hey so this is just a thought...but, my college had a Quidditch team. with capes, broomsticks, and a gold-shorts-clad member of the track team. so, if something like this appeared in a future Riot Nrrd, i'm just saying, it wouldn't be a bad thing.
I’ll keep it in mind! My college was definitely not cool enough for a Quidditch team, but I always hear about them and get jealous.
I ADMIRE YOU MUCHLY. *flail*
Riot Nrrd is one of the first webcomics I've seen that actually reflected the fact that not all characters are gonna be ablebodied cis straight white males, which puts you up there with Megan Rose Gedris and Erica of DAR fame. You've inspired me to actually put interesting characters and step outside of my comfort zone for my webcomic. :3
Uh! This has been sitting in my ask for a few days. I’m sorry, and I wasn’t neglecting you! It just makes me blush a lot.
Thanks for your kind words, and good luck with your webcomic!
Acceptable thing to say to strangers: “Hi, I’m sorry, but I’m trying to get work done, and your conversation is distracting me. I can’t change seats because [insert any reason besides ‘I feel my age/gender/sexual orientation/etc makes me more entitled to public space than you’], would you mind moving out of my earshot? Thanks.”
Not acceptable things to say to strangers: “Jesus Christ, I have to get out of here, you’re driving me crazy.”
Also not ok: “Go figure out your questions about sexuality somewhere else, you’re driving me crazy.”
Really, what the fuck, not ok: “You need to get laid or something.”
I’m not sure that I have anything very deep or conclusive to say about this, but I was just thinking about something as I re-watched Boy I Am, and wanted to talk it out somewhere before I forgot. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a documentary about trans men, and specifically hits a lot on how feminism interacts with the realities of transgender men’s experiences.
It consists mostly of interviews, and they have a few cis women giving their perspective, and there’s this one issue in which two of the interviewees agree - one of which comes across as being the most assertively questioning of trans people’s… motives, I guess, and the other who gives some good historical context and comes across as more neutral and emphatic.
They’re talking about physically transitioning, and both come to this conclusion that young FAAB people are really vulnerable in that they live in a culture that is telling them everything is wrong with their bodies, and telling them to hate their bodies, and that being a man might seem like the solution to that problem, and one of the interviewees even expresses that she might have taken testosterone when she was a teenager if someone had offered it to her. And thus, trans men should wait before transitioning.
And… you know, I think there’s a lot wrong with this (the film focuses on the fact that denying trans youth safe transition options will not prevent them from finding transition options). But I want to focus on one thing, because the idea here is that: don’t change your body, because you might regret it.
Which… doesn’t that seem to run counter to the whole idea of loving your body? I mean, I get that we’re used to a culture telling us to change our bodies in order to make them loveable, and so body-positive language ends up telling us to love our bodies just the way they are. But isn’t it totally bizarre to say: love your body only in its natural state?
If I go on hormones, and then decide to stop - and, I can’t imagine, but even if I decide that I really am not trans - is my body any less loveable than that of someone who did not go through that?
This is probably a faulty metaphor - but I have several body modifications that didn’t work out. I have a hole in my face that will probably never heal to the point of invisibility, and I have a tattoo that is scarred up and looks uneven and unfinished. I don’t think these things make my body ugly. I think they just make them my body. You know? Telling my story.
All bodies should be considered lovable. If we don’t alter our bodies, our bodies are still lovable. If we alter our bodies and it works out just the way we wanted, our bodies are still lovable. If we alter our bodies and it doesn’t work out the way we wanted, our bodies are still lovable.
If we feel deeply, and we encourage ourselves and others to feel deeply, we will find the germ of our answers to bring about change. Because once we recognize what it is we are feeling, once we recognize we can feel deeply, love deeply, can feel joy, then we will demand that all parts of our lives produce that kind of joy. And when they do not, we will ask, “Why don’t they?” And it is the asking that will lead us inevitably toward change.
So the question of social protest and art is inseparable for me. I can’t say it is an either-or proposition. Art for art’s sake doesn’t really exist for me. What I saw was wrong, and I had to speak up. I loved poetry, and I loved words. But what was beautiful had to serve the purpose of changing my life, or I would have died. If I cannot air this pain and alter it, I will surely die of it. That’s the beginning of social protest.
Dear Tumblr, below the cut is the table of contents for my coming out as non-binary zine. Which things would you like to be part of a free preview (probably four or five pages)? You can leave answers in my ask.