Comic 333 - Remain Positive

24th Feb 2013, 7:04 PM in Ch 14: No More Fake Smiles
Remain Positive
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Jocelyn 24th Feb 2013, 7:04 PM edit delete
(I know this isn’t a chapter page, but we’re technically on Chapter 14 now. This is a flow thing. Chapter page comes a little later this time. ^_^)

To start, I don’t want to hear any “Where’s Rudy?” He’ll be in the next page. I originally considered having this be a twofer with the next one to include everyone in one go, but look at this. There is so much going on in this one page as is. A second page like this would be too much. Maybe not for you, but definitely for me.

To address all the points: Yes, we will see Aiken again someday. Maybe things will change, maybe they won’t. Life is like that. But there’s only one way to find out. Also, we haven’t heard the last of Kellen either. I mean, you can probably take a fair guess, but we still don’t really know what she thinks. Again, only time will tell.

With Gavin: Nothing like a couple of gamers trying out a new console (especially in that period where it’s still new and Rain is the only kid on her block to own one). Although, sometimes playing the old favorites is fun too (it shouldn’t need to be said what they’re losing to at this point).

With the girls: The “Kaminari x Aneko pairing” brought up here has been mentioned once before, long ago. But not since. Hence Rain’s surprise. I actually wanted to continue to make a big deal about this alleged pairing at that time, but haven’t really had as many opportunities to include Kaminari stuff in the story as I originally thought I would. This is subject to change though. You never know.

With Kylie: I used to think like Rain. I used to totally want to have periods (I’m sure a lot of the cis female readers probably think I’m crazy, but this is not at all uncommon among transgirls). Somewhere along the line though (probably thanks to virtually every female friend I’ve ever had having nothing nice to say about periods), I changed my mind. Especially since today, I realize that not having one doesn’t make me any less of a woman. Really, I try to look at the bright side and call it one of the “perks” of being a transgirl. ^_^

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GigaNerd17 24th Feb 2013, 7:16 PM edit delete reply
Those last three panels were golden. Love the closure provided by the whole page, too.
Nightsky 24th Feb 2013, 7:40 PM edit delete reply
I agree with Ky: periods suck. >_>

This page wraps up a lot of loose ends pretty well in my opinion. I think Kellen's reaction is natural; it's a lot to take in. Actually, I don't think it's really news to be shared over the phone, though it's probably a bit easier on both parties when they don't have to deal with each other immediately in real life.
j-eagle12212012 24th Feb 2013, 7:57 PM edit delete reply
Wow...that was alot in one update lol thank you @Jocelyn
j-eagle12212012 24th Feb 2013, 8:00 PM edit delete reply
Oh @jocelyn

what do the letters in the chapter name mean?
Jocelyn 24th Feb 2013, 9:14 PM edit delete reply

It's purposely hidden for the time being. Sorry. It will be spelled out when the chapter page goes up.
Moon Warrior 25th Feb 2013, 2:24 AM edit delete reply
Moon Warrior
Ky is very correct. Hearing Rain say "I want a period" is like hearing "I want to feel like curling up into a hall and dying!"

I am excited to see Rudy in the next page. XD
MarianLH 25th Feb 2013, 10:37 AM edit delete reply
It's not that we miss the periods themselves. It's the feeling of being excluded from something so central to most womens' lives, the reminder that we're different, that hurts.
Moon Warrior 26th Feb 2013, 8:08 PM edit delete reply
Moon Warrior
Yup I can kinda get that.
Dan333 6th Oct 2013, 1:39 AM edit delete reply
I'm a transguy, and I definitely get the periods thing. I just really wish MAAB trans people and FAAB trans people could switch! I would happily give my brother (who might be my sister) my chest and uterus. He (she?) wants them! I do not.
So, on another note, having gay siblings isn't completely unrealistic. My brother and I used to call ourselves brother and sister, now we're brothers, and we might end up calling ourselves sister and brother again, only in reverse. Confused yet? Not as confused as we are.
MeWho 20th Oct 2018, 8:30 PM edit delete reply
Exactly ; part of the 'whole package'. I used to agonize a lot over how I could ever be 'genuine'. And having kids was really important to me, which had a lot to do with me choosing the path I did. But also that I kept coming around to obsessing over whether I would ever be 'satisfied', and trying to figure out how some people could end themselves after achieving the goal they had worked so hard to reach. Life is scary, no matter which path you choose.
The T.C. 14th Aug 2016, 12:08 AM edit delete reply
Yeah depending on the person you could still get periods, just no blood.

If uteran transplants were ever perfected, I'm not sure how that'd fly... tho I'd definitely would want to find out!!
Lex-Kat 18th Nov 2016, 1:06 AM edit delete reply
I would so be willing to have a period, if it meant I could have children. Or... could've had children. :(
AiyetoroFelisAgrus 3rd Apr 2019, 10:00 AM edit delete reply
For some reason, I wasn‘t expecting this misconception while reading this lol

Trans girls DO get periods, however, they are only hormonal in nature. They can get everything but the blood. Everything. Cramps don‘t happen in the uterus so I’m almost completely sure they get those too.

I’m AFAB, but as an enby and neurodivergent with loootss of friend with different identities, mental issues, etc. I find myself researching LOTS of things.

I can‘t give a clear source but I do remember that the source was written by a trans girl.

If you happen to be reading this now and read the comics, I want you to know that you could very well get periods if you transition as a trans girl! aThanks for reading. They just won‘t have blood.
Guest 31st Jan 2020, 8:40 AM edit delete reply
What are you on about? Cramps are literally just contractions of the uterus. I'm not trying to be mean, but it's risky to be so ignorant about your own body.

Even cis-men can have PMS-like symptoms due to hormonal changes (google 'Iritable Male Syndrome'/IMS) so it's accurate to say trans girls can get hormone-based periods, and it can even happen if they don't transition medically.
Calaqupisi 1st Feb 2020, 6:11 AM edit delete reply
from the stories that i've heard, we can get cramps but they are probably in a slightly different place since we don't have uteri (had to look up the plural). i think that it's probably just our hormones saying "there should be cramps here" and just doing that to whatever muscles happen to be there.
Emily 24th Jan 2022, 4:13 AM edit delete reply
Can confirm, I'm a trans girl and ever since the hormones I've been having periods, which often include excruciating cramps. In fact I'm having them as I type this. Mine also include emotional instability and massive sudden mood swings, horrible depression and anxiety, and this feeling of dread and doom like my entire life is about to crumble around me and there's nothing I can do about it, ungodsly sugar and chocolate cravings, and a number of other emotional effects that are usually somewhat less of a hinderance than those listed. This lasts for six days every 25 days precisely. I've heard people tell me I'm faking it, or that I'm misattributing hormone fluctuations from my injection cycle (but since that's weekly, that makes no sense). I've heard people say this can't happen and there's no scientific basis for it. But I see myself and like half my transfem friends deal with it every month, so the evidence is pretty striking to me.
Jocelyn 24th Jan 2022, 9:38 AM edit delete reply
In the nine years since I wrote this page, I can safely say I've learned a lot but I still don't have all the answers. What I can say is you're not alone in this. I've heard testimonies like this many times before from many trans women. Some do indeed seem to have periods.

For my part, nearly a decade on HRT, I don't experience periods myself, and I know a number of trans women who also don't. I don't know what this means. Maybe it's something to do with our unique body chemistries. Maybe it's something to do with dosing, or specific means of taking Estrogen, or even specific brands. Maybe there's some other factor we're all missing. I don't know why it's so different for different people, but I also don't believe for a second that anyone is "faking it". I think some trans women just do have periods and some don't (just as some cis women do have periods and some don't).

No one is wrong, and no one is lying. We're all just... different. And that's okay too. :)
Thyra 4th Feb 2022, 8:30 AM edit delete reply
Good news: being transgender means that you don't have periods.
Bad news: ALL THE PERIOD PAINS CONCENTRATED IN EIGHT WEEKS! (Well, if you undergo the operation, anyways.)
I used to justify eventual operation pains this way.
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