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September 2014
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http://kforshort.tumblr.com/post/98696022709/lilyginnyblack-sproutkid-ok-but-consider 

lilyginnyblack:

lilyginnyblack:

sproutkid:

ok but consider this: nonbinary superheroes

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This fabulous character is Nathan Seymour (civilian name). His superhero name is Fire Emblem. He is from the anime Tiger and Bunny. He is a wealthy, business savvy individual who owns his own company and…

I apologize if I wasn’t as careful with my words and failed to notice those problematic aspects and I thank you for bringing them up. I’ll definitely keep these issues that you brought up in mind not only for T&B, but for other series as well, in the future.

However, Pao-lin is viewed as a unisex/androgynous character, it was stated as such in Hero TV 2.

This is the same magazine that called Nathan “agender/genderqueer” despite all the in canon references to specifically trans womanhood. Not only that, but the translation (not sure if the source material also does this) also misgenders Nathan.

So here are the problems with relying too much on these “interviews”:

1. High chances are, cis people wrote these replies.

2.  Also high chances that cis people, who may not have as nuanced of understanding of Japanese let alone the intricacies of Japanese gender politics, translated these replies.

So you end up basing everything on cis translations of cis interviews of a show by cis people (most likely men) of the trans-ness of characters….? 

Yeah, I’m gonna take these with a grain (or nine) of salt.

((Plus, it pushes all the wrong buttons how in both cases they went with the “neutral” option. It smells of something similar to colorblind racism.))

That, and considering the shows female to male character ratio, I become super wary. In such cases, I find it better to ignore “outside” canon (Hero TV Fan books) and base interruptions on “direct” canon (the show, movies, drama CD). Less cis filters.

((P.S. For future reference, avoid words like “if” (and but) when apologizing. You were, which is why this convo is happening. I still accept your apology, but thought you might like to know that things like this can make your apologies seem less sincere.))

September 2014
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kforshort:

Can someone help me find that one study about how students(?) were shown video lectures of two professors, one white and one Indian(?), with the same voice over. The studies found that the students were more likely to describe the WoC as being more unclear despite it being the exact same voice.

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Srsly tho.

Help.

#k talks   
September 2014
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Can someone help me find that one study about how students(?) were shown video lectures of two professors, one white and one Indian(?), with the same voice over. The studies found that the students were more likely to describe the WoC as being more unclear despite it being the exact same voice.

??

#racism   #k talks   
September 2014
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lilyginnyblack:

sproutkid:

ok but consider this: nonbinary superheroes

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This fabulous character is Nathan Seymour (civilian name). His superhero name is Fire Emblem. He is from the anime Tiger and Bunny. He is a wealthy, business savvy individual who owns his own company and sponsor (Helios Energy).

Nathan/Fire Emblem is homosexual (Nathan likes flirting with the male superheroes), but is also agender/genderless. Nathan/Fire Emblem goes by either gender. That is why Nathan sees herself as being one of the girls (there are two other female superheroes), but he also likes to go out and get drinks with the guys after work and will drop any feminine persona the moment you scratch his car.

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The second Tiger and Bunny movie that came out Tiger and Bunny: The Rising, really divulged into Nathan as a character and the struggle of being a non-binary individual.  

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This girl here is Pao-lin Huang (civilian name). Her superhero name is Dragon Kid. She is Chinese. She is a kick ass martial artist, but is also shown to be really great with babies. One of the Drama CDs implies that her first crush is on the other female superhero in the series (Karina/Blue Rose). 

In the second Tiger and Bunny movie, Tiger and Bunny: The Rising, Pao-lin/Dragon Kid takes on a more boy-ish appearance.

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Pao-lin views herself as unisex (androgynous)  or genderblind. Though, the Japanese word also holds a secondary meaning of intersex, so it could be possible that Pao-lin/Dragon Kid is also intersex.

So, in conclusion, if you wanted some non-binary superheroes, check out TIGER & BUNNY! <3

You, as a cis-white-women, need to be more careful.

Nathan does not describe themselves (the exactness of Nathan’s gender is kinda ambiguous, though not for the reasons you stated) as “agender/genderless”. Throughout the series they have made references to themselves being a women (though more like punchlines than serious acknowledgement). In the second T&B movie, they did refer to themselves as “okama”, which has a very complicated meaning of both feminine/gay male AND trans women (and is a slur). Since T&B is a Japanese anime, but the character Nathan is black American (Sternbuild is obviously an alternative universe New York), interpretations can vary from feminine gay male to tranfeminine non-binary to trans woman but not agender/genderless as you described.

All this does not even bring up all the problematic aspects of Nathan’s characterization, the perverted predator trope is the first to come to mind, that would turn many many trans/queer people away from this character. However, this I will leave to black trans women to critique. 

Moving on to Pao-lin.

No.

She doesn’t.

She views herself as a tomboyish girl. In episode 13, during that transmisogynistic joke about Nathan not really being “one of the girls”, Pao-lin mistakenly thinks it was referring to her because she wasn’t girly enough. Pao-lin is actually very sensitive to that. Mostly because what it means to be a tomboyish girl is Japanese (and Chinese) culture mean different things. I can tell you right now that as a Chinese American, even though I am considered moderately girl enough by American standards, I’m consider very boyish by Chinese standards. And by those Chinese/East Asian standards, many tomboyish girls get thrown questions on whether or not they still even qualify as girls.

This is the context Pao-lin lives in. This is why it’s super important for Pao-lin to be a girl, especially since we already have the “typically” feminine Karina. Trans headcanons are great, but I also think it’s super important to not take away girl representation, more so since she is a girl of color.

September 2014
27

I came back from the dead to tell you about homestuck.

#k talks   #homestuck   
September 2014
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ofstrider:

my only concern is whats going to happen to jake english

September 2014
27

It’s been nearly a year, but I am still undeniably Homestuck Trash.

I’m so sorry.

Prepare your dashes.

September 2014
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thepaisleyelf:

have I talked about how my two cats love each other so much and they literally do everything together and they’re always piled all over each other like

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even when they’re not sleeping they’re just hanging out 

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September 2014
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  • French Friend: well, the total cost of me going to Med school is about 406 a year -
  • American Friend: THOUSAND?
  • French Friend: Um, no. 406 Euro. It sounds a little high but it covers the cost of my textbooks, extra classes and most of my housing. How much is it for you?
September 2014
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Anyone hear think they can help point me in the direction for information in the global warming debate? Whether or not it’s man-made or just a political/economical scheme?