Tripping Over Gender in Ancillary Justice

I’m just starting in on Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. And, for those of you who don’t know… the main character used to be a troop carrier. (Not exactly a spoiler. That’s the beginning of Chapter 2.) And as a troop carrier, she refers to everybody as “she.” Everybody. Male and female alike. Which does

Chivalry is a Drunken Contortionist

Men and doors are just plain awkward. Don’t get me wrong. Opening doors for women is sweet, and when the guy manages to do it right, it’s adorable. But more often than not, it’s an old-fashioned gesture that turns into a train wreck. I’m evenly divided between putting up a series of YouTube instructionals: How

Booksellers, Men, and the Cabinet of Sin

We sold pornography at the bookstore where I worked. Not a lot of it, and nothing that would compete with Jugs, Jugs, Jugs down at the local Kum&Go. Sex-positive, consent-positive, feminist, GLBT, fetish stuff. Non-violent. It lived in a cabinet behind the counter, and if you didn’t know it was there… well, you wouldn’t know.

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