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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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Cookie71266 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This explains it SO perfectly!!!
If only it were as easy as s zipper.
I hate hearing: NO, GIRLS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE THE GIRL'S LINE! THEY SHOULD EAT SALADS NOT STEAK!
Excuse me while I go cry.
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MetaWings Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg
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MarciaMoura Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
I loved it! It also nearly made me cry...

I wouldn't redraw this, 'cause I think the body language of the characters is already perfect and, somehow, this simpler style seems to make the strip even more appealing.
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RomanJones Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!!
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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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Pyrosaitan1 You don't know why he is upset?

1. Lets start with the assumption that you understand what the trans experience is like "i know what I'm talking about, I've read all the info on it," you know academically not personally. You can't speak about the experience, just the science.

2. Calling someone a 'tranny' is like calling someone a f****t.

3. You then question his identity and call his identity a PROBLEM. How is that not offensive? How would it feel if someone described a central part of who your are as a PROBLEM. 

4. You say you "avoid people like this" and say its okay because your friends are gay. Sexual identity is completely separate from gender identity and saying you don't like someone because of their gender is discrimination. Just like racism. Just like homophobia. And it's repulsive. 

6. My personal favorite part is "
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." Now, your writing is a little confusing, but I am now operating under the assumption that you are talking about trans-woman (man to woman transition) You have no right to tell people what to wear, particularly considering you have got some serious cis-privilege going on here. (unless I am mistaken, and in that case I am sorry for the assumption). And seriously? You are saying a woman can't flirt with a man if she happened to have been born with a penis? Who she decides to flirt with is her business, and if that person happens to be a straight male (and by the way how is she supposed to know he is straight?) his reaction is his business. Not yours. Nobody but theirs. And also the trans woman in question, they are NOT male. 

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I'm beginning to feel like you're a bit touchy in this area, couldn't imagine why though"  I really hope you're a troll because that is just upsetting if you can't tell why he may have personal feelings on this topic. This whole comic is about being trans. Written by a trans person. Now call me crazy, but insulting trans people and his work might now feel so good

P.S. Roman, I really love your work- keep making awesome stuff 
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Pyrosaitan1 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
i don't, no

which to me is as much as I need, the only things emotions and "feels" do is get in the way, as they're doing now

what's fuckwit an abréviation of?

I'm sorry but my brain and dick have come to the understanding that I'm a dude, my apologies for being a cis white male and fully aware of it

what's repulsive is the fact that you're trying to say it's okay for someone to be in emotional, mental and physical turmoil for the entirety of their lives, in that light you're the asshole here

if you saw an overweight man in a tutu, undies and nothing else what would you think? fuck your current point of view of "they're comfortable in that", think "there is some huge motherfucker walking around in what looks like what his 12 year old sister wore to her swan lake dance recital"
now think, as a human being who is creeped out by spiders, rats, snakes, muk from pokemon and the insides of late cancer patients, are you comfortable looking at that person in public? i sure as fuck wouldn't, I'd fucking glare at that kid and think "what kind of new-age meth did the breaking bad crew give to this motherfucker to make him wear that in public?"
look, i get that behind closed doors, i can't judge anyone, i understand and accept that, and I will keep my fucked up thoughts etc away from others who it would freak out, but the public is everyone's space, and "everyone" just isn't ready to see some lanky kid in a sundress or some huge chick with a monobrow and coated in fucking axe body spray
also a dick means dude, a vag means chick, don't try reinterpreting gender, everyone hates it when one of my friends tries repurposing the word schitz as in "schizophrenia" to "cool" or "sick", so like hell anyone's going to be seeing you try to repurposed 3 different synonyms, just no

it's sarcasm, obviously it's fucking sarcasm, if you haven't noticed I don't care if you people are sore in this area just like you wouldn't care if I'm sore about "no idea I don't fucking care about anything"
I'm saying shit i see as facts, black and white, no grey, facts, and the facts don't fucking care if your touchy in some area of conversation, so if I'm using sarcasm, recognise it, because I'm really not here to apologise and spare feelings
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nodaybuttoday37 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
Its not fuckwit, its faggot. 

It's not okay for someone to feel that way, and they have every right to do what the have to do that makes them feel better. If that means transitioning, then transition!

If I saw a man like that, I would think 'that person is really cool- it must be great to have that much confidence'

Yes I would be comfortable looking at "that person in public." It's their body and their right to dress at they want. The very sentence "what kind of new-age meth did the breaking bad crew give to this motherfucker to make him wear that in public?" is the epitome of transphobia. Their is nothing wrong with the person, no one gave them something to make them like this, its just who they are. The way they present themselves doesn't hurt you, or anyone else. You have no right to critique them. 

It's true "
the public is everyone's space," and that includes trans people. Just because "'everyone' just isn't ready to see some lanky kid in a sundress or some huge chick with a monobrow and coated in fucking axe body spray" doesn't mean people shouldn't present themselves as they feel. For a very long time "everyone" wasn't ready for interracial relationships, women in pants, people of colour in the front of busses- but you know what? That changes. But change only happens as what made people uncomfortable becomes part of a new normal. "Everyone" will never be okay with trans people, especially if you force trans people into their homes and say you can only ever be yourself alone. 

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also a dick means dude, a vag means chick," What you are talking about it sex (genetailia and secondary sexual charectoristics). Gender is ""Gender" refers to the socially constructed roles, behaviours, activities, and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for men and women."(www.who.int/gender/whatisgende…)
 
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TheKawiOtakuKittey Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
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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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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panisara Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
I love your work, please empower yourself together
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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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