Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Poem: "Mad Scientesses"

This poem came out of the October 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] moriwen1  and [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart. It fills the "internet / social media" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo  fest, and the "Epistolary fic: Emails, letters, etc." square in my 7-30-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo  fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer.  It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.


"Mad Scientesses"

 


Axiom: Got called "mad scientist" again today.
I'm not a scientist, I'm a mathematician!

Buttons: That sucks.  I miss doing science,
but it's easier for me to find work hitting people
.

Miss Mixit: Got called "scientess" again.
Now THAT makes me MAD
.

Axiom: You win.

The Creatrix: I'm tired of people saying "mad scientist"
about people who are really just mad engineers
.

Gopher: Yeah, most of them aren't trying to prove
a mad hypothesis.  They just blow shit up
.

The Creatrix:  And they steal all the attention
in the news!  This is bullshit
.

Gopher: So what's your latest hypothesis, 'Trix?

The Creatrix: Haven't gotten that far.  Squid + octopus
genes = smarter offspring.  No idea why yet.  Yours?

Gopher: Tantalum works better than titanium
for cybernetic implants in ferrets.  Testing soon
.

Axiom: You go, girl!  Fuck the publicity whores.

Miss Mixit: Call me if you need a source for tantalum.

Fortressa: Hey, don't diss people for what
the media says about them.  Media's a bastard
.

Miss Mixit: You're not a scientist, you're an engineer.
You don't have a dog in this fight
.

Fortressa: I'm a social scientist too.  I'm studying
the effects of battlesuit engineering on male behavior
.

Miss Mixit: Do you actually have any
experimental results to share with the class?

Fortressa: A fractured pelvis causes
100% of men to stop trying to commit rape
.

Miss Mixit: LOL, but is it replicable?

Buttons: Let's find out.

* * *

Notes:

Axiom (Inez Tucker) -- She has tinted skin and brown eyes.  Her shoulder-length hair is naturally brown, but dyed mostly blonde.  She pulls it back while working, but it slips out of the tie and falls in her face all the time, and she refuses to cut it.  As a mathematician, Inez specializes in calculations for fuel and motion.  As a mechanic, she has a particular knack at fixing engines.  She serves as one of Fortressa's minions in the Pit Group, maintaining the battlesuit.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Mathematician, Expert (+4) Mechanic
Poor (-2) Hair in Face
Motivation: Figure out how it works.

Buttons (Sheylinn Bailey) -- She has medium-brown skin, brown eyes, and nappy black hair usually pulled back in a small bun.  She has a two-year-old son, who usually stays with her sister during work hours.  Sheylinn used to do science as a lab technician, but as a black woman found it difficult to get work in that field.
 Currently she works as a button woman for Boss White in Omaha, doing whatever odd jobs he needs in addition to bodyguard and enforcer tasks.  When she first started, Boss White remarked that she was doing the work of two men -- he hadn't gotten around to replacing the second one yet -- so she replied that she ought to get paid  for both of those jobs.  Boss White laughed, doubled her payout, and never did get around to replacing the second guy.  That's how she got the name "Buttons."
Origin: Her Super-Strength arrived at puberty.
Uniform: Usually workout clothes or a cheap business suit.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Button Woman, Good (+2) Hard Worker, Good (+2) Science, Good (+2) Smart
Poor (-2) Brokeass Broke
Powers: Average (0) Super-Strength
Motivation: Put beans on the table.

* * *

BlackSheep is a social network for supervillains, similar to Twitter.  The posts are called "bleats."

Women in STEM fields have a leaky pipeline problem. that drives them out of the workforce.  Understand the causes and solutions for this.

Most mad scientists are really just mad engineers.

Implant metals include titanium and tantalum.

Rape controls women by preventing them from living lives as full and free as men do.  Some women fight back with active tactics.  Browse some resources on pelvic attacks, with descriptions by a self-defense trainer/EMT, helpfully illustrated with MMA videos.  Yes, you can break someone's pelvis by kicking him in the balls -- that's on YouTube -- and Fortressa is exploring how much better it works in a battlesuit.

Notice that in our world, these problems are life-wrecking primarily on an individual level.  In Terramagne, they feed into the pool of supervillains, where they can very quickly become everyone's  problem on a much larger scale.
 

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