Join us this Tuesday evening at 7pm for Week 2 of the Summer President's Class series "Passages" with Dr. Greg Salyer.
This week is Homer's THE ODYSSEY: "The more she spoke, the more a deep desire for tears welled up inside his breast—he wept as he held the wife he loved, the soul of loyalty, in his arms at last. Joy, warm as the joy that shipwrecked sailors feel when they catch sight of land—Poseidon has struck their well-rigged ship on the open sea with gale winds and crushing walls of waves, and only a few escape, swimming, struggling out of the frothing surf to reach the shore, their bodies crusted with salt but buoyed up with joy as they plant their feet on solid ground again, spared a deadly fate. So joyous now to her the sight of her husband, vivid in her gaze, that her white arms, embracing his neck would never for a moment let him go... Dawn with her rose-red fingers might have shone upon their tears, if with her glinting eyes Athena had not thought of one more thing. She held back the night, and night lingered long at the western edge of the earth, while in the east she reined in Dawn of the golden throne at Ocean’s banks, commanding her not to yoke the windswift team that brings men light, Blaze and Aurora, the young colts that race the Morning on." Tickets at www.uprs.edu.
"The first time I shaved my face was pre-testosterone. I had missed my flight and had been given an overnight kit. I went to an accessible toilet and washed myself. I put on the clean white t-shirt they give you. There was a shaving kit and I had twenty-four hours to kill. It was a private act that took a degree of aloneness to be possible. A large part of expressing as trans has been allowing myself to enjoy what I’m not supposed to enjoy. As an adult, there is a childishness to it too. I was a 33-year-old Home Alone Kevin McCallister. The pleasure, however, cuts deep. Shaving became a moment to gather strength." New today on Homer and the next in our series on Hair & Masculinity, creative non-fiction by Kaya Wilson (above), on the role of hair and shaving in his trans-male experience. See link in bio for the full article.
#hair#masculinity#shaving#transmale#trans#transition#transitioning#shavingcuts#essay#creativenonfic#writing#homer#lgbt#lgbtiqa [Photo by Patrick Boland.]