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For a while now I've had a character sheet for the supervillain Pain's Gray, aka Gray Agamau. His power is Pain Ray, and I've got plans for him crossing paths with extant characters including Shiv and Keane. During the Creative Jam, I used prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] chanter_greenie to write a batch of poems detailing his backstory. Parts of that journey are pretty dark and intense. But this is heavy-duty hurt/comfort, so Gray's friends are always there to scrape him off the ground afterward.

Another factor has to do with pain and power exchange. Gray is kinky. So are several other members of his gang, in various ways. The storyline shows how Gray starts picking up the skills that will, a few years down the line, make him an amazing top. One of the folks who has gotten to see the backchannel copies suggested that I highlight this stuff as a more positive representation of kink than the stalkery mess that is 50 Shades of Gray. (No, the names aren't related. My character's first name is Gray, and his cape name is a riff on the paint color Payne's grey.) Here's what I've written so far ...

Note: These poems range from dark and heavy to fluff with chocolate frosting. Some are sexy/kinky, some nonsexual kink and sensation, some about other things altogether. Below the cut are spoilers and excerpts.

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I am pleased to announce that America now recognizes marriage equality from sea to shining sea! 

What this means to me, aside from celebrating for friends, is that I no longer have to tell some couples "The state will recognize other people's marriage but not yours" if we're discussing handfasting/wedding officiation.  

*throws rainbow ribbons*  *throws birdseed*
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Apparently the misogynist fucks at Hasbro decided to genderswap all the dinosaurs from Jurassic World

Maybe we should swap them back.  You know, paint a tiny cloaca on each figure to emphasize their true sex as advertised in the movie.  Or put little pink bikini tops on them.  Bows on their heads.  Indomitus Rex clearly needs her own pair of ass-kicking, fuck-me-red high heels.

I can only conclude they're afraid of female anything  with that much teeth.
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Here's a wonderful comic about emotions and how they are restricted by gender. Obviously, this is stupid and destructive.

Just to answer the challenge, I have written ...

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 ... in contexts other than sex. 

My favorite is that last one.  That totally happens.  Guys hate that.
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 Play Out is a gender-neutral underwear company.  Among their models are androgynous and breastless people.  Diversity for the win!
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This poem is spillover from the September 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "sensory deprivation" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project.

Content: This poem features bear culture, a branch of homosexuality that favors big hairy men (and occasionally smaller less-hairy men). Chris' cousin Art is a bear, which does not go over at all well in their redneck family. :( So Art winds up crashing at the Tef, and Quinn helps him feel at home with a lot of sensation play. All the fluffy fluffness, with two guys in bed with a box of toys. Consider your tastes before reading onward.

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This poem is from the August 2014 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "just here for the pr0n freestyle" square in my 6-10-14 card for the Fanbingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project.

Content: This poem features erotic power exchange. It's basically fluff in which Quinn fixes Vic's homesickness by showing him where the kinkyfolks hang out in the Scarlet!verse. If kink isn't your thing, feel free to skip it.

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This poem came out of the December 4, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] zianuray and [personal profile] aldersprig. It has been sponsored by EdorFaus. This poem belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project.

WARNING: This poem contains maladaptive parenting and misgendering.

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I'm really looking forward to the movie Inside Out.  This article talks briefly about how the core emotions were chosen.  Not mentioned is the fact that those five (Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, Disgust) appear on most of the major lists of universal emotions.  They're well chosen.

Look at the trailer in the article.  All of the mother's headvoices are female and wear the same style of glasses as her outside body, even though the inside bodies are very different in shape and personality.  So too, the father's emotions are all male and have the same mustache.  Conversely, Riley's emotions are different.  Fear and Anger are male; Joy, Sadness, and Disgust are female.  Only Sadness wears glasses.  Anger is certainly thought of as a masculine trait.  Sadness and Disgust are more typically thought of as feminine.  The glasses probably relate to overlapping concepts of fat-nerdy-miserable.  Anyhow, the inside of Riley's head is more diverse than either of her parents, in multiple ways.  That's interesting.
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Why Mad Max: Fury Road is a feminist movie, in a bunch of awesomely captioned images.  Also if you are writing feminist plots yourself, many of these are good things to include.
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My partner Doug found this article about a trans* and a trans* actress.

Young people need older role models and mentors who are "like them" in whatever way feels important.  This is especially true for kids who are queer, trans*, or otherwise exceptional in ways that make them targets.  For them it's not just about encouragement or inspiration.  It's about survival.  It's living proof that someone with this trait can actually grow up and have a successful life.  They need that.

This is why Stan and Lawrence have Hefty.  Hefty is a significant reason why Stan and Lawrence manage to patch up their relationship instead of staying at each other's throats for decades on end.  (Charles/Erik: "All those years wasted, Charles.") Of course another part is The Joy of Gay Sex and all the other helpful references that Lawrence enjoys.  (Clark/Lex: "All I every wanted from you was the truth!")  Role models matter.  Information matters.  Understanding yourself and other people matters.  Nobody should have to stagger through life being miserable, trying to live up to a standard they're told is the only option when it is not who they are, because they don't know how to fix it.

Believe that you can fix it.  Believe that  you have options.  Dare to be yourself.

And if people pick on you for that, well, then they're villains and you shouldn't count them as role models.
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Some people transition later in life.  They may not realize they're trans* -- they almost always know something  is wrong early on, but may not understand what.  Or they may know exactly what's going on, but they've been told they "have to be" their assigned sex so they try to until they can't sustain the lie any longer.

This is precisely the kind of thing that happened to Hyperspaceman -- living en femme, getting married, getting pregnant, having a daughter, and eventually realizing that this was not working.  Thus began the transition to male.  He is much happier now.  But his daughter is pretty much the only relative still speaking to him. 0_o
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My poem "It's Your Body" has been accepted for the forthcoming anthology For Love of Leelah.  The anthology honors transfolk, inspired by the death of Leelah Alcorn.  The poem belongs to my series Polychrome Heroics but stands alone well.  It introduces the It's Your Body Shop, a ship that travels international waters to provide medical services which are illegal and/or difficult to find in some places.
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Not just male writers, but also male characters. For instance, if you want to win a Pulitzer, you must include men/boys and your chance is higher if you are a man yourself.  The awards with the most representation of female characters and writers are the least prestigious.

My solution?  Fuck 'em.  I'll be over here in crowdfunding, where I can write what I damn please and sell it to people who share my interests, or request what I want and get it.  Somebody mentioned a dearth of female friendships last week.  I said, "Yeah, good point.  I'll request that in a friend's Monday prompt call."  And I did, so now there's one more F&F story there are FOUR more F&F stories in the world.  :D  Also if you look at my Serial Poetry page you can see that my audience loves women.  I have several series where BOTH leads are women: The Origami Mage (rivals), Path of the Paladins (mentor/novice), and Walking the Beat (wives).  I care less about awards than I do about writing great stuff and selling it.  However, this also means I rely more on my audience to boost the signal so that folks who want to read this weird shit can find it amidst the slew of space marines and miniskirted urban fantasy babes.

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