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This poem came out of the March 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek and [personal profile] bairnsidhe. It also fills the square "The Pursuit of Happiness" in my 9-2-18 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek in memory of the fires today at BOTH Notre Dame Cathedral and Al-Aqsa Mosque. What is remembered, lives. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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There was spillover from the linkback poem, so I've posted the 5 extra verses in "The Open Gyre." 
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A trio of bald eagles are raising eaglets together.  Just in case people thought polyamory was somehow "un-American."  Here are some pictures of them nesting
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Common Bonds: An anthology of speculative fiction featuring aromantic characters and centering platonic relationships by Claudie Arseneault has reached its first stretch goal to pay contributors a professional rate. With about 6 hours left in the campaign, they're $1000 from the next stretch goal of illustrations.
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Today I learned something new about gender history: President James Buchanan was gay.  That is so awesome.  Feel free to prompt me for that if you wish.
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March 31 is the International Transgender Day of Visibility.  Here are some ways to celebrate it.

Scan a list of my QUILTBAG characters for some of my transfolk.  Of these, Calliope has her own thread, and Victor Frankenstein leads a series.

Have you posted anything trans for this holiday?  If so, comment with a link and I'll add it below.


"Small Troubles" by [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah -- main character is trans
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From Jewish tradition, a prayer for transformation:

תפילה להפך – מאבן בֹחן | Prayer for Transformation, from the poem Even Boḥan (“Touchstone”) by Rabbi Qalonymus ben Qalonymus ben Meir (1322 C.E.)

Father in heaven
who did miracles for our ancestors with fire and water
You transformed the fire of Ur Kasdim so it would not burn [Avraham]
You transformed Dinah in the womb of her mother [Leah, to a girl]
You transformed the staff [of Moshe] to a snake before a million eyes
You transformed (Moshe’s) hand to (leprous) white
and the Sea of Reeds to dry land.
and the sea floor into solid and dried-up earth
You transformed the rock into water,
hard flint to a fountain.[15]
Who would then transform me from a man to woman?
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Pagan author Edain McCoy has crossed to the Summerlands. Although she wrote in various fields, she is best known for her work in Paganism.  My favorites include Lady of the Night: A Handbook of Moon Magick & Rituals and Celtic Myth & Magick: Harness the Power of the Gods and Goddesses.  I will miss seeing her work alongside mine in the Llewellyn annuals.
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A genogram, like an egomap, uses geometric symbols to mark relationships between people.  A handful of symbols cover the most common relationships.  But there are a LOT more, and for some people, skipping those is incomplete to the point of misleading or abusive.

This is a basic set with a few useful additions

This one is more multicultural.

Here is an extensive QUILTBAG set.

There's a lot of overlap but they don't use all the exact same symbols.  That's okay.  What matters is finding a way to diagram the relationships that are useful in a given context.  That can vary because these things are used in psychotherapy, genetic counseling, genealogy, sociology, linguistics, and so on.
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Women have a higher risk of knee injuries, especially during estrogen spikes.  Women taking birth control pills (which lower and stabilize estrogen) have fewer such injuries.  Athletes may therefore consider this use.  They probably don't want to get pregnant while devoted to sports anyhow.

My suspicion is that estrogen weakens the ligaments, because women's bodies have to be flexible enough to carry and deliver babies.  But if you're not using your body for that, you may not want the heightened risk of injury that comes with it.  Conversely, if you do flexy things like yoga and notice a sudden drop in flexibility after beginning birth control pills, you may wish to consider a different method.
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 The crowdfunded anthology Common Bonds about aromantic characters is fully funded.
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I've been talking with some friends about archiving asexual material.

One mentioned that my "Nonsexual Intimacies" got cited in the article "Asexual Resonances: Tracing a Queerly Asexual Archive." Since that talks about nonsexual activities rather than asexual/aromantic people, I added a note pointing to my lists of actual ace-aro characters. It's a fascinating article.

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Basically a long list of things I do almost none of, being not feminine despite the body's appearance. 

1) "Go fuck yourself" is a totally fair answer when people are screwing with you.  If more feminine and female-bodied people would respond assertively, fewer people would try to take advantage of them.

2) If some stranger asks a rude intimate question, they have then defined that as the appropriate communication mode.  I find that "Do you like anal sex?" makes them back up in alarm and demand why I would ask such a thing.  "Well, you asked me (totally inappropriate topic for strangers), so that means intimate questions are fair game.  Dildoes or penises?"  If you don't like talking about sex, "How much do you weigh?" is a good substitute for female-presenting harassers.

3) Hillary Clinton's "Would you ask a man that question?" still rocks too.

4) Some feminists prefer to quote a price.  My base price for things I don't want to do, but am capable of doing, is $100/hour.
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 Pluto now has official names for some of its places.  I'm thrilled with how multicultural they are.  There's only one female, but that's better than nothing.
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This is the freebie for today's fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart. It also fills the "rebel" square in my 2-28-19 Words and Phrases card for the Meet Ugly Bingo fest.

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Teen Girls

Mar. 4th, 2019 05:02 am
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In which society is the psycho and takes it out on teen girls.

We need better examples than this.  Happily, anyone can make those, or crowdfund someone else making them, or buy them after they are made.
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Behind most heroes, male or female, is an injured or dead woman.  This is a problem.

It is not, however, a problem we need to keep expanding.  It is okay to have some heroes with this kind of background.  It is, after all, an actual reason why people go out and raise hell.  But there are other reasons, and other kinds of heroes.

An Army of One has a bunch of characters, assorted genders, and none of them have a specifically fridge motivation.  There was one big massacre, but I think everyone was already involved somehow before that happened.

Beneath the Family Tree is largely nonviolent, aside from period-typical threats from animals and weather.  Mostly they're inventing tools and civilization.

Clay of Life has one male and one neuter lead.  No females were harmed in inspiring these heroes.  Yossele simply ran away from an abusive master.

A Conflagration of Dragons is rather the opposite: lots of characters of various sexes, but no heroes. The dragons have pretty much wiped them out.  The survivors are the ones who ran like hell.

Feathered Nests has genders all over the place, but the only person who gets seriously hurt is male.

Fiorenza the Wisewoman is a female lead with a life of average-type tragedy.  Her female relatives died while she was a teenager and left her as the herbalist of the village.  Her father didn't return from sea until considerably later.

Frankenstein's Family -- amusingly, Victor is lying  about his "dead wife" to conceal Adam's true origins.  Some women have come to harm in the series, most notably Csilla, but she's not particularly heroic.

Hart's Farm empties the whole QUILTBAG.  Most of the characters are healthy and happy.  Auduna gets off to a rough start but is soon fine.  It's a great place to heal.  I think the most fucked-up person is Ragi, who is a gay man.

Kande's Quest most definitely has a hera.  She is inspired by the kidnapping of her baby brother.  Stuffed in a clothes dryer!

Kung Fu Robots has Eastern-type heroes.  They are questing for enlightenment.  Almost all are neuter, and I don't think any females were harmed in this series.

Monster House has a family of humans and monsters of various genders.  Some of the harm is dark fantasy stuff, but little of it drives anyone to heroism.  There was that time the bogeyman ate a couple of people for abusing their daughter, but that's about it.

The Moon Door is based on a women's chronic pain group, so all the women have been or are being hurt terribly.  It doesn't drive them to heroism.  It drives a bunch of them to lycanthropy.  Problem mostly solved.

The Origami Mage has two female leads who are rivals.  Aside from the paper magic it is a pretty ordinary rivalry with no heinous happenings. They're just arguing over the One True Way.

Path of the Paladins features a world in ruins.  Two female leads, one inspired by vocation and the other by rape.  Johan and Althey, both male, are also heroes.  There are assorted other characters too.  Real live heroes!  But only one with a fridge-type background.

P.I.E. has a female lead and a male sidekick.  Brenda uses a wheelchair after a serious accident.  It doesn't slow her down or make her unhappy.  She just likes to solve weird crimes.

The Steamsmith features a genderqueer lead.  Her mother died as an infant.  That's sad, but it's not driving her to heroism.  She's the daughter of a nobleman, hence her leadership training; and she loves alchemy.

The Time Towers has various gendered heroes seeking to make the world better through time travel.  No fridging involved.

Walking the Beat has two female leads, one of them a retired  hero for medical reasons.

Polychrome Heroics has heroes of all kinds and genders.  Most are not driven by a bad past.  But look at the supervillains.  Quite a few of them are, and some of those involve injured or dead women.

So out of that whole pile, only a handful have anything close to the background that everyone else seems to be writing.  Hey, that means less competition for me.  :D
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Here are the notes for "What Seems Like Surrender." Warnings for the original poem apply significantly to the notes as well. These are NSFW in most contexts.

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