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Chapter 3 - Page 35
, 16 Nov 2012 02:53 am
@Ere: I've been following the comments on here by everyone with a mixture of interest and disgust, but to clarify for you and anyone else wondering:
In a simplified explanation - Gender and sex are not the same thing.
Sex is what's between your legs, gender is what's between your ears. Gender behaviours are partially social construct and partially down the the individual.
Trans-men may have a female looking body, but it has been discovered through medical science that the white matter in their brain is exactly the same as a male bodied man. They are men(I can provide a link the the New Scientist article if anyone really cares for evidence that much).
Women with more 'tomboyish' behaviour are just that, women who individually exhibit behaviour that society deems 'male'.
It's hard to explain to someone who's never experienced it because it's like trying to explain to someone deaf from birth what a clarinet sounds like without ever letting them even see a clarinet. However, just because people may never experience something to fully understand it, there is no excuse to not try and to stay confined within an outdated gender mindset (this is not directed at you, just generally).
Anyway, I hope this helps explain a little and how male identifying people aren't just tomboys and that there is a hell of a lot more to it than binding and putting on a mans shirt.
Doyle - great comic. a few bits I'm wobbly on but overall one of the least offensive attempts I've seen so far. If you ever do it again, next time try not to use the whole trans thing as some big reveal. It still 'others' the character.
I've not posted any yet, but one of my comic characters is trans. Any readers I may get will probably find out but it's not part of the story, has no relevance to the story - it's just who he is.
I'm glad that Wil had the whole 'I'm actually female' reveal, it softened Oz's somewhat. I was really concerned there was going to be another trans reveal. I've seen stories handled so badly time and again on that front.
From a female bodied (personal ident. for anyone who thinks FAAB is more accurate) person that identifies as a guy but is happy living as a genderqueer.
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