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DC Comics launch transgender character

Postby Ice Maiden » Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:35 am

http://www.wired.com/underwire/2013/04/ ... cs-batgirl

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Bit late to the 'party' DC comics introduce a transgender character.

Type the term 'Hentai transgender' into Google images and you would wonder where they have been? I think this is a case of DC simply running out of ideas and thought ....hmmmm? What about a "HOT TRANSGURL?!" And down the road our community is dragged (no pun intended) kicking and screaming.

Just as all women in pornography have put immense pressure on 'normal looking women' to conform and most, let's face it, do not. The trans community are now under the same scrutiny.

What does a trans person actually look like? Well one could say that almost all the DC female Characters had trans traits, masculine builds, violence, they are rarely Doris Day Characters. So as far as I can see they have changed nothing but a speech bubble.

Is this what transgender women look like? Well I think we all know the majority do not look like that. So perhaps this is just a toned down Hentai for teens who maybe migrating to the internet for their kicks rather than Comicon.

Make Batman an FTM and maybe progress will have been made. :shrugs:
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Re: DC Comics launch transgender character

Postby WeWantWaffles » Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:50 pm

I think it's nice.

If I was to write a comic with a transsexual character, I'd make her/him look attractive and totally passable because..!

a) It's what we want to look like. Superhero comics have a habit of showing the most desirable trait for the core audience; brave muscled guys, lithe sexy girls with optionally a yummy rear end, laserbeams for eyes, ability to fly, etc. It just makes sense to me that they would show a lovely girly-girl, because transpeeplz wanna look like that. It might even be poor representation if they used an 'obvious' transgirl, given the context.

b) Outsiders will be more open to transsexuality when they are introduced to the concept in a gentle way. Physical appearances aren't everything, but looking good and leaving a good first impression is very helpful. If a transgirl looks pretty, anyone she interacts with will have an easier time understanding the girl on an emotional level. If you ever saw V for Vendetta - there's an emotional part where two lesbian women were arrested for their sexual orientation. They were both femme, very beautiful and totally innocent. They didn't use butch women (or men) because that distracts from the message that it's not okay to hate based on sexuality. And let's not forget, minority or not, femme lesbian women & transpeople who look like cispeople DO exist.

Related to 'b', if you read what the comic's writer says about transsexuals, gays and bisexuals, you'd see how much she cares about equality. I actually thought the two pages I read were beautiful attempts at expressing transsexuality (and this from an outside perspective!). 'Hentai transsexual' (or more accurately, xXx anime shemale xXx) searches on google will lead you to the most obscene fantasy sites where everything is impossible: G-sized breasts, downstairs packages larger than the average man, hairless where it counts, a perfect female voice, the sexdrive of a shackled sailor, etc.

I'll just add this from the linked article:
Still, Simone believes that diversity isn’t just a continuing issue for superhero comics: “It’s the issue for superhero comics. Look, we have a problem most media don’t have, which is that almost all the tentpoles we build our industry upon were created over a half century ago… at a time where the characters were almost without exception white, cis-gendered, straight, on and on. It’s fine — it’s great that people love those characters. But if we only build around them, then we look like an episode of The Andy Griffith Show for all eternity.”

She added that she thinks most superhero comics readers don’t have a problem with increased diversity, but rather with stories that promote sermonizing over storytelling. Alysia will be “a character, not a public service announcement … being trans is just part of her story. If someone loved her before, and doesn’t love her after, well — that’s a shame, but we can’t let that kind of thinking keep comics in the 1950s forever.”
So overall I'm happy about it :) To be honest, I'd be a little depressed if my only transsexual rolemodels were a male-female hybrid.
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