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Pop Culture, Scourge of the Onelies: Desperado March 30, 2009

Posted by Onely in As If!, Heteronormativity, Pop Culture: Scourge of the Onelys.
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“Desperado” has a pretty, rolling tune. It’s been sung by Johnny Cash and by Antonio Banderas (in Spanish) since it was originally produced (per Wikipedia) by the Eagles in 1973.  I like the song–or I did, until I finally listened to the actual lyrics the other day (what can I say, I’ve been distracted by other things for 34 years):

You better let somebody love you,
You better let somebody love you,
You better let somebody love you,
Before it’s too late.

Gulp. Does anyone else feel just a teensy tone of intimidation here? As if you’d been strongarmed into a dark alley by the heteronormafia? (“Hey, listen, I’m just saying you’d better get with a committed romantic significant other, and soon. Hate to see you go swim with the single fishes, but that’s the game, capice? Nothing personal, just business, eh.”)

Or is it just me being strung out on dark chocolate?


Internet Drivel, Scourge of the Onelys! (Part 78e) August 17, 2008

Posted by Onely in As If!, Pop Culture: Scourge of the Onelys, Singled Out.
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I just came across this article in my morning internet-browse, entitled “10 Tips for Defusing Jealousy once You’re Engaged” (because engaged people have it soooo hard! sorry… ahem, I of course would have no idea how “difficult” it must be to be engaged, because I’ve never been). Read on and pay attention to the embedded assumption that it’s generally single people who are going to be jealous, and it’s all because they are single and wish they weren’t: (more…)

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