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  • So I've decided to do Camp NaNo. Here is my very serious Writers Corner thread.

    Trans Dracula and Werespiderboy

  • I love Ursula K. Le Guin so much. If you ever feel like you’re not doing anything with your life and you should be, it’s okay. The Kesh welcome you <3


    AvantCoffee <3
    Mar 22, 2020

  • Book updates:

    Finished Clash of Kings.
    Clash of Kings thoughts:
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    Look, taken as part of a series, it was fine build-up, but I think it's unreasonable to expect people to stick with you for over 800 pages with barely any pay-off. I also don't think GRRM is this masterful genius of characterisation that people make him out to be. I think I believe Tyrion, Sansa and Davos as people, maybe Bran too. Jon, Arya, Catelyn, Joffrey... they all just seem a bit flat. I'm going to read the third one eventually because I know that Clash of Kings is generally considered people's least favourite, but going to take a bit of a break first.

    Which leads me to what I'm reading now! I'm reading Always Coming Home by Ursula K. Le Guin. Always Coming Home thoughts:

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    Those of you who remember me as BiscuitsLeGuin know I absolutely love her, plus my current name is a reference to one of her short stories too. This book is about 500 pages of world-building - stories, songs, maps, diagrams. You'd think I'd be bored of world-building after Clash of Kings, but this is so lyrical, so cosy, that I'm enjoying the very experience of reading it. There's also much less infodumping, all the details emerge very naturally. I already don't want this book to end. She's just a genius - and clearly so hard-working - this must have taken forever to put together and balance the information relaying for just the right flow.

  • I pre-ordered the new Animal Crossing. God save my degree.

    Holysocks Ah!! Im so excited about it!!! I've been meanibg to pre-order it aswell.... better get on that...
    Mar 19, 2020

  • i just want the scottish government to protect trans rights is that really too much to ask

    (pls no debate i'm just letting off steam)

  • tatteredbones
    Mar 3, 2020

    Have an amazing day!

  • nogutsnoglory wrote:https://nogutsnoglory.writerfeedpad.com/167

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    Sex work is not inherently exploitative. Capitalism and the patriarchy are. Ethical sex work exists and should be supported. Some people's livelihoods depends on it.

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    If you don't like the major and exploitive porn industry, make sure to support local sex workers and buy authentic content from consenting and enthusiastic creators!

    There is nothing wrong or unhealthy about liking porn, but as is most often the case, we as consumers have to be mindful about the kind of media we consume and how we consume it!

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    capitalism is? How so? I agree with patriarchy being exploitative though

    Feb 24, 2020

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    So, capitalism in its simplest form requires you to have money in order to buy food. Some people lack the kinds of skills and experience it takes to get various other kinds of (usually better paid) jobs, and so sex work jobs are some of the only kinds available to them. They have to be able to function in this industry if they are going to gain any resources, under capitalism that is.

    Obviously more left wing systems can have unemployment benefit and jobseekers' allowance and stuff. But these are often means tested and can be extremely difficult to access, as the government's interest is in spending as little money in this area as possible, since it's rarely a vote-winner. Plus, this money is often simply not enough, with rising house prices, landlords being jerks, cuts to these benefits (as the UK Conservatives rumble on with austerity even thought it's not even helping the deficit).

    As a result, people often need a job. And often times that will meant that they require sex work. If capitalism is going to require you to produce something in order to gain resources just to stay alive, then I think it would be unreasonable to try to remove one of the only industries that people have access to.

    Feb 25, 2020

  • CaptainJack wrote:sex work is work.
    CaptainJack wrote:no thank you to terfs and swerfs.

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    I do think it's work, a very old line of work at that. I see it like this though: it's not the kind of work one would like to see one's parent, a sibling one grew up with, a child one raised to be engaged in. One would try one's best to see if they're vulnerable or need an alternative way out. One would be perplexed day in and day out about whether they need help. One wouldn't be at rest.

    I don't mean to sound simplistic, insensitive, or undermine the struggles of sex workers. I know it's a sticky debate, it's a difficult conversation. It involves livelihoods of people. I'm just sharing my thoughts, I hope you don't mind. I mean well when I say this. Anyone who knows how this line of work works in real life (as opposed to ideally or theoretically) knows that it's not a wholesome place to be in, no matter how much one tries to normalize it. It's no secret that the industry is very intimately linked to steady streams of human trafficking, or that it, for the most part, capitalizes on the desperations of the vulnerable. But that's not what disturbs me the most. What disturbs me the most is that consent is often contractual in sex work. This is no secret. Which means that a sex worker often signs up with the intermediary, agreeing to do the work for a period of time, or for a number of clients. Once that agreement is reached, it doesn't matter whether they really want to do their job in the moment or not, which means that oftentimes, sex workers are actually violated very legally, and on a case-by-case basis consent itself becomes a very vague thing. It may not always be dehumanizing, but oftentimes it tiptoes into that territory.

    I hope I don't come off as agressive, I'm not. It's a line of work that'll always be around. I just don't think it's okay to oversimplify the matter in a manner that makes sex work sound free of exploitation, or to glamorize it. It's important to protect the human rights of the workers involved in this line of work. But I don't think the line of work is all-in-all wholesome in and of itself. I hope you see what I'm trying to say. Very few people go into this line of work thinking of it as a dream career, and anyone who knows how it works on the ground understands this very well.

    Feb 24, 2020

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    You are correct about all the ways in which sex work is currently exploitative. However, it is not inherently so. Ethical sex work does exist, especially when it's created by women, sometimes explicitly for women, sometimes not. I do not think there is anything inherently un-wholesome about sex work. The reason why one would be worried about a family member is because of the state of the current industry.

    That industry needs to be improved, but the best way to do that is to consume ethical porn (I don't actually consume any porn, but that's because of the particular kind of asexual I am) and support good practice.

    I understand that you're not being aggressive, but I do think it is quite insulting to many sex workers to call the work itself un-wholesome.

    Feb 24, 2020

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  • I have no idea what I'm doing but I'm going to an open mic on Saturday and I'm trying to write a poem to perform at it because I've gone on this trip three times before and never done anything at the open mic. There's alliteration, a mythical creature, a subversion of gender norms... hopefully something in there works???

    Mr. Mermaid

  • Oxara wrote:Stealing this pad cause WFP doesn't like me

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  • i was thinking about going to bed but i think ima put my heating back on (flatmate put it off when she went to bed) and hang out for a bit longer :D

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  • beware all caps swearing:

    people everywhere will try and keep you down
    those jealous motherfuckers they will try to take your crown
    it's easier for them to put you in a box
    keep you safely locked away because they hate it when the boat's rocked
    but fuck em all they don't tell us who we are
    so when they try to lock you up GO AND GET THE FUCKING CROWBAR

    a tired happy boy who just got back from seeing this band ^, and would like to show off their new merch:


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