Comic 524 - Bullies

17th Apr 2014, 5:21 PM in Ch. 21: Valentine's Day
Average Rating: 5 (14 votes)
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Jocelyn 17th Apr 2014, 5:21 PM edit delete
This page was really just meant to be a transition to the coming pages revolving around Maria and Chanel, but turned into a little bit of a venting session through Fara. I don't hear the sort of commentary like from the other teachers around here (thankfully) but I've heard it more than I care for. I grow tired of "as long as it's not my kid" and "people just weren't gay/trans when I was growing up" statements.

Just proof that wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age if you're not actually trying to learn... >_>

Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.

Also, I've said this before, but I'm trying to raise money for SRS, and I'm still struggling with it. If you can help, it would be most welcome. If not, don’t worry about it. I totally understand (you don't need to feel bad or apologize if you can’t).
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Tiffany Driver 17th Apr 2014, 5:50 PM edit delete reply
While Fara is being awesome as always, I kind of fear for all the conflict that's building up between the characters and the society presented at the school. It really helps to know when to pick your battles, for your own safety. But they are still kids, so it's hard to ask them to make that kind of judgment. It's also not fair to ask that of them. Other kids don't have to worry about choosing whether to be honest with themselves or pretend to fit in, at least not at this level.

It's not like I can talk, anyway. My boss already knows about me, but I still worry I could get in trouble if the wrong people find out and make a fuss :( It's not shame, it's fear.
j-eagle12212012 17th Apr 2014, 7:23 PM edit delete reply
Fara's rant is necessary because someone has to say it.
Aislinn 17th Apr 2014, 8:27 PM edit delete reply
Fara is and remains awesome. I hate the whole genre of opinions voiced by those two teachers, especially when people comment about how being trans is "trendy". Screw. That. Nobody claims to be trans because it's trendy.
Guest 18th Apr 2014, 9:16 AM edit delete reply
He said that being gay was trendy. But I agree. People today think that we choose to be homosexual, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, trans, genderqueer, etc because we're "attention seekers." When in reality, we are doing everything we can to hide it so we won't be judged. Now tell me how that makes sense?
Vanya 17th Apr 2014, 9:45 PM edit delete reply
Awesome page, Jocelyn! Ellen's face is just sort of the befuddled expression that people make when they get a retort on such oblivious, ignorant comments and you drew it perfectly! After Fara's done with her she'll be lucky to remember her name. The Broom-guy appears to be caught red-handed though.

This is a perfect example of a strong morale lesson that all those irredeemably blunt people like that need to learn. 5*****
From a butterfly 17th Apr 2014, 10:33 PM edit delete reply
Love farra, the troubble with the two teachers here, is that to there knowledge, within their social structure those coments are acceptable. And they done see how they have done anything wrong. Unless somebody exsplains how :) unfortunatly right and wrong are man made and are a reflextion of a majoraty vote. "As long as its not my child" right or wrong? Right? Because its a parents respocibility! Or wrong? Because its the duty of every adult to help ensure the well being of the next genaration! I choose wroong why, because its an unfare stament, saying to her children its ok for every body but YOU to do this. Sorry for ranting. "Somtimes its hard not to feel personaly envolved when the subject matter is so close to home"
Xiane 18th Apr 2014, 8:27 AM edit delete reply
Love the page but in panel 5: 'It's one thing to poke fun at me,' is Fara perhaps taking their comments personally cause I don't think Mrs. Track Suit has the stones to poke at Faras sexuality after being pimp slapped so much and the other face!

The wording just seems like she transferred their comments from Maria/Chanel to herself.
Jocelyn 18th Apr 2014, 8:57 AM edit delete reply

In the previous page, these two make fun of Fara a little for being in denial over how much she hates being single. The relevance in the comparison is that she's saying that them saying stuff like that to her isn't a big deal. However, their commentary about their students (including their ignorance on the subject matter, their talking behind the students' backs, and the fact that they're supposed to people their students can look up to) is completely inappropriate and unacceptable behavior to Fara (and me).
no 10th Nov 2020, 3:22 AM edit delete reply
oh, thanks for clearing that up. i thought she had inadvertently outed herself as bi and i was kinda scaed
Janelle 18th Apr 2014, 8:51 AM edit delete reply
Good for Fara!
rachelevil 18th Apr 2014, 10:04 AM edit delete reply
Fuck yeah, Fara.
Julia Goldsmith 18th Apr 2014, 5:00 PM edit delete reply
I like the way Fara isn't afraid to speak her mind. Way to go Fara!

On another note, nice pic Jocelyn, your transition is going along quite smoothly :)
Jax Rhapsody 18th Apr 2014, 6:50 PM edit delete reply
I'm more concerned about my two boys growing up hetero than homo, bi, or whatever. Such an abomimation...heterosexuality....

Bwahahaha... joking, I'll support them- even if they turn out to be straight...bwahaha
Zackwell 18th Apr 2014, 6:50 PM edit delete reply
Oh lord there needs to be a Rain fighting game.
Lucy 18th Apr 2014, 6:55 PM edit delete reply
Love this comic ^-^ Helps me understand who I am. although I am still trying to find out myself.. This helps clear up some confusion about myself
Moon Warrior 18th Apr 2014, 8:01 PM edit delete reply
Moon Warrior
where would you like us to post fanart/notify you?
Jocelyn 18th Apr 2014, 9:33 PM edit delete reply
@Moon Warrior

Post wherever you feel comfortable. If you have your own comic (or your own site, or a DeviantArt account, or even just Imgur), just post away. Or you could also post directly to the Rain page on Facebook. Or right here. Or in a private message.

In short, I'm pretty open to all sorts of fanart via whatever means you wish to present it. I would like to see any made, but as long as it's at least mentioned somewhere that's accessible to me, I'll see it. ^_^
Noelle 19th Apr 2014, 6:21 AM edit delete reply
I feel like I need to tell someone this, and I think this is the right place to do it.

I've decided that I'm going to put my medical training to good use, and start a clinic. In the next 5-10 years, I'm going to start a clinic specialising in GSM diverse people, and the issues around that. I'm going to take additional specialisation courses in endocrinology, psychiatry and paediatrics, and my eventual goal is to start a medical and psychological clinic that specifically caters to providing the medical care that people who are GSM diverse need.

I'm only going to hire those who have a totally positive and accepting attitude to GSM and particularly trans people, I want to make it a bulk-billing clinic (I'm an Aussie, and bulk-billing would mean that students, low-income people and minors could get it free), and I would make damn sure that we had at least 2 WPATH certified psychiatrists on staff.

I'm also going to make it very clear that it's going to be a secular institution - that is, when you walk in you are in an environment where religious opposition to GSM issues, abortion etc are left outside. That doesn't mean you can't have faith, what it means is that one person's religious convictions do not entitle that person to ban someone else from what they need to survive.

Finally, it's going to be a gatekeeper free environment. If you want a letter for hormones, you'll probably get it on the first visit unless there's something that needs to be discussed further. If you don't know where you could go to for a trans-friendly endocrinologist, we'll have at least one on full-time staff.

I hope I get this together soon, because there are a lot of people that need my help!
ranger_brianna_new 19th Apr 2014, 11:16 PM edit delete reply
Words cannot describe how awesome this is.

I really, really hope you can pull it off. :)
Lex-Kat 24th Nov 2016, 3:59 AM edit delete reply
Good luck, Noelle.
Iule 16th Jun 2020, 12:34 PM edit delete reply
I hope your dream comes true! <3
Tualha 5th Jun 2015, 2:47 PM edit delete reply
Go Fara!
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