*picture of a clean, highly detailed art from some game/movie that probably took 50+ hours to make*
"wow look at this amazing concept art!!1 :)"
Saw HTTYD2 today and it was okay. Astrid was nothing more than a love interest and most if the other characters were just…there.
(Ruffnut was perf, though)
Also Hiccup was as about as annoying as I thought he’d be, with missed emotional beats and an unclear goal/drive. The relationship between his parents was waaaaay more interesting, but christ did this movie need some more fuCKING EMOTIONAL FALLOUT.
But other than that it was a pretty solid movie with pretty graphics
Just read Asylum by Madeleine Roux and let me tell you
It scared the shit out of me from start to finish
I couldnt put it down even when i rly RLY wanted to
Tbh honest I just make her tan most of the time, but if people wanna look at my art and go “tots poc annabeth” that’s cool with me. I might make a purposefully poc annabeth in the future, though.
(That’s a hint for ideas, people.)
So I did do some reading up on “genderbending” as it’s called (for lack of a better term as I’m talking specifically what I did and what continues to happen everyday) from some trans users on tumblr (thank you for the links, people). And so I think I’m getting where I messed up and thusly my thoughts:
I suppose my fuck up came when I said that lady Percy was a girl strictly in the old fashion sense of…having certain biological parts and presenting as a girl while identifying as a girl? And as in my readings those don’t have to match at all for lady Percy to be a girl at all? I knew some of this in the back of my mind, but didn’t give as much thought to what I was posting as I should’ve.
So for in saying that gender=presenting=certain biological parts to be “X” and in the process erasing tons of people, I apologize. I fucked that one up.
Howeverrrr, I am reluctant to admit that I’m stuck a bit on a related issue. Since last night, I’ve seen reblogs and received asks from trans people on their thoughts on…well flipping characters (completely cis or trans or otherwise) and I’m not exactly sure how to proceed on the matter. Some have told me that it’s a no-go to flip these characters, while others have told me they don’t care and it’s a fun way to pass fandom time—as long as it’s not inherently gross, to which the first group is stating.
I think the best way to sum it up was “it’s alright to flip a character that might be gender/presenting/biologically “X” to gender/presenting/biologically “Y”—basically the standard boy/girl model we see in society and what I tripped over— ” OR “if you want to explore those kinds of things at all, you have to explore trans/intersex/fluid possibilities because the first option is inherently phobic and gross”.
And I know I’m not really in the position as a cis woman to discuss this issue, but I do want to be more inclusive and less-toxic in the future. So I don’t want to drop the issue all together and avoid making headcanons and AUs and art that include trans/intersex/fluid groups despite the fact that I will probably fuck up again (and again).
So, I mean, I’m going to start research this a bit more, because it’s not really anyone’s job but my own to educate myself on this for the most part, but I’m kinda at a loss and would always appreciate ya’ll thoughts on the matter. Or links to the above debate. If it’s been talked about openly before that you know of off the top of your head.
Thanks and Sorry again in equal measure,
(if i fucked up more with my wording in this, please tell me. i’m getting mixed advice on wording to use.)
(Hope you don’t mind me publicly answering this)
But like…. I’m actually really under educated on trans issues, which is a big problem I hope to semi-begin to change tomorrow. That said, while I agree with the sentiment that you should make an under-represented group’s media representative (like a trans character) display meaning and background to who they are in this case…I cant make a call either way on the issue, because my followers are calling me out on some problematic behavior, and many of them are trans while I am not. So regardless of my (current) feelings on the matter I have to listen to them and seek sources to educate myself on this, as I want my blog the safest space it can be, and if Im spewing toxic crap and not even realizing it???
Idk, what Im trying to say is that I cant speak over the people of the trans community as I am cis and uneducated on this matter and regardless of my excuses/intentions I did indeed “fuck up” and need to work towards a resolution of some kind.
But after morning readings about these issues tomorrow.
That Percy is intended to be a complete biological/gender flip of canon Percy. As in a cis female Percy.
In terms of canon, personality and general trends in children’s media, cisboy characters with snarky quips, with a godlike destiny and insane powers are a dime a dozen. We NEVER get girl characters that way, especially as main protagonists. Furthermore, a cisgirl(?) percy wouldnt necessarily have the same personality as canon Percy, as girls and boys are NOT raised the same way and society does NOT treat them the same as they grow up. Personality traits will be muted in some cases and agitated in others. Cisgirl Percy will have thoughts and behaviors unique to girls being raised in western society.
That being said, most of this was intent. I had know some would headcanon that picture of Percy as trans and I was perfectly fine with that. What I was unsure of was how to properly communicate my intent (a complete cis? flip; altough I guess it doesnt have to really matter). I am still unsure. But I will try be more mindful of my word choice in the future.