Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Define Normal

Shouldn't that read Don't Judge?Normal is in the eye of the beholder. It would have to be in this instance.

Over the weekend, Philadelphia hosted it's first ever gay rodeo. That is correct. A rodeo in which all of the animals are homosexual. Wait. What? Oh, sorry. A rodeo in which all of the human participants are homosexual. Yes, that makes much more sense (though I'd be curious enough to attend a rodeo like the one I first mentioned).
Just a typical day at the Gay Rodeo
There were about 50 participants/contestants who roped steers (No! They didn't rope anything that rhymed with 'steers'. At least, not until the after party.), cracked whips (insert your own homosexual S&M joke here) and wrestled cattle. All of this in a show to prove to themselves and the rest of the world, gay-ish or not, that they are just as capable of chasing livestock around a dusty pen as the heterosexual people who waste their time doing the same.

And I wouldn't usually question a statement like the one that Jen Vrana uttered when saying, "This proves that we are normal." OK, personally, I don't know that anyone who is gay has to prove that they are normal. Besides, can you define "normal"? Tough to do, isn't it? That's because "normal" is all in the context in which it is used. And sometimes, when there's just a teensy bit of irony involved, the word "normal" just makes you laugh. Mainly because, although it might not be "abnormal", you're not quite sure if it is, in fact, actually "normal".

One partially dressed, unhappy looking goatAnd in this situation, that's because, in addition to the usual Rope-A-Cow and Ride-A-Bull, there were other events, such as "goat dressing" in which "pairs of contestants try to put hot-pink underwear on the hind quarters of an uncooperative goat in the shortest time". There was also "steer decorating" in which "one partner of a team has to tie a ribbon on the tail of a struggling steer while the other tries to hold on to its horns." I see. So the definition of "normal" has now been expanded to include "being able to successfully panti-fy a goat" and "steer tail bow tying". Interesting. And not unusual in the slightest bit.
How the goat in the previous picture ended up that way
And while I see absolutely nothing wrong with the "goat dressing" or the "steer decorating" (no word on whether the goat or the steer see anything wrong with it), I find it highly amusing that somehow, this proves, that we are "normal". Couldn't they have just taken our word for it?

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