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This semester [at UNLV] I'm enrolled in a sort of Women Studies class (yes, it sounds misleading, believe me I judged it too, like hell I wanted so sit in a girls-restricted classroom but oops I was wrong). More or less specifically, it's a social science course studying Gender, Race, and Class (from a feminist perspective but masculinity is acknowledged too because ''feminist'' has nothing to do with women's-only politics, truthfully - or it shouldn't be). I'm surprised I'm enjoying the class so far however, this past week has been a bit uncomfortable for me because we've been discussing Gender Identity and umbrella topics (Transgender, Intersex, etc.) as well as some renowned names (Brandon Teena, Thomas Beatie, David Reimer). As far as some of you may know, I identify as genderqueer which is really hard to explain in proper words since I myself am still trying to understand my situation. I didn't share it with anyone of course, it's only week 7 but I was a little shocked to see that hardly anyone in a college level class really knew the difference between Sex and Gender Identity or what Transgender is (gladly ignore the ''Gender Identity Disorder'' term because this is truthfully inaccurate). She probably didn't mean to but one girl kept confusing the pronouns, saying something like: ''She's now a she but she was really a he'' so ''he yappety-yap'' in reference to a Transwoman on Instagram (well, if she's a Transwoman then obviously she's a she regardless if she had a penis and even if she still did she would still be a she). And another girl asked about something in reference to Thomas Beatie's pregnancies (not like he was the first Transman to be pregnant but he did successfully commercialise it), saying something on the lines of: ''But does he have a penis or...'' Um, no. He's a man but he was assigned as a female at birth; he still had his vagina, his uterus and ovaries while pregnant (obviously, you need these organs to become pregnant) but he was always a man. Him carrying his partner's children didn't/doesn't make him any less than a man. I personally stan for this quote he said: ''I feel it's not a male or female desire to want to have a child, it's a human desire.'' The confusion was too much to handle, I admit - as if these people have never been exposed to anything other than Man and Woman! Apparently, or I generally assume these people are cismen and women otherwise they wouldn't have been so hopelessly confused. Maybe I shouldn't be too shocked but with countless of coverage on it lately... ack! My instructor on the other hand has been studying this area for years to come so she knows her shit. And she openly admits her faults, saying she is a ciswoman and although she doesn't question her Sex Assignment or Gender Identity she's still learning and whenever she does accidentally slip up the preferred pronouns of Transpeople (she has quite a plenty Transgender friends), she goes on to say: ''Oops, sorry. I know, I'm an asshole.'' So, with that said I remembered this illustration - simple and cute for heavy subject matter but it gets the point across better than I can with my ranting:

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Artwork by chotpot/*Edit (3 April '14): A Comic About Gender by RainbowBruises on deviantART


Because Society is an Ass when it comes to Gender not fitting in ''neat little constructed boxes''; however Gender is much more complex than what we normally give it credit for. Sex is what we're assigned at birth given the appearance of our genitalia and/or medically tested chromosomes, etc. (fuck those shitty doctors). According to Society only two boxes exist: Male and Female - biologically and by reproductive means, yes I suppose (and Intersex is almost always ''corrected'' without the consent of the child, seriously fucked up beyond fucked). We're then expected to act in a socially constructed way based on these two labels - Man/Boy, Woman/Girl - that will follow us for the rest of our lives unless we make full surgical transitions that hardly anyone has the money for and not everybody wants (because truth be told Transphobia and other phobias do exist in the medical field so these doctors aren't always willing to make your new bottom parts pretty). Gender is separate from Sex; it is an Identity within the brain and is totally accurate regardless of Sex. And Sexual Orientation is also different; it can be whatever it wants to be regardless of Gender Identity. Though regardless of whatever labels out there exist (there's too many to count), we're all just People no matter what. Our whole Society is based around who-is-what and what-is-this but this little cute comic really goes to show any of this is not that big of a deal and Sex shouldn't be used as a tool to judge the Human Race. But sadly, it persists.

UPDATE: I've added the comic to my dA Profile/deviantID so others can always see it. Take a look: jdnight.deviantart.com/
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LauraSeabrook Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm confused here. Are you the artist or is RainbowBruises  (see rainbowbruises.deviantart.com/… ?


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JDNight Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Student Filmographer
If you read the journal thoroughly, I never claimed to be the artist... :? I was merely sharing their wonderful creation in a journal, promptly credited to their Tumblr account. I was originally unaware of their dA account until recently.
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LauraSeabrook Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
That understandable. It's very hard to find with a Tineye or Google Image search!
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JDNight Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Student Filmographer
Yeah, I'm sorry about that. By the way, I wasn't offended by your comment. Your confusion was understandable. I hope everything is cleared up now. Thank you for corresponding with me first before making a report too.
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LauraSeabrook Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
No worries. :)
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JDNight Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Student Filmographer
;)
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Strudel--Cutie4427 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013   Writer
Exactly my point - people are people, reguardless of what (not who) they are.

I recently had to deal with my uncle again (last time I saw him, it came out that I'm "not normal" so to speak, (I am normal, but not to him) in the gender area and he LAUGHED at me and when he realized I was serious he didn't wanna know. He said "What's your name" and when I told him he kept saying "What's your REAL" name until I got fed up and told him my birth name, then he said "There, was it really that hard" Yes it **** WAS!) Anyway, we took him to lunch today, and he's so freaking LOUD that EVERYONE in the restaurant by the end of lunch knew what I was born as... It was terrible, and I really had to use the bathroom, but I couldn't because they all KNEW...

Sorry, still a sore point, it happened today...

But back to my point. Well - your point, but you know what I mean...

I think that what's on the inside is the most important. So what if she has a penis? She's still a female and that's all there is to it. He has breasts? He's still a guy anyway.
Take some of my OCs for example:
One of my OCs is a boy, and he has a boyfriend. He is the leader of a group of superheroes, and despite his rather feminine voice, no one questions his gender. Physically, he has the body of a young woman, but he's still a boy.
My second OC is a princess, and a darn good one at that. She wears beautiful pink dresses, loves animals, and is in every way your stereotypical princess. That said, she's also prone to walking around in jeans and a t-shirt, no bra padding, when no one's looking. She's still a princess and still a woman.
My third OC is also a girl. She grew up in an orphanage where people were always trying to force her into the male role and because of this, she has incredibly low self esteme and a terrible stutter. Since she ran away, she has met a beautiful girlfriend, who has slowly pulled her out of her shell, even finding her parents. Her father makes clothes, her mother cooks and she even runs her own magic show now. She's a completely different girl now from before, and she's even had corrective surgery.
My fourth OC also grew up in an orphanage, but that's because his father owns it. There's a boy who bullies him on a daily basis and his life there is terrible, but you wouldn't know that if you looked at him. He's a self-confident young man with a beautiful partner and 6 wonderful kids (Let's just say his gf is VERY fertile XD ... And in his reality, either gender can have children with either gender) He's lucky enough to have a small chest, and doesn't think he needs corrective surgery because he's still a guy.
My last OC is also a boy. He's a little shy, and stutters when he's nervous, but he's usually pretty good about it. The only problem is he can't talk to girls, they cause him to seize up.

So there you have it - 5 OCs, 5 transpeople, 5 very different lives. (I have many more OCs though) The first's gender is no big thing in my story, it's a fact, nothing more. My second OC's gender is a pretty big thing however, and a lot of stuff is centered around her sex and gender. My third, it's not a big thing but there are those who know about it, and her dad doesn't care, he just wants to try out matching dresses (he's a bit of a drag queen XD). My fourth is also a fact and nothing more, people assume the bully is talking about him being gay or something when he uses the term "girly-boy". My fifth character doesn't even realize he's not physically male, just that he has a big chest for a guy.

Sorry I'm rambling, feel free to ignore me...
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JDNight Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student Filmographer
Oh my shit, I'm so, so, so, so, very, extremely sorry this kind of bullshit even happened to you. :tighhug: I swear, if I were there I would have kicked everyone's balls. No human being deserves to be treated like that. I can't fucking/will never fucking tolerate transphobic assholes. :fork: Number one thing you should never ask transgender/bigender/trigender/genderqueer, etc. people: "What's your REAL name?'' You know by then that anyone who asks that is a horribly stupid, transphobic dickhead. Including family members. *sigh* Excuse my French. I just can't accept for anyone, especially a beautiful and intelligent human being such as yourself, to experience this kind of atrocious treatment. Don't ever be sorry for sharing this experience. If you need someone to talk to, I'm one of many who is here to listen, even if I don't truly know you. :smooch:

I think that what's on the inside is the most important. So what if she has a penis? She's still a female and that's all there is to it. He has breasts? He's still a guy anyway.

I honestly agree. Yet, 99.9% of society will never see it this way. I really must stay out of the gender related tag on Tumblr from now on because it's people like this that piss me off like barking mad. :pissedoff: For instance, I'm not into Glee, that show is so annoying, yet I can't take shit from people who call Unique Adams a ''he/she'' and say she ''chooses to dress like a girl.'' Clearly, no one gets her character. And she's a really amazing character in a really stupid show. If these people are truly this stupid, and if what Jane Elliott (the social equality activist/diversity trainer) said is true, that stupid can't be cured, then hopefully one day their ignorance can at least be educated. To some extent. I'm hoping. :pray:

Your OCs are Awesome! :highfive: I haven't glimpsed at your gallery yet, but do you have any drawings/writings of them? I should go look... :sprint:

Speaking of OCs, I too have one transgender OC. When I originally started on the project, he was more genderqueer, where he identified alternatively as both male and female or sometimes neither, and he didn't mind being called ''she'' but strongly preferred ''they.'' But since the project progressed/changed a bit, so did his character, and I would say he is definitely more transgender and even admits this to another character. So I went back and changed all my inaccurate pronouns within the text, regardless if the other characters don't understand that he's transgender and still refer to him as ''she,'' much to his anger. But many of my watchers get so horribly confused whenever I post stuff on him. I keep correcting them to not call him a ''she'' because it's inaccurate. I'll keep trying to convince people he's a boy even with a girl's body. :XD:

And yes, sexual orientation is totally separate from biological sex and gender identity. So, I'm pretty glad to see the diversity amongst your OCs because they don't fit into ''norms/expectations'' and are not stereotypical. ;) I think my OC's sexuality is harder to pinpoint (well, not like you can label someone's sexuality just by looking at them, which I know because people were so shocked that Dumbledore was revealed to be gay, as if it was a horrible revelation). He likes both girls and boys and it maybe goes beyond that (pansexuality), but sexual orientation is definitely much more diverse than we socially construct things as well. According to society, ''straight'' is the accepted and expected norm. But I think biologically, we are not that black and white. Many animals deviate from the ''straight'' agenda. And so do humans. But why is anything that isn't ''straight'' considered an alternative when it's just as normal? I don't know, I'm totally getting off topic here. :shrug:

Anyhow, I enjoy your comments. Don't stop! :clap:
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Strudel--Cutie4427 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013   Writer
As sad as it is, I'd rather have to deal with that than my teachers, but that's a totally different topic entirely. (they were bullies, esspecially if you disobeyed them. (I don't mean the usual "won't do it" either. I mean like the downs girl who can't work fast enough or the guy who had to sneak off to the bathroom because he had a condition and they wouldn't let him leave class) But yeah, off-topic)

I know what you mean. People who aren't "normal" are seen as being bad, and that's wrong. But if people can learn that blacks aren't that bad, there's hope for gender-veriations (for lack of a better word) too.

Um..... Most of my OCs (with no cannons in their storyline) are in/going to my other account :iconbetterscarletmystery: That account is just to keep my own stuff seperate from everyone else's stuff. I only really have some stuff up on one lot of characters there though, but I'll get to adding more as time goes on.

Yeah, that's one of the more difficult things to do...

Actually, in my new account, with my OCs so far - I've tried to make them "real"... So instead of the usual character that has one personality and sucks at lying, and stuff, they all have very real lives, and not always the sugar-coated reality they appear to live... It's hard to explain but I'll give some examples:
- One is a terrible homophobe (Sad as it is I'm afraid, but it also helps explain things from both sides)
- only one is human
- there are a few that are related but don't know
- one is incredibly shy but when they trust you they're bubbly
Just stuff like that.

I won't XD
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JDNight Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student Filmographer
*:tighthug:
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