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December 17th, 2013, 9:25 pm



Cisgender or cis (which describes a person whose gender identity matches their physical anatomy) doesn’t seem to be a very widely used term outside of the trans community. I often get that reaction when I say it. Gavin would out his friends if he’d finished saying “straight,” but cis doesn’t mean much to a lot of people. Just an observation on my part…

I’ve mentioned this several times throughout the comic in my blurbs, but someone will still ask what the collars mean here. They represent what grade the student is in.
9th Grade – Red (Chanel, Brett)
10th Grade – Orange (Rudy)
11th Grade – Green (Ana, Todd)
12th Grade – Blue (Rain, Maria, Gavin, Emily, most of the rest of the cast)

Just to clarify, of course. In fairness, this IS the first time I address it within the pages themselves. I shouldn’t be surprised people ask.

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December 18th, 2013, 1:43 am



Oh, Rudy's younger than Maria... I thought they were twins.

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December 18th, 2013, 11:27 am



@Quinis: Same..

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December 18th, 2013, 11:50 am



Funny, why would Gavin be using those terms to begin with. Unless he got them off the net. I really don't picture many of the characters exchanging information about their gender identity that much - seems too private to me. Or at least not with Gavin. ^_^; Just me maybe.

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December 18th, 2013, 8:41 pm

Hannah (Guest)



It's more than likely he looked it up on the internet at some point given how confused he was/is about the subject. It might have been during that time period in the beginning of the comic when he wanted to understand more about how the whole thing works but couldn't talk to anybody about it. Makes sense since "cis" would probably be one of the first terms he'd learn in contrast to whole trans* spectrum if he researched it.

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December 19th, 2013, 7:47 pm

Allie (Guest)


Also, while at the start of the comic Rain herself was quite ready to accept cissexism and trans-as-abberation, she seems to have gotten a lot more assertive, so if anything it would surprise me if she *hadn't* learnt terms like cis, which are necessary to any attempt to undermine that narrative, and taught them to those of her friends who know she's trans

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December 27th, 2013, 2:57 am

Sheep (Guest)



"cis" is actually a prefix in organic chemistry for a naturally occurring chemical variant, while "trans" is the term for a variant that does not occur in nature.

An example of this is the trans-fat that any one who looks at the labels of processed foods has seen at least once. Its a fat we cannot digest because its artificially created, i.e. does not occur in nature.
(I understand this accidentally compares trans-folk to a harmful fat, and for that I apologize).

Of course expecting a high school student to know this is absurd.

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December 7th, 2014, 2:28 am

Zhe (Guest)


Most of my friends actually know what "cis" means, but I guess that doesn't really mean anything. My circle of friends is really biased in the fact that about two-thirds are LGBTQ, and, three-twelfths or so, are informed allies. The rest are uninformed allies, meaning they don't really know anything about it, but they don't care either way.

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December 30th, 2014, 1:54 pm

Kimiko (Guest)


Yeesh. Where's that smoothness now, Gavin? Lucky that Ana's not up on her gender&orientation terminology in this case. You almost outed your friends there.

I was surprised at first that Gavin's 18 already, but then I realized most people would be in the last year of secondary school. It's just me who was always late, having my birthday in July.

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December 25th, 2015, 10:42 am



Holy crap, the colored collars actually got MENTIONED IN THE COMIC!?

Woah, that's new.

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October 22nd, 2018, 3:42 pm

Kalia (Guest)

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Uh, just because it hasn't been addressed in the past 5 years, what Sheep (Guest) said is complete BS. 'Cis' in chemistry means "same side" and 'trans' means "opposite side", referring to the relative orientation of two parts of a molecule. Both are Latin prefixes meaning pretty much the same thing ("on this side of" and "across", respectively). It has nothing to do with artificiality, just geometry.

The "trans" part of trans-fatty acids uses the same meaning, and they do occur naturally (although they are manufactured for food usage through the process of hydrogenation, too). They are also digestible, and something being artificially created has nothing to do with its digestibility.

One thing was right, though: increased consumption of trans fatty acids is generally recognized as significantly increasing the risk for coronary artery disease. But that has no applicable analogy to "trans" and "cis" in terms of genders.

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