Chase Joynt

economy [ɪˈkɒnəmɪ]
n pl –mies

1. careful management of resources to avoid unnecessary expenditure or waste; thrift

If I were to substitute “resources” with “feelings”, this would be an excellent one-sentence explanation as to why I go to therapy. This definition is also thematically applicable to how I feel about going to the bathroom in public, and additionally relates to my decision to purchase environmentally (un)friendly cleaning products… and (all if any) organic meat.

2. a means or instance of this; saving

I’m pretty sure this is the name of a late 90’s Ani Difranco record.

3. sparing, restrained, or efficient use, esp to achieve the maximum effect for the minimum effort

This succinctly summarizes how I feel about hair product, public transportation, and most emotional processing.

I’ve always been interested in words and their (supposed) definitions. The first time I can remember actively re-contextualizing language was in a fight with my mom in 1989. My grandmother had just died, it was the morning of her funeral, and my mom was asking me politely to wear a dress. I didn’t wear dresses. Not because I was a boy or a girl, but because to me, wearing dresses made about as much sense as Ellen taking style tips from Oprah.

I remember the first time my mom asked me to change my outfit. I simply said no. The second time she asked me, I said no whilst standing up and giving her my best “mad face”. The third time she asked me, I started crying with the intensity one might only associate to a child with a broken nose and exclaimed: “YOU ALWAYS TOLD ME THAT IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT’S ON THE OUTSIDE, BECAUSE IT’S WHAT’S ON THE INSIDE THAT COUNTS.”

I’ll save you the rest of the story.

It was pretty obvious to everyone in the room that I had won.

When I was invited to contribute to this blog salon, I was given the definition of ‘economy’ alongside a narrative about its potential relationship to queer. The blog topic seemed like an interesting personal fit for me, as I’ve been attempting to process that same relationship ever since winning an argument for pants in 1989 and still being forced to wear a dress to that funeral…


[box class=”grey_box”]About Chase – Chase Joynt is a Toronto-based filmmaker, performer and writer. His latest film, Everyday to Stay, is showing at festivals worldwide and was recently awarded Best Short Film while on tour with Madrid’s International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. With creative non-fiction writing published in FUSE Magazine, Shameless Magazine, Bodies That Matter Magazine, Original Plumbing Magazine and the anthology Letters For My Brothers, Chase continues to create work that is being distributed to both national and international audiences and venues.

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