13 July 2010

Day 108: Little Women and Werewolves

Little Women and Werewolves by Louisa May Alcott and Porter Grand.  ISBN: 9780345522603.

"We all know werewolves.  They come from all places and all classes."  Page 127.

What if there really was a group of people who were outcast from society, who were more prone to acts of violence and exclusion from society, but who were also nearly indistinguishable from other people except for in very specific instances?  What if they were your neighbors?

Oh wait, there is a group like that.  They're called homosexuals, bisexuals, transgendered, and other sexual/gendered minorities.  And while I hate to compare homosexuals to werewolves, there are similarities as they are presented in Little Women and Werewolves.  Werewolves have an appetite for human flesh which they must pursue in order to live, and homosexuals, etc. ...have an appetite for human flesh which they must pursue in order to have a normal, healthy sexual adulthood.

Sadly, despite the brutality of the Brigade, the werewolves seems to actually have more rights and privileges than homosexuals.  Granted most of those rights were more easily kept by wealthy werewolves, but at least they have the right to marry freely, pass on property, be attended by their chosen spouse, and a couple of other issues that I'm sure I haven't even thought of because I just happened to be born into an accepted sexual preference.

On the other hand, the Brigade wasn't all that picky about who they hanged.  If they assumed you were a werewolf or even a werewolf sympathizer you were strung up and that was it.  In some ways the fact that homosexuality is perceived by a large enough portion of our society as a "bad" thing has negative effects on those who are even just assumed to be homosexual.  Not to mention heterosexual children of homosexual parents, opposite-gender spouses who married or are married to homosexuals, and I'm sure there are a slew of other groups who could be included in this statement, who also receive short shrift from someone else's issues with what two (or more) people do in a bedroom.

To all the werewolf homosexuals out there, this blog post is for you.

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