Comic 842 - Come Clean

6th Jun 2016, 8:43 AM in Ch. 29: Transitions
Come Clean
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Jocelyn 6th Jun 2016, 8:43 AM edit delete
I know what I said about trying not to do two-pagers in this chapter. Sometimes, it's inevitable. XD

Emily going straight to the faculty could be a big deal. Brother Arthur has proven to be very reliable thus far, but I wonder how he'd respond to this. And of course, he wouldn't be the only one that needs to learn...

Maria, meanwhile - for having known about this just as long as Rain has - seems to be taking the news rather hard. But why? Is it just because Emily's been quiet about it all this time? That can't be right. There's got to be more to it. Thoughts?

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

Also, our source of transportation for my SRS date bailed on us unexpectedly, leaving us with a short span of time to come up with fair bit more money than we anticipated needing. I'm stressed enough without this kind of garbage, but my superhero of a wife came to the rescue by setting up a YouCaring page for me. If you can spare a little bit to help out, we'd be eternally grateful. If not, just sharing the page and spreading it around would still mean the world to us. Thank you so much!
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Nama 6th Jun 2016, 8:56 AM edit delete reply

Asking that is rude, Chanel
purplespacecats 6th Jun 2016, 10:23 PM edit delete reply
right? omg chanel ilu but that wasn't cool dude
Gwen 7th Jun 2016, 2:22 AM edit delete reply
I don't think Chanel meant anything by it, she's always been very naive and doesn't always seem to pick up on social cues.
mecaterpillar 7th Jun 2016, 7:28 AM edit delete reply
Keep in mind that she is a freshman. So she's like literally either 14 or 15. Not all 14 or 15 year olds are good at social interactions.
Yevhenii 12th Nov 2016, 1:32 AM edit delete reply
Keep in mind that she is a person. Not all people are good at social interactions.

This works too :P
j-eagle12212012 6th Jun 2016, 12:36 PM edit delete reply
Hmmm? What are you....?!? oh! OH!
poor Maria
Chandler the Potato King 6th Jun 2016, 12:46 PM edit delete reply
I think Maria might want to be with her while she goes to tell Brother Arthur. We all know how protective and caring Maria is towards her friends so maybe that's whats happening here.That or she might confess that she knew the whole time.
Nef 6th Jun 2016, 1:03 PM edit delete reply
In my day, school policies were very intolerant of pregnancies. I remember school officials talking about how keeping a pregnant girl in school was a bad influence for the rest, as if pregnancies were a contagious disease, so they'd kick the girl from school. Some had to go to lower quality schools and some had to miss the year and come back later (if they still wanted to)

I wonder if things have changed since then.
Ranthog 6th Jun 2016, 1:18 PM edit delete reply
Atleast in the 90's and early 00's, the Catholic school in my town would support the pregnant girl continuing in their studies. They were concerned a hard-line aproach might encourage the student to have an abortion. Not to mention the fact they recognized the fact that support was a good thing. So being hard-line on the issue they saw as counter productive.

Of course this was contingent on the family's wishes.
Samantha 7th Jun 2016, 7:52 AM edit delete reply
Which is pretty much one of the few things a Catholic school does right. I am NOT in support of abortion, I do not believe it is a right of woman but rather a privilege of men. That is, a woman gets knocked up, and the guy tries to convince her to get rid of it so he doesn't have to take responsibility. Society (schools and work areas) don't want to take responsibility either. If the girl can't take responsibility or doesn't want to, adoption is a very viable action. But abortion comes from multiple forces conspiring to make helpless feeling women try to erase the problem. Everyone else gets to pretend nothing happened, but she has to live with ghosts, all because you wouldn't educate a single mother. All because you won't give single mothers work. And had the gall to call it a choice, when actually it was her being paralyzed with fear.
Every life is sacred. And I'm not even Catholic. We need to fix the systems that hinder women from productive lives where they and their child can thrive. That, not giving women a "choice" is real feminism.
Eve 7th Jun 2016, 11:44 AM edit delete reply
No to all of that. It is a woman's choice to decide. Who are you to say otherwise? If someone is forcing a woman to have an abortion then that is not a choice, just like it wouldn't be her choice if she was forced to carry the baby to term. Adoption isn't always an option, especially when children end up stuck in the system of foster care. I personally don't like abortion either, but it's not my play to say abortion is never an option for a woman.
Ranthog 7th Jun 2016, 5:16 PM edit delete reply
I think the idea of abortion being men's privilege is absurd. It can be a valuable option for women who are significantly more burdened with childcare than men.

The idea of society not supporting any choices is pretty valid. Choices are meaningless if none of them are practical (It would also be the only way someone would have leverage over someone.) Being pro-choice abortion should be one of the options. I think good support systems (for 18 years and 9 months) would reduce the demand for abortions.

But there are a lot of reasons to not have a kid that aren't related to a lack of choice that are perfectly good reasons. And those choices aren't any of my business to get involved with.

Dandelions42 7th Jun 2016, 10:48 PM edit delete reply
Just gonna add my two cents here: from my perspective, the question of abortion hinges on whether embryos are living beings or simply cells. If they are people in their own right, abortion is clearly not a good thing and should be avoided if at all possible; if they're just cells, it's a perfectly acceptable way to handle an unexpected and unwanted pregnancy. All of the reputable evidence I've come across supports the latter, that embryos are not alive and that abortion is therefore acceptable. And there is absolutely no excuse for claims like "people who have abortions are murderers," because no, they're not. People don't go out and get pregnant in order to experience the pure, unadulterated joy of having an abortion. That said, I definitely think that the world would be best if there weren't any unexpected and unwanted pregnancies at all -- if we can put an end to rape, provide adaquate birth control for everyone, etc, etc. And until we reach that day, we should put a lot of effort into the improvements all of you have mentioned -- educating and employing single parents, improving our adoption and foster care systems, providing strong support systems for young people, and more.
AnOldWolfNamedSteve 6th Jun 2016, 2:15 PM edit delete reply
I think Maria has harbored a mad on for Emily for so long that now that she is confronted with a very honest and open Emily, one that flies in the face of Frenemy Emily, Maria now feels a touch guilty and maybe sad that for whom she had all this animosity for is actually more upstanding than she could imagine. I can see Maria thinking Frenemy Emily as The Devil Incarnate, whereas this "New" (or new-ish) Emily is actually- human. How do you say goodbye to all those year of solid hate? Internal mental anguish and conflict, thy name is Maria.
cyrstalclear 6th Jun 2016, 2:30 PM edit delete reply
I'm going to go out there and say this for all thinking it. JEEZ CHANEL, WTF? I'm a girl. I'm not going to be doing it with someone (until srs maybe). I'm not even comfortable in my own skin yet. WTF?

Other than that, I think Maria's terrified of what might happen if the meeting goes terribly. I really think she wants Emily to stay...
Pinecone1532 8th Jun 2016, 5:03 PM edit delete reply
Tbf we don't have any indications about Rain's feelings on the subject (as far as I can remember anyway). She might be pretty fine with going all the way, as it were. On the other hand if she's planning to have SRS, for we mustn't assume such things, she might not be ok with doing anything much until then.

That said, bit rude of Chanel to ask who the father is. As said above though, she is both younger and les good at reading social cues, so we can let her off a little bit for her indiscretion.
Jocelyn 8th Jun 2016, 8:30 PM edit delete reply

Rain sure does plan on having SRS someday. I feel like she's mentioned it a couple times, but my memory's a little fuzzy on when apart from more indirectly mentioning it here:

Either way, there are plenty of trans folk who will use what they've got until they get their surgery. It's not for everyone, of course, but feelings of dysphoria vary from person to person.
Nef 10th Jun 2016, 11:21 AM edit delete reply
What is SRS?
Jocelyn 10th Jun 2016, 1:35 PM edit delete reply

Sexual Reassignment Surgery. Sometimes called Gender Confirmation Surgery or just bottom surgery. It's the technical name of the procedure which some trans folk may have in order to fix their genitals.
Emerald Kitten-Tail 6th Jun 2016, 5:03 PM edit delete reply
Totally out of context but i cant help but think that Anna is going to randomly pop in Brother Arthurs Office while they are having this conversation.
the61scissors 6th Jun 2016, 7:50 PM edit delete reply
Okay Chanel, it's fine to ship Rain and Emily, but there's a time and place for such things.
Dakota 6th Jun 2016, 9:23 PM edit delete reply
You're right. Maria has know as long as Rain has. but Emily never confided on Maria. Is Maria ready to forgive her about the past?
VDani 6th Jun 2016, 11:50 PM edit delete reply
Even though it's rude of Chanel to do THAT, I find Rain's blank expression highly amusing. As in, what is she implying? She was talking about the father, and now she's looking at me. No solution to the conundrum. Mind blank.
Apparently Rain could never father right. *light sarcasm*
SilentNight 7th Jun 2016, 12:27 AM edit delete reply
@Jocelyn: Unrelated, but a question I've had for a bit, is Vincent straight or something else? And if straight, did he ever try dating men in his youth because that was what he was "supposed to do"?
Mina 7th Jun 2016, 5:26 AM edit delete reply

I just hope that she won't storm into Brother Arthur's office at the worst moment. Though she seems very concerned about Emily's well-being, and she probably noticed that she wasn't alright, as we can see in the last panel.

... Or maybe I'm overthinking it. Who knows!?
Evalyn-Averis 7th Jun 2016, 7:13 AM edit delete reply
So, I'm not going to disagree with people saying that Chanel asking that is rude, but I would like to point out a different perspective from another trans person. Even if it isn't what you want, you try things with your partner because you want to try.
Angelica 7th Jun 2016, 11:08 AM edit delete reply
Am I the only one who thinks that Maria is upset because she still has feelings for Emily?
Artorigus 7th Jun 2016, 2:25 PM edit delete reply
Nope, I'm actually getting the exact same feeling.

Maria, from what I can tell, doesn't like people often, but has a lot of trouble moving on from them when she does. This would probably cause difficulties for her down the line even in real life, but this is Rain, so it's all but guaranteed; for the drama!
Lex-Kat 16th Feb 2017, 12:11 AM edit delete reply
I love Rain's expression in panel 5, of the first comic. :D
Guest 29th Apr 2019, 8:58 PM edit delete reply
lol imagine Chanel thinking that Rain and Emily had secretly been together for 19 weeks
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