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RAIN p.93 - Transition by JocelynSamara RAIN p.93 - Transition by JocelynSamara
(I can't wait until I have consistent, reliable internet again so I can go back to following some semblance of a normal posting schedule.)

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Transition isnít easy. As Rain describes, itís expensive and it takes a long time (I believe the fastest complete transition Iíve ever heard of was just shy of two years). Thereís no quick and easy route for anyone. And if you want/need it, you WILL have to work for it. Period.

But this is not intended to scare anyone from following through with it if they think itís something they need to do. Rather, I think itís a good idea - for especially the trans youth - to really know and understand the reality of what you need to do and what has to happen to go through with it. As much as it would be nice to wave a magic wand or find a genieís lamp or fall into a cursed spring, these options donít exist. Iím sorry; escapism is nice and fun, but the sooner you accept the truth and prepare for the ordeal that is required of you with transition, the sooner you can go through with it and no longer require the escapism.

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Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.
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InhumanCreator Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Student General Artist
ouch... getting your D cut off... sounds painful D:
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the1smjb Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
I don't suppose you could link to some of that info Rain mentioned? In one of my many unfinished novels I'm writing a trans character...
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Ryu890 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
This....this is my biggest stumbling block right now....I don't have any money...and am entirely financially dependent on ignorant jerks who are too busy being "Right" to listen....
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UsagiKnight Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I can definitely tell these few pages are purely explanation pages in the voice of explaining trans to straght (personified in Rain and Gavin).

When I was first reading about all the stuff that needs to be done it both fascinated me and scared me. And though I realized their wasn't really any plastic surgury (apart from the big one), going to the doctor for any perscription of hormones and physicals really did make me nervous. At one point it even turned me straight, for two weeks though. But over the years as the actual transition process began to sink into my head I began that phase where I'm accepting the process and still hesitant of it. But I guess growing up with medical parents kind of made me more aware of the risks in anything medical. But I guess what makes the whole thing less scary is what Rain says, which is "It'll make me-for the most part-like any other girl". For some reason a sentence that is so simple and obvious can make so much sense, it even answered Gavin's question before he even asked it.

Enjoy the paneling in that the more confident Rain gets about explaining the process she gets more panel space for it, kind of taking away from Gavin as he tries to understand. Where as the bottom three are simply just reflection of defining what normal is. It is a nice set up for one of those pages you can't help but feel like you learned something.

And on a ending note, though it would be easier to find that cursed spring, I guess there is nothing we can do about it except to go the long way around transition. And hopefully reach teh end beautifully.
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Maiden-Of-The-Maggot Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Noone can really be considered normal, we are all different ^-^
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COMPUTERMANMIK428 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
sorry for not responding for 10 days i was camping.
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xxxman123 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
What was all those hidden by owner comments?
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional Writer
Someone double-posted and then some. It was the exact same message 11 times. Innocent mistake, if a little clutter-inducing; so I just hid all of the others for easier browsing. ^_^
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xxxman123 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
alrite then
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seraphim-kimiko Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Poor Rain. I know the feeling of trying to describe to your friends and family what it all means, and how awkward these questions and answers are.

How are you normal? I'm not. But I wish I was. Life would be easier if I was normal.

But then I wouldn't be ME.
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Venathil-Matura Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
Gavin's final statement was one who hunted through my head for a loooooooong time unless i learned to accept that there can't be normal.

I'm 19 now and i wish i stood to myself at her age - I know it since I'm 13 and just starting up, i hope it'll turn out to become okay...
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jocaypa Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Allright, that settles it. I'm not trans because i can actually act my way out of it... then WHAT THE FUCK AM I?
Thanks for the new page! As i've stated before i love the comic and it has helped me sort out some stuff, thanks!
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Rickyzatch14 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
I'm so glad I have a 3DS now, because now that my parents took away my laptop, I still have a way to read your comics. I'm so glad I can still follow this.
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LadySerena Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
UGH! Gavin just doesn't get it! D:
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dragon8writer Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
>,> She was never a guy, baka. >,>

And the "wave" a wand option might not be TOO far away - though once you consider protests, testing, and expenses...


To clarify - there's a gene that maintain's ones gender. In theory, it could be used to naturally make someone switch genders. But as I said - testings, protests, expenses...
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14bj337 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
I've never heard of a single gene controlling gender. Do you mean physical gender, or mental/emotional gender? Because I know that a person's sex is determined from conception, by the presence or absence of the Y chromosome.
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dragon8writer Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Physical, actually, so I should have said "sex."

The genetics control what you're born as, yes - but there's a particular gene that _maintains_ your gender, afterwards; apparently they managed to alter the gender of mice (or was it rats?) so far with it.

I'm not sure how complete it is, but at the very least it's a very large stride towards being able to change someone's physical sex.
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14bj337 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Oh, okay. A gene that regulates expression of sexual characteristics, then? I think I've heard of that. Apparently, a malfunctioning gene causes androgen insensitivity syndrome in some males (when a person has a Y chromosome, but does not have male sexual expression). It sounds like that's what you were referring to.

From what I've read, it sounds like manipulation of the regulatory gene (or set of genes) could let biological males live as females, if the technology develops. However, biological females are unaffected by AIS (at least, to my knowledge), so I don't think the gene could be used for biological females who want to live as males.

To be fair, I'm no expert (yeah, most of this came from skimming a Wikipedia page). I do see how you say, though, that the gene could open up possibilities for male-to-female transgenders.
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dragon8writer Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
To start, I mean - obviously we start to diverge at some point before actual birth.
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dragon8writer Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
They turned female rodents into male ones, actually, from what I heard - so it sounds like it works just fine on girls, to me. ^^

(In fact, that would make much MORE sense, considering we're all female in the womb.)
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14bj337 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Yeah, I think I just found the experiment. [link]

I guess sex isn't as cut and dry as I thought it was. I'd never even heard of these two genes before, but it sounds like they have a big impact. Maybe sex is more complicated than previously thought... or maybe it's even simpler. Regardless, it's good to know.
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dragon8writer Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
*Nods*

I didn't realize it was two, though - I had the original data, and a friend looked up some for themselves (With their excerpts giving me more information.) I definitely think it's interesting -but I fear it'll be slowed dramatically if it ever broaches the public conscious enough for any serious protests to form...
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14bj337 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Interesting... I'll have to look it up for myself. Thanks for the information.

"The power of technology is staggering!"
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dragon8writer Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Yes, but so is the power of procrastination and endless delays...
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HawkWalker Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Darn you Gavin!
Transitioning is a long road and I'm jus starting, got my letter from my psych! :)... But it'll be worth it in the end mesa believes ^-^
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14bj337 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Once again, the Rain has arrived ahead of forecast! (yes... that's the line I'll use.) I'm not complaining, though :).
Seriously, though, this page once again shows the disconnect and the difference of thought between Gavin and Rain. Rain really knows what she's talking about; meanwhile, Gavin says "I kinda thought they just cut it off and gave you implants." (He sounds like he's serious, but that sounds like something I'd say as a joke.) Rain seems intent on undergoing a full transition, which she believes will make her "normal". Of course, as Gavin points out, how "normal" would it be, if Rain started out as a boy? Here we see the difference of thought: while Rain believes the body should be altered to fit the mind, Gavin seems to think that the mind should be altered to fit the body. What he doesn't seem to realize is that Rain can't change the way she thinks; her desire to be female is something deep, something that can't be taken out. It is a part of her. Rain wants to be seen as normal not only by society, but by herself, something which she won't accomplish by trying to live as a male.
One more thing - I love Gavin's apprehensive response to Rain's suggested "research". It sounds like he's not really comfortable with the idea of sexual reassignment. But I don't think it's his fault, so much as it is the fault of society's stress on the gender binary. Gavin is the "everyday Joe" type character, the one who appears to fit more closely with societal norms than Rain, Maria, or Rudy. In that sense, the misunderstanding between Rain and Gavin may be extended to signify the gap between Rain and societal norms.
Yet another wonderful page! I love seeing the Rain-Gavin dynamic developed further.
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xxxman123 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Kinda off-topic but "cursed spring" kinda makes me think of ranma Ĺ.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Professional Writer
That's exactly what I was referencing.

"Is very tragic story of young girl who drown there over one-thousand year ago. Now anyone who fall in spring take body of young girl!"
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xxxman123 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
Great series ^^ im currently rewatching it. still even if we had springs like that we'd still need a guide to help us tell them apart.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Professional Writer
Ha! Very true. The last thing you want is to end up in the wrong spring! :XD:
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xxxman123 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
Atleast some of them can come in handy. the biggest problem is probably only about half of the springs are explained. Not good to know what the other half does.
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god6666 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
I will be starting hormone therapy soon. I know I got a long hard road ahead of me, but I can take comfort in my friends supporting me how they do. ( Take a hint Gavin.)
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KirukaChan Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Silly Gavin. When Mudkip evolves into Marshtomp, although it was born a Water-type with an Electric weakness, it becomes a Water/Ground-type with an immunity to Electric. That Electric weakness that it was born with never, ever, becomes an issue in the future.

It's not what you're born with, but rather what you make out of what you've got that really defines an individual. When life gives you lemons, squeeze the juice into a super soaker and spray it in someone's eyes.
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14bj337 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Gavin needs to play more Pokemon. I love the Mudkip metaphor, by the way. Of course, there are no transgender Pokemon (except, perhaps, Ditto :|).
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KirukaChan Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Since Azurill is 75% female, 1 in 3 of every female Azurill will change into a male upon evolving into Marill (based on Azurill's personality value) because unlike Azurill, Marill is 50% male and 50% female.
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14bj337 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Oh yeah, I think I actually heard of that before (I forgot about it, though). Something similar can happen with abilities: if I transferred a Zigzagoon with Pickup from RSE to DP, and evolved it into Linoone, there would be a 50% chance of it changing to the Gluttony ability (as it had one ability in GenIII, but has two in GenIV).
I've got to wonder about Azurill's gender ratio, though. Was it simply an oversight, or could it have been intentional?
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Yin88 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Amen to the author's comment *nods* Can't wait to see where Gavin goes next 8D!
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Kleptoid Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
i'm just scared of councalours and therapists
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Nelekra Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Transition is so hard x-x;
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Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Student Writer
This defiantly brings up a good point it is quite expensive , but if one is really transgendered it should not deter them. And normalcy is really just a composite of the general public i don't think normal really exists.
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