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Bertha Venation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-17-04 06:32 PM
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18. I've got a right to wear heels!
Edited on Sat Jul-17-04 06:46 PM by Bertha Venation
I came out at twenty three
and this surprised my friends
"they can't be gay," they'd say
"you wear your hair too long
and you like dresses and makeup
and you polish your nails
-- and you don't even like sports"

but I am a lesbian, dammit!
so, I cut, cut, cut my hair
and I bought myself a new pair of blue jeans
I cut, cut, cut my nails
and I learned how to play a mean game of softball
-- shortstop!

and then, one day: I had a revelation!


Well, shit. I wish I could remember the rest of the song. It's a duet for women called "I've Got A Right To Wear Heels," and was written by -- Christ, I can't even remember the guy's name. Steve someone. Anyway, you get the gist of it: we lesbians aren't supposed to be femmy. Well, bullshit!

The words were taken from the coming-out story of a member of the South Coast Chorale, as were all of the words for all of the songs in a show written for us called "OUT!" It was my second-favorite show in seven years with that chorus.

Of course, we couldn't have done this song without adding a little extra camp: near the end, one of the guys breaks out of the chorus and splits up the duet and sings, "Listen, sister, I know how it feels: I've got a right to wear heels!"

What wonderful memories.

Anyway, thanks for letting me use your thread to share a memory.

What's my take on heels? Screw anyone who deigns to tell you what you're "supposed to" wear! Dress for yourself and no one else.

edited -- got some of the words wrong
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  -I think high heals are oppressive to women Nikia  Jul-17-04 05:42 PM   #0 
  - I don't like them  HEyHEY   Jul-17-04 05:43 PM   #1 
  - heels  trof   Jul-17-04 05:45 PM   #2 
  - I dont from high heels but...  fishnfla   Jul-17-04 05:46 PM   #3 
  - I don't know about that.  Colin Ex   Jul-17-04 05:47 PM   #4 
  - I say it's up to the woman  Droopy   Jul-17-04 05:47 PM   #5 
  - Men wore high heels before women did....  GloriaSmith   Jul-17-04 05:47 PM   #6 
  - Pockets  messiertom   Jul-17-04 09:32 PM   #63 
  - Well, look at the hammer toes these women get from them...  YellowRubberDuckie   Jul-17-04 05:51 PM   #7 
  - They're also a good way for women to break their ankles.  Vitruvius   Jul-17-04 05:59 PM   #11 
  - Bras provide support....  physioex   Jul-17-04 06:32 PM   #17 
  - About 25 years ago I was traumatized by the sight of a woman  traco   Jul-18-04 12:55 AM   #66 
     - LOL...Good enough...  physioex   Jul-18-04 02:06 AM   #68 
        - It's funny how something like that can  traco   Jul-18-04 12:59 PM   #73 
  - Having worked in a shoe store catering to older women  Pithlet   Jul-17-04 08:26 PM   #56 
  - Why wear something that is painful and bad for your health?  Swamp_Rat   Jul-17-04 05:53 PM   #8 
  - It's a choice each  bratcatinok   Jul-17-04 05:54 PM   #9 
  - I mean hurting oneself and risking injury for fashion  Nikia   Jul-17-04 06:20 PM   #14 
  - I agree  rumguy   Jul-17-04 05:54 PM   #10 
  - well, given that I had to have ankle surgery and no longer have any  hlthe2b   Jul-17-04 06:14 PM   #12 
  - I have mixed feelings  m-jean03   Jul-17-04 06:15 PM   #13 
  - Cute. Yes, it's attractive because of the way heels make the muscles flex  Misunderestimator   Jul-17-04 06:37 PM   #20 
     - Sure, but the muscles flex even better on a bike!  HuckleB   Jul-17-04 07:14 PM   #35 
     - I agree with you, Misunderestimator.  m-jean03   Jul-17-04 07:26 PM   #39 
        - I enjoy wearing heels occasionally.  bratcatinok   Jul-18-04 02:24 AM   #69 
        - Where did I say I looked down on women who wear heels?  Misunderestimator   Jul-18-04 05:56 AM   #72 
  - Height of heels + length of fingernails  wtmusic   Jul-17-04 06:23 PM   #15 
  - Now that's just silly  kiahzero   Jul-17-04 06:29 PM   #16 
     - Don't consider them attractive  wtmusic   Jul-17-04 06:35 PM   #19 
        - You've missed the point.  kiahzero   Jul-17-04 06:40 PM   #23 
           - $50 says every woman nominated for a Nobel Prize  wtmusic   Jul-17-04 06:55 PM   #28 
              - Right, because that's a good case.  kiahzero   Jul-17-04 06:58 PM   #29 
              - It's an excellent case  wtmusic   Jul-17-04 07:06 PM   #30 
                 - OK, let me spell it out for you  kiahzero   Jul-17-04 07:33 PM   #41 
                    - straw man  wtmusic   Jul-17-04 07:48 PM   #45 
                       - Not at all  kiahzero   Jul-17-04 07:57 PM   #47 
                          - An inverse correlation is a statistical concept  wtmusic   Jul-17-04 08:23 PM   #55 
                             - My mistake re: inverse correlation  kiahzero   Jul-17-04 09:01 PM   #59 
                                - but as soon as....  rlev1223   Jul-17-04 09:17 PM   #62 
                                   - Are you affiliated with  wtmusic   Jul-18-04 12:44 AM   #65 
                                      - dude  rlev1223   Jul-18-04 02:44 AM   #71 
              - Was it Hedy Lamarr?  lolly   Jul-17-04 08:05 PM   #51 
  - I've got a right to wear heels!  Bertha Venation   Jul-17-04 06:32 PM   #18 
  - Hear hear BV... I dress for no one but myself.  Misunderestimator   Jul-17-04 06:41 PM   #24 
     - Brava. This begs the question:  Bertha Venation   Jul-17-04 06:43 PM   #25 
        - LOL... Um... that remains a secret...  Misunderestimator   Jul-17-04 06:46 PM   #26 
           - Fair enough.  Bertha Venation   Jul-17-04 06:54 PM   #27 
              - Will do... would be great to meet you.  Misunderestimator   Jul-17-04 08:23 PM   #54 
  - Eh.  Moonbeam_Starlight   Jul-17-04 06:38 PM   #21 
  - And back pain and injuries  nemdaille   Jul-17-04 06:38 PM   #22 
  - everyone who wears jogging shoes gets injured  amazona   Jul-17-04 07:06 PM   #31 
  - You won't even let me borrow them for the day?  lolly   Jul-17-04 08:02 PM   #50 
  - No heels.  LWolf   Jul-17-04 07:09 PM   #32 
  - This man doesn't understand the whole high-heel "thing."  HuckleB   Jul-17-04 07:09 PM   #33 
  - I'm tall enough  Lydia Leftcoast   Jul-17-04 07:14 PM   #34 
  - Then they shouldn't wear them. Duh...  RetroLounge   Jul-17-04 07:16 PM   #36 
  - I don't wear high heels, period....why go through that pain to look tall?  slinkerwink   Jul-17-04 07:17 PM   #37 
  - Or the African women who put rings around their necks  wtmusic   Jul-17-04 07:21 PM   #38 
  - I've yet to see the case made that they "have to" do it  kiahzero   Jul-17-04 07:45 PM   #43 
  - I've managed to avoid them, myself.  Bridget Burke   Jul-17-04 07:27 PM   #40 
  - I've given up on heels  eyesroll   Jul-17-04 07:43 PM   #42 
  - Never worn heels a day in my life.  Nalgenelover Snort   Jul-17-04 07:48 PM   #44 
  - Hair transplants  wtmusic   Jul-17-04 07:59 PM   #48 
  - A few  kiahzero   Jul-17-04 08:00 PM   #49 
  - Weightlifting, the day after  antiwarwarrior   Jul-17-04 08:16 PM   #52 
  - The worst I can think of  Radical Activist   Jul-18-04 03:30 PM   #78 
  - I think that women in heels look pretty sexy,  tritsofme   Jul-17-04 07:53 PM   #46 
  - About once a year I wear them  Ilsa   Jul-17-04 08:23 PM   #53 
  - I like heels ok  dolo amber   Jul-17-04 08:43 PM   #57 
  - I never wear heels  Skittles   Jul-17-04 08:57 PM   #58 
  - Threw mine out, along with the rest of that girlie horseshit  Misinformed01   Jul-17-04 09:12 PM   #60 
  - they make women run slow and walk funny  AZDemDist6   Jul-17-04 09:13 PM   #61 
  - Used To  RobinA   Jul-17-04 09:35 PM   #64 
  - Being a man who's worn heels... I hate them.  Guy Fawkes   Jul-18-04 01:00 AM   #67 
  - Absolutely, we're way past this  floridaguy   Jul-18-04 02:32 AM   #70 
  - well, I think Flats are oppressive to the Little Black Dress  northzax   Jul-18-04 01:42 PM   #74 
  - Give me my heels. . .  dancing kali   Jul-18-04 02:31 PM   #75 
  - Don't wear heels often...  Amaya   Jul-18-04 03:19 PM   #76 
  - I don't find high-heeled women attractive  Independent429   Jul-18-04 03:27 PM   #77 
  - They probably are along with  Radical Activist   Jul-18-04 03:38 PM   #79 
  - don't wear high heels  tigereye   Jul-18-04 04:00 PM   #80 
  - Depends what you're doing in them.  LibertyorDeath   Jul-18-04 04:05 PM   #81 

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