At Look who is dancing They are making history, they presume, because for the first time in 30 editions a same-sex couple is competing. JoJo Siwa works the miracle: youtuber, tiktoker and proud self-defined teenager queer with millions of child-age followers. Get involved, he says, so that “being who you really are is easier for children.”
First time in 30 editions. What Pyrrhic joy, but how important are models in the age when it is so terrifying to perceive oneself differently. I know perfectly. I spent my childhood believing myself unique. Wondering why whoever designed the universe chose a chubby girl from an Asturian town to make an exclusive model if even the platypus had been made in series. But the evidence was there. There was no one like it in my known universe. Nor in the books in the school library, and I read them all. Not even in Malory Towers “Come on, Enid Blyton!” Nor on the television that he scrutinized impatiently.
No one in the Ingalls’ house, nor in Eight is enough, nor in Nerja de Blue summer. Until Aitana Sánchez-Gijón declared herself to Ana Marzoa in Second Teaching And the weight of being unique is lifted Tremendous influence it was Ana Diosdado.
Then came Ana and Teresa, Pepa and Silvia, Willow and Tara, the L Word and the Luimelia and, fortunately, also real women who made us believe that we had achieved a certain normality. And then a gynecologist diagnoses the disease of homosexuality or a christofascist gang denies an institute a handful of books whose only crime is to be able to prevent some child from feeling stranger than a platypus and you realize how far normality is. And how necessary the JoJo are to achieve it.
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