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The Future is Female

By Curtis C. Chen
Jun 30, 2020 · 164 words · 1 minute

An 18 year old person covered in rainbow body glitter in support of the LGBTQ community and to celebrate gay pride 2018. We used a synthetic cosmetics brush to paint clear hair gel on their torso and then they laid down and I sprinkled the glitter on their body, one stripe at a time. We were able to touch up by dabbing more glitter on after they stood up. We used water-proof adhesive bandages to cover the sensitive areas on the chest and the belly-button.

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon via Unsplash.

As you might guess, Bob, this month's story "Kinky Bots" was indeed originally written for the AVATARS INC contest. They rejected it, obviously, and I've posted it here to spare any editors the pain of reading yet another robot story.

I'm also not fully qualified to write these particular characters (you'll see why when you read the story), but I did want to challenge myself to advocate for diverse perspectives. All creative fiction is about writing the other, to coin a phrase, and if you simply can't imagine a point of view other than your own specific identity, I pity your unsympathetic fool ass.

But I'm still working on being a good ally, and while I did my best here, I may not have gotten everything right, since I'm not actually a sex worker, a woman of size, or a paraplegic. Please feel free to reach out if you have feedback.


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Curtis C. Chen

Curtis writes mostly science fiction and fantasy. MOSTLY.