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Sunday, May 23rd, 2010
2:08 pm
[aberranteyes]
Girls who are boys who want boys to be girls, you free your mind in your androgyny.
Jumpstarting this comm with a question or two that's only sort of on-topic, about a film that may or may not be: Soft on Demand's Futanari Village (ふたなり村), released exactly a week after the last post here. (It's available for download from a variety of places, if you're not too concerned about the copyright status of products not licensed in your country.)

-1) Plot summary from the Zenra Movie Annex: "Imagine a secluded Japanese town where not only do all of its citizens walk around naked all day, but also have both female and male sexual organs to boot! Welcome to Futanari Village where some of manga's most bizarre fantasy's [sic] have come to life."

0) Necessary background of 1, for those who haven't yet seen the movie: the residents of the village are born intersexed, but differentiate in adolescence into osu and mesu (archaic Japanese terms for "male" and "female" usually applied to animals), as explained in an expository segment near the beginning.

1) If anyone has seen the film and has better spoken Japanese than I do: is the process of gender differentiation luck of the draw based on who impregnates whom, as (apparently) seen with certain of the film's characters? Or does "body examination" simply make manifest an adult gender that would have become dominant no matter who did what to whom?

2) Are the osu and mesu intemorphic, schizomorphic or somewhere between? (I'm inclined to view them as intemorphs because they're both apparently feminine even after adult differentiation, but schizomorphs in that they seem to fill recognizably male and female social roles.)

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, August 14th, 2008
10:13 pm
[sunderbolt]
New Mpreg Archive
 Theres a new multi-fandom Mpreg Archive at http://thempregarchive.synthasite.com/index.php they also have a great forum!thought you might like to know!
Thursday, November 1st, 2007
5:12 pm
[schol_r_lea]
TG Taizen - It Came, It Went
It seems that the message boards for TG Taizen are disabled, probably for good.
This sounds bad for OlorinCollapse )
I don't know the full details, but whoever Olorin90 is IRL, I wish him well in whatever is coming.
Wednesday, October 17th, 2007
10:51 pm
[schol_r_lea]
Open-source TG
I've been forgetting to mention this for a while now: according to Allen Ecker of Umlaut House fame, TG technology is freely available and widespread in the UH2 era. Ecker explained in a forum Q&A session that after Rick reformed, one of the things he made a point to do was release the technical details of the gender-altering ray he developed for Dr. Pegasus to the public domain, in order to ensure that it would be available to anyone who needed it.
Sunday, October 14th, 2007
11:17 am
[schol_r_lea]
TG Taizen
I only just came across the TG Taizen site, and I'm somewhat surprised I had seen it before. This is an entire message board site on the subject, more ambitious than anything I'd ever considered for this comm. I am sure it would be of interest to the folks here, though it may well put gendershifters out of business for good... eh, no, GS is a bit broader than TGT is, and it's not like there's been a lot of traffic here anyway.
Saturday, July 7th, 2007
2:36 pm
[hristy]
Hello, I would like to share more of my webcomic Hott :D it is a bit crazy, as it deals with gender swapping and magic. The story is still in the beta stage as I develop it further. Being such a transgendered person and a wanna be Male to Female, even though I dont think I could ever go on the hormones, I love to make comics about boys being turned into girls and vice versa, maybe you will like it too, or hate it : ( lol.



more comics under the cut : DCollapse )
Monday, June 11th, 2007
8:17 pm
[schol_r_lea]
Would any of you want to take over as mod here?
For various reasons, I haven't been as active in this comm (and in LJ in general) as I'd anticipated, and this comm has suffered for it. I am considering handing over the reins here to someone else, if I can find someone who would be more dynamic in running it. Would any of you be interested?
Saturday, May 5th, 2007
9:26 am
[skjam]
Factors in Behavior Change of the Gender-Shifted
Hi everybody! Long time no see!

As an aid to writing gender-shifted characters, let's look at some of the factors that would affect the behavior of such a character, particularly how their behavior changes. Most of these actually apply to any transformation, really.


Gross Physical Changes: "Gross" as in "large." In addition to the innie/outie shift, and the possible addition/subtraction of breasts, there's height change, altered center of gravity, hair growth patterns, pelvis angle and the like. This is likely to be the most noticable and immediate source of behavior changes. What clothes will fit the character, how high they can reach, seat restraint settings, how they walk, a constellation of large and small adjustments that have to be made. Depending on the kind of transformation, these changes may be difficult to adjust to, or be done unconsciously.

Subtle Physical Changes: Changed hormone cycles will affect moods, especially before the character becomes used to the new circumstances. This may result in emotions being less controlled, and nasty mood swings. Also, there's at least some biological component to gender identity and sexual preference. If those "brain switches" have been flipped, there's likely to be some conflict between what the body thinks it should be doing, and what the character remembers as appropriate attitudes.

Social Pressure: Other people will react differently to the character who's shifted genders, in both obvious and subtle ways. (And this is likely to be amplified if they know about the gendershift.) Their altered reactions will in turn influence the character's behavior. (Deciding not to change to conform to others' expectations is in itself a behavior change.) Indeed, in societies with very strong gender roles, the character may be forced to change their behavior in some ways on penalty of physical punishment.

Psychological Factors: The character's own attitudes towards gender roles, sexual preference, conformity and the like will also influence how their behavior changes due to a gender shift. Someone whose self-image depends heavily on virile masculinity is going to have a rougher time dealing with being turned into a girl than, say, someone whose self-image is primarily based on being a good, charitable person.

Mental Changes: Actually, a bit of a cheat--if the transformer changes the victim's memories or attitudes by force, this will naturally change the gendershifted person's behavior. "You now think that childbirth is something you'd really like to do."


Thoughts, comments?

Current Mood: creative
Monday, December 18th, 2006
9:34 am
[blackjackrocket]
Hi hi, I'm new. Found this place by searching "mad science" interests.

Hmm. I should probably start by saying who my favorite switchers are, right?

Well, there's Quina from Final Fantasy IX. Quina is neither male nor female, and is identified as s/he throughout the game. On the Final Fantasy Art Museum cards (basically trading cards), Quina's gender is listed as "not applicable".

Then there's the gal in my icon, CyberSix. While not a physical switcher, she lives as a male, Adrian Seidelman, and has suitors in both forms.

And then of course there's James from Pokémon, who's pretty much a special case. I think the bikini elevated him beyond "transvestite" to his own catagory. Sadly, he hasn't crossdressed lately.
Friday, December 8th, 2006
1:56 am
[ayellowbirds]
D&D
If you know where to look, Dungeons & Dragons is full of gender changing and ambiguity, even leaving aside magic items and spells that change sex.

-I've noticed in several places, the descriptions of the new Changeling race (descended from humans and shapeshifting dopplegangers) in the Eberron campaign setting either implicitly or explicitly describes the naturally gendered race as often adopting forms of a sex distinct from that which they were born as, and changeling names can be applied to both males and females.
-In contrast, the sexless construct race known as Warforged, perhaps most representative of Eberron as a campaign setting, are described as "unconcerned with matters of gender".
-There's an old standard that female dwarves have beards just like the males, and/or are otherwise masculine enough that other races cannot distinguish them from dwarvish males.
-The psionic dromites are naturally androgynous, assuming sexual characteristics in a special ceremony that appoints them either Grand Queen (female) or Elected Consort (male).
-A Dragon Magazine issue even featured a new race called the adu'jas, which appeared to be outside of animal notions of gender and sex.
Tuesday, September 5th, 2006
11:31 am
[schol_r_lea]
I realize it has been several months since I or anyone else posted anything new here; I apologize for slacking off, but I never seem to have the time or ideas to add here. I feel rather guilty about this, as it is to some extent my duty as a mod to keep the group going. I hope that something can still be started up here more regularly, and will try to post more material soon.

In the meanwhile, feel free to post any relevant material you have. Try to stay in the comunity guidelines, but certain don't think that you can't add what you want to it.
Saturday, April 22nd, 2006
6:48 pm
[schol_r_lea]
The Wotch: The long awaited return of adult Lilly
This past friday's The Wotch (a series that rivals El Goonish Shive and Futaba-kun Change for the sheer quantity of gender-swapping, accidental or otherwise) has an in-story appearance of 'Missy', the adult form of Evan Onymous' female alter ego Lilly. While Missy has been a popular subject for fanart in the past, she's only appeared in canon once before, and that for only a few panels.

nice MissyNot-so-nice Missy

Not surprisingly, Robin and Jason are gender swapped (again), and are regressed back to pre-school age to boot; it's not entirely clear, but child-Anne and baby-Miranda seem to be male now, as well, which does rather leave everyone stuck (since Wotchcraft is specifically bound to femininity, even when bestowed on a man). Thus, it's safe to say that the main characters will spend most of the story arc transformed, at least until they can find some other way to undo the accident.
Friday, February 24th, 2006
3:29 pm
[stickmaker]
New Masks Story Uploaded

I have just uploaded the second story in my Masks series. It can be found at: http://www.dcr.net/~stickmak/Stories/MasksII.htm

Note that while this is not an "adult" story it is not necessarily appropriate for children. Most of the characters are adults, with adult foibles, tastes and motivations, as well as active sex lives.

There is more transgenderism in this story than the first. Besides the main character, there are two others who can switch back and forth, including one who was born that way. (Sie should'a been twins, y'see. ;-) There are also two general shapeshifters, one of whom goes from his normal male self to a female form three times (two of them off camera but commented on by others).

Current Mood: bouncy
Tuesday, February 21st, 2006
10:52 pm
[schol_r_lea]
EGS: "Not Helping!"
Today's El Goonish Shive has still more on the 'Pregnant Ranma Question' - or more appropriately, the 'pregnant Elliot question' - in regards to the TF Gun. A delay of several days makes a certain amount of sense physiologically - not only is their often a delay between intercourse and fertilization, but an embryo usually develops for several days before implanting into the uterus wall (which is why morning-after pills work). But since when does EGS need logical explanations, anyway?

(EDIT: Dan corrected me on this point in the Keenspot EGS forum. While he didn't elaborate, I gather that the 'remain female for several days' part means before the sex act; long enough for the individual to ovulate, perhaps?)

Sarah's overall reaction to the situation she and Elliot are in is priceless, and Grace's well-meaning candor only makes things worse. Only Grace could be more sex-positive than Diana while still remaining essentially innocent.

I'll try to come up with something a bit more substantial in the near future (preferably not about a comic, too - while I love webcomics, I don't want the community to be just about them). In the mean time, feel free to post yourselves.
Monday, February 6th, 2006
9:57 pm
[schol_r_lea]
Thank you for sharing, Mr Davenport
From Dave's anguished cry of "Good Lord, I'll never have lesbian sex again!" in today's (6 Feb 2006) Narbonic, it's safe to say that the earlier speculations that he and Beta were doing kinky things with their transformation beam was on the money.
Saturday, November 12th, 2005
5:18 pm
[skjam]
Ranma and Futaba: Outside and Inside
Quite some time back, someone complained to me that he wished Ranma would simply accept that being a girl sometimes is a good thing. While yes, his negative reaction is part of the comedy, it's also part of how the transformation affects him, as opposed to (for example) Futaba Shimeru, another gender-shifter of approximately the same vintage.

Let's look at these two a bit more closely.

Curse and BlessingCollapse )

Current Mood: calm
Tuesday, October 25th, 2005
6:09 pm
[chiazmo]
A little advice anyone?
Hello there, I'm a new member of this community and I am in need of a little advice, if you don't mind...

I noticed Orlando is listed in the "Interests" of this community, and I've been wanting to read the book/watch the film for a long time now. I was wondering if people who were familiar with it could recommend one or the other, and tell me what type of story it is. (I know the basic plot but not the way it is written) I've been put off the film greatly by the DVD price (£24 here) but I might be willing to splash out if people think it's worth it. I must admit it *does* look good.

Thanks for reading ^_^ (Feel free to shoot me/delete this if it's innapropriate)
Friday, October 21st, 2005
8:50 am
[schol_r_lea]
"I'm pretty sure that was Dave"
There was a tantalizing scene briefly in today's Narbonic, in which someone who appeared to be Helen Beta, but whose speech pattern and posture were those of her lackey/lover Dave Davenport, came by looking for equipment and warning the others away from the micro-gravity chamber. This came up in the middle of a conversation between Artie and Mel about Helen and Dave's relationship; Mel's response to it was, "I'm pretty sure that was Dave just now."

The panel, and Mel's comment, were ambiguous, and probably intentionally so. Did she mean that it was a sign of Dave's influence on Helen, or have Dave and Helen been doing kinky things with the gender-reversal serum and/or the transformation device again? Or did they develop a mind-swapping system of some kind? Perhaps it's better not to know...
Friday, September 2nd, 2005
8:18 pm
[schol_r_lea]
A few minor items
I've added a number of new 'interest' items, and removed several redundant ones (mostly chara names from series already mentioned).

Also, a recent El Goonish Shive strip confirmed that the Transform Gun in that series does in fact 'compensate' for the kinesthetic changes, as has been previously speculated. I had meant to bring this up earlier, but I've been rather busy and didn't get to it immediately.

I apologize for the glacially slow pace of this comm to date; hopefully, some discussion will come up as more people join. Anyone have anything to say?
Saturday, August 20th, 2005
1:02 am
[schol_r_lea]
Ozmagendered?
I recently came across two terms related to gender-shifting: 'ozmagendered' and 'ranmagendered'. The definitions for them as given on the one website referring to them are:

Ozmagendered:
When characters change gender using magic, alien science, or other metaphysical means for an extremely extended period of time, but only when there is a sexual encounter with another character during that time period.

Ranmagendered:
When characters change gender using magic, alien science, or other metaphysical means back and forth from male to female, but only when there is a sexual encounter with another character.

The difference between them seems to be duration; the stipulation of sexual activity is, to me, questionable, especially since both of the characters that the terms come from were minors (at least in appearance).

It did remind me that I hadn't listed Ozma of Oz in the 'interests' section. This is an understandable oversight, as I've never read the Oz books myself, but someone had mentioned it before and I'd intended to include it earlier. This has now been taken care of.

As fans of the series know, Abstract Gender is now into it's main story arc. As an major plot point, Brian/Brittany can transform between the two states at will, which for the time being at least, Ryan/Rachel cannot. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the series. Meanwhile, the 'transgendered birthday party' in El Goonish Shive has finally begun, with the very reluctant Justin being the first to get altered. We can expect quite a bit of character development over the next twelve hours of story time (which will probably go for a year or two real time :)); already, there has been a very tantalizing flashback for Justin as he was getting ready to be transformed. We shall see. I find it somewhat gratifying that both series have made at least some passing reference to characters having trouble in their altered forms, though it does not seem to be a major story point in either case so far.
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