I especially love the recognition of the inherent queerness of Rodney and Laura's situation and how that impacts all aspects of their lives. I don't believe it of Rodney, in a way; its like, he really is moving into that Lifetime movie space and Nora Ephron was right after all. The other two stories discussed are and. Sadly, once John and Rodney get together, we see less of Rodney's issues about having sex with a man than we see about John, whose identity and orientation issues are central to the last parts of the story. Why this must be read: This my favourite gender-fuck story in this fandom to date. In fact, the emphasis is on what's really inside that body, separating body fro identity in certain ways: Sheppard stared at him, into him, like he was searching for the last remaining spark of light at the center of a black hole; Rodney didn't break the gaze as with a sigh he stepped forward into the palm Sheppard instinctively uncurled, cupping it gently around Rodney's breast. I knew the White Stripes were special from the first time I saw them, but this was a very real turning point and a huge benchmark for a small weirdo garage rock band from Detroit.
Unlike Rodney who's invested in his masculinity and mourns it, Cadman adjusts more easily which also might suggest that changing up the social ladder's easier than down? His gayness and ultimate willingness to have straight sex thus is already complicated as not only being about biological desires but also about community allegiances. I was uncomfortable, along with John, with the implications of what Rodney was saying about boy-girl friendships, and wanting their relationship 'to be okay'. I wrote a long rambly comment below where I said I thought that it couldn't possibly be the first time that had been done, because it seems so obvious, in retrospect, but then I suppose all the best ideas do. White Stripes opened their second album De Stijl with this pop song. It was possibly the first in the fandom.
I'm also really interested that the problem you had with the story seems to have come out of a very similar place to mine - I'm studying sexual ethics and gender identity in classical antiquity at the moment, which involves looking at what's culturally specific about our own lables - but was very different. Meanwhile, however, Rodney's not-gay narrative i. He shrugged, helplessly, giving up. That it wasn't him that chose John, it was Cadman? Spoilers: Mostly written before S3, but now contains a few minor spoilers through 'The Game' Warnings: Bodyswap, genderfuck, hetsex—it's a trifecta of sin! This is also different because it's bodyswap and not genderswap, so the issues of passing and changing clothing and so on are not quite the same; Cadman's body is female, and dressed and treated as such, so that's the baseline Rodney is dealing with, rather than a body which has previously been male. Not sure that I'm about to get into the genre in a big way but I certainly enjoyed this story.
It's subtle and rich, and explores sexuality and gender in the most amazing way, and the relationship at its heart is wonderful. . I'm not sure what I think of--well, I guess I do share John's sexu-political concerns, that it's problematic to go het even for good reasons and not the same as going gay in that the contextual power dynamic, as you obviously know, is totally different. Yeah, you're pretty good looking, oh yeah, you're pretty good looking. But this feeling's still gonna linger on, until I know everything I need to know now.
It also kind of ties in with what you said, which I agree with, that he seems strangely invested in his newfound heterosexuality, while John is still very much invested in being queer. And actually, I come up against this line - Rodney knew the answer; for once, this was not gratifying to him. You're Pretty Good Looking and the vicissitudes of bodies You're Pretty Good Looking for a Girl presents us with another double gender swap, this time Laura Cadman and Rodney get stuck in different bodies. And your thoughts have been stolen by the boys, Who took you out and bought you everything you own now. Trin does a nice job of dealing with the repercussions for both Rodney and Laura and their relationships with each other and with others on Atlantis, but it is her take on John and Rodney's relationship that is the most interesting and complex.
There'd been glimpses of that 'Sugar Never Tasted So Good' and more mellow things, but this was a full-on straight up pop tune for a band that was being constantly described as a garage rock band. The most interesting response to me is Cadman's who seems to adjust to the change with a certain ease not exhibited by Rodney: She had no problem with it: her movements were easy—had been, from almost the beginning. And sorry, Trin, I've been talking about the story like nobody wrote it, but like Ces said, you're dead. Yes, you're pretty good looking, oh yeah, for a girl. Wanting me, like this—it wouldn't mean giving into your father, or society, or.
Yeah, you're pretty good looking for a girl, your eyes are wide open. Summary: Rodney crossed his arms under his breasts. Oh, yeah, you're pretty good looking for a girl But your back is so broken And this feeling's still gonna linger on Until the year 2525 now Yeah, you're pretty good looking for a girl Your eyes are wide open And your thoughts have been stolen by the boys Who took you out and bought you everything you own now Yeah, you're pretty good looking, oh yeah, you're pretty good looking Yes, you're pretty good looking, oh yeah, for a girl Lots of people in this world But I want to be your boy To me that thought, it sounds so absurd And I don't wanna be your toy 'Cause you're pretty good looking for a girl My future's wide open But this feeling's still gonna linger on Until I know everything I need to know now Yeah, you're pretty good looking, oh yeah, you're pretty good looking Yes, you're pretty good looking, oh yeah, for a girl. Did Rodney have only female friends? I can see that Rodney's plying John with het porn is just part of Rodney's spectacularly poor judgement and his strategy to get to sex nownownow, but it doesn't feel like he doesn't mean it. To me that thought, it sounds so absurd, and I don't wanna be your toy.
Just to wander into this conversation to say that I will really, really look forward to reading that essay, if it's for general consumption, and that I'm both pleased and surprised that you think that this is the first time that 'we're not straight we just like each other' has been written. I have no words to do justice to this. Genderfucked: Rodney, Cadman - Both bodyswap and genderswap, with some interesting twists. Although he is clearly both attracted to and in love with John, he's also gunning for a non-queer, 'normal' relationship. Both my opportunities for hot gay sex and hot heterosexual sex are ruined! This story was discussed at great length at by in 2007 in the essay ;. Oh yeah you're pretty good looking for a girl but your back is so broken and this feelings still gonna linger on until the year 2525 now Yeah you're pretty good looking for a girl your eyes are wide open and your thoughts have been stolen by the boys who took you out and bought you everything you want now Yeah you're pretty good looking oh yeah youre pretty good looking yes youre pretty good looking oh yeah for a girl Lots of people in this world but I want to be your boy to me that thought is sounding so absurd and I dont wanna be your toy cause youre pretty good looking for a girl my futures wide open but this feelings still gonna linger on until I know everything I need to know now. She's an explosion expert in the Marines, a predominatly male area in a fairly male field.
Lots of people in this world, but I want to be your boy. On the other other other fourth hand, though, your commenters aren't wrong when they note that the surprising, subversive thing in a slash story is not returning them to their originally gendered bodies, so that what's conventional here--as John notes--is actually subversive to our slash conventions and thus deeply queer, so is this ultra subversive--subverting our expectations yet again! On the other hand, this story does overtly what a lot of slash stories do covertly, i. It would be different if they were arguing or fixing something or geeking out in some way, but instead. The other two stories discussed in the essay are and. The story centers around Rodney's reactions to his transformation and his slowly coming to terms with it, as well as in his shifting relationship with the world around him, including Cadman who is handling the situation rather better than he is, in his opinion and John, who has plenty of issues of his own relating to the switch.
We've got an f---ing pop song writer on our hands. Maybe I'm just finally getting around to you. Rodney's concerns are both the different i. I love this version of John, the way so much of his sense of self is tied up in his feelings about his sexuality. Although I loved the way Trin dealt with John's difficulties in 'turning straight', which was a really interesting spin on the genre, the issues surrounding the fact that Rodney was 'turning gay' at the same time seemed weirdly absent from the story - in fact, he's the only person who does switch sexualities in that way, as it's not implied that he found John attractive before, particularly, and yet it's just not there. Hm, I confess I'm waggling my head a bit; this story is making me all thinky. Did Rodney go along with his body's heterosexuality and his mind's liking for John, because it was easier than dealing with what Cadman tackled head-on, suddenly being redefined as gay? And John is obviously still anxious about what his father thinks, which I think is a sign of the story's--I won't say yours; the author's been dead in my field for some time--anxiety about assuring us of the queerness of the almost stereotypical heterosexual ending.