Campaigning for Attention

Via Simon Cooke, continuing a current trend:

Parliamentary candidate Zoe O’Connell, 37, is bidding to be Britain’s first polyamorous MP – which means she lives in a three-way lesbian ­relationship with her two canvassers Sarah Brown, 41, and Sylvia Knight, 39.

And if that seems to be as far fetched as a Tory manifesto, then consider this: Zoe and Sarah used to be MEN. And Sarah and Sylvia were once a straight married couple before her sex change.

But of course.

The complex personal life and happiness of her and her lovers is at the forefront of her campaign.

Because this is what matters to constituents.

She says: “We’re content together and that is what matters to us. I’m running for office to change things. Twenty years ago this would never have happened.

“I’m standing up because I don’t think anyone should be treated differently because of gender or sexuality or the way they choose to live their private lives. We live together.

“We’re in a relationship and we’re not ashamed of that.”

So running for office is simply a way to publicise your relationship? And why would you want to do that?

But they’ve all been on a long and difficult journey to reach their unorthodox domestic bliss.

Okay, but as the following paragraphs show, the difficulty mainly lay within their own heads over who they were and what they wanted to be. Nowhere is it suggested they were prevented from doing as they pleased, as they might have been a generation or two ago. So what are they publicising it for?

Zoe is more concerned that increased attention will be levelled at [her chidren] on a national scale if she becomes an MP.

Then maybe don’t do it?

She says it is “inevitable” that she will become a flagbearer for gay and transgender issues if elected, and will fight to have them included in any equalities legislation that is passed during the next parliament.

What legislation? You have a woman and two trans-men living together in a polyamorous relationship, one of whom is running for elected national office. Isn’t this proof of how open and tolerant Britain is, why do we need single-issue lunatics campaigning for more legislation? Do they want to make it compulsory?

But while Zoe likes to think the best of everybody, Sarah says she fears national politics will expose her partner to abuse from bigots online.

“There are people who will go for you if you’re transgender and you stick your head above the parapet,” says Sarah. “They’re not very nice people.

Then why’s she running for office? She doesn’t seem interested in representing her constituents, only in being a “flagbearer” for gay and transgender issues.

But Zoe, who is contesting her family home constituency of Maldon, Essex, against sitting Tory MP John Whittingdale – certainly isn’t frightened of how people react to their relationship.

I expect what terrifies her most is that people will roll their eyes and largely ignore it. This whole thing looks to me like an exercise in attention-seeking which, as it happens, is a useful description of most polyamorous relationships.

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18 thoughts on “Campaigning for Attention

  1. Batshit crazy, overwhelming self regard & totally unrepresentative of normal people.
    Probably the finest MP material you’re likely to come across in a generation. She’s a shoo-in.

  2. Probably the finest MP material you’re likely to come across in a generation.

    Heh!

  3. I think it’s remiss of you to not post the obligatory picture.
    I found this at the Grauniad; https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/apr/20/greatest-sexual-taboo-polyamorous-transgender

    Standard hair colour thing going on there. Zoe, like most transgender “ladies” looks like the drummer from a crap 1970s glam rock band. I assume they all want to look like Ziggy Stardust but end up looking like an occasional member of the The Sweet.

  4. “Parliamentary candidate Zoe O’Connell, 37, is bidding to be Britain’s first polyamorous MP – which means she lives in a three-way lesbian ­relationship with her two canvassers Sarah Brown, 41, and Sylvia Knight, 39.

    And if that seems to be as far fetched as a Tory manifesto, then consider this: Zoe and Sarah used to be MEN. And Sarah and Sylvia were once a straight married couple before her sex change.”

    Two paragraphs in, I get the same feeling I get when faced with a random problem featuring maths or logic.

    I know that if I had a cup of tea and sat down and thought it through, I could get it clear in my mind. I could definitely do it if I got a pencil and a piece of paper. But I’d rather just have a cup of tea and do something else.

  5. I think it’s remiss of you to not post the obligatory picture.

    It was indeed. Good to see they’ve not bucked the trend by refraining from dyeing their hair red, blue, or purple.

  6. But I’d rather just have a cup of tea and do something else.

    Indeed, that’s why I never bothered quoting it. The details might sound fascinating to someone who’s new to all this, but it gets tedious very quickly.

  7. Given that Maldon has been solid Tory since the 1950s and Whittendale gets 60%+ of the vote she never had a hope.

    In the event, it didn’t prove to be a winning strategy and Zoe lost her deposit (got < 5%) in both 2015 & 2017. Given that her predecessor managed second place with 19% of the vote I doubt she'll be offered a third go.

  8. Zoe, like most transgender “ladies” looks like the drummer from a crap 1970s glam rock band.

    Excellent. And they really do look like The Sweet!

  9. “Zoe lost her deposit (got < 5%) in both 2015 & 2017"

    But she'd be a cert for Brighton. Even push the Greens off the top spot. Hair in primary colours is mandatory for Brighton residents. But to be really, really a la mode a dog on a string would be a worthwhile investment.

  10. Why was I not surprised to find out they “she” is standing for the Lib Dems… I had always assumed that sort of thing was mandatory for membership!

  11. Am reminded of the scene in Blackadder where they are filling in Baldricks’ MP application:

    ‘Any history of insanity… I’ll cross out the in. None whatsoever’

    and

    Blackadder: criminal record
    Baldrick: absolutly none
    Blackadder: Oh come on Baldrick, you’re going to be an MP! I’ll just put fraud and sexual deviancy.

  12. “You have a woman and two trans-men living together in a polyamorous relationship …”

    Actually, unless I’m confused, it’s a woman and two trans-women.

  13. “Actually, unless I’m confused, it’s a woman and two trans-women.”

    The photo is great, I really could not tell which of the 3 was Genetically female !

  14. TJ on June 4, 2018 at 9:32 pm said:

    “Actually, unless I’m confused, it’s a woman and two trans-women.”

    The photo is great, I really could not tell which of the 3 was Genetically female !
    The one that looks most like a man of course!

  15. ” . . . she lives in a three-way lesbian ­relationship with her two canvassers . . .”

    “Canvassers”?

    Dang! I learn so much alternative-sex slang here. Which role does a “canvasser” play?

  16. W of O, funnily enough I used that picture today on my own blog, before I’d seen that you’d linked to it! (I was trying to find one that Tim hadn’t used.)

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