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Poem: "Umbilical Lines"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 6th, 2014 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

>> Just saying I really like this one for the level of world-building involved. <<

Yay! I'm glad it worked for you.

>> Everybody thinks of the big things when designing a reality, but I think you're the first person I know of to think of an AU clothing tag! Way to make it suddenly viscerally real. <<

I like to start with a base premise and then follow it through to see what else it changes. So here, it's "Neurovariant people build a culture of their own." That leads to "And then what?" -- how do they get food in space, how do they manage social interactions, how do they evolve an economy, etc. Cisgender folks don't think about how ubiquitous gender-marking is, especially in places where it is not fucking relevant. Which is almost everywhere outside of the bedroom, fitting intimate apparel, or reproductive health care.
janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: September 6th, 2014 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Well, medical in general, I think; for example, women tend to have different frequency of symptoms of heart attacks than men do ( http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/WarningSignsofaHeartAttack/Heart-Attack-Symptoms-in-Women_UCM_436448_Article.jsp ), and are more likely to have heart attacks with no sensation of chest pressure. I'd be very surprised if any research has been done on trans* or intersex people in that regard.
ng_moonmoth From: ng_moonmoth Date: September 9th, 2014 06:34 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

>> Cisgender folks don't think about how ubiquitous gender-marking is <<

Not only that, but personal (people are gender-marked, often inaccurately, by a non-consensual opinion at their birth) and durable (changing a gender marker is difficult and, especially for non-normative genders, alienating). I'm finding that one of the most wearing things for me is coming up with a presentation that is close enough to my identification of the moment to not cause me emotional distress. Insufficient options and low tolerance by others for variation and errors make this quite challenging. I would absolutely love to have better choices.
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