Pamela Isley screaming “DO IT FOR THE VINES!” before she sends a wave of strangling foliage in Batman’s direction.
ARE YOU FU CKING SHITTING ME
If you had told me earlier today that this song could also be a warrior queen’s battle chant, I would have looked at you funny
The above panel is from the webcomic El Goonish Shive and I want to talk about it for a minute.
El Goonish Shive is a….weird webcomic. I’ve been reading it since I was in high school. In all honesty, it started off pretty shitty. Bad art, not the best writing, but in the, damn, what, 7 years, I’ve been reading it, it’s really developed into a story that I like. (No, really, if you decide to read this, the first like…3 arcs are just…really hard to get through. It’s worth it overall though.)
It’s a weird story. There’s aliens, and super science transformation guns, and body swapping antics, and gender “switching” antics, and evil plots, and card game tournaments, and romance, and humor, and it’s a very hard story to explain to people. Like, one of my favorite arcs involved one of the Protags, Elliot, accidentally getting a magical female twin clone named Ellen who then goes on to date Elliot’s ex-girlfriend. You just have to roll with it.
The character with the pink hair up there is Tedd, and the brown haired girl is Grace, his (magic) girlfriend.
Tedd has been a main character since the very beginning. He used to wear his hair long and had thick glasses because he worried he had kind of a girly face. He recently cut/dyed his hair because he decided to embrace his girly face though, which was cute. He’s builds super science stuff, and it was sort of a running gag for a long time that he enjoyed playing around with his transformation gun, making himself look like a hot chick sometimes, or an alien….or a hot alien chick. This has been a recurring gag for YEARS.
And then…well….this comic happened last week, and that running gag suddenly became so, so much more.
I keep coming back to this strip and staring at Tedd’s face, how defensive he is about enjoying being a girl sometimes, the shock he feels when there’s a word for it. There’s a word for what he is, and it doesn’t mean he’s broken or bizarre. There are other people out there like him, other people will understand why he feels this way. I remember the first time someone told me about the word “bisexual” and suddenly it was like this huge part of me made sense.
Poor Tedd has been silently struggling with these feelings, still caught up in cissexist notions of gender and sex (notice the use of “opposite sex” in there.) And now he has a moment of revelation. He has a word for it now: Gender Fluid. I just want to hug him.
I’m really excited to see how this will develop as the comic goes on. I’m excited to see this comic, which is so often just silly humor and magic stuff, developing even farther to give us more and more diversity with these characters. And I’m just excited that Tedd is figuring out who he is.
I freaking love EGS and I think it might have helped me realize that I’m trans. I kind of stopped reading it when I ran out of Archive, but I will forever recommend it for all its weirdness, open-mindedness and astonishing characters. I’m surprise it took this long for the term even to appear in the comic, but I’m so glad it did. And I’m glad it’s getting some positive press for it.
Or, Go follow danshive, the author. Or both, or neither really, it’s up to you, but I recommend it.REPRESENTATION MATTERS! Because like the first sentence Ted says is ” why would I look up something I never even heard of.” And thats the zinger right there that first line hit me right now. How are we suppoused to know what we are if we aren’t given the represnetation and yes the labels to correctly understand ourselves. Sure some of us might find or create our own terms, but when those terms already exist it’s important to get them out there.
I think nb people should start using pointless astronomical symbols to describe their gender just like binary people do
this is pluto’s alternate symbol, look how cool it is
I… like Sailor Moon…
I swear I’d never miss an easter egg hunt
Today’s Gender of the day is: the sun expelling a cloud of 100,000-degree Fahrenheit plasma at more than 900 miles per second, sending a warning to it’s enemies
"who wears the pants in the relationship?"
no one. this is a strictly maid outfit only relationship.
i tried making music on pxtone and uh