I wrote a book. It's a light-hearted, fast-paced fantasy about ... necromancers? *checks notes* Yep, that's it. Light-hearted necromancer story.
Also shapeshifters and sprawling necropolises and secret libraries!
It would be cool if you wanted to take a look. Or share this toot. Or both!
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Info, Sample, & Buy Links: https://victoriacorva.xyz/books/books-and-bone-by-Victoria-Corva/
Local bookstore #QuailRidgeBooks:
"Fact: J.K. Rowling is writing books as a man named Robert."
Vice.com: Coming to terms with gender identity during lockdown:
Only partway through this essay on using monsters to write genderqueeness, but damn the paragraphs on gender essentialism in neopaganism are spot on.
@byttyrs I was just commenting that a lot of gay/bi men my age and older grew up under norms that demanded some form of violent disgust to even the idea of gay sexuality. Nearly everyone was dealing with some sort of trauma from abuse that explicitly defined them as feminine. Many were estranged from childhood family and communities, and *legally* could not participate in many of the community structures that straight men used for social capital.
Yeah, I don't think gay/bi masculinity is without its own problems, but there are forms of gendered abuse at play that need to be considered.
teh discourse: straight vs. queer masculinities
Yeah, I need to get this out.
Part of my frustration is that in the 90s, when I was dating and socializing with gay/bi men, the vast majority had:
1. survived gendered forms of abuse that defined them as "not real men"
2. separated to different degrees from childhood family and friends who demanded heterosexual masculinity
3. thought really hard about how to create themselves as men who were denied much of the institutional privileges and social capital of straight men.
Trying to sandbox gender-identity issues into separate sexual orientations doesn't do service to the problems that gender and sexuality are intersectional, and cis minority people often have to think hard about how they construct their own gender given pervasive stereotypes and prejudice.
Honestly, I'm just been done with with the mainstream DC/Marvel lines for about that long. Back when I came out the representation I needed was on Fantagraphics and the "adult" lines of Vertigo and Epic. I saw so much LGBTQ characters brought halfway out only to be closeted again the next arc, actively fridged, or dumped into production hell to be brought out for the next mega crosssover.
If I pick up something from Image or IDW, I can be reasonably sure that the characters won't be fridged, closeted, or rewritten next time the editor in chief gets a hair up his ass about "the brand."
Bi, geek, fan. Gen-X genderqueer. Long blog at https://www.bigeekfan.com/
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