Modest Medusa reader Ilsa Olson sent me this amazing custom sculpted Medusa FunkoPOP. Look at those tiny Chocodiles! She ow lives on my shelf next to Korra and Yotsuba!
Poor Gene. This will not go well. 70% on Modest being confused and panicked that RT caused it with the bite. Hopefully being happier means Gene is less of a butt than Gina.
I think this is a good chance for them to have a fresh start.
Now I wonder if Modest’s boy hair is going to be a factor in this fresh start.
I haven’t decided if it will come up or not.
Well, that was unexpected!
I think I’m gonna skip this page in translation or the Russian speaking community will crucify me.
Do people end up blaming you for the stuff you translate?
I guess. There were some gay and non-binary characters in Monsterkind and the comments under some pages were… less than pleasant.
Jeez. Sorry you have to deal with that.
If you fully skip it, maybe alter some dialogue slightly, you could make being trans a non-thing in the Russian version. XD Same person, new haircut, uses a nickname now. No one bats an eye. Perfectly normal. Or as new person, same role, like a soap opera actor swap. Irony is, it being that much of a non thing is more accepting than the explaining, more futuristic.
I’d much rather translations don’t alter the comic in that way.
Thank you for the inclusion. I’ve always loved your work and this just skyrockets my opinion of you. I am literally crying as I type this. It means a lot to us.
Sure. I don’t think a lot of people know there are trans kids. I think a lot of people have never even considered the idea.
Transition does feel like the kind of a big change that’d take a long time to be sure about.
Oh yeah, I bet. From what people tell me its different for different people. I’m not any kind of expert on this, but I’ve met several young tarns kids and know parents who have trans kids, and from what I can tell (and what I’ve been told) there’s a lot of thought put into this. Its never done in a whim. I think everyone’s fear is that a little boy picks up his sister’s My Little Pony one day, and all the sudden his crazy parents are forcing him to wear a dress and calling him a girl’s name. That sounds ridiculous when you think about it for a second, but I think most people have never considered trans kids at all, and never thought about the whole thing for a second anyway (and why would they?).
Anyway, from what I understand this kind of thing is not done hastily.
I was trying to tell my parents when I was a little kid (apparently my parents were aware of it by 3yo), but we didn’t have the language to communicate it well, nor did my parents have the experience to understand it. I buried myself in what everyone told me I was supposed to be. Expressed myself again as a teen and shut it down again because my religion said I was an abomination. Now I’m finally able to slowly come out in stages and my family mostly accepts who I am, as do my co-workers (those who didn’t left due to the pandemic’s increased risk for older essential workers).
Thanks for sharing. I’m glad you’ve been able to get to where you are.
It’s highly variable. Some trans kids know their body’s the wrong gender as soon as they’re aware of themselves and able to express it. And then some people legitimately don’t realize they’re trans until their 40s/50s/60s or even later.
Hum, I don’t know anything about how old you’re supposed to be to know that you’re trans so I don’t know what to say.
I think most people who don’t know a trans kid don’t realize that some kids transition at relatively young ages. I think most people usually think of transitioning as something that happens when a person is older.
I’ve read about kids who knew they weren’t what people said they were around age 4-6. Others might figure it out when puberty is about to hit, or during puberty when they realize how uncomfortable they are with the direction their bodies are developing in.
Personally, I had no real trans representation when I grew up, but started expressing how I felt about myself when I was… 20-ish years old. Then I repressed it until I was in my mid-30’s. Was about to start going to a support group to figure out how to move forward just when the pandemic hit, so now that’s on pause…
That sounds really rough.
I was thinking about it the other day, and I can’t remember any Trans representation when I was a kid. I didn’t start seeing Trans characters in media until I was in my 20’s.
I know this is a year late, but just found this page while reading the whole comic. From all experiences I’ve encountered with the trans community in my life, my step mom being a big one of it, being trans isn’t a conscious decision. Its not just “Huh I feel like I want to be female/male today” one morning. Its more a feeling of “This body isn’t right, I feel like a stranger, who is that looking at me in the mirror” and can hit at any age, though can be more commonly expressed in people who have a conscious awareness of gender differences. I’ve read stories of kids as young as 5 who have come out as trans, and in these stories the parents have been so supportive they’d done all they can to aide transitioning.
Someone once explained it perfectly to me: Being trans is about having your soul in a mismatching body and you can feel it.
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