Hookers in Bear

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On The Hooker with a Heart of Gold… words to strike dread into the hearts of… well, everybody who ever consciously tried, in their work, to avoid a stereotype. Any stereotype. Because they can get away with it. Because very few people care. These women are, quite simply, seen as disposable. I made a joking comment many years ago about Frank Miller Feminism: all the women are whores, but some are really badass whores. It applies.

Hookers in Bear

The thing is—like soldiers, police, firefighters, nurses, clerks, lawyers, rock stars, T. Characters who are sex workers are characters first, and sex workers second. So I asked myself, when I undertook to write a book about parlor girls in a steampunk version of the Gold Rush West, who these women really were.

I have a little postcard print of a fairly famous period photo that hangs in the preserved portions of the Seattle Underground, which can be toured. It shows a group of parlor girls awaiting their clientele in a room decorated with statuary and Asian carpets, and the striking thing about them, for me, is their individuality. The variety of expression on their faces. Their body language, and the varying ways in which they address the camera.

One of these ladies was the inspiration for Miss Francina, by the way. One of the great joys in having a of female characters […] is that it neatly dodges the Smurfette Problem. So I felt, in writing this book, that I owed these hard-working, adventuresome, mettlesome women a little respect. I tried to make them an assortment of very different people, with different goals and experiences and desires. Also, one of the great joys in having a of female characters in a story—in telling a story in a predominately female homosocial environment—is that it neatly dodges the Smurfette Problem.

Which is to say, one woman is not presented as the type example of all women, as—to steal a title from John D. Also, there are a lot of stories set in primarily male environments.

Hookers in Bear

And the thing is, for Karen and her colleagues, prostitution is a job. And to me, the adventure is the interesting thing. I sure like her, anyway.

Hookers in Bear

Elizabeth Bear was born on the same day as Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, but in a different year. She is the Campbell, Sturgeon, and multiple-Hugo-award winning author of over twenty novels and nearly one hundred short stories. She lives in Massachusetts with a Giant Ridiculous Dog, but divides her time in Wisconsin, the home of her partner, fantasist Scott Lynch. My God, I remember seeing that and wondering what the words meant.

Hookers in Bear

I got out my dictionary…. Or the bad sense, maybe. The Indispensable Prostitute by Elizabeth Bear […].

Hookers in Bear

Yay for interesting, complex female […]. Marshal Bass Reeves, who was a real person, and Tomoatooah, his badass Numu posseman, and Merry Lee the also-badass woman that rescued indentured slaves.

Hookers in Bear

I have just started reading Karen Memory. Was it really like that, anyplace? I have no idea of the answers to these questions. I invite comments. Art by Julie Dillon. Share: Twitter Facebook Tumblr. Written by Elizabeth Bear. Paul Weimer February 2, at pm. LizT February 2, at pm. Links from the Week Saunatina Writing February 9, at pm. Wes Brodsky June 28, at am. You must be logged in to comment. Log in. Hugo Award Winner About Bibliography.

Hookers in Bear

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