Wednesday, 31 December 2008

I made the Finals

I've just been notified that I've made the Finals in the 2008 Weblog awards, in the category "Best Australia or New Zealand Blog".

2008 Weblog Awards
Best Australia or New Zealand Blog Finalists

Rusty Lime
A.E. Brain
The Dawn Chorus
Tim Blair
Screen Play
Media Spy
Gizmodo Australia
Ask Bossy
All Men Are Liars

If they're all as good as this one, they're worth a visit. If they're better, even more so. So please have a look at all of them, and vote as you see fit.


lauredhel said...


It's great to see some independent bloggers in amongst the corporate outlets in the Aus/NZ category.

Veronica (Ronnie) Drantz, PhD said...

Dear Zoe,

Congratulations on being chosen as a finalist for the 2008 Weblog award in the category “Best Australia or New Zealand blog. Now I am especially honored to have been cited in your blog. I am not surprised at your being chosen as a finalist for a blog award, since even as a total novice to blogging, I could immediately see what a classy blog you have created. But I am not surprised that you created such a good blog either, since you are such an amazing person.

It occurred to me, after reading about your finalist designation, that there should be another award that you should definitely win: a “Sexual Diversity Award” for being the most amazing sexually-different person! You have managed (much to my delight) to transgress the “Adam & Eve sexual rules” and qualify for all the sexually-marginalized categories simultaneously and even create some new categories along the way.
1. Since you have female identity and now look more female than not but still have a female love interest, you would be perceived by many as behaving like a lesbian.
2. Since your genital anatomy is slightly atypical, you qualify as an intersex individual. Another plus is that you are an unusual type of intersexual person.
3. Born more male-bodied than not but with a female identity qualifies you as transsexual in many people’s view.
4. And you have undergone transformation of secondary sex characteristics that became commensurate with your sexual identity, this transformation being driven by endogenous hormonal fluctuations (a kind of “natural quasitransitioning”) that is without parallel in the lives of most people.

Hence, you a homosexual intersexual “endogenously quasi-transitioned” transsexual! What is not to love about you, Zoe? You are a living proof that the “gender binary” paradigm is unnatural and you are an impressive representative as a sexual variation. You deserve an award for your honest self-presentation in your courageous blog that allows us to see your intelligence and heart and humanity. You are a credit to our species.
Thank you Zoe,

Anonymous said...

Congrats! It appears we are in competition for the same category :-)

Good luck, and Happy New Year!

Michael Ott.
Senior Editor

Zoe Brain said...

Hi Ronnie! Thanks so much for the kind words.

One thing - although my partner, the woman I'm married to, remains the love of my life, it's strictly Agape, not Eros. I'm only sexually attracted to men now.

Which makes things even more complex.

The most ironic thing is that I'm terribly staid, conservative, even a little priggish. Just exactly the kind of person who most deserved to have their tidy, snug little world shaken up a bit.

4 years ago I had no idea what was going to be in my future. I didn't know a BSTc layer from a bar of soap, not 17B Estrodiol from Estrone.

It's been quite a journey, and the most amazing thing about it is the people I've met along the way. Thanks for being one of the most helpful.

David J said...

Congratulations! You deserve it, especially for the "Today's Battles" posts.

Yuki Choe said...

Congratulations! Your posts are a joy to read. It is a true honour to have known you. Best of blessings this year to you and your partner. May we Ts move ahead!