The majority of readers seemed to believe Debbie couldn't clock Rain, and was just making a generalized statement. That may very well be the case. But I can tell you that as a trans girl, being called all the "beautifuls", "shes", "girls", and (in my case) "Jocelyns" in the world can be very quickly and very easily undone by "a little boyish" (well, I'm a bit more resilient now, but I've been at this a lot longer than Rain has).
In other words, it doesn't matter if Debbie or Holly or any of their other classmates can't specifically identify her as a trans woman or aren't implying that she's male. In fact, it's unlikely that anyone in that school would even come to that conclusion without personal experience pertaining to trans issues (ie, knowing someone who's trans, being trans themselves). And that's especially the case given that it's so ingrained in their minds that Rain is female by this point. But even if they don't actually consider her to be male, they see something in Rain's appearance that brings words like "boyish" to mind. Even if they're not wittingly clocking her, or even trying to insult her, simply speaking their minds proves to be just as harsh
And Rain is right. Arguing too much may draw attention. If she starts demanding that she's not a boy when no one technically said she was, that may very well raise suspicion. As we know, she's a tough kid. Rain can get through this. But it's going to require her to be more careful than before.
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I can't wait to see how this gets back around to Quentin. This is shaping up to be a very interesting arc.
even though i'm female to people i meet nowadays,every once in a while paranoia strikes when people are laughing so i remind myself i'm not the center of attention that i sometimes believe myself to be.
Jerks. How do they know she didn't want it that way? Something wrong with short hair, or looking what they think is "boyish"? (meaning last 2 pages, not just this one)
@LittleLynn84: I think this might be really funny.
Rain: Needs incredibly expensive things to pass
Yuki Sohma (Character from Furuba):needs a girl's uniform, and people will mistake him for a her. I'm not joking. https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/27/6b/43/276b43d7501a12663c8b4e8df13dde9f.j pg
Link seems to be broken, I'm afraid.
@LittleLynn84: add pg at the end of it. You can tell their link ended at j and there's a pg after it that's not part of the link.
lol he does look like a girl, I think it's the long layers on the side
Last commentary you used the word "clocking" and I brushed it off, but it keeps reappearing here. Did you explain what it means in an earlier page and I forgot? I assume so otherwise how would Maria know that term? I hang out with a bunch of trans people both online and IRL and I don't know it. I guess it means to suspect that someone is trans, or something along those lines?
Sorry. I just forget not everyone knows these terms sometimes. ^^;
"Clocking" is basically when someone discovers that a trans person is trans without being explicitly told. The other common term I'm familiar with is "being read". I've found in these last few pages from reader responses, trans people seem to use different terms based on location, so for all I know there may even be more. Clocking just seems to (generally) be the most used term I know.
@LittleLynn84: I wouldn't worry so much about this one. I'm pretty sure that I haven't heard the term in a trans context before, but it's meaning seemed obvious to me from context and related usage.
Though decades older and dealing with work instead of school I am in sorta a similar situation to rain having transisioned recently and this one strikes home. My whole day can be wrecked by one person clocking me, or worse when a coworker who knew me before and has a horrible habit of saying things like. "ohh he is waiting on you......I mean she is waiting on you" Great thanks what I really need is you outing me to every single customer we get, I don't have enough anxiety and depression let me add some more self loathing to the mix.
@LittleLynn84 Can you fix the character page so Emily's sexuality is read as pansexual rather than straight?
As Lenga said, there's a disclaimer expressing that all information on the character page is meant to be spoiler free for new readers (for example, there'll never be a picture of short-haired Rain on the character page even in future updates). That said, I will admit that means certain entries do read like lies for readers who are caught up on the story.
I am currently - if slowly - working on a massive overhaul of the character page. It's going to look different, have different pictures, be completely rewritten, etc. Furthermore, I'm hoping to reword certain aspects so that they're more or less spoiler free, while simultaneously not made confusing/misleading for long time readers. The new character page will be out... eventually. My current top priority is Volume 3 (2015 release is all I know). After that, I'll get back to this. But until then, I'm not going to bother with small updates.
@Listening Daisy, it's been stated repeatedly that the character page is intended to reflect the initial impression the reader receives.
@Lenga: Although it would probably be a good idea to move the disclaimer from the bottom of the page to the top, since a great many people seem to miss it where it is.
Rereading this page, my heaet is strangely warmed. Holly as oblivious as she is, was able to tell that Rain was nervous about her hair. As misguided as her comforting was, she still had genuinely nice intentions.
What exactly do you mean by "clocking"?
It took me years to grow my hair and it has barely reached chin level. Sure, my mom likes to cut off more than I am comfortable with, but you can't tell me Rain can do the same thing in months dangit. Unless she's taking hormones into account?