Welcome – and by the way…

This blog is ALL waaaay too much information. It’s about pedophilia and other nasty stuff, and it’s probably confusing as hell if you don’t find a way to go back and read from the beginning. It’ll just make more sense that way. You’ll get more info in the ‘about‘ links above. But welcome. Glad you stopped in.

Stanford rape case

I finally plucked up the courage tonight to read the text from the survivor in the Stanford University rape case. (https://www.buzzfeed.com/katiejmbaker/heres-the-powerful-letter-the-stanford-victim-read-to-her-ra?utm_term=.lbjBP4B6w#.jb396P9EM)

 

So much has been said about this. I’m just kinda hollowed out by it. I have nothing to add. Other than that this matters. This woman has stood up and changed the world, even just by a nudge. This is the first time I can recall any statement with the immediacy, the relevance, of this one working itself into our consciousness. I’m shattered by it.

 

But all of this also must relate to the current Amber Heard/Johnny Depp divorce. We weep for the Stanford victim. Amber Heard is a golddigger.

 

Fuck you.

 

Men write their anger on women’s bodies. On children’s bodies. On black bodies. On Shia bodies. The weapons are different:

 

Cockfistbladegunbomb

 

The victims are the same. The crime is the same. I fucking weep. I weep for all of us who have been assaulted from the inside out by arseholes who NEVER ADMIT WRONGDOING. Who never can see that they are the weakest, the shittiest skidmarks, the filthy, crawling slag left behind by the divine potential of humanity.

 

How can we weep for one victim, and not the others? How is Stanford Victim top of the pop charts and Amber Heard some kind of Courtney Love?

 

No. Enough. I believe you. Belief is everything. Faith is everything. Witness is everything.

 

I believe you.

The only thing that works is distilled rage

Children are exhausting. For all the rewards they bring, they also bring a sleep-deprived, pressure-cooker, no-time-for-yourself, no-time-for-sanity sense of being overwhelmed. Other parents sometimes seem to do it easier, but I feel that that is just what we see in public: that emotional, financial, marital, personal pressures will carve deep channels in every parent’s face.

 

Children abrade your flesh, even as dad-bod softness accumulates around the midriff. Children carve away at your resilience, even as they mine seams of patience and selflessness that you never knew you possessed. Children are the ultimate oxymoron. Children are the feather of lead:

 

Why then, O brawling love, O loving hate,

O anything of nothing first created!

O heavy lightness, serious vanity,

Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms!

Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health,

Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is!

This love feel I, that feel no love in this.

 

That’s Romeo trying to deal with love. He kinda nails it. And any parent knows what still-waking sleep, that is not what it is is.

 

My children have left me raw. I have discovered the meaning of love. Of devotion. Of fear. Of laughter. I have discovered what skin is for – holding those newborns on my chest will always be one of the lightning-flash moments scorched onto my memory.

 

I have also discovered a rage that pulls me almost to the brink of madness. My wife has, on several occasions, had to deal with the blind, frustrated, deeply impotent anger bursting to the surface as I have screamed and ranted and on one occasion done all I could to rip a solid door free from its hinges.

 

Don’t get me wrong – my fury isn’t directed at them! They’re safe. She’s safe. I’m a damn good father, if I may say so myself. My children are my soul.

 

But they have forced me to confront something that I maybe knew was there but have tried to suppress, or ignore. We all do.

 

I have finally had to admit that I contain so much anger, so much atomic fury, that I fear if I let it out I’ll never come back to myself.

 

I know I’m not for a second unique.

 

I see it all the time in my work. I teach actors. I try to prompt them, try to get them to lose their fear of that rage I see in so many of them. I tell them it’s okay to give in to it, that the fire they are so afraid of will not, cannot, shall not consume them.

 

But I’m lying. My own chest contains a bomb. I am terrified of its power.

 

King Lear, as he tries to swallow his mounting rage, manages to squeak out:

 

O, how this mother swells up toward my heart!

Hysterica passio – down, thou climbing sorrow,

Thy element’s below!

 

He nails it. THAT is how I feel. This ‘mother’ that swells up in his chest – (Mother of what? Mother of destruction? A superfertile Sycorax who will deliver up all the devils of fury?) – must be restrained with all his might before it consumes his heart. The fury is born of children – the hysterica passio is a uterine madness, a female insanity.

“down, thou climbing sorrow”…  Anger and sorrow are coupled. After every rage comes the deepest sadness, the deepest loss. Angry and sad are Siamese demon-twins. Tears and loneliness follow a tantrum as sure as sure as the white coldness of Winter follows the bonfired scarlet leaves of Autumn.

 

I’m angry beyond anger. I’m lonely beyond loneliness. I’m sad to the marrow. I’ll feel better after a nap.

 

Why write this post after so long? Maybe because Diamanda Galas is back. (nyti.ms/23vOOZK)

 

Maybe because last week I told someone my story and she just looked at me and asked “what have you done with all that anger?” and it is a question no-one has ever asked me, and I have never asked myself.

 

Maybe it’s because I finally said out loud, to my wife, that I’m frustrated, and blocked, and sad, and angry; and it isn’t about her, and it isn’t about my children, it’s about me.

 

Anyway. I wrote this. I’ll post this. I’m sad to be back. I’m sad that the past is still serving its purpose as prologue to the present. I’m sad that I’m back to one-day-at-a-time.

 

I’ll leave you with a quote from that Times article on Ms Galas:

 

“To be an artist is to be equal to the present, because mediocrity is so largely rewarded and broadcast ubiquitously, like a swarm of mosquitoes, by obese and tone-deaf accountants, the public is unable to learn about, let alone hear, see and digest the art of the present.

 

The only thing that works is distilled rage.”

 

Where have ye wandered?

I’ve been gone. Months now. Not mentally. Mentally, this blog, and what it has taught me, and is teaching me, has been pretty present in my mind. But I haven’t written.

I haven’t written, because I am going to be a father. And in deference to the mother of my children (yes – twins) I have kept that news off the interwebs until now. But it is true, it is happening, it’s past the point of danger and past the point of hiding ‘neath baggy clothes. I shall raise children of my own, due to arrive in early May. To the best of my ability I shall protect them and feed them and raise them to be gentle, loving, and most importantly HAPPY adults. I shall carry them on my shoulders and bounce them on my knee. I shall encourage them to push past doubt and the quotidian fears that prevent people from acting impulsively, and honestly. I shall show them the beauty of the stars and the clouds and seas and trees and art gallereees…

And by the God I give thanks to, I’ll raise them safe from childfuckers and girlkillers and all the goblins that I kill in my dreams. I don’t fear anything when it comes to my children, because they’ll come from me and from my magical, mythical lion-goddess of a wife. My children will be safe because we weren’t. My children will be safe because they are the children of dragon-slayers.

And dragons are secretly cowards.

 

NOTE: This is the last post I wrote to this blog. I will/should/may write more, but my son and daughter arrived on May 10, 2013, and they’re beautiful, and they’re happy, and they are an ever-unfolding world to me.

If you’re new here, you’ll be best served if you scroll all the way down and start at the very beginning. That way, some of this shit will make sense to you. Spoiler: it’s about child abuse, and the guy ends up having twins.

It amazes me that, several years later, more and more people are still reading this thing. I know from numerous people who have contacted me that it means something to them. I’m so grateful.

Change one life, change the world. 

the ache

I’ve written a few things since I last posted. I haven’t put ’em up. Maybe I will…

 

Life has been grand. Life IS grand. Life changes, the creases in wet sand become the geos of the sea-front cliffs. And tempus, that simple commodity we take so for granted in our earliest years, suddenly seems to fugit like a motherfucking swift on crack. time… time… time…

 

I listened to Townes van Zandt and Bruce Springsteen this morning. Racing in the Streets. It suited a yearning, aching dissatisfaction that set in me last night, a bubbling scream deep in my soul right now that wants to tear through my skin and run naked into the desert, out into the waves, and up into the heavens. I don’t want to grow up. I don’t want to be stuck in this house not creating, not living life close to the skin and bone of it all.

 

Bruce said it pretty well:

“…but now there’s wrinkles around my baby’s eyes
And she cries herself to sleep at night
When I come home the house is dark
She sighs, “Baby did you make it all right,”
She sits on the porch of her Daddy’s house
But all her pretty dreams are torn,
She stares off alone into the night
With the eyes of one who hates for just being born
For all the shut down strangers and hot rod angels,
Rumbling through this promised land
Tonight my baby and me, we’re gonna ride to the sea
And wash these sins off our hands.”

 

I got handsful of sin. I got sin and ache and need and love and pain all over me, and I need some holy water from the ocean to wash me clean. I need to break me a law, to earn me a bruise. It’s that cutter feeling.

 

y’know?

 

(start this clip at 2:30)

Kyrie Eleison

Execution Halted for Killer Claiming Abuse by Victim

By JON HURDLE
Published: September 28, 2012

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania judge on Friday granted a stay of execution and a new sentencing hearing to a convicted murderer who was scheduled to die by lethal injection on Wednesday.

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, via Associated Press

Terrance Williams

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The scheduled execution of the prisoner, Terrance Williams, 46, had prompted pleas for clemency from thousands of people who argued that he should be spared because he had been sexually abused by the man he killed.

On Friday, Judge M. Teresa Sarmina of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas ruled that Mr. Williams should be spared, saying prosecutors had withheld evidence from the defense showing that Mr. Williams’s victim, Amos Norwood, whom he beat to death in 1984, had homosexual relationships with minors, including Mr. Williams. Such evidence, the judge ruled, could have led the jury at Mr. Williams’s 1986 trial to vote for a penalty other than death.

Defense lawyers contended that newly discovered evidence of Mr. Norwood’s sexual orientation supported their claim that Mr. Williams, who was 18 at the time, killed him because Mr. Norwood, who was 56, had abused him from the age of 13, and not because of a robbery, as prosecutors argued at the trial.

The new evidence — which was given to defense lawyers for the first time last weekend after 28 years in police files — was sufficient to demand a stay and a new sentencing but not a new trial, the judge said.

“This court is granting a stay of execution and this court is granting a new penalty phase,” the judge said at the conclusion of her 45-minute statement from the bench.

Unless the State Supreme Court overturns Judge Sarmina’s stay of execution before Wednesday, Mr. Williams will not be put to death that day, said Ronald Eisenberg, an assistant district attorney. If the execution is carried out, it would be Pennsylvania’s first in 13 years, and the first since 1962 of an inmate who did not choose to die.

The Philadelphia district attorney, R. Seth Williams, said he would immediately appeal the ruling to the State Supreme Court. He attacked the decision as unjust, and accused Judge Sarmina of overlooking the fact that Mr. Williams had never testified that he was abused.

The district attorney ridiculed the judge’s statement that prosecutors suppressed evidenceabout Mr. Norwood’s sexual activities.

“How in the world could the prosecutor have ‘suppressed’ information that was in the defendant’s own head?” Mr. Williams asked at a news conference.

Shawn Nolan, a lawyer for Terrance Williams, expressed confidence the State Supreme Court would uphold Judge Sarmina’s ruling.

“We do not believe that the court will tolerate the prosecutor’s actions in this case, especially when life or death are at issue,” Mr. Nolan said in a statement.

Sympathy for the Devil

Here’s an article that is absolutely necessary reading on the topic of paedophilia: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2012/09/stop_childhood_sexual_abuse_how_to_treat_pedophilia_.html

 

It strikes me at the conflicted core of my experience: are the bad guys sick? Evil? Helpless? Does our communal vilification of them actually serve any purpose? Is pederasty even inherently bad? I am a moral relativist – if boy-buggery was accepted and encouraged in ancient Athens, why shouldn’t it be accepted now? Is there anything actually wrong with sexualizing children at such a young age, or is our desperate protection of childhood innocence just a hangover from the preciousness of Victorian morality and moralizing that created the notion (nay – the cult) of ‘childhood’ in the first place?

 

I have said before, and I’ll say it again: the acid burn of victimhood is the belief that something about you yourself brought this abuse on – that if you were involved in this most hideous, foul, and unspeakably offensive act, you are somehow to blame. And if, blackest of black, you actually had the physical sensations that occur when someone – say – fellates you, and those physical sensations, isolated from the situation, are pleasant – why then, you yourself are hideous, foul, and unspeakably offensive.

 

We have a reflexive response to the idea of paedophilia that is, perhaps, therefore detrimental to the victims. Perhaps a more nuanced view, a less repulsed, less revolted societal view of the problem of buggery would actually help those children who have been sexually assaulted deal with and accept their experiences in a more integrated, less damaging way. And hey – if we look deeper, is our revulsion real, or created? If we were truly revolted, why would stories of abuse sell so well? Why do the lurid stories of Michael Jackson, Roseanne Barr, Rosie O’Donnell and their like SELL SO MUCH FUCKING AIRTIME? We’re not revolted. We’re fascinated… oh, but that is another topic…

 

Anyway – these are questions. The hallmark of wisdom is an open mind. And I ain’t wise, but I know what it looks like, so I’ll strive… So – read that article above. It talks about men who are “minor-attracted” – who look at and desire kids – but who also don’t want to be pedos. Or who want to no longer be pedos. And it is eye-opening, and mind-blowing, and challenging. The take-away is that if we want to save kids, if we want to stand by our words and beliefs that paedophilia is the scourge we all act like it is, we should help men like that with all the support and aid we can give them.

 

I know it’s really hard to believe, but once upon a time, before Will and Grace, homosexuality was considered sick, and vile, and evil. But we have come to accept it… To celebrate it. Apart from the occasional Pray The Gay Away missionary bigots, we actually don’t really give a fuck about it. The thing is: the gays tend to shag other grown gays. Just like the straights, the gays seem to prefer getting their bang on with other consenting adults (it’s the straights that perform most of the prison rapes). Our society has, in the space of a generation, realised in regard to homosexuality that sexual desire isn’t a choice. Why should that be different for those who are attracted to children? Surely the thing that makes pedos nasty is that they tend to diddle individuals who have no power to consent, or more specifically, no power to decline the diddling. So if they don’t do the diddling, are they really still bad?

 

Put it this way: Let’s say I admire the tattooed, shaven-haired waitress at the local coffeeshop. If she populates my sexual fantasies, the only person to take exception would be my wife (and I know there will be an entertaining conversation about this when she reads that last sentence). Liking her is fine. Lusting after her is fine. However, if I follow her home one night and rape her – that is bad. And understanding and accepting that distinction – between those who desire, and those who act on their desires, is perhaps a key to the future of our preventing the “minor-attracted” from becoming the “minor-rapers”.

 

I have written an email to the organisation that works with these men, and asked if I can do anything to help. Because a man who battles to be good is more saintly than a man who just is good. A man who wants to fuck children but doesn’t isn’t sick, or bad, or evil. He’s brave.  Friend – I salute you.