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Tamamo-no-Mae is perhaps the most famous -- and tragic -- foxwoman in Japanese folklore. Variations on her story have been told and retold, the gist of which is that she was a kitsune (fox) who took on human form and became the Emperor's courtesan. But she was found out by an onmyōji (magician), declared to be the cause of the Emperor's illness, and chased out to the plains of Nasu and killed.

The retelling of her story in Fate/EXTRA, a visual novel / roleplaying game for the PlayStation Portable, is especially stark. In it, she grows up as a human and does not even realize that she is a fox until her ears suddenly sprout from her head. She manages to conceal them for an entire month, before being found out.

Here are some excerpts from the scene where she tells the player character her life story:

Words set against the backdrop of a foxwoman sitting seiza on tatami. Transcript: Tamamo is speaking in her normal cheerful tone, but the actual event must've been terrible to experience. To wake up one morning to find out that not (only) has your body changed, but that you're no longer a human being ... In the very center of power of human society, she was the only one who wasn't a part of mankind.

I couldn't even begin to imagine her confusion and her fear at the time. Not to mention her self-doubt, disbelief, and misery. The fear of eventually being found out and persecuted. And above all, dreading the moment when the one she loved most condemns her as a monster.

Words set against the backdrop of a forlorn foxwoman in a moonlit field. Transcript, in quotation marks: Aah, what a fool I was.

Words set against the backdrop of a forlorn foxwoman in a moonlit field. Transcript: It was in the comfort offered by the foxes around her that Tamamo-no-mae said those words to herself. She was betrayed and hunted down by humans who feared her. She did nothing wrong; she only tried to help them prosper. She was forced to flee the village she considered paradise simply because she "wasn't human."

Words set against a black background. Transcript: Standing in a hail of arrows, covered in blood, (she said) "I wasn't trying to fool anyone. I'll leave now so please just forget all about me."

Transcript

Tamamo is speaking in her normal cheerful tone, but the actual event must've been terrible to experience. To wake up one morning to find out that not (only) has your body changed, but that you're no longer a human being ... In the very center of power of human society, she was the only one who wasn't a part of mankind.

I couldn't even begin to imagine her confusion and her fear at the time. Not to mention her self-doubt, disbelief, and misery. The fear of eventually being found out and persecuted. And above all, dreading the moment when the one she loved most condemns her as a monster.

"Aah, what a fool I was."

It was in the comfort offered by the foxes around her that Tamamo-no-mae said those words to herself. She was betrayed and hunted down by humans who feared her. She did nothing wrong; she only tried to help them prosper. She was forced to flee the village she considered paradise simply because she "wasn't human."

Standing in a hail of arrows, covered in blood, (she said) "I wasn't trying to fool anyone. I'll leave now so please just forget all about me."

The nature of patriarchal, cisnormative, white (or Japanese) nationalist "identity politics" is that it doesn't matter what your intentions are, how harmless you are to the people around you, or even what you have done for them all your life. With the people who hold these beliefs you don't get to be "a good foxwoman," or "a good trans individual." You're just an object to be purged, as soon as you are found out. And the people and institutions you love and rely on may well enable your murderers, like by letting them use the "trans panic" legal defence.

Here's hoping that by looking to the past, and imagining alternate resolutions for these historical tragedies, we can find ways to make things better in the present. By supporting those who come out to us, by helping to make our families and societies more welcoming, and by keeping in mind that both fox- and trans women don't hide so that we can "trap" others.

We're the ones who are trapped, in a life-threatening situation.

Date: 2017-01-17 01:46 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
A very good analogy.

*offers virtual hugs*

Date: 2017-01-17 02:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alatefeline
May I send you a small list of links to happy shiny images of friendly hugs and similar I found on the Internet because I wanted to show caring specifically for each of you three?

part 1 of several

Date: 2017-01-17 02:26 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alatefeline
(Please note that I am not super Internet-savvy and cannot guarantee that these links work as intended; that said, I viewed all the image links and they didn't mess up my computer or my brain that I noticed.)

Fox Petting and Cuddles:

Fox Cuddles:

Baby Fox: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/56/f0/26/56f0260e3c7437282bb35a4fc3db9972.jpg

Silver Fox Napping On Log: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/50/1a/e0/501ae00596be5f599ef1b2c3ca2f9680.jpg

Foxfolk:

Drawing of Anthropomorphic Fox Characters Cuddling: http://darknatasha.com/drawings/images/bigfoxatma.jpg

Humans Petting/Cuddling/Feeding Foxes:

(I tend to think that the ethics of ‘owning’ and ‘training’ any animal are at the very least potentially iffy, but these videos are worth watching for the cuddly, wiggly, and sleepy fox pictures!)

Video: Considering whether or not to get a domesticated fox as a companion animal:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jxEuzvz9mM

Video: Legally and practically getting a domesticated fox:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQF_HXKUYvw

Video: Treat-based training with a baby fennec fox:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItRMOCkrglc

Part 3 of several

Date: 2017-01-17 02:31 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
(Please note that I am not super Internet-savvy and cannot guarantee that these links work as intended; that said, I viewed all the image links and they didn't mess up my computer or my brain that I noticed.)

Gems & Gem Hugs

Favorite Fan Art of Lapis:
http://orig04.deviantart.net/4cd6/f/2015/101/e/b/ebbd8f8cfcbd26777995cebe87013379-d8pdwoo.png

Favorite Fan Art of Steven, Lapis, & Peridot Swimming:
http://orig04.deviantart.net/4cd6/f/2015/101/e/b/ebbd8f8cfcbd26777995cebe87013379-d8pdwoo.png

Steven Hugs Lapis:
http://i2.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/001/122/005/c8e.png

Re: Part 3 of several

Date: 2017-01-30 09:23 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Yes. :)

Someone gave me an egg. A highly decorated real pigeon's egg. Made into a little carriage with wheels that really roll. It is very shiny.

Re: Part 3 of several

Date: 2017-02-03 04:08 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Not yet. I will this weekend. :)

*offers hugs*

Thank you for your several thoughtful comments recently; I will try to address them when I feel like I can give them the attention they deserve, but I think I am pretty much done with serious thought for the evening.

Re: Part 3 of several

Date: 2017-02-03 04:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alatefeline
*hugs*

Thank you. I will try.

Re: Part 3 of several

Date: 2017-02-03 07:47 pm (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
*hugs*

Another snow day (wonder if they called it less for the ice on the ground and more to prevent people from formally striking). I'm mostly staying in and doing chores that will hopefully help me later and trying to rest.

Re: Part 3 of several

Date: 2017-02-03 08:07 pm (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Not at my work, which is pretty good, but today is a date that was floated online for a general strike although I think now momentum is coalescing towards a later time.

The school district has some serious issues, but they also have collective bargaining and a couple of decent unions and some schools where people are doing serious good work as a team and community even with the challenges of the situation. I actually like being *at* my workplace most of the time, though it's exhausting, in addition to the in-theory-and-at-its-best loving my work I've sometimes had to live on.

I have been doing some serious thinking about resistance, though, and some of that is ... unlikely to end up online, because trying to emulate Dr. King in some regard, is, as his life and death story showed, not at all a safe choice.

Re: Part 3 of several

Date: 2017-02-05 05:40 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alatefeline
I'll get back to you if/when I find a secure-ish means of communication that I am comfortable using.

For the moment, I'm trying to be mindful of what I say in public *without* shackling myself voluntarily. Like the buttons and badges I sometimes wear, assuming a small risk can be worthwhile for the sake of improved communication and representation. But this presumes the ability to (mostly) judge risks.

Re: Part 3 of several

Date: 2017-02-12 04:27 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Thanks.

Just seeing you folks around always brightens my day.

(I need to watch that episode from yesterday ASAP so I can come squee about it with you.)

Part 2 of several

Date: 2017-01-17 02:29 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
(Please note that I am not super Internet-savvy and cannot guarantee that these links work as intended; that said, I viewed all the image links and they didn't mess up my computer or my brain that I noticed.)

Anime Hugs & Velociraptor Love:

Hugs featuring Blue Haired Anime Characters:

http://www.mosta2bal.com/vb/lyncache/3/21271wall.jpg

http://all4desktop.com/data_images/original/4217045-anime-girls-28-normal.jpg

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/Bl8Sq3ly9BeFU3sEDoGGMDSJequd8W4ebtA7XUC1xm3P_zgSM2gCoD-3LlMHrhptaOKWInmyvMxX6A=w1366-h768-no

Friendly Velociraptors:

Clever Girl with Flowers:
http://68.media.tumblr.com/d81c9e098aeb29079867a9f409c9a3f3/tumblr_nnw9dlgdq51qge65co1_1280.jpg

Velociraptor Hugs:
http://www.laughingplace.com/w/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/5-1.jpg

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