Wednesday, November 12, 2014

You Don't Own Me



I got a letter in the mail the other day. It was from a friend I haven't heard from in quite a while. My friend's name is Q. Q has no gender, so I won't be referring to Q as he or she. Q is not an it, either. Q is simply known as The Letter.

So, what The Letter (Q) wanted to tell me was that The Letter wanted to be completely exonerated from any sense of ownership that was placed upon The Letter in reference to the currently infamous radio show host who had a show that was called Q. The Letter takes serious offence to men beating women, after all, because The Letter knows all about being mistreated and used in such a way as to be objectified by implied domination. The Letter says that the show Q is a prime example of The Letter being used in such a way so as to diminish The Letter's sense of self. The Letter calls this abuse and assault. Q is never quiescent .The Letter, after all, has a precarious place in this world at best, so The Letter must stand for what The Letter believes in.

The Letter is socially minded. The Letter cannot be very often employed without the help of U (not you), for example.  The Letter doesn't always stand alone. The Letter helps to build words like queer, quit, quintessential, and queen. And, of course, question. All strong words. All very important to The Letter. All The Letter's words are loaded with dynamite implications not to be quarrelled with.

The Letter wants me to know that The Letter is more than just an object. The Letter is more than just The Letter's audible verbal ring. The Letter wants me to know that The Letter is more than a sound. The Letter is a tool. A component. An entity. The Letter simply goes on an on about the value of The Letter.

The Letter said The Letter is not just a tag for a radio show, either. The Letter is certainly not the defining feature in all that is the career of the man who hid behind The Letter for so long while interviewing well-knowns and what-nots. The Letter wants The Letter's Identity back. The Letter Wants to be free from Jian Gomeshi and the CBC (don't get Q started on CBC).

The Letter said all of this on the back of a napkin stuffed in an envelope made of the pages of a dictionary. The Letter isn't making as much sense a The Letter usually does. I think I know what The Letter is trying to say, though. I think The Letter is trying to say that owning The Letter is a lot like trying to own air. Or water. It's a violation of The Letter's purpose and it diminishes The Letter's value in trying to make The Letter something of a commodity. The Letter is priceless. Nobody owns The Letter. The Letter is (and wants to continue to be) free. The Letter should be free. The Letter needs to be free. Free for you (and U) and free for me.

I completely understand. I think.

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