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SWAN, or, I Was Dyed
Dreamed 1995/4/8 by Chris Wayan
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- The curse of false labels = a while back, an official of the Bay Area Dreamworkers Group spread false gossip about me and got me banned, because my pagan pansexual dream-comics shocked her. But there's a deeper, internal curse, as the wearing of the Orange Dress suggests. Childhood bullies taught me fighting back never works, and that's not always true. Faced with real malice, I either endure it stoically, or walk away. But sometimes, you should fight.
- Wizard, malice, misuse of power = Ursula Le Guin's novel "Tehanu." A reactionary wizard curses Tehanu's foster-mom Tenar (nicknamed Goha). Curses her so she can't think straight--but he scorns her as a barbarian, and when she thinks in her childhood tongue, a tongue the wizard never deigned to learn... truths leak in.
- Caught in the lab = I retreated to reading old issues of Science News, today.
- Swan = intuitive (think of their migrational sense!), and assertive (swans take crap from nobody). Getting turned to a swan? I fear I'm losing my humanity when I fight back! But anger doesn't always cloud your mind. It can clear your mind too--burning off all the excuses and compromises.
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