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Explaining the Transgender Experience by RomanJones Explaining the Transgender Experience by RomanJones
I wanted to make another version of the Explaining Trans comic I did yesterday, so here's the result.
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SealyTheSeal Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
I love it! Fuck transphobic assholes!
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Pyrosaitan1 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
a better example would be to say that someone did crazy mad science and swapped your brain into a duck's body
in that case btw you are a duck, a really smart, sentient duck but still a duck, just like a transgendered male is still a male, a really feminine male but at the end of the day a male
and hey there's nothing wrong with femininity but if you look creepy in them, don't wear a dress, and when you flirt with people, don't go near straight males, because they're straight, and you're male, same story with trans women
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RomanJones Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I'm confused by this comment.
What exactly are your experiences with transpeople? I'm not talking about 2nd hand stuff or stories you've heard, they don't count. I'm talking about genuine one on one interactions.
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Pyrosaitan1 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
I'm talking about the science of it all, trans people are born with their bodies of one gender but the brain functions and tendencies of the other, so it'd be a better example to say that trannies are more like one animal with the brain of another instead of saying they're just in a suit
i tend to avoid people like this
which is weird because most of my friends are really, REALLY gay, like the vast majority of the humour is me saying something gay, them saying something gayer and me saying "wow you're fucked mate"
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RomanJones Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
"i tend to avoid people like this"

You mean you tend to avoid transpeople, yet you are telling me, a transperson, how I am and how I feel and think? You call me/us the legit slur 'trannies', yet you know better about how we feel than we do? Whoa dawg better hold back we've got a telepathic sociological genius over here!

You have a kindergarten class certificate but talk like you've got a Ph.D in rocket science. You think you're hot shit in a champagne glass but you're really cold diarrhea in a dixie cup. You're the kind of person who hangs a scribbly coloring book page on the fridge and calls himself Da Vinci. 

You are a confused mess who thinks he's a zen master. Please refrain from preaching your well-meaning but still incredibly ignorant sermons to people who have walked the walk. 
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Pyrosaitan1 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
"trannies" abreviates it, it's easy to say and write, what's wrong with it? it's like telling people to stop calling gay people gays and start calling them "homosexual" and stop calling black people black and start calling them "african-americans", you're just making things needlessly difficult

i know how your brain works, as shown by research on the subject to transvestites, unless your opinions are worth more than documented fact

I'm beginning to feel like you're a bit touchy in this area, couldn't imagine why though, you're so civil and polite...

how am i confused exactly? i know what I'm talking about, I've read all the info on it, if you are a tranny why don't you go look up what the problem with your body stems from and stop getting so damn upset at me correcting you slightly on how to best describe what it's like for your brain to function differently to what it's meant to with your body?
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TheKawiOtakuKittey Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  New member
I act more like a cat actually -3-
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RomanJones Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
awww :3
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sullieseeburg Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
I'm not crying. Nope.
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:iconromanjones:
RomanJones Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I really need to redraw this and have my real name on it finally....
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RobIsAHat Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow. That's. Surprisingly accurate.
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RomanJones Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm thinking about redrawing this nicer.
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RobIsAHat Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it's very nice the way it is  <3  But if you do, let me know, so I can come back and see it  ^.^
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RomanJones Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You bet, pal!
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:iconpanisara:
panisara Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
I love your work, please empower yourself together
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:iconromanjones:
RomanJones Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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ManuelMishonu Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
I like this analogy.
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RomanJones Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Dotterall Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014   General Artist
Wow, really powerful idea
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RomanJones Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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floridapanther28 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ahhhh this hits home a lot 

it's bittersweet and a very very very good analogy 
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RomanJones Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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Hissori93 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This made me want to cry. Very relatable [even if its meant to be alittle lighthearted] 
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RomanJones Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yay! I made someone almost cry!
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Hissori93 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As long as it's in a good way, then yes, YAY!
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Amiabletogether Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, you're awesome! *high five*
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Emmi-Sirius Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this !
how do you get a idea of comic / inpiration ?
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JWiesner Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Man, I still love this. No matter how often I read it, I can relate to it to this day. :c Why is there such a thing as a clear inside for a very opposite outside.

Great way of explaining it with the costume, too.
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RomanJones Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!! That means a lot coming from you!
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JWiesner Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
It's something I came to realize too slowly. Before I even joined DeviantART, I had some real life journal entries written about how much I feel like I'm in the wrong body (not the beauty level, the gender). I barely heard of transgenders before, nor what it meant. Same counts for asexuality, actually, because that's my sexuality too. I didn't believe these were real things, that there's others like me. Sometimes I even tried to deny, but I only lied to myself eventually.

I still don't have the guts to officially tell everyone that I'm a trans-male, though. Especially because I don't look too male, and my voice doesn't sound like it either. But I'll try help myself out this year.
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RomanJones Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Take your time, buddy. It will be a while before you get used to yourself and accepting who you are. Don't rush it or you'll be in for a heap of mental anguish.
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LaughingBanana Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
I had an odd dream where you were there...
But you were a tree (with a pipe. Because... logic doesn't work in my mind)

You were a oak tree in a apple orchird.
I don't know o-o it was odd.
Why were you in my dreams man... stahp :stare: I miss my flying rainbow unicorns.
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RomanJones Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I am a tree.
A nice tree, like the happy little trees in a Bob Ross painting.
Not like the Evil Dead trees.
Nope nope nope.
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LaughingBanana Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
:icontotoroplz: treeeeee
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LiaHansen Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student Artist
The worst part; they named her Sparky.
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RomanJones Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
OH GOD!!!
I love that!!
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arreis100 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
This totally reminds me of GIR. XD Also I love this, as an FTM. <3
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RomanJones Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yay!! I love GIR!!
And thank you!
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Chaotic-Samurai Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Whoa this is the perfect metaphor.
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RomanJones Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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ecsart Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SVeidt, My husband teaches a Sex Ed class at our church. These are very powerful, moving and empathy-building strips. Would it be OK if he printed your two Transgender experience strips to show to the 13 year old attendees? It is always good to give the feeling that someone has been through this before, just in case anyone is wrestling with this issue in silence.
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RomanJones Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sure! I would be honored!
I'm currently working on a short illustrated book version of this comic. Keep in contact and I'll tell you when it's finished :)
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ashfae Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
I actually feel happy about the last panel. IT's heartbreaking to think of all the time spent before, yes, but liberating from this point onwards.

Anyway, this is terrific. I really like your art style and you have a knack for explaining tricky subjects.
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Ysabetwordsmith Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Writer
You nailed it. I have not seen this metaphor before. I will be using it in the future, though -- I do a lot with gender studies.
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jewelf0x Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Fancy seeing you here. >_>b

It was definitely a powerful metaphor.
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Ysabetwordsmith Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Writer
*hugs* I'm happy to see you too.
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RomanJones Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think the second one, the one with the dog costume, is better. But thanks!
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Ysabetwordsmith Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Writer
The dog costume is the one I commented on, haven't seen the first one yet. This is the kind of stuff I mean when I say that your skill is sufficient to convey the content, even if the technical level isn't where you'd like it to be yet.
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Skye-Rhyder Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
If you didn't have dysphoria to start with, you will by the time you're thirty.
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DannyFields Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student Artist
Awww. =( That's so sad... I mean, you started off with an absurd idea, but it really applies itself and communicates well. Job well done.
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