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Hey, what’s this? Why, it looks like a BBC article about the Aicardi Syndrome Foundation fundraiser and sexism in SF/F cover art. Now, at a time like this, there are two choices. You can squee and dance around like a little kid because holy crap, a major news outlet is recognizing your fundraiser and contributing to an important conversation! Or you can play it cool.

If you need me, I’ll be Snoopy-dancing.

I haven’t quite completed all of the poses for the fundraiser yet. I had hoped to have everything done except the group pose (which we’ll be doing this weekend), but then I got caught up reading bad fiction for a different fundraiser.

However, I wanted to share this thank you from the Aicardi Syndrome Foundation to everyone who donated or helped to spread the word. Speaking for myself, the $15,000+ we raised greatly exceeded my best expectations.

What follows is the message I received from Al Meo of the Aicardi Syndrome Foundation:

For the past 22 years, the ASF has been funded through private donations and individual fundraising efforts such as yours.  Our board of directors and those involved with the foundation do so on a voluntary basis, no one  is paid…so all contributions we receive are used to benefit our girls and their families.

We want to express our sincere appreciation to your followers and all those who contributed to your fundraising event for their kindness and support.  Their extreme generosity helps us to continue our work in providing medical/adaptive equipment for girls in need as well as funding an educational and supportive conference for families. We also contribute to ongoing Aicardi Syndrome research and will soon be funding a new collaborative project which we hope will be successful in answering our many questions about this devastating syndrome. It is always our wish to find the cause of Aicardi Syndrome and to improve  quality of life for our girls.

From all of us at The Aicardi Syndrome Foundation, thanks for making a difference! We wish you all a very happy and healthy 2013!

Thank you all so much from me, as well.

And as I head off to ConFusion, I’ll leave you with one more cover pose…

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.


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Jan. 18th, 2013 05:22 am (UTC)
....my big secret is that I actually inadvertently end up in a lot of these poses. My body is not normal-human-sized, so I do a lot of contorting for comfort!
Jan. 18th, 2013 01:01 pm (UTC)
But do you do it while fighting a vampire in utterly impractical clothing? :-)
Jan. 18th, 2013 01:36 pm (UTC)
Only rarely. :)
Jan. 18th, 2013 06:10 am (UTC)
At least that doesn't look uncomfortable-- just not really something most people would do in a Victorian skirt.
Jan. 18th, 2013 10:19 am (UTC)
But she's not wearing most of the skirt :-p Makes it easier.

I often put one leg up on something like that, but usually it's because I want to fiddle with my shoe.
Jan. 18th, 2013 10:46 am (UTC)
I interpreted the folds in the skirt to mean she'd pushed it way up. It could be that she's only wearing an overskirt that was sewn like that, though, true.
Jan. 18th, 2013 10:49 am (UTC)
I think she's wearing only the over-skirt part of a two (or more) layer skirt. The full under-skirt would add a lot of bulk at the waist if it was all screwed up there.
Jan. 18th, 2013 10:55 am (UTC)
I was thinking it looked about 1890s. I think some of the walking skirts back then were actually basically a fairly thin layer of wool. It was just within the realm of possibility, and seemed to me to make more sense than doing the equivalent of putting a shrug on over a bra. :)

At any rate, the pose doesn't seem too weird. It seems to be something people do sometimes to convey dominance. But the lack of skirtage is very weird. I wish the parody conveyed it, with, perhaps a bit of curtain as the semi-skirt.
Jan. 18th, 2013 11:00 am (UTC)
Yeah, the parody doesn't really convey the "I'm not wearing my clothes" aspect of this pose.
Jan. 18th, 2013 12:59 pm (UTC)
I actually did a reshoot last night for exactly that reason. I couldn't figure out how to convey the "Hey look, it's a crotch!!!" effect of the original cover. I agree with the comments that I think it's more of a wardrobe issue, but short of donning a Speedo, I'm not sure how best to capture that.
Jan. 19th, 2013 01:35 am (UTC)
Huke up your cuttoffs some more.
Jan. 19th, 2013 02:25 am (UTC)
Fishnets. ^______^
Jan. 18th, 2013 01:36 pm (UTC)
It's steampunk. LOTS of steampunk costumers dress like that. (They don't, however, usually stand like that.)
Jan. 18th, 2013 08:14 am (UTC)
While I marvel at the amount raised (yay fantastic!), and giggle at your cover text, I must confess that the heart within weeps in disappointment at the lack of fishnets. *anguish* No fishnets, whyyyyyy?? *also WOE*
Jan. 18th, 2013 01:02 pm (UTC)
Y'all are gonna make me reshoot this one again, aren't you...
Jan. 18th, 2013 12:30 pm (UTC)
No fishnets, sure, but more importantly, did you shave your legs for this?

And BIG congrats on the BBC article. *happy dance*
Jan. 18th, 2013 12:57 pm (UTC)
I did not shave for this one. I'm actually a little worried. Only about half the hair on my left leg is growing back in. Bad enough when I lost the hair on my head, but now my leg is going bald???
Jan. 18th, 2013 01:55 pm (UTC)
Better shave the other one so it matches :-)

See what you missed by not being a woman? There's always hair where you don't want it, and not enough where you do. It's a tough world.
Jan. 18th, 2013 06:44 pm (UTC)
It takes a surprising amount of time for leg hair to grow back to full shagginess. Like maybe a month or more? Even though there's noticeable growth after four days or so.
Jan. 19th, 2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
Probably because the hairs are all on different stages of the growth cycle.
Jan. 18th, 2013 12:55 pm (UTC)
She's probably tring to loosen her hamstrings and open her hip ;o) Yeah....that's it...
Jan. 18th, 2013 01:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you for not wearing black briefs for the pose.
Jan. 18th, 2013 01:52 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the BBC article. I'll add a Kermit flail to your Snoopy dance. That's a really nice article because 1) it talks about both of your points (stupid cover poses and Aicardi fundraising) and 2) it doesn't make anyone sound like a dip. I especially like that they closed with one of my favorite consequences of you becoming the Cover Art Authority on Gender Exploitation.
Jan. 18th, 2013 04:24 pm (UTC)
Here's a fun cover John and you should do together. Extra bonus for the blue paint. *grin*

Jan. 18th, 2013 04:33 pm (UTC)
You mean this cover? (No Scalzi or blue paint, alas, but it does feature the return of the Bear!)
Jan. 18th, 2013 05:30 pm (UTC)
I had seen the bear version somewhere, but not the original. Now that is one crazy pose I could not have done better than you, and I am female.

That's what you get for traveling without computer access for a week or so. I never miss the internet then - I'm old enough to remember typewriters, lol - but when I come home, I'm too lazy to read up on tons of blogs an LJ posts, and thus get out of the loop. :-)
Jan. 18th, 2013 04:52 pm (UTC)
Gratuitous Pose Critique Comment #1: You can tell you don't have boobs--your right humerus is pressed into your side, but in the original cover the arm is slanted slightly out and up to make room for the adipose tissue. The line of the shoulders falls slightly from the right shoulder to the left, while in your pose it falls ever so slightly from the left to the right to counterbalance the legs. Not that I nitpick or anything.

Gratuitous Pose Critique Comment #2: DAMN I wish my legs were that good.

Pardon my coming in late on this, but while I've been following and enjoying the pose challenges, I'm still not clear on what Aicardi Syndrome is.

ETA: If I could remember the code, I would strike through that last paragraph, having now read your original blog post on poses and Aicardi Syndrome. Go you, and I hope the fundraiser helps them figure out what causes this and how to prevent/cure it.

Edited at 2013-01-18 05:00 pm (UTC)
Jan. 18th, 2013 05:04 pm (UTC)
< s > for strikeouts.
Jan. 18th, 2013 05:12 pm (UTC)
Ah so! Thank you. I have Learned Something New today (since what I "remembered" was so obviously wrong).
Jan. 21st, 2013 02:46 am (UTC)
From what I've learned, I think we're a long way from being able to prevent or cure it. But I've also been told that the money we raised will make a tremendous difference, and hopefully get us that much closer.
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Jan. 20th, 2013 01:32 am (UTC)
Jan. 21st, 2013 01:30 am (UTC)
I made the offer over in the SFWA Forums, but so far they haven't taken me up on it :-)
Jan. 18th, 2013 06:08 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on inclusion in the BBC article. Well done! Even better that you raised so much money for a worthy cause.

Jan. 21st, 2013 01:22 am (UTC)
Thanks! I am stunned and delighted and incredibly grateful for how successful this has been.
Jan. 18th, 2013 07:25 pm (UTC)
Woo hoo!
Your drive and the BBC article made it's way to ONTD-Political!



Jan. 21st, 2013 01:21 am (UTC)
Re: Woo hoo!
Jan. 18th, 2013 07:45 pm (UTC)
I think we need to start insisting you mimic the outfits better.
Jan. 21st, 2013 01:18 am (UTC)
I'm a little leery there, given some of the responses to the Hines/Scalzi pose-off. I worry that the dude-in-drag aspect might detract from the things I'm trying to point out.

Though in this case, I agree. The pose isn't necessarily bad, it's more the wardrobe, and I didn't capture that.
Jan. 18th, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
At least the guy in the background of the original cover also has an impractical accessory: the teacup. When our heroine starts shooting things, that crockery is at risk.

"Yeah, I decided to forgo the fishnets this time" is a line plenty of women do say!
Jan. 23rd, 2013 11:50 pm (UTC)
I admit I only skimmed comments and I'm late to add.. but you notice... she's not standing. The lower leg is actually bent so she's on her knee. Now -that- would be uncomfortable. (You can see the fishnet behind the white silver bordering int he corner.)
Jan. 24th, 2013 12:03 am (UTC)
The authors pointed that out too in their very good-humored response to me. Yeah, I totally missed that she was kneeling. -5 points to my posing score :-(
Jan. 24th, 2013 12:39 am (UTC)
Aw, but you have so many more for being a good sport and doing it in the first place. If you had +1 point for all comments and link backs, I'm sure it'd more than make up for it. ;)
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