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Guest post by "Bonnie"
Irving there is a bit touchy too. But they *are* both kids, and new to this thing called life. :-)

Submitted December 9, 2013 at 4:45AM


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Guest post by "Rainey"
Aww sh-......poo. =(

Submitted December 9, 2013 at 8:09AM


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Guest post by "Peaches"
Forgiveness and understanding are wonderful things.

Submitted December 9, 2013 at 10:07AM

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Guest post by "Rachel Newstead"
I'm guessing--hoping--that their friendship won't be permanently damaged by this. They need each other, because in the next few months/years their lives are going to get considerably more difficult. There's strength in numbers, as the saying goes.

I must confess I thought Irma/Irving was "pretending" as well, but not quite in the way Sarah meant it. S/he is undoubtedly trying on identities in the way that a teen will go from a preppy to a metal/goth look, to something else entirely. I do understand Sarah's confusion--this would appear to her for all the world like one of Irma/Irving's games, such as pretending to be a superhero. 

On the other hand, I never thought Sarah was pretending. She's been quite resolute in her identity during this strip's entire run.

Submitted December 9, 2013 at 10:38AM


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Guest post by "Noelle"
Awwwh! Poor Irving! Just to consider this from both angles:

Sarah probably thinks that Irma is either mocking her, or thinks that Irma considers it a toy or something that can just be picked up and played with, which is affronting to her mind.

Irving probably thinks that Sarah is being judgemental or having double-standards; if she can become a girl, why can't they be both a boy and a girl?

I can get why they are both feeling a little touchy on this issue - after all, being transgender is the core thing that defines Sarah's personality. She's desperate for someone else her own age that she can share things with. Meanwhile, Irma considers gender to be something that shouldn't be restricted to what's in your knickers, so they want to be able to choose how they present in the world on a day-to-day basis, depending on how they feel. I think overall, I'd probably stay out of siding with someone here.

-- Noelle (I'm delightfully intersex :P) 

Submitted December 9, 2013 at 6:14PM

Being Useful

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Guest post by "Being Useful"
Curious thought inspired by an addendum above--do you think there's any "cis het" readers of this? If so, what's their share?

It doesn't really matter, it's just an odd thought.

If you're out there, sorry if the "cis het" thing is offensive. It's convenient. No offense intended.

Submitted December 10, 2013 at 1:11AM


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Guest post by "MeaRiver"
@Being Useful: I'm a cis het reader. I think this comic is fantastic--I've learned a TON about trans* issues and the like from this, not to mention that the characters and the plot and the art and everything else is just lovely.

As for this specific plotline... I admit, genderqueerness is something that I'm undereducated on. If someone wants to switch between boy and girl and whatever else, that's fine by me, it's just that I don't understand it very well and I want to learn more. This comic has been a wonderful resource for me so far, and I can't wait to see this comic delve further into this!

Submitted December 10, 2013 at 2:56AM


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Guest post by "Ranthog"
@BeingUseful: I'm straight and cis. Quite frankly this is probably one of my favorite comics (couldn't ever choose just one). I love the art style and the depth of the characters. It has also made me think a lot, which is good.

Submitted December 10, 2013 at 10:22PM


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Guest post by "Amy!"
Okay, it's after midnight, time to hit F5 every few minutes!

Submitted December 12, 2013 at 7:36PM


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Guest post by "doclawl"
I'm glad Irving walked away, considering ir (get it? IRma IRving? LOL) tendency to brawl ^^ 
I don't think Irving is overacting, it's hard when your best friend seems to turn on you. Particularly when you expected them to be happy for something you're excited about figuring out. 
Sarah has earned herself a bitter dose of guilt, and i hope she really thinks about it, rather than feeling sorry for herself or brushing it off as Irving being touchy. But they're kids so *shrug* who knows. 

Submitted January 14, 2014 at 12:15AM


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Guest post by "mandi"
I am cis het. I love this comic, and don't find it offensive at all. I minored in gender studies, and I think this comic is a fabulous resource for educating people regarding gender issues.

Submitted February 12, 2014 at 9:05PM

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