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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, June 7 2011 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "alternative sexuality and gender studies." I'll be soliciting ideas for characters of nonstandard sex/gender, odd couples (or moresomes), alien sexes, extra genders, sexual orientations and choices, cultures with more than two gender roles, ways in which sex/gender affects plot, scenes that highlight differences in the way each sex or gender handles a situation, locations where sex/gender is relevant or is declared by where someone goes, how cultures handle sex and gender, and poetic forms in particular.
If you're not familiar with alternative sexuality, that's all the stuff outside the middle of the bell curve in terms of preferred partner(s) and activities. Gender studies is the exploration of how sex, sexual orientation, and gender role influence individuals and cultures. What counts? If you have to ask, it probably counts. Queer characters, asexuality, nonhumans with different reproduction, deities with strange mating habits, all are welcome. I lean towards positive portrayals, but if you're itching to see an awesome LGBTQA villain or a scenario where norms are oppressed, I can accommodate that too.
If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week. Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.
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