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I'm home. Here are my parade photos, since I have no idea if/when I'll have the energy to post them properly. It was good. I'm tired.

I have a couple of weeks of downtime and then I go in and get started at Stockholm university.
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Pride week has been great, and chaotic, and I got to hang out with more people than I have in ages. It is almost as though I have a social life, for serious! I think I've also doubled the muscle mass on my legs, albeit from a starting point of v. pathetic. Unni is leaving late-ish tomorrow, so we're doing a little more non pride related tourist stuff through the day. (Vasa museum, aka the failboat.)

Then I'll go home. And sleep. And maybe give you guys some photos.

Other developments: my counter for 'people who think I speak some slightly unplaceable Swedish dialect' continues to go up, and is joined by a smaller but quite convinced group who believe I am specifically a Finland swede. I choose to take this as a good sign. If a slightly odd one.

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Huh, time - it has been doing weird shit again! Where did it go? Also, I feel extremely hungover today, despite yesterday evening having been one of the few this week to not involve alcohol at all. Ugh.

Anyway - Gabriella, Unni!

We'll be in Stockholm from Tuesday morning to Sunday afternoon. I'll probably be sleeping there all week, and Val will be doing a bit more travelling back and forth to fetch J for the days he'll be with us (probably Friday and Saturday). But basically, we're around.

Here's a completely pick-and-mix list of activities! It is not an inflexible timetable, because I don't believe in those and neither does my rather dysfunctional body.


Lectures! For example:

Islamofobins historia och uttryck, Pride Sergel, kl 11 - 12:15

Hierarkier, makt och ideal i hbt-världen - diskussionen om dom Andra, Pride Sergel, kl 14 - 15:45

Vad är kön och varför är vi så besatta av det?, Pride Sergel, kl 16 - 17:45

Also lunch somewhere in the middle of all this - I suggest Vetekatten! Because I can get a sandwich there which is gluten free and good! And it's relatively central. But am open to other ideas. Obv. it's not the place for warm food, but maybe in the middle of summer that's fine.

If one has a burst of wanting to do something in the evening, there's a theatre thing on:

Man - en utredning, kl 19 - 20:30


Possibly museums? Definitely an Unni! Probably wandering around in Kungsträdgården!

We have pride packs, which amongst other things give us free entry to Fotografiska, which currently has an exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe's photos - Unni, would you be interested in going to that, or should we go on Wednesday morning before you arrive?

Queer vid sekelskiftet, Hallwylska museet, kl 13 - 14

Meet Unni! Hang out! Explore the pride areas generally.

There are some theatre/performance things on in the evening on wednesday too, again according to energy levels & interest:

En normal föreställning, kl 19 - 19:45

Lip Shit Queers, kl 21 - 21:45


Transhistoria, Pride Kungsan, kl 11 - 11:45

Cowgirls for everyone!, Pride Kungsan, kl 13 - 13:45

Jag är inte rasist, men..., Pride Sergel, kl 15 - 16:45

Dinner! We thought Lao Wai, but they're closed for the summer, and then we thought sushi, but then we thought Unni would hurt us, so any suggestions? Type of food or a specific place if you know stockholm. Our fallback is Wagamama, because we know they're good at catering to different requirements. They're over by Centralstationen.


Pinkwashing, Pride Sergel, kl 13 - 13:45

& otherwise otherwise we'll be exploring town! Gamla stan is on the list for Friday, Unni - do take this as a measure of our love for you. & We're probably going to take you to the sf bookshop just for laughs. Well, also J is getting really into manga and is tentatively interested in comics generally, so we figured we could let him loose in there and see if he finds anything.

Optionally, if the weather is good and no-one is feeling completely boat-phobic: Outsiders: queer stockholm från sjön


Watching the parade! (Not going in it this year because I'm not feeling up to it physically.)

Evening expedition to see the last Harry Potter film.


Chill. Whatever one feels like.

THEN WE WILL SLEEP FOR THE NEXT WEEK. Or not. But we will want to.
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Sergels Torg, the central square in stockholm, full of people. Really, really full of people.
[image: a crowd fills Sergels torg, central Stockholm, and sits on & against the walls and railings surrounding it.]

We spent today in Stockholm, running errands. In the evening there was a manifestation (I have no idea what to call this in English, watch my grasp of the language drain away) in the city centre to both remember the victims of the terror attack in Norway and to promote political openness. We didn't stay the whole course, because J was with us and super-tired, but we were there a while. The atmosphere was good. See above.

I'm glad we went.

Then Valborg went online. Oh no. Now people On The Internets, I gather, are saying it was TOO POLITICAL OMG.

It was organised by the social democrats' youth group, that is to say, the partner organisation to the one targeted in Norway.

This was an explicitly political attack. The majority of the victims were explicitly interested in politics. How the hell is it inappropriate to bring in politics? It seems deeply appropriate to me to keep talking about the things that these kids were interested in and working for. The alternative would seem far less appropriate.

By the way, Jonas Gardell said something that we've been thinking: that the thing to do in this situation is to be political. Support groups that help immigrants. Support groups that protect human rights. Support religious freedom and gender equality and queer movements and what the hell ever else makes the world a better place; examples in question picked because of arsehole responsible for the terrorist attacks' particular dislike for them.

Also, the "He Did It Because Of Computer Games" brigade have now deemed it safe to come out of the woodwork. Ugh.

I am so ready for Pride, by the way. We are going to have a party. And also go to seminars about racism and islamophobia. Take that, you fucking bastard.

(On which note, revised schedule to come tomorrow. Along with questions about food preferences etc.)
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1. Hi! I have another really odd request. What are your best robot songs! That is, about robots. That are not sung by Janelle Monae or by Robyn, because we already have those and love them and hug them.

2. We're expanding on the material we talked about at BLYG on our blog. Robots in Tutus. I mean, it loses a bit of its context since it's building on something you didn't see, but it probably doesn't matter that much. Incidentally, if you DID see the talk (OK, that is like one person who reads this blog) then there's also more detail up there in an older post on my mu = coded gay thing that I talked about a bit.

To come, several or all of:

- our bibliography
- oniisama e as an AU of rose of versailles
- sameness as a relationship ideal
- Series we hopped over most of the details for: Orpheus no Mado, Sword of Paros, Applause prologue, & more
- parody
- queering motherhood: the expanded and hopefully more coherent version
- challenging the idea that everything is all thanks to Osamu Tezuka*

* Sure, we LIKE Tezuka, but you guys, really.

Basically, we got a really big kick from the weekend and we're trying to make the most of the energy! Our list of planned posts in general, not just (uhm) the ones connected in to 70s shojo, is seriously terrifying. BUT LET'S SEE. Maybe it'll be amazing!

3. OH! Right, this is important, you guys: anyone who is going to Pride this summer with us, or who would like to - the schedule is up on their website (Pridefestival > Gör ditt eget program). We're already trying to pull together a plan, since we actually want to go to about six times as many things as we could possibly manage, many of which are in the same time slots, woe.

Now I'm going to switch to Swedish. De här är saker som jag vill gärna gå på, fast några måste ju bort. åsikter? Andra saker på scheman som ni tycker verkar bättre än de jag har plockat fram? Saker på min lista som verkar för tråkiga? När det finns fler saker som pågår samtidigt, är du mer intresserad av en...? osv osv osv.

Dessutom, om du inte har sagt att du vill hänga men tycker det skulle vara kul så är det bara att säga till! Finns ju också andra saker som man bara kan gå och kolla på typ när som helst. En miljon. Några miljoner. Saker att kolla på ska inte saknas.

- Visning på armémuseet: Krig, kön och sexualitet, kl 13 - 14


- Att leva öppet som regnbågsfamilj - berättelser ur ett forskningsprojekt, kl 12 - 12:45

- Lesbisk kamp - till minne av Stina Sundberg, kl 14 - 15:30
- Hierarkier, makt och ideal i hbt-världen - femininitet och maskulinitet, kl 14 - 14:45
- Hierarkier, makt och ideal i hbt-världen - diskussionen om "de andra", kl 15 - 15:45

- Vad är kön & varför är vi så besatta av det?, kl 16 - 17:45
- Man måste ju ha någon under sig - ett samtal om diskriminering, kl 17 - 17:45
- Readings of the fat body, kl 17 - 17:45

- Man - En utredning, kl 19 - 20:30 (också visas på onsdag eftermiddag, dock)

(Tisdag är typ den galna dagen som man inte får att gå ihop, jösses)


- Visning: Queer vid sekelskiftet, kl 13 - 14

- Älska eller hata Kalle med klänning och Jösta och Johan?, kl 15 - 15:45

- Pride kids: Tom Tits har en tält på Kungsen genom eftermiddagen, vi kanske ska ta J ditt? vet ej

- En normal föreställning, kl 19 - 19:45


- Transhistoria, 11 - 11:45

- Cowgirls for everyone!, 13 - 13:45 (MED BÅDE BIRGITTA STENBERG OCH KAROLINA BÅNG, hallå, det går inte att missa)

- "Jag är inte rasist, men..." - ett interaktivt seminarium om vithetsnorm/rasism i hbtq-samhället, 15 - 16:45


- Motstånd och/mot historia, kl 14 - 14:45

- Pride ung: Serieteckning, kl 17 - 19, fast jag vet inte, eftersom jag är den enda som är tillräcklig ung för att komma in av de som jag vet vi ska hänga med. Sadface!

- Outsiders - queer Stockholm från sjön, kl 19 - 22


- Salong Normal (föreställning av barn som vi tänkte tar med J på - J ska säkert vara med på lördag, för vi tänker gå med tillsammans i paraden som regnbågsfamilj), kl 12

- Parade, kl 13

4. In other words: I'm feeling kind of manic and full of ENTHUSISASM! to DO STUFF! So actually, I'd love to hang out with other people generally. [personal profile] dancing_moon? *meaningful look* Well, OK, I'll let you collapse for a while first, goodness knows you've earnt it by now.
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After this weekend I'm going to get back to working on the main current project, which is to say, a talk that Valborg & I are going to be giving at B.L.Y.G. on queerness & 70s shojo, and also on getting up content on our shared blog, which is meant to be functioning as our public face linked in to any talks etc we might want to do, but which is tragically empty right now. (I'm completely identifiable in RL from the contents of this journal - seriously, there are not very many British immigrants to Sweden who are living in a lesbian partnership with someone called Valborg - but it's not meant to be a formal or focused space, so that's where the blog comes in.)

I'd have been charging at it this week but since Valborg has been loaded with a pile of birthday organising I figured she could use a period of grace. I think we have most of the info we need now to do a great talk and some fun posts anyway, so it's mostly structure, images, etc. now. (I've gleefully read ALL THE SHOJO HISTORY that exists in English, both good and dubious, and I won't get to use most of it in this case, so I'll probably turn a chunk of it into a post somewhere - blog or here or both.)

My function in this creative partnership is to be all serious and obsessively academic and Valborg's job is to thwap me lovingly over the head, remind me that it's meant to be fun, and add sparkles. I fear this will be a running joke. *g*

OTHER WILD SUMMER PLANS: Stockholm Pride is mostly free this year. I'd been planning to save birthday money and buy tickets, but I guess I don't have to now! In light of this information, anyone who thinks that hanging out with us in Stockholm in the first week of August and going to some incredibly gay talks, tours and misc. events sounds like their idea of a good time should plan accordingly. If I'm still not healthy by August we're hiring a fucking wheelchair, SO. We will be there. (There will definitely be things happening in English too, if this is relevant information.)

OTHER CURRENT EVENTS: I have an entrance test for Stockholm University's Swedish course in a couple of weeks, which is to see if my current level is good enough and which of their two courses (one which is prepatory for the other; the higher level one qualifies one to study at Swedish universities in Swedish). I'm getting a lift there and I also need to think about if there's anything I can ask them to provide for me to make the test easier, since really not well & doubt I'll be recovered by then.

If I'm accepted to the course I'll be studying in Autumn; if at all possible I'll be doing this with or without funding from CSN. The only completely unavoidable cost is a bus card, and I can probably get help with that from someone or other in the family.

After that I need to think about taking Högskoleprovet (a test which gives a grade you can use to apply for university), since if I can get a good score on that that'll put me in a bigger intake pool for normal university courses than a foreign grade would there are assigned numbers of places for students at universities: quite a lot of places for people with college scores, quite a lot for people who've taken the test, and not that many for people from overseas with a foreign college/university grade. Obviously that's not a relevant concern for the course I'm applying for now, since it's only for people from overseas.

I also have all these crazy dreams about being able to volunteer with Hallongrottan and similar if I study in Stockholm, but as Valborg points out, yes, I should do those things, but I should also remember not to break myself.

I'm pretty good at breaking myself, basically. But hey! I'm trying to learn better.

ETA OF JOY: I've just got my first birthday present, from Valborg: a year's subscription to the fabulous Swedish feminist magazine Bang! My face looks like this: :D


Jul. 28th, 2010 07:16 pm
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We're going to pride tomorrow! We were going to go today as well and do kids stuff with J, but following the terrible week of illness and grumpiness we decided we were way too behind on packing for our holiday to the UK (leaving on Friday) and way too low on energy and had to pass. But tomorrow we've got day-tickets for the two of us lined up and we're going to make the most of them, I hope!

Things I've spotted so far:

Uniformer, normer och makt (Sjöhistoriska museet) (Stuff about uniforms at the maritime museum)

Rosa bibliotek (Stockholm stadsbibliotek) (Queer lit)

Queervisning (Armé museet) (Army museum does pride)

Vasa goes queer (Vasa museet) (Vasa as in the Boat What Sank In The Most Embarrassing Manner Possible. Not the king.)

Kan man vara mer hetero än kungen? (Livrustkammaren) (THIS is about kings, though.)


Theme? What theme?

You might very well think that. I couldn't possibly comment.


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