There’s no denying that All My Children was a huge part of my life growing up. When I was 12, I was home sick from school one day and begrudgingly watched my mom’s soap with her. With that, my addiction was born. I taped AMC episodes on a VHS, and watched them every night as I did my homework. I become emotionally attached to the characters, Pine Valley, and the amazing history behind the show.
Fast forward about ten years. All My Children has been cancelled (I’m still bitter about that and refuse to watch tv from 1-2 in the afternoon), and I’ve started following some of my favorite soap stars on Twitter and Facebook. One of them, Cady McClain, is hilarious, snarky, and extremely awesome. She also has an alter-ego, Suzy F*cking Homemaker, who gives great advice. She recently posted looking for some questions to answer, and I replied with the following, not expecting much. (FYI, my alter-ego on Facebook is “Karmen.”)
Suzy, I’m a grad student. I’ve chosen the wonderfully rewarding career of being an educator in urban settings. I love making a difference and changing lives, I’m so excited to start student teaching in the fall! However, recently I’ve discovered my real passion lies with blogging and (hopefully) one day becoming a celesbian. How can I get people to visit my site (www.GingerSass.com) and create a following while still maintaining my professional image as an educator?
What ensued was a fabulous video from Suzy! (Skip to 0:58 for her advice for me!) I love the pausing of the music and the gulping of the drink at “celesbian.”
“Is that a celebrity lesbian? All right. I support you in your goal, Karmen. Do you want to talk about your urge to be a famous lesbian? That would be a very interesting blog. I might read that blog. You could be a role model! Think about it.”
If Cady McClain’s alter-ego suggests that you write a blog, you should probably do it.
First, let’s get something clear: I don’t want to be an A-list celesbian like Ellen DeGeneres or Jane Lynch. (Being an A-list celesbian means straights and gays alike love you and you’re rolling in dough.) I have enough straights and gays (and everything else) in my life that love and adore me. While I would love to have enough dough to not have to worry about paying off my student loans, being that famous would be scary. Once you reach A-list, you can forget ever going out in public with your pj’s on and not wearing any makeup. (Not that I do that know, I’m a super girly girl and must get dressed for every occasion. Wearing jeans and a t-shirt is equivalent to sweats to me. But I digress; I want the ability of wearing pj’s in public.)
I want to be a D-list celesbian. You know, the kind of celesbian that only the gays recognize. I want to be a figure in the LGBTQQIA community without always worrying about stalkers or going out in public without make up on or any of the other celeb problems.
To me, being a celesbian would mean being able to go to a publisher and have my poetry published without the “but it’s queer” look. I’d be able to use my celesbian powers for the good. (Yes, I just gave myself powers.) Being an educator means that, no matter what, I’ll be looked at as a role model. As a Resident Assistant for 3 years, that title was thrown at me A LOT. I know people look up to me and I definitely have had my fair share of students who have come out to me, come to me in moments of crisis, or used me as a big sister figure over the years.
Getting back on topic, there isn’t any specific reason why I want to be a celesbian. I don’t want to be Ellen-famous (although, just throwing it out there, I do have the same birthday as her), and I don’t want to be a celesbian for getting drunk and making out with sluts a la reality tv. I want to be a D (or even Z) list celesbian for doing what I love most– writing, making a difference, and encouraging people to be happy be being themselves.
So, basically, just follow my blog, like my page on Facebook, and follow me on Twitter @THEGingerSass. If I can have a decent following, maybe, just maybe, one day I’ll be able to smile and say Suzy F*cking Homemaker encouraged me to be role model celesbian.