What it’s like for girls

Sep. 22nd, 2017 03:39 pm
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I've always dressed androgynously and worn my hair long since childhood, because of being nonbinary, but this was the first time I'd got this treatment. I think it gets more common after puberty?

When I was about fifteen, I participated in a thirty-mile walk to raise money for charity. The final checkpoint was a pub, and of course everyone went into the beer garden and lay down on the grass.

Now you know how when you've been exerting yourself, you can walk fine until you stop, whereupon your muscles seize up. Well, after lying on the ground for a few minutes I got up because I needed to go into the pub and find the toilet, and of course I could hardly walk. So I hobbled towards the pub door.

A middle-aged man walked up and held my elbow, saying, "Let me help you, my dear."

First thought: wtf?! Why has this creep grabbed my arm without asking?

Second thought: Oh! In these baggy walking clothes, he thinks I'm a girl.

Third thought: Wait a moment. That means that girls get this sort of treatment all the time and I'VE NEVER NOTICED.

It was seriously a life-altering moment.

US politics

Sep. 20th, 2017 09:33 am
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Hope not Hate is coming to the US, to counter the rise of international hate groups. American friends, you can sign up here.

Short Fic Recs: Nollevas and More!

Sep. 14th, 2017 02:03 pm
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So I’ve been back from my trip for a bit. I did read a serval novellas while traveling though I wish I could have read even more. And since I’ve been back I’ve found some time to read a few more things online. So I have many recs to share with you all. I hope you enjoy!

A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power by Rose Lemberg Part I Part II Audio So I bit of had trouble getting into this and keeping the characters straight. Probable didn't help that I was jettlaged. However once I got into it I really enjoyed it. Some very beautiful writing, interesting characters and cool world building. It definitely nice to learn more about how magic works in the Birdverse. Also the main character is non-binary so worth checking out if you are looking for more representation. (content note: sadomasochism)

Humanity for Beginners by Faith Mudge (Not free) This cute and fun f/f werewolf romance is set at a British bed and breakfast which means lots of fun cooking details. Also features found family.

Penric's Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold (not free) The most recent installment of Bujolds Penric novella, but takes place before the two volumes published before it. A fun mystery featuring lots of cool magic. I think it would stand alone well.

“Avi Cantor Has Six Months To Live” by Sacha Lamb This story featuring a romance between two trans boys is super cute! Avi the title character is Jewish, and I liked how he struggled with not being able to do all the Jewish things he wanted. (I’ve been their it’s hard to be Jewish without a community)

“Across Pack Ice, a Fire” By Marissa Lingen As I’ve said many times before I love Marissa Lingen’s attention to the details of everyday life which really make this story about power and revenge shine.

Have you been reading any short fiction recently?
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you might also like Heartstopper, an LGBT comic about a British grammar school, which I have just inhaled this evening after one of you all reblogged it on the tumbls xx

(comment I left on the Patreon: 3-2 came across my dash earlier this evening, I have just read EVERYTHING (with laughing-out-loud and misting-up and making-my-partner-read-bits), thank you *so much* for this. -- I am 27, I was in Year 9 when Section 28 was repealed, I was the only out queer in my secondary school of 1000+ students, and I recognise these crushes SO HARD. Thank you so, so much for making this be a thing in the world, and I am really looking forward to reading more. <3)

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