November 19th, 2011

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"Sexual Harassment" by Melinda Snodgrass

Good post about sexual harassment.

I generally have two response modes: Verbal harassment gets the harasser reclassified as a legitimate target for honing my repartee skills.  Slice 'em and dice 'em.  Touching my body without warning or invitation, in an overly familiar way, tends to activate the defense/offense reflexes, which can get the harasser smacked or dumped on the floor.  But in a public situation, I tend toward enough body and spatial awareness that it's not actually all that easy for someone to put an unwanted touch on me.  There have been far more attempts than contacts.

The most important thing I've learned is this: Get off the script immediately.  Do not respond as the harasser expects.  This gives you the upper hand.  You can be smart, cold, aggressive, whatever -- but try to avoid showing embarrassment or just ignoring the attack, which is what they want.  Once you're off the script, the harasser doesn't know how to handle the situation.  Make it count.


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Schrodinger's Heroes: Alter!Quinn

Schrodinger's Heroes  is an apocryphal television show about quantum physics and keeping the Earth safe from alternate dimensions.  If you're not familiar with it, you can browse the menu page.  The following images may make more sense if you have read the descriptions for Melannen's characters and my characters.  LOL_Heroes is a branch of LOL picspam inspired by Schrodinger's Heroes.

Quinn is a French-Canadian transman with fair skin and slender build.  His hair changes color and style frequently.  Quinn will try anything; the Quinn/ATM abbreviation in his fanfic means "Anything That Moves."  Alex invited Quinn to the grand opening party for the Tef and kept him around because he's unflappable and resilient in the face of warping realities.  Outsiders easily underestimate him, but in fact he is quite observant and effective.  Sometimes he gets turned into a cat, or is a cat in alternate dimensions.  Alter!Quinn can be just about any kind of cat, usually with some sort of strange color(s) or hairdo. Full-size images appear in the Alter Quinn gallery of my LJ scrapbook.

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