Dating campy components
See the Useful Notes on Transgender people for a more Real Life-oriented and complete description.There's a general craving by most of the trans community for more representation of them as just regular people — just like not every female character's story has to be about battling sexism or traditional gender roles, some trans people too would like to see themselves depicted in all traditional narratives.The demarcation between gender, sex, gender expression and orientation is also subject to constant historical and cultural shifts in perspective — the realisation that these are different things with only some overlapping points is slowly seeping into our modern narratives.This should be kept in mind with context to older media and stories from foreign cultures.
They're often used as a source of interesting Conflict in a story, partly because their coming-out stories can depict change more visually.
Above: Author's Austro-Daimler Vent Noir II 57cm frame bicycle S/N 6164001 photographed 28 Sept. Accessories that date the bike include: Silca Impero frame mounted pump, Rhode Gear Flickstand frame-mounted brace to park the bike upright, a Lock Sock (attached to the Top Tube forward of the Saddle) storing an original Citadel bike lock within.
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Now for some definitions of the terminology involved: Portrayals of trans people range between Acceptable Targets and Once Acceptable Targets.
While many portrayals are sympathetic, many are also built around jokes about the character "really" being another gender — plus, bigoted and inaccurate "trans panic" jokes portraying trans people as deceptive cross-dressers ("Oh no, the hot chick is really a man! Because this line of reasoning is often a motive for murder in Real Life, this type of humor goes beyond mere Unfortunate Implications.