oh, and it's set in Western Australia, in case that's useful information, and one of the protagonists has two dads and the other's parents have a thirdner (is that a useful word? Third partner who joined the marriage later on?)
I'm rambling. I drank wine while I was reading and it made the feels stronger.
@DialMforMara oh, I loved it too! also the aesthetics!! and the bodymods!!!
when I got to the part where the author had the draw yourself and I might put you in the comic contest, I started trying to think of what I would do first if I had access to mods, and nothing really jumped out at me. Purple hair? Green eyes? Animated tattoos?
Of course, the simple answer is just
not have arthritis
make me sleep better and not be tired all the time
get rid of all my genetic disease risks
@DialMforMara were there even animal-related mods?
in my case: squirrel-like ears with long earspuffs (?), squirrel-like tail! and maybe dragon spikes down my spine :3
i have just recently thought again about those things and even set my thoughts in this always human world, even tough it's quite a while ago, that I read it.
oh and no boobs probably?
@DialMforMara ...and yes, that shows my healthy privileges...
To be fair, basically everyone in that comic has healthy privilege. Even Austen's story about the anti-cancer mod that kept her in the hospital for weeks because they had to shut down her immune system to install it fades into the background pretty quickly, and the health talk becomes all about sunscreen. Her disability becomes cosmetic, and more problem of personal expression than the serious issue it is
It does kind of get addressed, when she's talking to her academic advisor... No one's looking for a cure for her condition because there's not enough people who have it for a cure to be profitable.
But even that kind of gets swept under the personal aesthetic rug. What other genetic conditions aren't getting treated because the medical research companies are still capitalist?
@DialMforMara so sad, that this part of our society even lives on in this wonderful colourful story.
fictional body mods
There were definitely animal mods. I saw cat ears and unicorn horns and one reader-submitted character was a turtle person
I think I'd go with smaller boobs but not no boobs, at least not at first
You can change your appearance as often as you can afford to buy the mods, and a lot of them seem inexpensive
So I might try no boobs and see what that does to my gender
fictional body mods
@DialMforMara yeah, can totally relate to "trying out different boob configurations"...
the other mods I've been thinking about for so long. maybe i would keep them permanently. but also i don't know, how living in a body with animal mods would feel. so it's good it's reversable.
haha maybe i would change to different animal ears from time to time :D
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