On lovable people

November 19, 2012

(A Teacher’s Diary) Today in Intermedio 2 Monday when we were talking about clothing & footwear and culture, we pointed out how much pressure there is in Madrid for people to wear alien clothes at social events and at work, meaning suits for men and high heels and stockings and hair down for women (eek!!!), Víctor told us two stories: one about one of the two Facebook founders, who found himself surrounded by Spanish people dressed in suits at a conference he was invited to give at a college!! The Fb man was wearing casual clothes — jeans and a T-shirt. Why was he the only one?! The other story was about a surgeon who attended a very important event where he was going to address the audience wearing an African shirt he was given — while volunteering operations in Africa! (love bubbles!!! Pompitas de amor!!!) I can’t remember if he was going to be given an award or if he was going to give a talk on a kind of surgery he has succeeded in, but people were all dressed up for the event (in Madrid) — and this man too! 😉

So — he’s my no. 1 Platonic Love!! — not lover, though, like Marilyn Monroe I have specialized (meaning I’m in a monogamous relationship)! (The link takes you to the song and if you scroll down a bit you can sing along, because it’s got the lyrics!)

NB: I made a terrible language mistake! I don’t look like a transexual person when I’m in high heels and all made up! (not that I ever am!) I look like a transvestite! Sorry for that. I support transexuals, as so does the GLBTI movement (gay-lesbian-bisexual-trans-intersexual people). Actually, one of my friends is trans and she’s one of the bravest, kindest, most intelligent and most generous persons I’ve ever met. If you want to learn a bit about trans people — well, this is more for an Advanced level, really — you might enjoy this amazing video, where a woman (trans) talks about Bad Questions to Ask a Transsexual. And note this, she talks about a terribly painful topic using humo(u)r.



  1. If you want to read a bit about Sexual Human Rights, here is an informative website: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/human_rights/lgbti/index.html

    An afterthought of mine, just now, related to what we talked about today in the Avanzado 2 Monday group when considering why we never imagine women when we talk about prehistoric art:

    Here’s a good example. Aren’t we human much better people now? It’s taking us centuries to understand simple beautiful ideas, but we’re getting there, aren’t we? Well, more people now care about human rights for everybody, whether they “understand” the issues or not, don’t you think?

  2. Typos:

    Aren’t we humanS…?
    beautiful simple ideas (though I suppose it was an unconscious dramatic device)

  3. Hey, this is not all we learned/learnt that day! Silvia also told us to individual Direct Nonviolent Actions she undertook at work, when she was asked to let her hair down and wear high heels!! That’s a brave intelligent woman!

    And I also learned something I had partly noticed: Lara, it’s true! Women are not only wearing long boots these days — they’re also wearing them over their jeans, yes!

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