December 8th, 2009

cass groovy

APED: "frozen ghazal"

Ages ago, [profile] marici requested a ghazal, ideally about weather. Hope the terceted ghazal and climate subject are all right.

I am the Earth. The cold has come.
It settles down, and leaves an ache.
O spring, my love, when will you come?

My soil is frozen, now, and numb.
Of you, my love, I would partake.
I need my love; when will you come?

This shape is what we all become.
Locked down, waiting; soon we break.
Heal me, my love; when will you come?

Give me hope, o but a crumb.
I sleep, my love, but would awake.
So long, my love; when will you come?

I live 'neath Winter's frozen thumb.
I hope -- tell me it's no mistake.
I'm cold, my love; when will you come?

things you didn't know

Hey, did you know that the STREET FIGHTER/FINAL FIGHT videogame series share a trans character? Neither did I!

This is an interesting story: she was originally a woman, but videogame executives thought maybe Americans would consider hitting women rude, so they decided to make her a "newhalf," i.e., give her a penis, apparently under the rationale that the American market couldn't possibly find anything controversial about that. Look, it's Japan, it's another planet. They retconned a little afterwards; the official statement is that she is post-op in America, but in Japan she has her original genitals. She identifies as a straight woman.

She hasn't appeared in games lately, from what I can tell, but the reason I know about this is that she's been honored with a sexy collectible statue, and so Chris Sims mentioned her in his Worst and Strangest Collectible Statues of 2009 article for Comics Alliance. Her statue falls under both categories: worst because, in the grand tradition of oversexualized comic statues, she's wearing an outrageously skimpy halter top, boyshorts, and high heels, has her hips provocatively swayed, and is invitingly dangling a pair handcuffs from a finger. Strangest, because, as Sims points out, the sort of people who purchase these kinds of statues are usually not the sort of people who react positively to trans folks. But there you have it: a trans character from a fighting videogame is officially being marketed as a sex object.