Sorry for the Rain-narrated exposition, but a lot like her first meeting with Vincent, I didn't feel like actual dialogue was going to add anything other than redundancy. The first endo appointment for someone seeking transition - much like the first therapy appointment - is basically a longwinded sitdown where you talk about being trans and why you believe transition is right for you (at least, that's my experience). And assuming you've read the last 800 pages, I don't think you really needed me to tell you again just how trans Rain is, so I opted to hopefully not bore you with a recap.
It all led to this page very nearly being cut, but there are a few points of particular note. Like Rain expressing how she wanted her doctor to know, rather than simply feeling obligated to tell her. And the part I think readers will focus on more: Emily's reaction to Rain's famous page 1 line. I have mixed feelings about this page overall myself, but I hope you folks find it worthwhile.
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@LittleLynn84: I actually really like the Rain narration. It kind of opens Rain's mind up a bit to the readers.
Ahhhhhhhhhh this is such a great page <3
...kinda seems like it's not her department. I mean, is this how she handles her first consults with diabetics?
@Raen: There is such a thing as an objective diagnosis of diabetes. So far, no such thing for transgender. I think it's legitimate for the doctor to insist on being personally satisfied that the treatment is appropriate for the person, before starting on a treatment with such significant long-term effects.
Though I would think it's pretty rare, there almost certainly are cases of people pretending to be trans because they think someone else is pressuring them into it, or for other not-very-good reasons. It's harder to fool two doctors than to fool one.
@Raen: Also, the doctor I went to just asked whether I was trans or not, and when I said yeah he just went right to the describing side effects and then wrote a prescription. I think Rain is going a bit more in depth than is really necessary, but it could have also just been the doc I was seeing
@Erin: Yeah, that's closer to what I'd expect, but between Dwere and Lynn, I take it you're the exception.
@Raen: It's certainly the way it went for me with my endo. I was happy to fill her in but yeah, she wanted the info. It's all good though, we communicate quite well because of it.
I take it Emily's hand on her bump in those 2 panels is deliberate on your part? :3
There is a British expression - "drop a clanger" - make a faux pas.
One tends to realise AFTER whatever it is comes out of one's mouth.
Rain's clanger is more like a "ding!" than a "CLANG!", but from her side of the conversation, it has to look huge...
I just found this comic recently but I'm really invested in Rain and Emily please let them be happy
Rain's reasons and feelings about being who she is are valid. She wants something nature didn't gave her, and also something science can barely give her. Rain shouldn't feel ashamed of confessing her wish of being a mom in front of Emily. Not many people have maternal skills, but considering Rain is kind, shy, an optimist, and is maturing faster than her sister, I think she will be a good mom. Just to clarify, dads can do the same things as moms, except giving birth and lactancy. Okay, transgender men and Richard Watterson are exceptions to my previous statement.
@TranshumanAr: Transgender women can and do lactate after breast growth is triggered by hormones. I can lactate when I never could before.
Generally speaking, the breasts of men do not develop to allow lactation, but their development (like most things in the human body) is based on hormones, not on chromosome pairings. Since hormones taken over a long period of time cause any proper remaining triggers in the body to activate, the breast growth caused in trans women is the same as the breast growth caused in cis girls going through puberty.
Generally, the only thing that's based strictly on chromosomes is the initial trigger of the SRY gene in in-utero (which begins the hormone washes that allow genital differentiation in-utero).
Everything else has a different trigger for development, even bone structures use hormones. If a trans girl starts estrogen at a very young age like 10, she'll have wider hips and thinner shoulders than one like myself or Rain that started after puberty, after the bones have already triggered development and likely ceased active development.
@fenny: That is interesting, and I didn't knew about it or probably forgot I knew it. It is quite sad that this knowledge about hormones isn't available to teens and they mostly get it when it's too late to have their body fit with their mind. Actually, not only gender identity knowledge, but general useful knowledge for having a good life or an interesting career isn't shown at schools or discussed in family.
That is pretty much how it was for me except I did not have other people there with me. I just let it spill all out and felt much better afterward and it worked out. :P
Oh and I also said I was only partly androgen insensitive. I found out this was not true I am fully I just have a malignant tumor in my pituitary gland that I take medicine for now that causes me to be big tall with big hands and feet. Here I thought all this time it was cause I was only partly so. But my niece that is fully female as the same problem. For a girl she is very big and tall with big hands and feet to. Luckily she did not that I know of end up being born intersex. Also they caught her early so she will not end up to big for a girl but she already is wearing clothing sizes for 4 years ahead of her age.
Well, I've noticed since the beginning, but you draw mouths really low on the character's faces.
I've only just noticed how weird it is.
At the same time, I find absolutely nothing wrong with that. Just an artist's quirk I guess, and it just FITS.
Sorry for the off-topic comment. :/
She draws mouths really low, eyes really eye, and noses disproportionately. And she doesn't ever reply to any sort of criticism. Some pages, her art looks really really good, but most of the time, it looks like really sloppy anime. But hey, I'm here for the story, not the art.
Oh, I don't mind the art style at all. I actually quite enjoy it. It gives everyone a soft look. Except for Gavin, but Gavin's not soft! :P