Aftermath

I seem to have put my self -- or my characters -- in a dilemma in a couple of the stories posted here.

A lead character is transformed into a female by a woman with vast magical powers. She has rather slutty sex. Then she's told by the woman who transformed her that she can try to act in a less slutty manner, but that such behavior has become part of her nature, and that she can never become a male again.

That more or less summarizes what happens to Russ/Rose in "Slow Justice" and to Stan/Stella in "The Ticket", and in both cases, readers have called me on it. They want the new woman to have a chance for a successful life.

Someone suggested Identity Death. That the women would be happiest if they forgot their male pasts. I've used Identity Death in some of my stories when I felt that it was appropriate. But it isn't always appropriate, and I don't think that it is appropriate for the characters in either of these stories.

There's a lesser sort of resolution that, in a way, is sort of like Identity Death, call it Identity Separation. It usually includes a sentence like this. "She knew who she had been, but it didn't seem to matter any more." The transformee has developed a strong, new feminine personality. She remembers who she was and what she was like, but she also knows that she doesn't act like that any more.

A lot of writers use Identity Separation. I used it in such stories as "Habeous Corpus." The Professor used it in all the Ovid stories, and the list goes on.

I don't think that Identity Separation fits for Rose or Stella, either.

They been shown -- they've become -- just the sort of objectivized slut that they thought all women are. Now they feel trapped into being that sort of woman.

I think what's needed for both women is to recognize what they were and to build a real person out of that. Let it be perhaps with the aid of the one who performed the transformation. Let them see how wrong they were, how much they deserved the transformation, and how they can prove that they can rise above it to become the sort of woman they now want to be.

And, if I do a sequel to either story, that's what I would want to write.

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