Alice Macher wrote:4 ) Saying that a character must be trans because "there's something 'off' about her" is not particularly sensitive to trans people, even though I'm sure no offence was meant.
Which is precisely why I asked if you lot would pardon the expression. Not quite sure how else to phrase it.
And while she may be visually based on another forum member that does not automatically mean that character and person are 1 to 1 interchangeable.
Plus there's always the risk of Art exaggerating some features that makes the picture look slightly different from the person it was modeled on, and that may be causing the incongruity as well.
There's just something about Marie, that to me anyway, suggests: was not born physically a woman.
Didn't have that with Chrissie oddly enough.
That one just gave off a vibe of a slightly overweight African-American lady, probably an engineering student, based upon garb and hairstyle.
I'm going to explain the reaction you're getting:
1: Just about all trans- people will tell you that they WERE born a particular gender, and that gender simply was misidentified because of some biological quirks. So lines like, "was not born physically a woman" don't quite cut it. If you must, for some reason, try the phrasing, "was assigned male at birth".
2: The notion that there's a set of traits that are explicitly feminine or masculine is almost as damaging to trans rights as the concept of being 'born a man' would be. It says that unless someone manages to lose ALL of the traits that might be used to 'clock' them, they'll never be able to fully consider themselves transitioned.
3: At the same time, it also establishes a strict gender binary where 'masculine' women and 'feminine' men are automatically suspected of being trans.
All of these are going to be insulting to at least some of the folks targeted. Now, to be clear: I do not think that was remotely your intent. I doubt there are many people here would actually be inclined to be actively hostile to genderqueer folks of any sort, given the nature of the strip. That said, you're suffering from blinders that make it a bit tough for you to see the offense for what it is, and thus avoid it (the technical/academic name for those blinders is 'privilege', but since that usage often generates a reaction based on the more common, everyday use of the word, I figured I'd start with the definition and work backwards).