First and foremost, this story was a commission and I am extremely grateful to the commissioner for their ideas and feedback along the way.
I think there is so much potential for virtual reality and mind control. I am glad I was able to explore that a bit here. Women being converted into much more autonomous machines that have personalities programmed into them is a big kink of mine too. Using that to brainwash women into the ideal playthings of DDF worked out really well I think.
Westworld is an obvious influence, but I also thought a lot about Boomers from Bubblegum Crisis too.
Inspirations: Downing Street’s Ringtones, Darkmind’s Pleasure Island, and Vendatrix’s Pleasure Crews Of The Ultimate Lovedolls.
Independent Female Syndrome was inspired by two books. The first was about the changing role of women in the home and workplace between World War I and World War II. The second was about the rise of the suburbs and interstate highway system after World War II. Some of the anti-feminist rhetoric expressed by opponents of women in the workplace during that era bled into my fantasies (as always!) and I began scribbling out an outline.
On the EMC end of things, Vendatrix’s There Are No Bad Girls and Downing Street’s New Girl were huge influences.
I really hope you enjoyed this story. I had a great time writing it.