not, the Kardashians have done something positive, progressive and meaningful. The internet era of baring all can be a beautiful thing: prejudice can wither and fall, and acceptance and understanding blossom in its place. And I’m not just talking about Caitlyn Jenner.
Jesus god almighty, can we just shut up about this guy or woman? Fuck her/him already!
Quite so, 'Sis', couldn't have put it better myself! However, what raised my sympathies was a plaintive cry of confusion from her commenter, 'Suspended' - don't ask! Poor 'Suspended' is faced, personally, with this dilemma:
I thought he was supposed to look like Jessica Lange. Either way, the whole clan needs to fuck off.
I have a male friend who reassigned but is still straight, so now “she’s” technically a lesbian. It’s a bit of a head fuck.
"Re-assigned"! "A bit of a head fuck"! I will always love America no matter what they get up to and one of the reasons is American-English. They have a way with words and phrases quite beyond the 'grunt-mumblers' who pass through our 'edukashun sistim'. Anyway, it's a comfort to know that my confusions are as nothing compared to other people's.