...which is all to say, in spite of the newish artist, this is a notable magazine with notable names writing a pretty real trans story. I've no idea what kind of precedent there is for this, but I was really pleased to take note of it, anyway.
It's a male transgender story on top of that. A very rare sight in any media.
Ok, it's getting a bit out of hand...
This really says a lot about the society in which we live
Every cis weirdo thinks they’re a psychoanalyst whenever trans people are concerned I swear
Wow is there ever a lot of people making wild judgment calls and heavily stereotyped reading of this manga in the comments.
Stop condemning one of the very few decent portrayals of someone going through transitioning just because you as a cis person think it needs to somehow be more psychoanalytical or maybe just don’t get it at all. You don’t have to get it! It’s not your story!
I dont think you want to go around positing that trauma induces dysphoria and laying downg some terfy / agp "rationalizations" for trans people existing (and thus a way for us to not exist is nownon the table).
Following your critical analysis apparently you're not trans, just traumatized /s
I understand being touchy on the subject and having to deal with people who try to attack or erase you all the time, but don't you think you guys are taking it a bit too far? Nobody from people who expressed their doubts about story said that trauma makes you trans or tried to excuse trans people existing. Those comments were actually very civil and only pointing out story relied heavily on showing Chiaki's dysphoria through social pressure and norms, rather than his own discomfort with his body. I can see where those commenters are coming from, as line between not fitting into stereotypes and not identifying with your assigned gender can be very thin. That's what puberty is for. Having conflicted feelings about one's own identity and the way other perceive you is a common experience when you're still in process of figuring out yourself. Some people go through phase when they think they want to be opposite gender, but over time they come to realize they're actually fine the way they are and might even love being their assigned gender.
My point is, those people clearly just weren't sold on the premise this story sold and had their own interpretation of it, which is completely valid. Just because story is about trans issues it doesn't mean it has to be a good story or even accurate for that matter. Especially when you're unfamiliar or not as knowledge about subject, some things might be easy to miss or not as clear as to other people. When I read it first time I just read it with clear understanding Chiaki is trans and never questioned it, but reading those comments did make me realize, there weren't a lot of examples when Chiaki was experiencing his dysphoria without it being tied to society's perception of what is and isn't allowed for men and women. That doesn't mean he isn't trans, as social norms are one of the biggest source of dysphoria for many trans people, but I can see how to someone that might seem like that was the only case of it and wonder, if had Chiaki not experience it, would he actually still feel the way he feels. It's perfectly normal to question character's consistency and believability.
The proper way to react to it is giving a explanation how their interpretation might be flawed or what they might miss in the story, like those comments:
i think the whole "men hunt and kill things" is a personal thing for Chiaki. by his personal standards and the standards of his father he has to be a man to hunt and has to hunt to be a man. the manga isn't telling the reader "you have to hunt and kill to be a man". but rather it's chiakis's father who is telling him specifically. i mean, chiaki even mentions female hunters so. not to invalidate your offense I just think it's meant to be taken as a personal matter rather than a stereotype in this context.
I think the main reason for the overly sexist attitude of the father is so that when he finally takes Chiaki hunting, it is proof that he accepts Chiaki as his son.
You can easily do it without jumping to talking/looking down on those people. If they actually wrote straight transphobic things, I can understand being offended, but this is nowhere near requiring such strong reaction.
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