herecomesdrtrans wrote:Trans guy here. Very much appreciated the note on it, but seeing a joke about a man being very distressed about having female breasts at the beginning of my day just made me sad instead of giving me my usual SMBC-induced chuckle and smile. I don't really need anything "done," just thought I'd mention it. Maybe I'm too sensitive, but sometimes the small things add up.
This post here? This is a very good post. It is not decrying Zach as insensitive to the plight of trans* people at all but simply pointing out that they, too, empathize with the plight of Popeye and through this are less able to laugh about the comic qua comic. Just as a person whose family was actually murdered by lobsters would have a difficult time laughing about this installment
, hcdt cannot easily chuckle about the juxtaposition of reality injected into a classic cartoon.
Further, there is no demand for redress of grievances but simply a wish to note for the record their feelings. This is important for many reasons not least of which is letting other minority voices who may believe themselves alone know that indeed they are not, that there is a kindred soul also out there in the aether who feels as they do and that they should not be afraid to simply exist.
Finally, hcdt acknowledges that there is a vast continuum of ability in putting up with bullshit and that they may fall below the mean in said ability, but also acknowledges that this sort of thing is real and does hurt. There is no judgement here, no condemnation, but most importantly there is no request for outside opinion on their abilities.
Everything past hcdt's post is idiocy and blather over who can be offended more: those who take offense to people taking offense or those taking offense to people taking offense to people taking offense. I am ashamed of all of you for not taking a step back and seeing this. You are all smarter than this and have perhaps spent too long fighting individual battles on the redditfields of the tumblrwars to see the larger picture.
Michele-Michel wrote:Honestly cis-people whining like this are important in opening up the realization that people are so psychologically tied to their gender that it does warrant counselling and surgery as being very medically necessary. Even if it was a sort of "puberty" due to an "artificial" substance or side effect of another drug. It could be a foot in the door, even if it takes the fact that cis-peeps are harmed by it too to get there rather than it being that we should treat transgender people as people too. Sometimes you can only see an issue if it affects you too.
this is also a good post and contains the perspective i briefly mentioned