Literature Invisible Monsters Discussion

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03:27:33 PM Jun 2nd 2010
edited by IggyKoopa
A note about Brandy Alexander, gender identity and spoilers:

I'm mostly writing this because Latia asked in the edit summary but this sort of information may be helpful for anyone else wishing to edit the article as well.

I don't consider Brandy Alexander being a transsexual to be spoilers, since that's stated in the premise of the book itself. What is a spoiler, though, is the fact that Brandy Alexander turns out not to be a transsexual but what's technically considered gender queer. I think this is a spoiler because when this is revealed in the novel, it's supposed to change our understanding of Brandy completely. Also, when referring to Shane on the page, the pronoun he should be used but for both Brandy and Evie, the pronoun she should be used. I'm not so sure about the Rhea sisters; I'll check on that. Anyway, that's all I have to say on the matter.
01:19:52 AM Mar 22nd 2011
I don't think "gender queer" describes Brandy at all, as he/she doesn't identify as a separate gender at all. His transition isn't shown to be linked to his gender identity at all - except in the sense that it is a way to mutilate himself. So, in reality, the only way this can be self-mutilation is if he is transitioning to a gender that he feels he isn't.
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