Mirrored from Sythyry.
Student 7 (Rassimel): “What is the greatest step that Ketherian society could do to make transaffection more acceptable?”
We looked at each other blankly.
Inconnu: “Have everyone agree that species is no more relevant to one’s choice of sweeties than fur color, social status, gender, profession, and other such matters?”
Student 6 (Orren): “But those are all fairly relevant! I, personally, prefer to date wonderfully-spotty Orren who are my fellow students, and of not too low a rank!”
Inconnu: “Precisely! But would you be condemned socially if you dated a spotless Orren who worked in a bookstore?”
Student 6: “Not particularly, I suppose.”
Inconnu: “Exactly! I do not seek to eliminate personal tastes — you may love whomever you wish! I simply seek to eliminate the opprobrium that comes with it.”
Student 7: “That would work, I suppose. It seems hard to achieve. How will you do it?”
Inconnu: “Me? Oh, I’ll just delegate it to Sythyry. Zie’ll find a way somehow.”
Student 8 (Herethroy): “Isn’t there size issues between some peoples?” There was much laughter.
Me: “Beg pardon?”
Student 8: “Well, you’re a little tiny Zi Ri, and she’s a great big Cani woman, so what the persmeggidy are you going to do for her?” (some laughter)
Me: “Leave her to her husband.”
Student 5: “But then you’re not having any sort of traff sex!”
Me: “In fact, Zi Ri are capable of mutually satisfying congress with any other sort of prime. If you’re uncertain about the details, please consult any work of Zi Ri anatomy or pornography.”
Student 9: “Do you consider those who can’t figure out how to work around the little size difference between a Zi Ri and, say, an Orren to be stupid or just uncreative?” (considerable laughter)
Me: “No, just uneducated. I send them off to do some research.” (a bit more laughter)
Mump: “Please, that sort of question is utterly inappropriate for our distinguished guests.”
Student 8: “Not if he’s going to make out with zir after the lecture!” (too many laughs)
Saza: “The only one who actually offered to run a practicum — with optional ‘practi-’ — would be Inconnu.” (A few quick students laughed immediately, followed by many others.)
Inconnu: “Mump, Mump, you forgot my sign-up sheet! I insisted upon a sign-up sheet! Name, address, species!”
Mump: “I made no such agreement!”
Inconnu extracted a sheet of paper from a front-row student, wrote three column titles on it, and sent it around. By the end of the class it had vanished.
Student 10: “What are some distinct issues with traff relationships that don’t typically occur in cis ones?”
Inconnu: “Getting beaten up for being in the relationship at all.”
Me: “That’s for lower-class people trying to do it in Vheshrame at least. Nobility can get away it without physical violence, especially if they’re also married same-species and just doing it adulterously. Eigrach, where we just were, makes traff relationships all but impossible.”
Phaniet: “Different expectations. The various species really are fundamentally different. I need social time, especially with other Cani around, even if I’m not ever going to mate with them. Este needs hobby-time. This works out fine for us: we just have to schedule them at the same time. And I need to remember not to lean on Este for all my social needs; he simply can’t stand that much of them.”
Saza: “I never thought of that.”
Student 11 (Herethroy): “Is it true that you’ve had more than a thousand sexual partners?”
Inconnu: “A mere thousand — what an insult to think I have had so few!”
Phaniet: “Not in the slightest.”
Me: “Not even close”
Saza: “That would be about one new one a year, which is not at all an unreasonable number for a powerful and appealing young Zi Ri!”
Me: [quietly] “You didn’t answer the question.”"
Saza: [quietly] “No … see how many of them noticed that? I believe the Rassimel girl in the red cloak in the second row did.”
By which I understand that I, too, am not getting an answer.
Student 11: “I mean, traff people are all total sluts. Are you competent sluts or incompetent ones?”
Inconnu: “Competent! Very, very competent!”
Phaniet: “We are no more likely to be sluts than cis-folk.”
Me: “Less, in Phaniet’s case. A Cani woman will usually have a dozen spouses, hence a dozen lovers over the course of her life. If Phaniet has had more than two or three, I have not heard of it.”
Phaniet: “My loves have been of five categories. One, unspoken and unrequited. Two, frivolous interest by some noble in Vheshrame which I took far too seriously. Three, spoken and unrequited. Four, spoken and assaulted. Five, Este.”
Student 11: “I think the Orren is telling the truth, and the rest of you are just putting a sweet face over it.”
Saza: “Does anyone have a question that isn’t trying to be enslutting or otherwise insulting?”