[an error occurred while processing this directive] This is made of up excerpts from posts I've made on soc.bi in the past.
What good does the fringe do for civil acceptance? It pushes out the boundaries of "acceptable." Everybody's a little bit different from the norm -- the question is, how much deviation is okay? The more of us who can demonstrate that we're outside of "acceptable deviation," the more people will start rethinking their definitions of acceptable and deviation.
This post is dedicated to Pat Califia, who's made this point more clearly more than once (most notably, in my mind, in the introduction to _Doing_It_For_Daddy_).