The Reviews Are In!

It’s rare for erotica to receive a formal, professional review, let alone one in a print magazine. For the most part, the feedback we do receive comes straight from readers via Amazon, Goodreads, and social media. That’s why it’s so exciting for me to announce that the current issue of Transformation Magazine includes a one page review of Sissy Pack!

If you’re not familiar with the magazine, its tagline is The Future of Gender and it’s the number one-selling print magazine in the US.

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Trans Day of Visibility & Candy’s Halloween

Today is Trans Day of Visibility—#TDOV—which is kind of a big deal in the Trans community, for obvious reasons. The flag on the post header is the Trans flag by the way, which a lot of people don’t recognize as they’re more used to the Rainbow flag of the Pride community, so perhaps you’ve learned some new sexual vexillology today.

Anyhow, there are far wiser people than I talking about the overall visibility thing and why it’s important. Instead I’ll talk about something I know at least a little bit about, which is written, commercial Erotica. First of all, it’s good that Amazon’s Kindle even has a section for LGBT erotica and even goes so far as to include a Transgender subcategory in the LGBT category. So give ‘em credit for that.

But what do we find in there? On a day when we’re talking about Transgender Visibility, it’s kind of sad to navigate to:
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What’s a futanari and why should you care?

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Prina the Dungeoneering Princess, from Rebis Dungeon

I’ve written several erotica stories starring futanari characters, genuine futanari too, fitting the hentai definition. They are also exclusively Japanese, at least so far. Characters of other nationalities of course can be futanari, but to me the concept, the idea is so closely linked to the Japanese hentai from which it derives, that when I sat down to write a futanari story, it felt natural to me to set it in science fiction Japan where futanari could become a reality.

And I used science fiction to make futanari “real”, because futanari are not real. They only exist in fiction, in stories that suspend disbelief in some way. That’s what I want to clarify in this post: what a futanari is, why it should not be used interchangeably with transgender, transsexual, newhalf, kahoey or similar terms, and why it shouldn’t (if one stays faithful to the source) be considered offensive. Futanari is a concept closely related to transgender issues but ultimately is tangential to it, because it is not reflective of real world experience and is not intended to be.
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