First two panels sum up a lot of my early transition. I didn't often get misgendered to my face. But more times than I care to admit, I've walked by somebody who says to their buddy, "Was that a dude?" But they only wait until my back is to them... not until I'm actually out of earshot. Maybe they're trying to be tactful (you know, in their own completely stupid way) because they're at least whispering... but they're still not subtle. Fortunately, I've also heard a fair few instances where their buddies say, "What are you talking about, fool? She's a girl!" XD
It's not a common occurence for me anymore, but it's happened to me enough over the years to add to Rain's experience. So to any cis friends and allies reading this: if you've followed this comic up to now, I'm sure you already know better. But if you happen to clock someone - whether they be a friend, acquaintance, or stranger - please please PLEASE just keep it to yourself. There's really no reason to talk about it unless they themselves come out to you and say they're okay discussing it with you. Any other time, it's just really rude and has the potential to hurt them.
Getting back to the page though, I should probably also just ask what you think is going through Drew's head here. And Gavin's too while we're at it, as he proves himself to be a stunning conversationalist on this page.
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It doesn't look boyish. It looks cutely gay. I'm a fan of it.
I am kind of heteroflexible and outed myself as bi, when I was in school. It was horrible. I Idiot thought, that everyone would be accepting enough in our modern ages. I heard, that I wanted only attention(which wasn't completely wrong) or that "Anime-Shit" made me bi(Well, I discovered it through Anime and Bishounen. I discovered first, that I don't mind a penis and no boobs as long as the person is feminine enough(Kurapica, Hunter X Hunter) and then, that I like Macho-Men(Guts, Berserk)). I pedaled back after one or two weeks just to get them stop.
Hugs for everyone who has to live with this shit.
True story: When I was a kid, I had this friend who cut her hair super short all of a sudden. It looked a lot like Rain's new haircut, and the first words out of my mouth were 'you look like a boy!'
My mom heard and forced me to apologize to her. Her response was to laugh (she actually wanted it short since she was in soccer and ballet and she hated having to put her hair up all the time.) and to wave it off. According to her, she took it as a compliment that she could pull off one of those scenes where they think she's a guy and then she proudly declares her victory in her very not-masculine voice.
Always stuck with me how I was made to apologize for telling my friend her short haircut made her look like a boy. Even if she was cool with it, even if I meant no harm, that sort of neurosis stuck with me. I don't think Debbie meant any harm by it, but I can understand Rain's panic, too.
@Shiori-Tsumi: Of course no one means any harm by it. They don't know. To them, saying that Rain's haircut makes her look like a boy doesn't mean anything, because they think it's obvious that she's a girl and they are completely unaware that she could have ever doubted that.
Reminds me of my school years...I've always had my hair short and even to this day people think I'm male..I found it annoying then..but I laugh about it now XD
People always told me I looked like a boy after I got short haircuts. I was super lazy when I was younger so I'd just let my hair grow for a year or two until it became a bother, then I'd have it cut as short as possible, rinse and repeat. So that conversation happened a lot. I was assigned female at birth so I wasn't scared or freaked out about people saying that since I had no worry to have about being outed. But yeah, people will always say stuff like that to girls who get a haircut, it seems.
I can imagine it would be really hard if you're already used to being misgendered and worry about getting outted. Hopefully the whole thing will die down soon and Rain will be fine.
Personally, I've never said anything like that while the subject was in earshot. I only say something if I legitimately cannot tell if the person is male or female, so then I ask a friend of theirs while they are out of earshot. Unfortunately, I'm really bad at sexing people by appearances, and voices don't always work perfectly, so this happens a lot. The only alternative I know is to hope their name comes up, and that it isn't a gender neutral name.
As of right now, you have 900 fans, exactly. Yeah for you!
This page is just making me cringe. Not because it's bad, but because of how horrible they're treating Rain.
When my younger granddaughter was five, she insisted on her mother letting her grow her hair longer.
Even at that age, she was annoyed by "What a cute little boy!"
@Fairportfan: Some pictures to show what i mean.
http://electronictiger.net/littleboy/1.jpg - Halloween 2013
http://electronictiger.net/littleboy/2.jpg - November 2014 (yes the outfit makes a difference - but my first thought when i saw how it came out was Joanna Lumley as Purdey, "The New Avengers")
For all the time Gavin and Ana were texting, I wonder what's gonna happened when they meet at last :). Beside, what are they speaking about ?! Wish I could sneak in their phones, ...
Allow me to rephrase that. If you believe you've clocked someone, keep it to yourself - that's NOT a request.
Is no one going to talk about Drew going "Hmm..." I think hes going to make some trouble...
Welcome to high school, Rain. It sucks. Ten years after you graduate, you'll have the chance to get together with everyone while you all pretend that high school didn't suck as much as it actually did.
@Microrapter: I skipped high school entirely so I guess I win at life. The only time I have been inside a high school was when I took the test that got me out of there and into community college at age 13. I don't have a GED either, just gonna sit here with my three degree, and two web design certificates and feel great about myself.
@Nesagsar: I am filled with that awkward feeling that is both happiness for you and also jealous rage. Because your life sounds pretty good, and high school sucked for me.
the real question is this: why arent the seniors worried about college apps?! what does rain want to do with her life?
I had a lot of people tell me that I looked like a boy when I first cut my hair. Unlike Rain, I'm a transboy and it was actually nice to be called a boy. One of the biggest problems my MTF friends face is growing out their hair, so it's actually helping them deal with it when Rain has short hair too. I also really want to know what Gavin is going to say.
Oh hey, Devon is being a really nice g- Fuck you Devon.
I AM pretty curious about what Drew is thinking right now, though. He may be growing an excellent transceiver after finding out about Ky's fluidity. Also, he may remember Rain having short hair at the con.