Shellback or Pollywog



Whether we want to admit it or not, we live in a society where gender roles are written out pretty clearly, and we are all supposed to act according to these roles. When someone acts out of it, they are always viewed as a pariah. How interesting it would be to have an anthology of stories where the readers wouldn’t be able to figure out who the characters are, whether they are male or female. Would it open up their horizons more than usual? Would they be tempted to widen those roles and accept everything they read as true? Would they expect girls to act like girls, or would a manly sounding girl not be a pariah this time? So, I collected a few stories, just like I did in my previous anthology, and this is the result. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.