Fall Into It & Reading

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


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


” 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.

One comment on “Fall Into It & Reading

  1. Susie Jay says:

    Hi Justine
    To add to your sci-fi and fantasy list, try Venus Plus X by Theodore Sturgeon, a lot of John Varley, but particularly The Barbie Murders, Alan Brennart’s story Dinner At Helen’s, Fredrick Pohl’s Day Million, and one I’ve just discovered recently, Sandra McDonald’s Diana Comet stories, (https://dianacomet.wordpress.com/)

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