cynicsballad asked: Sorry for bothering you w/what is maybe 101 stuff but being trans and agreeing wrt gender abolition I was wondering about this. Idk how to word this but what is trans-ness? In our society still burdened by gender what is going on with a person who doesn't identify with the gender they are perceived as? When someone wants to be perceived, gender-wise, as something other than what they were assigned at birth? What does it mean to say "I am trans," or "I am (a woman/a man/something else)? etc.
"trans" refers to a broad range of gender experiences including discomfort with being seen as part of the gender binary in general, discomfort with the social aspects of one’s assigned at birth gender, the desire to use different pronouns, the experience of sexual dysphoria, the desire to modify one’s sex characteristics, et cetera
some of those, in a hypothetical genderless society, would no longer be an issue (e.g., discomfort with being seen as part of the gender binary, discomfort with the social aspects of one’s assigned at birth gender, et cetera). others, such as sex dysphoria and or the desire for a body with different sex characteristics are certainly issues that would continue to exist
for me, saying “i am trans” and “i am a woman” just means that those are positions i occupy in society as a result of my body’s sex characteristics and personal gender history (e.g., being gendered socially as a woman and being assigned male at birth)
prettyshinji asked: OP of that trans madoka drawing here. I am really really sorry for offending you. I didn't mean to, and I especially didn't mean to be transmysoginistic in any way at all. I drew the picture because I saw a post about trans magical girls and I wanted to draw it. I really wasn't thinking and I know why I was wrong now. And I am underage myself, so I really wasn't thinking about that, and I get that that was really wrong of me and next time I draw a trans woman Ill be sure I do it respectfully 
As far as the underage thing goes, I really wasn’t thinking which was pretty gross and stupid of me, but I am underage myself, so I didn’t realize why that was bad. Again that was really not okay of me, and it won’t happen again. I still have a lot to learn about privilege and transmysoginy and really the trans community as a whole despite being trans myself. I’ll make sure that next time I draw something that I have better knowledge of the subject at hand so this doesn’t happen again. 
heres the thing, im not comfortable with “im also underage so i didnt think about it” as an explanation because you absolutely would not have depicted a 14 year old girl you were intending to draw as cis in that manner. you never, ever, would have even thought to depict a cis girl that way and the fact that you didnt think it was inappropriate to depict a trans girl that way was probably because it is a trans girl and not because you are underage also.
if i were to scroll back through your art blog, how many naked underage cis girls would i find depicted? im guessing, and i could be wrong, that the answer is probably zero.
im also very uncomfortable with the response that you posted on the original thread:
I’m really sorry if I offended any trans women with this. That wasn’t my intent, and I really didn’t think i was doing anything wrong. I realize now I did a shitty thing and I’m really really sorry. I’ll delete the post and next time I’ll try to draw trans women in a way that’s more representative of their experiences. I’ve never run into any issues with this drawing before, and many of the likes and reblogs were from trans women, so I assumed it was okay. But yeah, I understand now that this is offensive to some trans women and I really do apologize. It was inconsiderate and wrong of me and I’ll make sure it doesn’t happen again.
what i am uncomfortable with here is the way that this apology shifts the onus away from yourself and on to trans women: you blame the reason that you thought that this was okay on the likes and reblogs from trans women and then blame trans women again by suggesting that this is something that is acceptable to the majority of us except for a minority which is offended (e.g., “i understand now that this is offensive to some trans women”).
trans women have almost zero positive representation and, like most oppressed peoples we tend to internalize a lot of these really negative treatments by the dominant culture. as a result, many of us will embrace exploitative depictions because they feel better than some of the even more horrifying ones. many of us are so used to invasive, degrading treatment and internalize the narrative which produces it. we sometimes fail to notice that stuff is even exploitative as long as its not, for example, family guy or something else openly hostile.
in the wake of this there had been quite a bit of discussion on trans women’s blogs about this topic specifically with respect to how internalized transmisogyny affected our reaction to this.
i am very, very, uncomfortable with the way in which you have tried to use that to defend yourself here (which you did, even though it was in the context of an apology).
carapherneliatakesthesquare replied to your post “Does transmisogyny affect dmab nonbinary trans people as well as trans women? I experience a lot of the problems that you mention that trans women face but since I’m not a woman I’m not sure I should have a voice in discussions like this one”
the only time I haven’t seen this to be true was with a masculine amab non-binary person who was actively transmisogynist and then used his (prefers he/him/his) trans status as a “not transphobic” get out of jail free card.
yeah, there are nonbinary men/boys who are maab, which is a reason i felt that distinction was necessary
candycanebara asked: Does transmisogyny affect dmab nonbinary trans people as well as trans women? I experience a lot of the problems that you mention that trans women face but since I'm not a woman I'm not sure I should have a voice in discussions like this one
transmisogyny can affect maab nonbinary people. it can effect them in precisely the same ways it affects trans women or in very different ways. “nonbinary” represents a very diverse range of gender experiences
Anonymous asked: im sorry, i wasnt trying specifically to defend the drawing of madoka, just the trend of drawing characters (not underaged childrens' bodies, but adult bodies) as recognizably trans. i agree that there should be more variety and not just "flat chested trans women in boxers" but i think at the same time its comforting to some to see art of people at various stages of transition, is all.
okay, but maybe people who arent trans women already depict trans women in highly invasive ways in an attempt to portray our bodies as aberrant and thats a part of our transmisogynist culture and uh, we shouldnt be defending that either
its part of the reason why cis men play the vast majority of trans women in television and movies, because you cant depict trans women as women you have to depict them as men taking the role of a woman
transqueerninjaa asked: You can draw 18+ girls naked and sure that can be empowering but nothing is ok about having a 14 year old girl with nothing but panties on
someone, please, draw a picture of me as a trans woman, you know, flat chested and wearing boxers
you should probably add some beard shadow and make my hands comically large so no one mistakes me for cis
you dont want to risk anyone not feeling empowered.
Anonymous asked: how would you recommend that artists visually showcase their trans interpretations of characters?? it didn't really occur to me that that picture would be interpreted in a sexual or pornographic way. i understand how it could be jarring for some and im not at all saying youre wrong, but nonsexual nudity has been helpful to me in asserting that the bodies i draw cannot be interpreted as cis, and this is something many feel empowered by, and its difficult for me to think of an alternative.
heres how you draw trans madoka:
trying to justify drawing 14 year old girls naked because its “empowering” lmao get off my page