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This story is from the January 2015 Torn World Muse Fusion. It was inspired by LJ user Sassy_bovine. It also fills the "flirting" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This story belongs to the Torn World project, although it has not yet been approved by the Canon Board.

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This article argues that the target market of superhero flix is actually women.  How many times have we seen Ollie climb that salmon ladder now?  Yeah that shoulder pr0n never gets old.  I am amused that this show caters to the assumed female gaze as well as the assumed male gaze.  :D  So maybe the producers of superhero entertainment altogether should consider catering more to women's interests.
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This contest has no entry fee and offers cash/publication prizes.  Stories should feature diversity and be suited to young readers, from authors of diversity who have not yet had a book published. 
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Check out these gorgeous Queens of Africa Dolls.  They are based on different ethnic tribes representing African heritage including skin tones, hair styles, and outfits.
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This essay makes it sound like this is no longer a problem.  Well, it got quieter for a while, but I see a lot of berserk white people and terrorized black people now.  Trying to convince a crazy white person not to beat or murder blacks if they feel like is much like trying to convince a rapist not to assault women.  They don't think it's wrong; they think they're entitled to it; and they will do it if they damn well feel like it.  You can try to fix the legal system to discourage it; good luck with that.  You can kill if them if they attack you, though it means you'll usually be punished for not being a pleasing victim.  You can hope you're submissive enough to be permitted to live in shame and fear.  Well, fuck all that.  It's the fault of berserk white people and asshole rapists, not their victims.  You can't do anything to "deserve" a criminal violating you.  It's wrong.  It's a crime.  Put the blame where it belongs.  And don't think it's "over."  It won't be over until we build a society based on community and equality, not racism, sexism, and all the other isms that should be wasms.
ysabetwordsmith: Victor Frankenstein in his fancy clothes (Frankenstein)
Based on an audience poll, this is the free epic for the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl making its $200 goal. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] janetmiles. It fills the "voyeurism" square on my 6-11-14 card for the [community profile] fanbingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

WARNING: This poem deals with some unusual people and creatures, which is stressful for Igor, along with some other carnival-typical shenanigans. If these are touchy topics for you too, please consider your headspace before clicking through.


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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] stardreamer, and [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "frenemy" square in my 12-30-14 card for the Rites of Passage fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics, and it's a direct sequel to "In Dublin's Fair City."

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This poem is from the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek, [personal profile] thnidu, and LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "furnishing the home" square in my 12-17-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One. It has been sponsored by Ng_moonmoth.

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About the new Trans Lifeline - 877 565 8860
Trans Lifeline is a non-profit dedicated to the well being of transgender people. This is a FREE helpline run by volunteers and supported by the community.

Who is this line for?
This line is primarily for transgender people experiencing a crisis. This includes people who may be struggling with their gender identity and are not sure that they are transgender. While our goal is to prevent self harm, we welcome the call of any transgender person in need. We will do our very best to connect them with services that can help them meet that need. If you are not sure whether you should call or not, then please call.

Who will answer when I call?
Our hotline is staffed by the true experts on transgender experience, transgender people themselves.

When can I call?
Call whenever you need help.

Link courtesy of [personal profile] bilqis.
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One woman dealt with a canceled wedding by having a paint fight with her bridesmaids.  Your life is your masterpiece.  Don't let anyone else jostle your elbow while you're holding the brush.  
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Today I found this speech from Ursula K. LeGuin:

I think hard times are coming when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine some real grounds for hope. We will need writers who can remember freedom. Poets, visionaries — the realists of a larger reality. …
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ysabetwordsmith: Jump gate showing diamond ring of light (blueshift)
This poem is from the September 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] whuffle. It also fills the "mutation / transformation" 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 Blueshift Troupers project.

WARNING: This poem contains allusions to childbirth and other messy, unpleasant biological processes.

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This poem is spillover from the April 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] finch. It also fills the "celebratory kiss" square in my 1-2-14 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.

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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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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer just posted Part 1 of 7 for "Chance Meeting."  Mallory meets someone new on campus.  :D
ysabetwordsmith: (paladins)
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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