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Poem: "When Someone Is Vulnerable"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 10th, 2016 09:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Squee!

>> I'm so glad to see this posted! <<


>> These are the kinds of /setups/ used regularly in comics and superhero movies, but there, everything is /understood/ and /accepted/ immediately as urgently needed care, great, thanks for saving my bacon! <<

I hate when these issues are brought up and handled that badly. It's rare to see them done well. (Actually the closest I can think of recently was the end of Age of Ultron where Hulk hung up on the Avengers and fucked off into the sunset, because that is generally what happens when you enslave people: they escape if they can.) The way entertainment generally handles these abrupt changes in boundaries is ... kind of like the guy who gets a girl drunk because that's the only way he can get laid, especially if he thinks all she needs is a 'real man' to show her what it's like and then she'll want more. They have all these tough characters who don't want to let anyone in, often for valid reasons, so the author's solution is to force them. 0_o Yeah no. That never goes to a good place.

Ironically, Turq does understand that Ansel and Ethan mean well. In his head. The rest of his instincts are still howling alarms. He isn't unwilling to accept help, but he is largely unable to yet. His foundation is secure, he's just taken so much damage over time that it has severely impaired his consent. So Turq is in a very different place than some other characters who are more aloof or hostile.

>> That's not what happens when a traumatized person realizes that their agency, or their body, has been violated again. Even with the best of intentions, that is another trauma to deal with, but very few stories DEAL with it. <<

Sadly so. That's kind of like surgery: It's always going to do some damage, and sometimes quite a bit of damage. So in order to be justified at all, it has to do a lot more good than harm. "Avoid life-wrecking brain damage" is a compelling reason for intervention. But it doesn't negate the damage. Responsible caregivers will account for that, and not just leave it. Because it frankly does no good to save someone who's bleeding to death, only to lose them to PTSD a few months later because you couldn't be arsed to protect their psychological as well as physical health. You can't make an awful situation not be awful, but you can usually buffer the impact somewhat. So Ansel and Ethan are setting up for that, in the physical supports they provide and in talking to each other about options. It's up to Turq whether their actions are acceptable or not.

Tune in to "Through Weakness and Vulnerability" to see what happens next.

>> It's as invisible as the "whites only" and "coloreds only" signs in certain historical photos. <<

Funny you should say that. Racism does actually come into Turq's storyline, although it's not fully visible yet. The foster family to which he is so strongly attached is Chinese-American, so he has that ethnic imprint. People can be shitty about transracial placements, though, which means after that he got a lot of flack about "pretending" to be Chinese. 0_o So he hid what he could of it. The more Turq gets to know Ansel, though, the more these currently safe associations connect back to the older ones, so it's starting to peek out again. Little glimpses of Turq's home life are showing through. It's a very positive sign.
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