wisdomeagle: bottle of purple liquid with a pipe floating in it, text "bpal!" (perfume)
ELCA Draft Statement on Gender-Based Violence. It is well-written and I'm pleased with it in various ways, but I'm definitely most personally pleased about the inclusion of non-binary genders (not perfectly and not using the language I would use, but clearly intentionally inclusive.)

I read two Jincy Willett novels: Amy Falls Down, which is a sequel to The Writing Class, and Winner of the National Book Award: A Novel of Fame, Honor, and Really Bad Weather, which it turns out I'd read before, although I didn't remember any details.

I liked both of these books, but neither as much as I liked The Writing Class.

Winner of the National Book Award is full of gender-based violence, helpfully tying this post together thematically.

I read Bridget Jones: Mad about the Boy by Helen Fielding. I... well. That is a choice you could make, Helen Fielding!

Read more... )

unspoilery: Like the previous two books this is laugh-out-loud funny. Bridget remains adorable and sympathetic. It was enjoyable on all those levels, but not ultimately emotionally satisfying because of reasons under the cut-tag (which, while spoilery, I don't think will spoil one's enjoyment of the book, whose pleasure lies mostly in humor and character voice.)

There are children in the picture, whom I didn't find particularly realistically drawn but who weren't annoying.

It's definitely not porn; it's also definitely more sexually explicit than the previous two books. I once read a review of the film that said something like, "There's a suggestion that Daniel and Bridget indulged in anal sex, something that would never happen in the book." This book doesn't have anal sex, but it would not be out of place.

I miss Shazzer. :(

Content note: there is a fairly substantial plotline involving weight loss/fat/obesity in a way that's different from the previous books and might be more triggery (on the other hand, it's fairly self-contained, and the rest of the book has less yo-yo dieting than the previous books); if it would be helpful to anyone I'd be happy to talk about this in more detail.

There are also other ick things that are common squicks -- there are parts that it would be wise not to read while eating.

It makes me wish that I could write fanfic again because it desperately needs a completely different ending. :(

I started reading cite>Clariel by Garth Nix. This is a major tonal shift from the other books I read this week and I'm finding getting into it slow-going.


I played some Puzzle Pirates while on the phone with Elizabeth the other day.

(Spoilers: I suck at identifying scents.)

I finished the 'weenies:

Pumpkin I
should be: "Pumpkin cream with cardamom, black tea, allspice, and ginger milk."
was: Cake! I probably need to stop acquiring MORE BPAL foodie scents because they all smell indistinguishably of cake to me, but in the meantime, cake!

Pumpkin IV
Should be: "Warm pumpkin with three honeys, oudh, sweet frankincense, and champaca resin."
Was: And yet another cake, with maybe the faaaaintest hint of something darker -- cinnammon? incense? underneath. Yup, definitely need to declare foodie scents from BPAL off-limits. They smell perfectly nice, like a generic sweet baked good, but, e.g., these didn't really smell of pumpkin to me, and I now own enough of them that if I desire this scent I have maybe half a dozen options. Sigh. Really disappointed, because description sounded sooo promising

I got Anne Bonny as a frimp from [community profile] synecdochic_decants.
Should be: "A blend of Indonesian red patchouli, red sandalwood, and frankincense."
Was: Oooh. After ALL THE CAKE this is kind of a relief. Brine? It does have an aquatic sense to it, but maybe like a seaport, a bit of salt and -- cedar? -- I am definitely getting pirate feels from this. I think I might be sensing the same "trickle of blood" that's in Valentine of Rome.


I actually listened to Spotify for awhile this afternoon. All David Haas.
wisdomeagle: (Illyria [by literati])
I started a new Dragon Age: Origins playthrough. My third playthrough is the city elf origin story, and I played a male character because I wanted to experiment with the shipping options for boys, but I don't particularly like my character at all, so, stalled. So I started a fourth playthrough, the noble dwarf origin story, which seems a lot more promising.

I am especially excited because it is a bonus!surprise!princess story. Denne is the second child of the dwarf king, and while the word "princess" is never used, that is what she is. A violent, impulsive warrior princess (because I really want unlock the warrior achievements -- my elf boy was also a warrior, which was the other reason I didn't love playing him -- I love fighting as a mage, and my beloved dwarf commoner ♥Nat♥ made me love playing as a rogue, but I just... I can't with warriors.

But Denne! She's pretty great. And her brothers frequently refer to her as "sibling" (mostly, one assumes, so they can use the same audio track regardless of the gender of the PC) and so I am aggressively headcanoning her as genderqueer, because genderqueer dwarfs/dwarves are extremely important to me.

We have made it to Ostagar, and we are mostly just waiting to recruit the dog so we can name it Mx Nug, because genderqueer prinesses with genderqueer animal companions are relevant to my interests.

(None of this is exactly the best and most noble use of my free time, but. it is called free time for a reason. It is the time no one is paying me for. /defensive)
wisdomeagle: Original Cindy and Max from Dark Angel getting in each other's personal space (Default)
Gender-neutral/genderqueer alternative to "Mister Chairman"/"Madam Chairperson"? I suppose it's "Mx. Chairperson"? I mean, in an ideal universe "Mx." is my preferred title. Pronounced "mix," not "mixter," which makes it sound less goofy formal than "Madam Chair." Which honestly I don't have a huge problem with, but if people notice that language is gendered and apologize for it, I want to reward that behavior.

And I've still never seen a proper gender-neutral equivalent of "sir" and "ma'am." (Related, because "ma'am" is a contraction of "madam.") I kind of like "mrrr," which is by coincidence the sound I make when trying to figure this out.


Aug. 24th, 2012 06:27 pm
wisdomeagle: (geek)
I have a tumblr. It's [tumblr.com profile] wisdomeagle, and I haven't posted any actual content yet; I haven't quite decided whether to use it or how. Right now it's 90% to follow gender-related blogs, which is why I was waiting till I'd made decisions about outness to say anything. But now I've come out, so go ahead and follow if you'd like! If anyone's got a tumblr handle, let me know and I'll follow you. :)
wisdomeagle: (Illyria [by literati])
I'm genderqueer.

Lo, I did this 30 Day Non-Binary Challenge that I found on Tumblr, only I'm posting it all on one day. Rated Mature for words to name parts, plus some profanity.

questions I frequently ask myself about my gender )

I'm probably gonna go hide at some point because coming out is terrifying, but quick note for those who're friends with me on Facebook: I'm not out, but I'm not closeted either -- it's my responsibility to come out to people in meatspace, but I don't need you to closet me.


wisdomeagle: Original Cindy and Max from Dark Angel getting in each other's personal space (Default)
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