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26 November 2012 @ 02:02 pm
Thought of the day for writers of shapeshifters  

(As opposed to shapeshifting writers, who are a different and rarer creature.)

With mammals, you can tell pretty much immediately whether a shapeshifted individual is male or female.

With raptors and other predatory birds, not so much. (Unless you’re really good at picking up on differences in size even when looking at individuals in isolation. And for some species, not even then.)

There is surely a great deal of fascinating fictional exploration of gender and expectations to be had here, along with a fair amount of more straightforward gender-bending fun.

Though as with so many things, perhaps someone’s already written a manga about that? :-)

Mirrored from Desert Dispatches: Wordpress Edition.

some guy named Larrylnhammer on November 26th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
Pity Hatoful Boyfriend is only boy pigeons, as adding gender mixing to the species mixing could produce interesting results.

Janni Lee Simner: Iceland/ravensjanni on November 26th, 2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
Your job here is clear.

Edited at 2012-11-26 09:59 pm (UTC)
Jim Hetley: Powersjhetley on November 26th, 2012 11:16 pm (UTC)
Depends on the raptor. Some of them, the sexes have different plumage. Northern harrier/marsh hawk is an example.
Janni Lee Simner: Iceland/ravensjanni on November 27th, 2012 12:24 am (UTC)
Makes sense. The raptors I've looked at seem more often similar across genders than smaller, non-predatory birds, but I am still learning!
J. Kathleen Cheneyj_cheney on November 27th, 2012 02:17 pm (UTC)
Currently dealing with swans....yep, no way to tell.