Absolutely thrilled and delighted that this humble little podcast has caught the interest and praise of the Austin Chronicle. A photographer dropped by earlier in the week, but told me she didn’t know the specifics of the assignment. I couldn’t have imagined that it was for this. Thanks to everyone who has agreed to be interviewed for this project and supported it. It motivates and inspires me to continue collecting a variety of stories in all of their bodily glory.
In the past few years I’ve noticed that society in general has slowly begun to take steps towards showing compassion for people as well as fostering acceptance of differences in practically every possible circumstance. The trans-community is finally getting a voice, regardless if it’s Caitlyn Jenner’s voice or other trans-people standing up to say she doesn’t represent them. That’s simply one example of a minority who has been kept under lock and key that are finally getting a voice and a platform to give themselves an equal (and long over-due) opportunity to be represented. I don’t even need to go down the long list of individuals who live with differences in mental and physical capacities who are finally getting the fair treatment they were never afforded before. It’s not cool to call someone a ‘retard’ anymore. The long faded faces of the past who lived in “freak show” troupes as a means of survival have been so embraced by current pop culture that a hit television series was able to successfully dedicate an entire season representing a world very few (if anyone now) ever knew. Simply put, different isn’t weird anymore and weird isn’t an excuse to condemn. In many cases, weird is a cause to champion and lift-up. It’s not cool to refer to someone or something as ‘gay’ just because you don’t like it. It’s finally being recognized as offensive to use a term for sexual identity as a disparaging epithet. Celebrities from all avenues of fame have stood up and out for the victims of verbal and physical abuse. We have public service announcements for children, letting them know “It gets better.” Entertainment and pop culture, the veritable temperature of our society, is finally admitting that we’ve got to change how we treat other people. People have started listening, or so I thought.
The BodPod and its host (me!) are honored and humbled to be featured in the latest issue of The Austin Chronicle for Amy Gentry’s column, The Good Eye. You can read the web version of the article here. Episode Eight will feature our mutual (very long!) interview.