Headcanon: dæmons lack genitals and thus lack sex. Their gender is determined by the gender of their people. Any sexual dimorphism in dæmons (e.g. manes on lions) is caused by this gender identity.
Lyra’s dæmon Pantalaimon identifies as male because Lyra identifies as female, and because Lyra views gender as binary. In Lyra’s universe gender is much less discussed culturally, which is why we see so few non-cis people and dæmons. Compared to our universe, more people assume they are cisgender in Lyra’s universe. There is about the same gender distribution in both universes in actuality. Thus, people have dæmons of the “opposite” gender only when they consider gender to be binary. People who understand gender to be more complex than that have dæmons of any gender except their own.
Before people view the world cisnormatively, their dæmons change gender as easily and as frequently as they change species.
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I went to the Renaissance faire dressed as a warrior. I had a real sword with me, too. I was standing (in character) next to a sword-fighting ring, where kids of all ages got the chance to pick up a sword and challenge the champion. Some woman walks by, with her little girl. The girl starts walking towards the ring, saying she wants to fight. But the mom pulled her away hella sharply, and was like, “That’s for boys.” You don’t want to be a BOY, do you?” And the girl looked around and saw me. I think she thought I was a boy; I had my hair in a ponytail, and was wearing a hood. So she comes up to me and asks me, “Do you think girls can be fighters, too?” And her mom looks like she’s silently gloating. Like she thinks I’m going to say no. So I take off my hood, untie my hair so that it flows freely, and kneel before her. And I’m like, “Milady, anyone can be a fighter.” I swear, the look on that mother’s face made my day.
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Creative Artist Turns Strangers’ Photographs Into Anime-Inspired Sketches
US-based artist Robert DeJesus has been accepting commissions by strangers to draw Japanese anime-inspired portraits of themselves based on photographs they submit.
All hail DeJesus for making insanely cute photos even cuter.
taking out headphones that cancel sound really well after wearing them for hours and feeling like you just suffered a percussive blast because of how your ears ring