Hi. I'm Dean. People tend to think I'm a complicated person, but I think the opposite is true. I'm basically simple; it's the world that's complicated. I'm just responding to that fact as best I can. I'm always ready to act on my convictions, but my convictions aren't set in stone from the get-go. We never really know what's best until we've tried things out for a bit. And even then, maybe not. The only thing we can really do is always be open to argument, open to meeting new people, open to experiences and open to persuasion. "Permeable" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEQKXtkBXHk (NSFW)
I'm quite political, but in a relatively rarefied way (I'm more likely to write an article than go on a march). I'm all about feminism, anti-racism, animal rights, LGBTQI rights, sex workers' rights, free speech, etc. In economic politics, I'm generally "left of centre" in the redistributionist sense, but I'm very sceptical of state power. I think in my ideal world, the economy would probably be more market-based than it is now, but there'd be an extremely progressive income tax and everyone would be guaranteed a decent cash income.
One thing I should mention is that, although I'm all about being in love and all about commitment, I'm not currently open to monogamy. I'm currently in a committed relationship with someone who lives in London, and some other more casual relationships. I am most comfortable in some sort of (non-hierarchical) poly arrangement. That said, as I indicate above, you don't know what works until you try!
I flirt with the label "queer", although not sure I really qualify. I identify strongly with the politics. On the other hand, I am very predominantly attracted to persons of feminine persuasion. And I'm no good with fashion and stuff, so mostly just stick with the public gender performance I grew up with.
OK, so that all makes me sound very serious and humourless - when I write I go into "academic mode". :D In person, you'll find I'm one of more laid-back people in the world, and I'm constantly fooling around and telling jokes, often at my own expense. I was recently at a wedding that had vases full of these little decorative coloured gel balls, and I single-handedly started an inter-table war with them. Ooh, and I'm big on physical affection too!