Monday, November 20, 2006

Now, that's radical

Yesterday the New York Times ran an article on children raised by lesbian couples with the active involvement of a (usually gay) dad/donor (and, sometimes, of the dad's partner too), the arrangement popularized by the TV series Queer as Folk. With about half of marriages ending in divorce, many children are raised with three or four between parents and step-parents, living in different households, so one of the moms is right to protest that there is nothing exceptional about the families profiled in the articles. "We want the same things that every other family wants!" she said, "We shop at Costco; we shop at Wal-Mart; we buy diapers. We’re just average. We’re downright boring!"

One of the fathers, however, had something truly radical to say about what he hopes for a child, that he could become
a great mathematician who goes on to become famous and prove great new theories or something along those lines.

Hear, hear!

8 Comments:

  1. Anonymous Anonymous
    11/20/2006 09:15:00 PM

    They warned you from the beginning if you allowed gays to have kids. Now look what happened.

     
  2. Anonymous Anonymous
    11/20/2006 10:58:00 PM

    That gives me a good excuse to bring up a linguistic issue. Is "gay" an adjective or a noun? Am I gay? Or am I a gay? Do we allow gays to marry, or gay people to marry?

     
  3. Anonymous Helger
    11/21/2006 12:11:00 AM

    If I was a geometrician, I would like to prove theorems along those lines.

     
  4. Blogger AC
    11/21/2006 06:43:00 AM

    Perelman story musta got to him.

     
  5. Anonymous Helger
    11/21/2006 08:52:00 AM

    Rather this story called "Longing, Friendship and Calculations Between Mathematicians", about a theatrical play on the longing (?) between Hardy and Ramanujan. The first sentence makes it:

    Is there a more romantic figure in popular culture than the mathematician?

     
  6. Anonymous Anonymous
    11/22/2006 10:54:00 PM

    Apparently, the american ambassador to spain is not the only one who thinks that you are a student.
    http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~afrome/

     
  7. Blogger Luca
    11/28/2006 11:35:00 PM

    It must be because of my boyish good looks.

    Or is it my juvenile writing style?

     
  8. Anonymous Anonymous
    12/02/2006 03:26:00 PM

    Yeah!
    Make a good use of your good looks and good luck on dating chinese!
    Don't forget to keep us posted too!

    There's nothing wrong about juvenile writing style, if any.
    Boyish look, youthful wit yet mathematical & manly maturity is definitely a killer combo with the ladys!

     

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