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This poem came out of the May 6, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer.

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This poem is spillover from the July 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Laffingkat. It also fills the "myth / fable" square in my 6-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer.

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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer just posted Part 1 of 7 for "Chance Meeting."  Mallory meets someone new on campus.  :D
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This poem came out of the December 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chordatesrock and [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "opposite sides of the track" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.

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In the long ugly debate of blaming the victim for many crimes, clothing often comes into question, and the general agreement is that clothes don't cause crimes, criminals cause crimes.

However, there is one clothing change that is very old, and if you can make it work, then it reduces certain types of crime by quite a lot -- crossdressing.  You have to be good enough to PASS or it just makes you more of a target.  But if men are looking for a woman to rape, and they think you're a man, they'll ignore you.  If they're looking for a man to murder, and they think you're a woman, they'll ignore you.

Right now, being a black man makes you look like murder bait to some people who are considered free to murder anyone they want with little chance of reprisal.  So I figured that I would point out this historic solution.  It's not ideal, but it might keep people breathing long enough to effect a longer-term solution. 
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written the short story "Neighborhood Repair" in my Polychrome Heroics setting.  Street harassment still happens, but it tends to go differently.
ysabetwordsmith: (Origami Mage)
The Origami Mage series page has been updated.  All poems which have been written are now listed, and the sponsored ones have been published and linked.  There are three new poems posted today:

"tired traveler, busy city"
"going to the ocean"
"friendship and enmity"

Those fall near the end of the series, so if you're new to it, starting at the beginning will make a lot more sense.  It's Asian fantasy about two women who are paper mages and rivals.
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For the Trans Day of Remembrance, I direct your attention to the Torn World character Yoilosh, a gender activist. 

EDIT: It occurs to me that I should also add, I maintain my parts of the internet as safe space, so if someone hassles you about your gender in my territory, let me know and I will deal with it.  If you're local to me and having gender issues, you can also come to me and I'll help as best I can.  Intolerance is bullshit up with which I will not put.
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[personal profile] zeeth_kyrah has written a gorgeous, complex story for The Blueshift Troupers.  "Finding the God in the Gate" features a traveler who wants to meet God.  It deals with identity, transformation, sex/gender, beauty standards, the search for enlightenment, mortality, medical ethics, and other deep stuff. 
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Browse a detailed explanation of testicle attacks from a self-defense trainer who is also an EMT, helpfully illustrated by many agonizing videos courtesy of Mixed Martial Arts tournaments. 

This reference is useful for writing as well as personal protection.  Fortressa has a running experiment about how much more effective this is while wearing a battlesuit, and Buttons is trying to replicate her results barehanded.  Yes, you can break someone's pelvis with a groin strike, that's in one of the videos.
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 ... in mythical creatures like unicorns, and gym teachers who aren't sadists, because every once in a while people sight them.
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This poem came out of the March 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chordatesrock.  It also fills the "masters and students" square in my 1-31-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest.  This poem has been selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the November 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl reaching the $200 goal.  It belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.

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... in a well-phrased essay

This is why I'm losing my taste for the urban fantasy books of today.  Okay, I like fantapr0n, I really do.  But that's not all I like, and I'm frankly bored with the hack-level writing of it.  I'm bored.  Your pr0n is boring.

I come home with my money in my pocket, and I write P.I.E. or Monster House.  Or I throw money at my crowdfunding friends because they  write diverse characters I'd actually like to chat with over a cup of cocoa.

I am not turning loose of urban fantasy just because some people want to wank all over it.  There are claw marks on everything I ever let go of.  Let that be a warning.

UPDATE: Okay, folks, no dissing whole species please.  I'm not the only Otherkin on here, and two different people have dinged the Faery already.  Remember that most of those books are no more accurate of any other species than they are of Homo sapiens.  Let's keep it clean.  You can criticize a book, or category of books, on the merit of their entertainment or technique.  
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
Someone went through and added more realistic shapes to Disney princesses.

Ariel, Jasmine, and Pocahontas definitely look better.

But.  Look at Belle and Aurora.  They are wearing corset dresses.  Those are designed to create exactly the shape originally drawn.  It's not natural but it is accurate.  You just have to imagine them breathing up and down instead of in and out.  Trust me, you can make an hourglass out of any figure with a corset, no matter how many hours your pour into it.  Elsa's dress is filmier but has that springy control-top look that some modern dresses use to make people look trimmer in a sheath.

You want to give girls a positive body image?  Put a princess in a houpplande.  They make average-to-large size bodies look awesome, and are period.

This kind of argument is why I use real bodies as character inspiration.  It's a lot easier to mix body types that way, and when I have artists, I can just say, "Here is a reference image."  I'm still working my way through that set of Olympic athletes.
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 "Modern Love" is a wonderful genderqueer fanfic about the changing customs of Discworld dwarves.
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 [personal profile] chanter_greenie has posted "Halo" as more-or-less barter for the big stack of poetry I've posted recently.  This is Schrodinger's Heroes fiction set in her Orange!verse series.  Two characters have a permanent platonic partnership holding the world together between them.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
Thanks to a donation from Anthony & Shirley Barrette, "What a Precious Privilege" is now complete!  See how Stan and Lawrence work out the rest of their compromises now that Lawrence is feeling better enough to articulate at least some of his needs without giving Stan that stomped-puppy look.

Watch for more about Stan and Lawrence, as the next four poems will be going up over the next several days as I have time to post them.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
"Outnumbered and Outclassed" is up on LJ, the next poem in the Damask thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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