Fall Into It & Reading

September’s here and with that comes Justine. Shaved legs and all. Definitely missed it.

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There are more pictures, unblurred and all, for friends on Flickr. Hooray!

In other exciting news, I am going to be transformed by Adrian/Amnesia of GenderFun in early October. I’m looking forward to the transformation and the photo session. With permission, I definitely want to do a write up about the experience.

I read some trans-fiction recently, including I am J by Cris Beam, and a short story called “Changes

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” by Neil Gaiman. I couldn’t really get into I am J, as it deals with a FTM pre-op teen, but I understand its importance in terms of YA transfiction and I think it was well written.

Gaiman’s story, which is part of his short story collection Smoke and Mirrors, is a short, but thought-provoking piece of science fiction that deals with the cure for cancer, which just also happens to rewrite your DNA as the opposite sex. The story follows the sex-changing implications more than the cancer-curing, because society seems to be more interested in it. I am curious to how true that would be in the real world. The story lends itself to a number of different discussions regarding how people present their gender that range from the abuses of first world, all the way down to the third. There’s also quite a bit of humor in the mentions of biopics regarding the drug’s creator.

Over the summer I also purchased¬†The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin, a piece of science fiction that, from what I can gather through a bit of prior searching, follows closely a planet where gender is not a thing. I’ll hopefully get to that soon and write about it.

I enjoy reading gender-related fiction, as its a topic I never really explored up until last year and there’s obviously a lot more to it than the cross-closeted me ever realized. If anyone has any other suggestions for gender-fiction, feel free to pass them along. Fiction or non-fiction.

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