Ooh, sore spot. :O
In Drew's defense, he's got his friends and classmates asking him that sort of question all the time... but in a teasing/judging/condescending way. While Kylie didn't mean any harm in asking him that, hearing it as an "insult" so much could reasonably make the guy a bit defensive about it. The same could be said about a lot of words though; different words mean different things to different people It all depends on our personal experiences. Not that that makes it right for him to blow up at her like that, but I think it's understandable that he did.
As an aside, Kylie really didn't mean any harm. Obviously, unlike Drew's friends, it wouldn't be something she'd belittle him over. She just wanted to make she was understanding the situation. I mean, look at her friend group.
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Also, in case you hadn't heard yet: there is more surgery in my future. This will mean another lengthy hiatus. The surgery date is set for February 23rd. Next update - February 20th - will be a two-pager so I can wrap up this scene before I go on hiatus for this.
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My lover's actually GF, too. They have 4 modes. Boy mode, girl mode, an androgynous mode (I relate most to this one, because I'm an androgyne, too), and agender.
We're both pan, so nothing like this really happens for us. :P
@Grenartia: I find this fascinating. I'm not gender fluid at all, though my degree of femininity (is that a word) varies greatly from day to day (sometimes moment to moment!). I would think being GF would be very difficult in a society that barely understands (and rarely accepts) transgender issues.
My own marriage is doomed eventually (my wife doesn't want to be married to a woman, despite the fact that she already is and just doesn't realize it). To hear about your relationship is a breath of fresh air. Congratulations!
Who knows? Maybe it can work out for you, too. Love can do some crazy awesome things. If/when you come out to her, I hope it all works out for the best.
Good luck, Alyce. I hope you find a way to be at peace when it comes to your wife, and even more so, that the outcome truly makes you happy.
Oh, yes. I've been there when someone says something that they didn't know would be a button pusher and I snap at them. It's not fun for anyone -___-
Also from my prospectivenesses, I would just like to say I can empathize with Drew because whatever his deal is, I know that I'm kinda like that. And what I mean is I'm straight, but I really think androgyny is cute, hot and sometimes even sexy. I dunno where this is going, but anyway it goes I empathize with him
Man, I was so hoping it would work out with Drew being all awesome in the last chapter.
@The Panharmonicous Burrito:
I'm holding out hope that he does in the next page.
I agree, in my opinion Drew has done thing in this page that would make him really unbearable or too judgmental. He looks more out of sorts than anything else, and he hasn't been condemning of Kylie's choices, just unsure of what they mean about him, and knowing about his background, it's understandable, if not ideal, that he can't be instantly zen about this. The next page will tell us much about him, and whether he's ready for friendship and/or something else with Kylie and the gang.
I can understand Drew's distress at being asked if he doesn't like girls. I do kinda worry for Kylie though, seeing as she said things didn't go super on this date
I'm genderfluid, so genderfluid dating is something I worry about... I think I'd have to be out to whoever I'm dating to be comfortable, but if someone asked me out expecting me to be a girl, would they be okay with finding out that's not always the case? I think I'd be fine with it if they decided not to date me because I'm not always their preferred gender. But what I WOULDN'T be okay with would be if they got offended that I'm genderfluid or if they pretended to accept it to keep dating me, but actually made no effort to see me as anything other than a girl.
I think I sort of understand what Drew's feeling here. He thought that acknowledging that he's attracted to Ky had resolved his denial that he's attracted to guys. I think part of him *knows* he's bi, but discovering that Ky's gender fluid complicates the psychological significance of dating them just enough to allow the part that's still more deeply embedded in internalised oppression to go back into denial, so the cognitive dissonance is back
Of course, it can't be easy for Ky having Drew react like this either, given their sister's earlier attitude
Still adorable. Panel four kinda urgh but it's so great because you know there is so much more to this situation! :3 Panel six is the best pageturner of all time as it's exactly at the most important beat of the scene.
(do scenes in comics even have beats? I dunno, you know what I mean)