omg omg apparently I’m in the new employee orientation videos now
I love hovering in that sweet spot between “unpopular with your average citizen” and “unpopular with your average weirdo”
I really fucking love sedoretu fic, but I don’t see a lot of it. Part of it’s probably that it inherently involves poly-shipping and that’s not something everyone likes to write, part of it’s probably that it’s hard for all the characters to fit in neatly to the ship, but part of it is probably that not a lot of people know what a sedoretu is, so I am remedying that.
So: what in the frick frack is a sedoretu?
A sedoretu is the marriage structure from the Planet O in stories by Ursula Le Guin. On O, everyone is assumed to be polyamorous and bisexual by default.
When you are born, you have your gender and class and so on, but you also have your moiety. Your moiety is either Morning or Evening. Your birth-mother’s moiety is your moiety – all children of Morning mothers are Morning, and all children of Evening mothers are Evening. You cannot have sex with someone of your own moiety. It’s like incest.
To illustrate this, I’ve sorted Steve, Peggy, Pepper, and Tony into moieties. Note: characters can be any moiety you want them to be, mine just happened to sort with blondes in Morning and brunettes in Evening.
There are four separate marriages:
The Morning woman and the Evening man (the “Morning marriage")
The Evening woman and the Morning man (the “Evening marriage”)
The Morning woman and the Evening woman (the “Day marriage”)
The Morning man and the Evening man (the “Night marriage”)
So when you get married in a sedoretu, you’re expected to have sex with one man and one woman, and be best buds with the third person.
Now that you know the rules, you can fuck with them. For example:
- Ursula Le Guin’s own short story, “Mountain Ways,” has a marriage with three women and one man. The man is straight, and one of the women is a lesbian dressing as a man, because two Day marriages and no Night marriage is unheard of.
- Good Men, Fall to Dusk by @apfelgranate has multiple scenarios, including ones where Steve and Bucky are of the same moiety but love each other anyway and have to deal with the fallout.
- Ursula Le Guin’s short stories set on O, like “A Fisherman of the Inland Sea,” “Mountain Ways,” and “Unchosen Love"
- the Fanlore page on sedoretus
- Tony Stark Is Not Getting Married (Today) by @sconesforjustice
- An Ever-Fixed Mark by imperfectcircle
- Good Men, Fall to Dusk by @apfelgranate
Now go, and write some fic!
I actually just got introduced to sedoretu a little while ago! Thank you for making the guide, because I want to see more!
One con I went to had a panel with someone trying to explain what a sedoretu was and not doing a very good job of things.
“Draw a diagram!” I called out to her, and she did, much to the facilitated understanding of everyone else present.
OH MAN OH MAN
writing my first blog post on random generators OOH BOY
where do y’all go to get wordpress themes
Alas, can’t help you. I could find you /themes/, but not WP ones.
UK banned its use by campus offices (because WP security is spotty).
what does UK use, then? I assume some sort of platform, which I may or may not have access to installing on my webhosting.
…why are you using WordPress?
because the professional designer/webmaster type who helps me manage my sites and create my graphics is an expert in WordPress. I get help with analytics, mobile optimization, and design in exchange for using the harder platform – worth it to me!