Comic 741 - Clocking

8th Oct 2015, 5:53 PM in Ch. 27: Same Girl, New Look
Average Rating: 5 (8 votes)
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Jocelyn 8th Oct 2015, 5:53 PM edit delete
The majority of readers seemed to believe Debbie couldn't clock Rain, and was just making a generalized statement. That may very well be the case. But I can tell you that as a trans girl, being called all the "beautifuls", "shes", "girls", and (in my case) "Jocelyns" in the world can be very quickly and very easily undone by "a little boyish" (well, I'm a bit more resilient now, but I've been at this a lot longer than Rain has).

In other words, it doesn't matter if Debbie or Holly or any of their other classmates can't specifically identify her as a trans woman or aren't implying that she's male. In fact, it's unlikely that anyone in that school would even come to that conclusion without personal experience pertaining to trans issues (ie, knowing someone who's trans, being trans themselves). And that's especially the case given that it's so ingrained in their minds that Rain is female by this point. But even if they don't actually consider her to be male, they see something in Rain's appearance that brings words like "boyish" to mind. Even if they're not wittingly clocking her, or even trying to insult her, simply speaking their minds proves to be just as harsh

And Rain is right. Arguing too much may draw attention. If she starts demanding that she's not a boy when no one technically said she was, that may very well raise suspicion. As we know, she's a tough kid. Rain can get through this. But it's going to require her to be more careful than before.

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ranger_brianna_new 8th Oct 2015, 6:20 PM edit delete reply
Little thing, but is it intentional for Rain's "sh" to not be italicized?
Jocelyn 8th Oct 2015, 6:29 PM edit delete reply

Nope. It's an accident. ^^;

Although, "sh" doesn't tend to have much of a pitch to it so I could probably get away with that. I'll fix it in a little bit though. Thanks for catching. :)
number 1 Jocelyn stan 25th Apr 2019, 8:53 PM edit delete reply
in a little bit, hey?
Kithindra 20th Jun 2020, 9:31 AM edit delete reply
Spongebob voice "5 years later..."
j-eagle12212012 8th Oct 2015, 6:51 PM edit delete reply
Does anyone else get a " Holly is smarter than she let's on" vibe?
Guest 8th Oct 2015, 9:18 PM edit delete reply
I do. And even if she isn't book-smart, I get the expression that she's probably got a fair amount more emotional intelligence than people credit her with. Especially since it's hard to tell whether the emphasis given in what she says is real, or in Rain's head…
Mina 9th Oct 2015, 8:54 AM edit delete reply
She's cheerful, which is nice... But comparing a girl's haircut to the worst ones isn't very smart, even if it's said with the best intentions in the world. :/

However, Holly wishes Rain all the best, it's a form of smartness! ^^
Guest 25th Apr 2019, 8:56 PM edit delete reply
I don't know. She always seemed like someone who could be book smart but have limited social acuity, and whose mind wanders a lot. Kinda relatable I suppose
T-Dog 9th Oct 2015, 10:26 AM edit delete reply
Thinking of it, the bad cut was really just the day before for Rain, right? I am surprised that she still touching her hair or rubbing her hands through it.
I went home this weekend and Mom insisted on cutting my hair. It's so short I keep rubbing the back of my head. It feels weird. And here I thought I had seen the last of her home barbering in the kitchen. Its quite the operation. She started doing it to us when she found this home set of barber clippers at a yard sale, still new in their 1980's packaging.
T-Dog 9th Oct 2015, 11:58 AM edit delete reply
That should be "that she isn't still"
Clara 10th Oct 2015, 5:15 PM edit delete reply
I love how all of these are coming out just as I had to get a buzz cut. yay me, I so love my parents. Seriously though this helps a lot.
T-Dog 11th Oct 2015, 2:26 PM edit delete reply
The Buzz Cut is kind of the traditional thing to do to your male offspring at the end of the school year. At lest in the rural Midwest.
Clara 11th Oct 2015, 4:03 PM edit delete reply
now if only I was not presenting at school as a girl, would of made this a whole lot easier.
no 12th Nov 2020, 3:18 AM edit delete reply
i like holly´s hair in panel 3
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