Not everyone will probably catch on to this, but Rain inquiring about the sex of the baby is a bit... odd. Especially coming out of someone that's trans. Sex doesn't mean much, after all. Gender is the important one, and that might take years to learn (and it would be the kid's job to define that). I mean, whose to say the kid wouldn't be trans his or herself? Or genderqueer? Or some other variation? So why is Rain asking? Maybe she's still oblivious to the possibility that there are a lot more gender variant people out there than just her. Maybe she's just playing along to keep up her stealth around Emily. Maybe she really didn't think about it (she does seem pretty excited to ask). Maybe it's all of the above. In short, take it as you will. Rain's an odd girl.
And speaking of gender variant: Kylie! It's interesting that Emily and Kylie would both have secrets that can be immediately revealed upon seeing each other. Emily turns out being okay with the idea based on Rain's reasoning, but what about Kylie?
And before anyone asks, obviously Fara would let Kylie know that Emily is there before blindly sending her in. Hence the pronoun-deficient conversation between Rain and Fara.
Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.
Also, I've said this before, but I'm trying to raise money for SRS, and I'm still struggling with it. If you can help, it would be most welcome. If not, don’t worry about it. I totally understand (you don't need to feel bad or apologize if you can’t).
Kinda unrelated here but did Colin ever give fara the tickets for kaminari? Coz if it was the x-mas just gone that he wanted to give them, and the convention was in January did they miss it or was it just off scene??
Aw, SRS is free here in Canada, if you are diagnosed with gender dysphoria (I know someone who had it).
Apparently people's medical plan is supposed to cover it in the USA, but I can imagine that would be more than difficult!
@Guest: Yeah, it's hard to get insurance to cover much of anything, and most people don't have medical benefits from their workplace above accident coverage.
@Comic: Rain asked about sex, not gender, which is easily determined during pregnancy. As far as naming the kid goes, well, the name isn't all that important either. It is vital to accept the possibility of a gender fluid, gender queer, trans*, or what have you child. However, the child is statistically likely to be cis and straight, and naming is likely to assume such, especially considering that Emily is both.
I like Emily's expression in the last panel.
"What you not tellin' me, girly?"
Being trans myself, I've asked some of my friends who are expecting about the sex of their child. It's sort of an automatic question to ask, and it helps in figuring out what kinds of gifts to get for the kid.
That said, a couple of my closest friends are deliberately not knowing the outcome until the big day, which enables me to make the obligatory Monty Python joke... which, of course, they won't get (they never really got into MP).
I don't think it is that odd to inquire about the sex of the child, even as a trans person. When my brother finally decides to have a kid (damn you, make me an aunt already!) I would want to know so I can imagine playing with him or her. Something about it being a girl (or at least, to start with) settles better in my brain than the kid being a boy.
If that makes any sense at all.
@LittleLynn84: yeah... I did think it was odd, Rain asking about the baby's sex. I find it problematic for anyone to ask, or tell, about a baby's sex either before or after birth, except for medical reasons. Coming from a trans* girl just adds strangeness to the problematicness lol
Yeah, that was really strange from Rain. Out of character? o_0