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Some Things That Did Make Me Smile Today

Two very different things, in fact:

SF critic james_nicoll lives to stir up his readers. Today, he asked "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Fantasy or SF?" The ensuing discussion, both serious and snarky, is most enjoyable.

Writer Madeline Ashby addresses a topic of great concern to a number of us: Periods, and how to write them. I like the cut of her jib. (Warning: very frank talk about female body functions.)

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chomiji
Sep. 2nd, 2013 02:40 am (UTC)

It makes me think of louiselux's Hakkai gender-switch story "The Curse":

"Women are so strange," Goku said, almost reverently.
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chomiji
Sep. 2nd, 2013 09:46 pm (UTC)

You can read it as one big piece on AO3: The Curse

Or in its original three pieces on her LJ:

Rated NC-17 as a whole, although the first part is probably more like R.

lawless523
Sep. 2nd, 2013 02:41 am (UTC)
Butting in here -- I think part of it is that it makes men want to swoon. Women bleed every month, and yet they're the delicate ones? Give me a break.

Yes, I realize there's a relative difference between the average man and woman in terms of strength, especially upper body strength, but men are so often such wusses when it comes to health-related things, period, not just periods.
chomiji
Sep. 2nd, 2013 02:56 am (UTC)

I have a feeling that most women quickly become accustomed to the idea that their bodies are going to be doing inconvenient things sometimes, but as a healthy man grows into adulthood, he has this arc of becoming stronger and stronger, with little downside, so when illness or injury finally strike, it's an unpleasant revelation.

lawless523
Sep. 2nd, 2013 01:44 pm (UTC)
I think you're right about that. We have a constant reminder that our body's not entirely under our control, or at least that it periodically does something inconvenient that we can't stop. Men don't.
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