Comic 612 - Swimming

14th Dec 2014, 9:21 PM in Ch. 23: The Flaherty Siblings
Average Rating: 5 (8 votes)
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Jocelyn 14th Dec 2014, 9:21 PM edit delete
Rain's past mirrors my own a lot here. I always liked being in the water, but the dysphoria that always came with it just wasn't worth it. I still can't really swim either. I can struggle from one side of the pool to the other, but I'd probably be doomed if I ever fell off a boat.

I do own a proper swimsuit now, but god knows when or if I'll ever get the chance to use it (obviously not any time soon right now, what with the whole Winter thing going on).

Also, because of discussions on the last page: To any of my trans sisters out there, I strongly recommend a swimdress (essentially, a one-piece with a skirt). Aside from being adorable, the skirt is long enough to offer a nice extra bit of coverage hiding what you might not want seen, but short enough to not impair water mobility too much. I swear by it, myself. ^_^

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j-eagle12212012 14th Dec 2014, 9:47 PM edit delete reply
Love to swim , never take my shirt off though for all the reasons here and more.
Rae 14th Dec 2014, 10:33 PM edit delete reply
I can relate to the not wanting to swim thing. Before I started transitioning I was hesitant about it,but I still loved it. Now,as I'm starting my transition, I've been dreading any scenario where swimming is implied. But once I get my confidence back I'll be sure to put your swimdress suggestion to good use.
Torne 14th Dec 2014, 11:51 PM edit delete reply
Swimsuits are like underwear that you're seen in when they are wet and clinging to you.
Jocelyn 15th Dec 2014, 7:15 AM edit delete reply

Yet another reason I like swimdresses. That extra layer reduces how much it clings. Or rather, it clings to the other layers, which makes any lumps seem more natural and not something that would be questioned.

In my case, mine has a flowy effect where it folds over itself, so it never really clings too tightly. So there are ways around that. ^_^
Sawyer 15th Dec 2014, 1:31 AM edit delete reply
Aiken yet again wins more of my respect. Unlike Kellen, he's remaining polite, and willing to listen. That is, accepting the reality in front f him, which Kellen is in the (probably long) process of.
Megumi 15th Dec 2014, 9:02 AM edit delete reply
It took me about 9 months before I was finally comfortable enough to wear a one piece in public. I had started doing yoga about 5 months before that and actually started going to classes in public and only the most trained eye will notice that I'm wearing a pair of super tight panties with spanx on top of that to keep my shame hidden so I'm comfortable enough to do all sorts of poses and stuff. Because of yoga I learned a very reliable method for me that I was able to transfer over to the one piece swimsuit even though it's not fun at all wearing a pair of panties & spanx under a swimsuit but sometimes you do what you have to do for your own sake of mind.
Mylio 15th Dec 2014, 1:04 PM edit delete reply
I love Rain's face on the fourth panel it looks so sassy. It looks like shes saying: "B**** I aint no boy what you talkin about". XD But I am guessing that was not the intention. Anyway on a more serious note I really do feel sorry for Rain. I love to swim and I don't get a lot of dysphoria while swimming (instead I tend to get dysphoria at school since I go to a Catholic girls school despite being a genderqueer atheist) so I can not imagine how it must feel to have it stand in the way of something as fun as swimming. But on a brighter note (a lot of notes) I can not wait for the adorable swimsuit shopping scene!
Vanessa 15th Dec 2014, 9:16 PM edit delete reply
I've had almost the exact same experience regarding swimming.
nakedness 16th Dec 2014, 1:09 AM edit delete reply
I'm a true nudist, open minded with nothing to hide. be brave, show all who you are and be proud.
Rae 16th Dec 2014, 5:29 AM edit delete reply
I think following that kind of lifestyle, reqrequires some degree of being comfortable with one's body. I'm not sure if this feeling is shared with other trans girls, but I personally don't feel comfortable with body much at all because of what's between my legs, so any action that has it exposed leaves me very uncomfortable,even with something as simple as taking a shower.I'm not sure if others share this opinion in the community, maybe it's just me, but those are my thoughts.
Jocelyn 16th Dec 2014, 6:23 AM edit delete reply

You're definitely not alone. I hate being naked myself. It doesn't even matter if I'm alone and nobody can see; I just don't feel comfortable. And I'm pretty certain that's a feeling shared by many trans people (female and male alike).


I wish I could adopt your free spirit, but it's not who I am. I am proud of certain parts of my body, and I love to wear things that might accentuate them. But to be completely exposed would personally fill me with discomfort and anxiety, not pride. Heck, I wouldn't feel comfortable completely exposing even the parts I DO have a lot of pride in, so I couldn't possibly show off EVERYTHING and feel okay with it. More power to you for being able to feel the way you do, but it's not a feeling that just anyone can share so easily.
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KitsunecChan 16th Dec 2014, 8:49 AM edit delete reply
When I used to go swimming it used to always be with a shirt on for the same reason as rain in your comic, I loved swimming untill my mother put me in swimming lessons and the teacher tried to get me to take off the shirt, hated swimming since.

Will the comics always be for sale?? Unfortunately with how close Christmas is I can't buy them and I would love to buy copies.
Jocelyn 16th Dec 2014, 10:32 AM edit delete reply

Yes. The books are always available. I'm just putting a holiday spin on my self-promotion because why not? XD
KitsuneChan 16th Dec 2014, 1:17 PM edit delete reply
Awesome! Thank you for the fast reply.

Guest 18th Dec 2014, 9:06 PM edit delete reply
...holy shit it had never occured to me WHY i hated taking off my shirt to swim when i was younger

then again i didn't realize i was a girl til i was 20, so yknow, i am not the most self-aware person out there.

anyway yeah, i was on a swimming team all through high school, but i haven't swam since i came out. frankly finding any swimsuit isn't likely; i'm a fat, 6' butch who doesn't shave her legs... there really aren't any options that wouldn't draw ire.
Ruth 31st Jul 2016, 11:06 AM edit delete reply
Another "holy shit" here. I realized who/what I was when I was 8 yrs old, never really learned to swim, and from that point on could only go in the water with a t-shirt on.
I'm 54 now and finally "testing the waters", per se, about coming out to my circle of closest friends and that's not exactly going over so well. I stumbled across this comic story yesterday and have been binge-reading from beginning to now, and this has been such a nice escape from the harsh real world.
Zi 12th Sep 2015, 1:34 PM edit delete reply
I wish I could go swimming more... Since transitioning, even with the skirt bottom swimsuit, I'm nervous at the idea of being in public. I got to swim at my family's lake again this summer, andi really liked it.
Guest 22nd Apr 2019, 3:30 PM edit delete reply
Swimming lessons at school were among the first things that started to crack my eggshell in a really uncomfortable way
Rayla. 5th Aug 2020, 10:28 AM edit delete reply
Wish me luck I'm about to use this to explain why I dont really want to go to the beach this summer to my Mum. My brother is obsessed with going but me. Well
Waffle 5th Aug 2022, 12:09 PM edit delete reply
I didn't have a lot of problem with swimming as a kid, but somewhere around high school I just stopped. I think the last time I put on a swimsuit was ~15 years before I figured out I was trans.
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