Archive | October 3, 2011

“Of Ferrets, Rape and Pregnancy” – thoughts on my writing

Jeriendhal posted this post last week in which is linked this “Home on the Strange Strip strip (NSFW!) about the two plots female characters are always involved in, Rape and Pregnancy.”

My first thought was “Shit, Addergoole.” Rape and Pregnancy is practically the THEME of Addergoole.

Jeriendhal provided a list of commercially-available words against this test, throwing in The Bechdel Test for good measure.

So, I thought I’d do the same… just with ‘verses more loosely.

Edited to add: Reverse Bechdel, per @Shutsumon


Significant Female Characters:
Shahin, Kailani, and sometimes Jamian (gender-swapping). Fifty-some others; it’s a boarding school.

Without spoilers, rape and pregnancy abound.

Significant FMale Characters:
Conrad, Emrys, Ambrus, and sometimes Jamian, 50+ others.

Without spoilers, rape and pregnancy abound.

Bechdel Test: pass-ish. The main characters talk about boys a lot. But they also talk about other things, with other girls.

Reverse Bechdel Test: I thought, with effort, of a conversation 2 males had that didn’t involve a woman! Emrys and Ardell discussing whether or not Emrys is going to let Ardell rape Yngvi.

Stranded World (LJ Link)
Significant Female Characters:
Autumn, Summer, and Spring. None have been raped, none have been pregnant.

Significant Male Characters:
Winter. Nominally, Tattercoats

Bechdel Test: Some stories pass, some fail due to a lack of two females to talk, or because they’re all in one characters head.

Reverse Bechdel Test: fail flat-out. There is no story in this series that has two men in the same place at the same time, much less having a conversation.

Reiassan (LJ Link

Significant Female Characters:
Rin, a Healer. Neither raped nor pregnant. Not even kissed for most of the story.

Significant Male Characters:
Girey, a captive of war and former prince. Not even kissed for most of the story, neither pregnant nor raped

Bechdel Test: Mostly fail. There is one episode where Rin talks to another woman about the army, but for the most part it’s Rin and Girey, male, talking about their societies.

Reverse Bechdel Test: Fail. The two times Girey talks to another male, it’s about Rin.

Tir na Cali (LJ Link)
Significant Female/Male Characters:
Fish story – the narrator and the mermaid/none
Slave school – Debbie and Jill/Steve, Carl, (someone else)
Harem – Ursula / Stephen
Catpeople – Bay (mostly)
Cali-novel – Keva, Georgie, Keva’s lady mother. / Patrick

Somehow none of the women are raped or pregnant. Steve in “harem” can’t say he wasn’t raped, and Bay in “Catpeople” will probably be bred.

Bechdel Test:
Harem fails, due to lack of other women. The rest pass.

Reverse Bechdel Test:
Harem mostly fails: Stephen only talks to other men about Ursula.
No men in Fish story. Slave School passes. Cali-novel passes.

Vas’ World (LJ Link)
Significant Female Characters:
Becky, Malia, Suki.

Becky ends up pregnant. So fail.

Significant Male Characters:
Vas, Paz, Ezra, Andon.

Bechdel Test:
Pass. They’re exploring a new world; most of their conversation is about the world.

Reverse Bechdel Test: Pass.

Dragons Next Door (LJ Link
Significant Female Characters:
Hrrm. The narrator and her young daughter.
Neither end up pregnant, and no-one would dare rape someone who’s good friends with a dragon.

Significant Male Characters:
The narrator’s husband and sons.

Bechdel Test: mostly fail. Since it’s set in a family and the dragons are neuter, often the narrator is talking with a child (male) or a spouse (male), or a neighbor (neuter).

Reverse Bechdel Test: Fail

The Planners
Significant Female Characters:
Varies by Era. In some eras, we’re all good, no-one gets raped or impregnated. But in the “anthropologist” sub-setting, rape and pregnancy abound.

Ditto Male characters

Bechdel Test: Pre-apoc pass, post-apoc & post-post apoc fail

Ditto Male characters.

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Icon Flash: Bookstore

New flash series! I’m going to write one flash for every Icon I have, over 4 LJ accounts, 1 DW, and a whole bunch of not-currently-in-use, until I get bored or run out of icons.

Today’s icon:

Generally used for reading-and-writing-stuff

Icon by sunlitdays

Planners ‘verse, pre-apoc.

Anna set down her glasses and pushed aside the heavy leather-bound book she’d been working on. The copy wouldn’t have quite the same thick tactile feel as the original – they could take the time to scan, OCR, print, and bind copies of books that were falling into dust, but not to letterpress print them. There were too many books to save for that – but it could be read without destroying it, so its knowledge would not be lost.

She ran her thumb over the gold-leafed spine. Somewhere, someone in the Family thought that this information was worth saving, worth her time to bind and Janelle’s to scan and edit. But after hours dealing with rich leather and dry text, she was craving something a little more juicy and a little less weighty. She stretched, popping her back in three places, and, with a silent apology to the text on windmill construction, headed for the door.

A twenty-minute walk (and a cup of coffee and two doughnuts; it had been a hard day) later, she was nestled in the back corner of her favorite second-hand book store, surrounded in piles of paperbacks and gleefully searching for the trashiest supernatural romance she could find. The proprietor, a grubby, grumpy man named Rick who usually set aside centuries-old wrecks for her, was cheerfully pulling trash from his shelves.

“This one should be good,” he offered, handing her a cover with a leather-pants-clad woman with a tramp stamp and decorative claw marks. “Enjoy.”

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Monday, tired and accomplished

I’ve been remiss in posting lately; this has been a combination of tired (sick + busy) and busy (busy + busy) 😉

This weekend, my parents came down to help us install a new window in the bedroom-to-be (the old one was leaking air and a general mess). Of course, it rained all weekend, but we have a new window, my mother cleaned our kitchen (it sparkles. How does rough ceramic tile sparkle? O_O), and we had two nice meals together.

Step one in bedroom remodel: done. Step two – find a plumber not occupied, difficult as two nearby counties were recently flooded in Irene. The baseboard radiators need to be redone/replaced/moved so we can have a closet.


Until noon EDT today (you have 3 hours!) rebelsheart is offering a microfic fishbowl. Read the piece to my prompt!

Dakotabailey is doing a free icon day.


I want this Ferris wheel. I have absolutely no place for it. But it’s cute.

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