Well played, Vincent. It's good to laugh. I find having a good sense of humor has been kind of crucial to my transition. It helps separate the innocently uninformed comments from the malicious ones, and prevents unnecessary fighting or dysphoria. I speak purely for myself, of course, but being able to laugh is much preferred to feeling like I have to cry. But if you can adopt such a philosophy, I do think it's worth it. :)
Anyway "Ryan", Aiken, and Kellen's designs here are all loosely based how they looked on the first page (mind you, this is technically even before that). Again, this became tricky as even a year or two can be a big difference when kids are that young. Especially in the case of little "Ryan."
But actually, the most troublesome one here was Kellen. Quite inadvertantly, the ponytail she sports on the very first page is almost exactly the same as how Chanel wears it. I decided to move Kellen's ponytail up to a higher point on her head as a result. I mean, obviously Chanel wouldn't be here (she wasn't even born yet!), but I was worried about someone being confused, especially given the monochrome.
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aw i feel so sorry for what happend to vincent back when he was vivian
Poor Fara. Her private life doesn't have anything to do with her work! You can be a teacher and keep your private life private.
And Aiken, there are so many things wrong with that statement...
@Quinis: Ok, poll- how many people had no idea what a trans person was when they were 11? And maybe said something that was not gender correct? Give Aiken a break, hes not even in high school yet!
Really they are way to young to know of The Word Boobs and only adults and teens know and use the word.
@Darkness Komet: That's not necessarily true. I knew the word by 1st grade and knew what it meant so it doesn't seem implausible to me that Aiken would know it at age 11.
I grew up kinda sheltered, and I'm pretty sure I knew the word boobs before I was 11. I may not have been using it at the time, but I knew it. Every kid is different though. I don't think Aiken's knowledge and usage of it is all that strange.
'Boob Lady!" Oh God..organs hurt...
This comic just gets better and better!
I love reading it :)
@Sheep: Yeah. That doesn't excuse these types of comments, but it does mean it's their parents', teachers' and the media's responsibility for teaching them wrong about gender in the first place rather than Aiken's for at that point having no opportunity to have learnt otherwise.
@allie: idk if the media, teachers and parents is teaching them wrong about gender, it seems the problem is more that they seem to want wait till kids are in their late teens to tell them about different sexualities and genders, and I think at age 11 and possibly a little younger, kids could start to understand different sexualities and genders.
Kids are old enough to understand the concept of sexuality and gender as young as 4 or 5. Gender even younger really... kids are coming out as trans* as early as they can talk and have been introduced to at least one member of the opposite* sex to the point where they can recognize the social and physical differences between girls and boys. Hell my friend's niece has a better grasp of all of that than most adults I know.
I mean they obviously don't understand, nor do they need to understand ALL of the details yet, but they're smart enough to understand that some men like men, some women like women, etc etc, and they're smart enough to understand that some boys* want to be girls or visa versa (they might have questions obviously, but at that point they haven't been corrupted yet and so at most are likely to just view it with innocent curiosity rather than any sort of hatred or bigotry).
Anyway... I agree with you all the same. The main problem, in my eyes, has a lot to do with adults feeling like they need to wait to teach kids about these things. If they're scared or think that it's wrong, or that people can be in ANY way influenced into "switching teams" as it were by early exposure then they're likely to try to shelter them until they can instill THEIR sense of what THEY feel is "normal" into them.
... All of that felt a little angry, sorry if it comes across that way, I guess it hit a nerve. ._.
Well, guys, I mean, we already KNOW Aiken is transphobic, and considering his upbringing, it's not shocking. Aiken probably didn't even know that transgender people even existed, you know? I'm not saying what he said is good, but the reaction is definitely... expected.
@Flexor: The media, teachers and parents teach kids that (among other things) anatomy is a reliable indicator of gender. That's obviously not correct, is it.
@Darkness Komet: I knew the word boobs when I was 5, and at that age I thought "breast" was roughly synonymous with "chest". I guess it might be a more sexualised term where you live in which case kids would be less likely to be exposed to it, but in my community and my family it was just another word for breasts.
@Sheep: Well, not just trans, there's cross-dressing and women without boobs (flat-chested or had them removed), like I said (rephrased so I don't sound like a broken record), many things that counter Aiken's statement statement.
Plus, the storyline has predisposed me to disliking Aiken. I give him some slack for being so blunt because he is a child but someone needed to explain things to him (Vincent was trying, props to him).
@Quinis: The thing is, there might have been nothing to explain (or at least far less) if practically every single influence hadn't lied to him (and most kids) to begin with.
It's the boobie lady!
...Sorry, I could't resist.
Funny story, I didn't even know breasts existed until I hit puberty...and...well...noticed...ehem... *adjusts pants*
I would laugh a lot if Vincent kicked Aiken's ass. "NOW WHO IS A BOOB LADY NOW, ASSHOLE!". Even as a kid Aiken was a jerk, and I am surprised Rain's mom was a bit ignorant. Those dark times when LGBT people and every non white white people were treated like garbage.