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Planet Ripple- 46- Unsightly

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This is another one of those pages that says a lot in little time. First off... Minnow apparently sees herself as ugly. It's really not surprising that she feels that way, but it sure does suck. She's so cuuute with her freckles and messy hair! She ain't ugly at all.

As for this Merfolk lady... yeah, it's kind of awkward that you didn't ask PERMISSION to sit next to this person you've only just met. But, that's just how Merfolk are, really. They tend to be very... touchy-feely. Although they speak our languages just fine, the "spoken" language they use to communicate underwater is very simple. They rely on body language and touch as much as sound to get a point accross, so they're very physical, as you can imagine. They like to huddle and send "positive energy" into friends in distress an' whatnot.  You kind of have to explain to them why it's rude to get all up in somebody's face.

Minnow doesn't even know how to deal with this or whether she should accept the gesture or not. That's a bit of her autism showing through, I guess.

(And before anyone accuses me of appropriating autism, I'm an aspie myself, okay? Okay.)

That's it for today.

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Battledroidunit047's avatar
Still some animal-based instincts in the Merfolk, eh?
Battledroidunit047's avatar
I meant the whole touchy feely thing you mentioned. Animals do that, don't they?
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
It's their culture. They've lived in a world without barriers or doors separating people for who knows how long. By comparison, the "human world" feels small and claustrophobic.
Battledroidunit047's avatar
Man, was I off by a long shot... Sorry about that...
Orionide5's avatar
It's a neat touch that the merfolk have a sort of fin around their eye (to protect against strong currents?) instead of eyelashes.
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
Sort of. Think of it like the eyelids frogs and the like have.
lordmep's avatar
Makes sense that she's such a cynic.
SILENTPHANTOMOMEGA's avatar
are the merfolk at all related to seals? Personally I probably wouldn't mind, I'm weird like that.
MapleSamurai's avatar
Speaking as a fellow aspie, Minnow's pretty much having the exact same reaction I would have in this exact scenario.

And I'm glad we have confirmation that Minnow has autism, because we don't really get a lot of positively portrayed autistic characters in media these days. 
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
Cool. Yeah, I'm just not going to have the characters themselves bring it up much. I'd rather people who are on the spectrum or know somebody who is read it and pick up on Minnow's little quirks and see "Oh, she's autistic. Neat."
0-0master's avatar
I see what you mean by the approaching of autism thing. quick question, is minnow autistic? If so I'd be surprised.
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
She is. She's a high-functioning autist, same as me.
0-0master's avatar
wow, I'm surprised 0_o I say this cause I have mild autism. 
Appropriating of what?
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
Autism. Like... the struggles of autistic people.
When make a parallel to autism = "cultural" appropriation?

That's like accuse Eiichirō Oda to 
appropriation, because Fishmen are a parallel with black people in USA.
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
I threw that in there to preemptively shoot down anyone who assumes I'm not autistic and don't know what I'm talking about when I portray autistic characters. People are really touchy about "outsiders" infiltrating "groups" these days.
FatherOfMusho's avatar
Okay, that makes more sense.
FatherOfMusho's avatar
1. Well, it looks like this is going to be either very touching or very awkward.
2. So basically merfolk are empaths, basically able to sense emotions and relate to them?
3. Don't worry about "appropriating" anything.  That's just a SJW term used for censorship.
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
Nah, it's... kind of a real thing. By my standard, at least, if someone apes something and acts like they own it when really they know nothing about it, that's appropriation. A more sinister scenario is if, say, one culture goes to another, like "Hey, look man, we totally like your stuff, your food, your clothes, your art, so we're going to put our own spin on that and pretend we made it, but make no mistake, we don't like YOU. We like the more superficial aspects of your culture that we can easily market to our own people, but we still hate YOUR people, so we're going to steamroll you after we take your stuff and do what we can to make things harder for you while just pretending to like you, okay?

Which is a really a-holish thing to do. It's like slamming and locking a door behind you after being the first to make it up a flight of stairs so other people aren't able to make it through... after taking their stuff.
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