Comments on: Chapter 6, Page 61 http://ohumanstar.com/comic/chapter-6-page-61/ by Blue Delliquanti Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:58:48 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.14 By: Emma http://ohumanstar.com/comic/chapter-6-page-61/#comment-61851 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 04:48:32 +0000 http://ohumanstar.com/?post_type=comic&p=2190#comment-61851 I reacted to this the same way as Trina did. Wow.

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By: Kittychick http://ohumanstar.com/comic/chapter-6-page-61/#comment-61848 Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:56:11 +0000 http://ohumanstar.com/?post_type=comic&p=2190#comment-61848 Hi Nat,
Sorry about how I was using the word transgender–even though I am a queer person, I am from the generation where using it in that context was still acceptable. I do pride myself on being “hip” enough not to use transsexual though. While I understand the idea of changing other people’s expectations of you, I don’t see how that applies to Sulla outside of Brendan. Since she has very little interaction with society in general (she doesn’t go to school, and I don’t even think Lucy knows of her existence), she has not had to deal with anyone besides Brendan perceiving her as a boy. Effectively, outside of Brendan, she has never had a trans experience, and since he is now on board with her as a girl, no one else has experienced her as anything but a girl. Does just the memory of Brendan’s initial perception be enough to make her trans?

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By: Aurora http://ohumanstar.com/comic/chapter-6-page-61/#comment-61846 Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:39:31 +0000 http://ohumanstar.com/?post_type=comic&p=2190#comment-61846 Trans people sometimes don’t wanna be known as trans cause it hurts their prospects in life. Otherwise see Nat.

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By: Mommapenguin http://ohumanstar.com/comic/chapter-6-page-61/#comment-61844 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:20:07 +0000 http://ohumanstar.com/?post_type=comic&p=2190#comment-61844 Your assumption is that the person the AI was grafted from was ever a guy gender identity wise. Many late transitioners struggle throughout their lives, alot have issues with denial, shame and internal transphobia that prevented them from transitioning. Family being one of them. The end result is a depresses potentially suicidal person. Gender dysphoria is not an easy thing to live with, and not always easily recognized even by the person experiencing it. Some mistake it for being gay or lesbian. Others like myself assumed that all boys really want to be girls–it is just one of those secrets your not supposed to talk about.

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By: corvideye http://ohumanstar.com/comic/chapter-6-page-61/#comment-61842 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 04:40:37 +0000 http://ohumanstar.com/?post_type=comic&p=2190#comment-61842 Thanks, this is illuminating. You make a good point about how accepted terminology changes with time, place, and person.

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By: Nightsbridge http://ohumanstar.com/comic/chapter-6-page-61/#comment-61841 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 01:02:32 +0000 http://ohumanstar.com/?post_type=comic&p=2190#comment-61841 Yo, h0! I’m glad you’re devoting all this time to trying to understand, it’s a heartening thing to see, for a number of ways.

The short answer is, it’s complicated, and normally it’s best to ask the person in question. But, until you hear otherwise from them, when talking about the past of a transgender person, it is best to use the name and pronouns that they presently use.

Frankly though, I’ve definitely met the ‘I think I know better than you’ mentality. Frankly, I’m worried about how my parents would have reacted if I hadn’t come out to them in the very specific way that I did–with lots of citations and research. Because until then, they would always drop the ‘I think I know you better’ on me.

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By: Trina http://ohumanstar.com/comic/chapter-6-page-61/#comment-61839 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 20:41:32 +0000 http://ohumanstar.com/?post_type=comic&p=2190#comment-61839 I hadn’t even considered that seeing someone self harm might really freak Brendo out. Damn. Good point.

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By: Lee http://ohumanstar.com/comic/chapter-6-page-61/#comment-61838 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:40:29 +0000 http://ohumanstar.com/?post_type=comic&p=2190#comment-61838 I think it’s interesting that Sulla had the itching response to not belonging, and Al has been itching at his arm (picking the thread of his shirt) for the last few flashes of him. Not sure if that’s related or not, but it’s something I definitely noticed.

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By: Dotcom http://ohumanstar.com/comic/chapter-6-page-61/#comment-61837 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:43:37 +0000 http://ohumanstar.com/?post_type=comic&p=2190#comment-61837 I feel for both of them. For Brendan, this must feel a bit like losing Al all over again—even though he knows Sulla is a different person. Thank goodness he has a little experience with coming out (though being gay is very different than being trans). I’ve heard even the most accepting parents of trans children often grieve, and I’ve seen it happen with a friend who’s son is FtM. The fact Sulla was originally supposed to be Al must make it even worse.

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By: persephone husk http://ohumanstar.com/comic/chapter-6-page-61/#comment-61835 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:07:43 +0000 http://ohumanstar.com/?post_type=comic&p=2190#comment-61835 Ugh this is really heartbreaking. They are both having different conversations. Brendan isn’t hearing Sulla because he’s so freaked out by her scratching escalating into self harm. Sulla can tell that Brendan isn’t listening to her and it’s making her more desperate. He’s saying, “stop it!” and grabbing her hands to stop her from hurting herself, she’s hearing, “stop talking about things I don’t want to know about you.” Have they had this conversation before???
If not I imagine Brendan is thinking about Al’s history with depression, cutting, being suicidal to the point of terminal medical neglect; all this chapter is Brendan having nightmares of Al bleeding out and then being a parent to Sulla. If they haven’t discussed gender before, I would assume he thinks Sulla is saying “I am a program, not a person, I shouldn’t exist as a human, and I want to stop existing,” like a child inheriting suicidal depression from a genetic parent, and I am hoping the reveal being “I am transgender, I’m a girl” is going to be a huge relief to him.

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