Why You Haven’t Heard From Me

Those of you who follow me on Facebook know why I’ve not been around. For the rest of you.
I‘ve been dealing with another bout of cancer. Mesothelioma. I’m lucky I’m here in Poland where treatment is cheap. And I’ve got a good support system.
Sadly the side effects sap my energy and make it hard for me to breathe, let alone think or write.
I‘m doing my best to stay positive. I started chemo a couple  weeks ago. Next chmemo is June 5. (Just an FYI, I wear a tiara to my chemo and my friends all over the world join me. Hint hint). 
Ill do my best to keep you posted. Your support makes a huge difference in my life.

Health Update

I don’t even know where to start.  Over the last several months I’ve been dealing with weird health issues.  They have accumulated into me taking a lot of tests (colonoscopy, endoscopy, various ultrasounds, CAT scans, blood work, X-rays and eventually biopsies.   It appears that I have cancer.  What kind, we don’t know.  I’m lucky that I’m going to the best oncology department in Krakow.  We’ve ruled out breast cancer and ovarian cancer and hopefully by Friday I’ll have the answers.

The health  stuff had definitely put most everything else in my life on the back burner.  However, it’s not going to stop me from living a full and complete life.

My hashtags for this current adventure.  #cancersucksandmylifedoesnot  #Cancer?Whatever.

An Unabashed Product Endorsement

​Four months ago, my dear faithful Hitachi died, which for me was a tragedy.  I haven’t been able to masturbate without a powerful tool for many years.  With the way to sudden death of my dear Hitachi, I was at a loss on what I could replace it with here in Krakow.  Luckily, there are two sex toy stores just down the block from me and I went to check them out.

The first thing I bought was a complete disappointment.  It didn’t have near enough umph and it’s only use was when I was playing with the young man I was seeing at the time (which wasn’t a bad thing).  So I headed to the other store and found something that kind of looked like a mini wand and I hoped would be an improvement over the toy I’d bought earlier.  And yes, it was an improvement, barely.  It took 3 to 4 times as long to get off and when I finally did, the orgasm is what I’d call a “why bother”.  Small and kind of bleh.

I’d almost given up on finding anything to replace my Hitachi and was looking at spending the extra money and getting one via online.   Then, out of the blue, I was approached by Paloqueth Sex Toys asking if I’d be willing to review one of their toys.  I generally don’t do this, however after looking at their website  https://www.paloqueth.com and seeing the great prices they were charging and the wonderful variety of toys, I decided to see if they’d send me their most powerful vibrator.

OH MY!!!!!!

They sent me a Handheld Rechargeable Massager that not only was beautiful it was powerful.  It has three speeds and five vibration modes.   And unlike my Hitachi, it was cordless and like I said,  beautiful.   And it’s very reasonably priced.  https://www.paloqueth.com/handheld-rechargeable-massager.html

It was way better than anything I’ve used in years.  I haven’t been this satisfied in months.   I had two amazing orgasms in a matter of minutes last night and tonight I’m going for the trifecta.

Take a look at their products, everything is very reasonably priced and they have some very interesting and unique toys.  I noticed their BDSM toys are actually leather and look like they are pretty well made for the price.  Great for beginners.  And they ship both in Europe and the United states.

Thank you so much Paloqueth!  You have made me very happy and I can’t wait to try more of your amazing toys.

I’m A Proud Sex Positive Feminist

Recently on Facebook, a friend of mine posted in support of this article https://pjmedia.com/trending/women-to-crazed-feminists-we-will-fight-you-to-defend-our-men/?fbclid=IwAR21T05Db-r282bo6wROWCmLKqspHsE1lHPGYDaWiGatFXYc9Cf1KU6buBk

My friend is a powerful woman who embodies much of what I feel feminism is about, and yet she and her friends were adamant that they were not feminist, didn’t support feminism and felt it was toxic. This isn’t new either, I constantly meet strong powerful women who reject feminism and that breaks my heart

I have identified as a feminist since the late 60’s when I was in high school.  I was so saddened when the Equal Rights amendment failed to be ratified. I marched for women’s rights, for People of Color and against the Vietnam War.  I weas as a radical hippie feminist and I embraced what I consider the real definition of feminism. The belief that all people, regardless of gender, should have equal rights and opportunities.

I know why some of my friends reject feminism.  They get caught up in the vitriol and anti-sex and anti-male conversations of what I consider the Andrea Dworkin and Catharine MacKinnon feminists.  Also the rise of TERFs ( Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist). Others are part of the BDSM community and identify as submissive or slave and feel that feminism and their D/s or M/s lifestyle can’t meld with feminism (which I believe is the case of my friend).

Years ago, in the 80’s  I went to a Science Fiction convention with my first really kinky partner.  I went in a bride dress and in chains (kind of a Darkover bride) and Jake led me around on a leash.  This was the first time I’d ever done anything kinky in public and I was having a blast. The Science Fiction community was very accepting and fun and it all was good.  Until . . . . I ran into a friend of mine who began to berate and shame me. How could I be a good feminist and allow myself to be subjected by a man? How could I sell myself out to the patriarchy that way?  She berated me for about 20 minutes while I stood there trying figure out what to say. Remember, these kink stuff was new and it was exciting and also very transgressive for me. I was pretty tongue tied at first.  Finally she took a breath and I spoke up. “Margaret, feminism is about choice. Prior to the feminist movement women didn’t feel they had choice. I choose to be in chains and on a leash. I choose to at times be submissive to Jake.  My choice, my sexuality.” Margaret was still disgusted and left in a huff. (I did find out later after their divorce that her husband was kinky and she wasn’t, so some of her issue may not have been just about feminism.) What that taught me that day was that part of being a feminist was about choice and it wasn’t about shaming others for their choices.

The post I referred to at the beginning of the blog was shaming of feminists and also requested that if anyone reading it disagreed to not speak up.  So I didn’t. Which is why I’m writing this.

I am a proud, sex positive feminist.  I look forward to the day when the Equal Rights Amendment is ratified.  (It only needs one more state for a total of 38 to ratify it. There is hope Virginia will become state No. 38 when they reconvene in January.)  I am not a man hating, sex hating feminist and I believe most feminists aren’t. There is a small minority of radical feminists and TERFs and thankfully they don’t represent all of us.

I wish I could say this to my friend on her post.  And because I respect her choice I won’t. I love her and all those other friends who feel that feminism is wrong or toxic.  That is their choice, whether I agree or not. All I can do is embody my feminism in a positive healthy way and do my best to educate others that feminism is about equality and about choice, not about hating men or trans folks or taking over the world in some female-centric  apocalypse (although it would make a good Science Fiction novel).

 

#METOO

In January of 2015 I wrote about my rape:  https://allenagabosch.wordpress.com/2015/01/13/rape/

Recently, with the advent of so much talk about sexual violence and the #metoo movement I think it’s time to share a couple more stories.  Warning, they are not easy reads.

 

My first #metoo moment

I was a pretty lucky person growing up, as I didn’t deal with much, if any sexual harassment or improprieties until I was in my late teens, other than high school juvenile crap.  I tried to have traditional sex at 16, with this very hot biker guy and sadly he was way too big for me (think beer can) and so we just did other fun things and he taught me how to be a very attentive lover, even without PV sex.  And that’s how I proceeded for a couple years, until I was 18. My father kicked me out of the house, shortly after my 18th birthday so I was a single high school student with her own apartment.  Needless to say, we did party a bit and yet I did retain my technical virginity for another month.  And then I went to the ballgame.

There was a crazy baseball game at a local park between a rock band and some other group (I was one of the band’s followers).  There was a beer on every base, a case or two in the dugout (where I was hanging out) and of course lots of pot. To say I get messed up is an understatement.  The last thing I remember was asking the guy next to me if he’d make sure I got home (I was within walking distance and wasn’t sure I could make it by myself). The next thing I remember was waking up in a strange bed with that guy.   I looked under the covers and saw I was naked and figured that we’d had sex, which we had. To be honest I never really felt uncomfortable about the whole thing. He was sweet and cute and we both were fucked up.  And yet, technically I do not know if I gave consent, even in my drunkenness. I kissed him goodbye and headed home to get ready for school.

Now, I was best friends with these two girls, Cheryl and Katie.  Of the three of us, I was the wild girl; Katie was the prude; and Cheryl floated in between.  We all knew I’d be the one to “lose my virginity” (god I hate that phrase) and I had a chain ring, I called my virgin ring that I wore on my ring finger.  I told them that when “it” happened I’d move the ring to my middle finger (don’t ask why I did this, I do not remember). So, as I was getting ready for school I moved the ring to my middle finger.  When I got to school, Cheryl notice right away and eagerly asked for details which I couldn’t give. Katie didn’t say anything until later that day, between classes in the crowded hall, when she loudly proclaimed “Well there’s the girl who isn’t a virgin anymore”   Needless to say I was mortified and that was the beginning of the end of our friendship.

I didn’t consider what happened anything horrible.  In fact, it made it easier to explore my sexuality. I was able to finally have intercourse with my “beer can” guy.  That was fun. And with a wonderful hippie guy, sex in a VW bug in the front seat sitting up (complicated and fun) and my sexual journey began.  And yet, it was a #metoo moment. No matter what my reaction at the time.

 

My second #metoo moment.

Shortly after graduating in 1971,  I took off from Nampa, Idaho (where I had grown up) and headed to southern Washington where a boyfriend of mine had moved to.  That didn’t work out (he did way more drugs than even I was comfortable with) and we parted ways. I spent the summer exploring my sexuality, living in a commune and hitchhiking around Oregon.  By the end of the summer I was surprisingly homesick so I called my Dad and asked if he’d buy me a bus ticket home so I could back to Nampa. And equally surprising, he said yes.

My ticket was from Portland so that morning with my backpack, ticket and a few dollars I hitchhiked to the Portland bus station.  I got there way early and decided to go hang out at Washington Park and chill and hopefully find someone to get high with (I loved my pot and psychedelics).

I put my backpack in a locker and headed to the park.  It was a hot day and I was wearing my favorite summer outfit, cute little purple and white hot pants (hot pants were very popular in the early 70s).  Needless to say I got lots of attention and found some good pot and a met a couple sexy guys. And, I didn’t pay attention to the first clues that I was hanging with the wrong crowd.  One of the older guys looked me up and down and said “Mama, you could make some money looking like that.” I just laughed it off. I continued to flirt with this younger guy, named Jay Jay and we eventually went to his room in this old hotel where he lived.  We had great consensual sex and afterward a couple of his buddies came over to shoot up some heroin.

Now is when things get really dark.  In my youthful stupidity I wanted to shoot up too!  Luckily, they didn’t have enough smack for me so they offered instead to melt down some meth tabs and shoot me up with them.  I said sure and suddenly I was speeding my ass off.

His friends left and Jay Jay turned to me and said.  “I noticed how all the guys in the park were looking at you.  We could make some money.” I was dumbfounded and shook my head “no” and said maybe it was time to leave.  “You’re going to make me some money” and he grabbed me and threw me across threw room. The rest is a blur.  I tried to fight and he overpowered me. He’d also taken my money, ID and ticket. I begged and pleaded but no way was he going to let me go.  A bit later, his friend and his friend’s wife, Vicki, came over and Jay Jay informed her that she was taking me with her to walk the streets and that if I got away she would pay for it.  Then the four of us went downtown to a very sketchy part of Portland. I was too afraid to say anything and I just stood there looking miserable which is probably why none of the old men who approached us bothered to engage us.   Vicki kept telling me to smile and I kept telling her to leave me alone. After an hour or so, our pimps came and grabbed us and told us they had found us a couple clients, Job Corps boys,  and they escorted us back to the hotel.

Jay Jay took me into the room, stripped me of my clothes and said you’ll fuck him or else and that he would be right outside so not to try anything.  This kid, not much older than me came in and undressed and started fucking me. I cried through the whole ordeal, which didn’t faze the kid one bit. After he was done, he left and Jay Jay came in angry that he didn’t ask for seconds (like the kid’s friend did who was with Vicki).  Then he pulled me into bed and fell asleep.

I laid there for hours, not sure what I was going to do next, still speeding my ass off.  Just as the sun was rising I got out of bed and quietly began looking for my ticket and ID and locker key.  The upside of Jay Jay being a junkie was that he slept through everything. I only found my ID and locker key  and that was enough and I left (to this day I don’t know why I didn’t take the money I’d earned).

I got to the bus station and got my backpack.  I always kept a dime in the backpack just in case I needed to make a phone call (only a dime in 1971).  I called my stepmom’s cousin, Larry who lived in Portland and made up a story about being robbed and asked if he could come and get me.  While waiting for Larry I looked up and who should be at the station door scanning the room? Yup Jay Jay. I began crawling on my hands and knees so he wouldn’t see me.   I crawled under people’s legs, around the room, doing my best to not be seen.   It was like a scene from a bad movie. Finally I saw the restroom and decided to make a run for it. He saw me and ran after me. When I got the bathroom door I turned around and said “Leave me the fuck alone!” “Chill” he said.  “I just wanted to know if you’d like your ticket back.” “Yes” I said. “Well come with me and we’ll get it” he replied. I laughed and said “I was stupid yesterday and I’m not going to be stupid today.” and I went into the bathroom.  After washing my face and realizing it was packed enough that I should be okay I went back out to wait for Larry. I noticed Jay Jay talking to some hippie dude and keeping an eye on me. Eventually the dude came up to me and said that Jay Jay wanted to know if he could have Vicki bring me my ticket.  I looked up and saw Larry walking towards me and I told the guy to tell Jay Jay to “Fuck Off” and I grabbed Larry’s arm and walked out the door.

These two events along with the  rape a few years later were not the only things that happened to me over the years, just the most notable.  As a young hippie girl in the 70’s I put up with a lot (the “free love” concept was seldom free) and I became wiser and more capable of taking care of myself in the process.  And it still didn’t always protect me.   While I’m saddened that there is even as need for the #metoo movement and that we are still dealing with the crap that we’ve been dealing with for centuries; I’m glad that at least we are talking about it in a way that may bring some solutions.