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Questions about a 'Transgender' Character:
So in my series, after a sorcerer dies, they have the ability to be absorbed into a body that has been vacated of a soul. This can be repeated indefinitely. (You die of a gunshot? Just take over the body of someone who is brain dead) Their society as acted accordingly. Due to the fact that finding a body that can be used is difficult, many souls just inhabit the first body they find. I thought it would be interesting to feature a character whose soul has inhabited a body whose sex does not match with their gender identity. I have a few questions relating to this:
Ahr riverIt seems fine, although some people would be more suited for living in a body for 2 years than others. Just in general there will be a lot of body confusions. short people becoming tall, going into an unhealthy body, or a very healthy one, or someone who's much older or younger than they are, etc. etc.
But should they be a male to female or female to male? I'd prefer to use one that hasn't been used a lot in media.
edited 11th Feb '13 10:03:29 AM by TheMuse
Pronounced YAK-you-lussFTM transsexuals are sidelined quite a lot in media, in transgender-rights debates, and just about everywhere else. They show up, yes (Boys Don't Cry would be the absolute most famous example, media-wise), but they don't get nearly the same coverage.
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vilent walerHowever, it's rather rare MTFs get portrayed tastefully/accurately. In general it's a little more dangerous being MTF than it is being FTM. It also seems like FTMs get more support on websites like Tumblr. For every post about MTFs there's three for FTMs. FTMs also have options like binders and packers that MTFs don't have.
edited 11th Feb '13 12:34:16 PM by Collen
Ahr riverAlthough tumblr really isn't a good indicator of much, since it's not mainstream.
vilent walerYeah, it's just rather depressing.
Any tips for writing this character with the amount of feminity that you can go "Oh, that's totally a woman" without making them appear to be an overly feminine stereotype or just Camp Gay?
Can you elaborate? Why would it be easier for a FTM to pass? And pass as what, do you mean it would be easier for them to assume the male identity, or easier to retain a female one? Either way I don't think it would nullify the point if you wrote it well. It would still introduce a lot of complications.
To clarify, I mean 'pass' as to be able to have others assume your sex matches your gender
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