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"I'm not gonna change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I'm one of those people."
- John Lennon (Playboy, Sept. 1980)

It All Started When ...

It all started when I put my Bodyart page on the 'net. I realized that I'm a minority when it comes to net-persona heterosexual men with nipple piercings, and was rather flattered by the various e-mails that I got from gay men that were as sublime as "I really like your pic ..." to "If I was gay, I'd be all over you ..." (strange in itself, but anyway ...). I realize that I'm even more of a minority when it comes to being open when discussing sex and sexuality.

So, I began to wonder. There's the pink triangle that symbolizes gay pride and identifies a person as gay, what if there were a similar symbol for us open-minded hets?

So here it is, in easy form to post on your Web site. But what the hell does it mean? I'm not going to attempt to extract too much symbolism from it, but there's a few things for sure.

Definitely Not Black and White

While we all admit (usually) to one sexual preference or the other, very few people are strictly heterosexual or homosexual. If you're one of those people that consider yourself a 0 or a 6 on the Kinsey scale, I'm sure I'll never meet you, because I don't think you exist.

Anyway, I put the pink portion at the top of the triangle, because of it's relational proximity to the human head. I'm of the opinion that most battles are fought in the mind, and then won in the heart. Once you can get over the barriers that society and stereotypes have put up, the rest is easy.

So can it be summed up in a few words? In this day and age, being proud of one's heritage only seems appropriate if you're not white, male, or heterosexual. I seem to fit into all those categories, so it's a little harder to do without coming across as cocky, or simply like an asshole. I'd like it to mean something more like an embodiment of the slogan "Straight but not narrow", only in less words.

So, I'm probably the only person on the 'net that will ever adopt this little symbol, but hey, at least I can say I tried :) If you want to put it on your site, please copy the image (don't link directly to mine) and create a link to this page, http://www.xiaan.com/bodyart/beingme.html, as I've done above and to the left.

Warning: Open Mind Inside

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