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HUGE SPOILER ALERT:
“”Of course, while Yeoh is the first trans character for a capes-and-tights book, she’s not strictly the first trans character in the mainstream or at DC. In the ’90s, both Lord Fanny from Grant Morrison’s “The Invisibles” and Wanda Mann from Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” are both easily identified as transgender, though their debuts didn’t garner the attention this one has due to their removal from big time movie and toy franchise characters."
EXCEPT FOR SIR YSTIN IN DEMON KNIGHTS WHO HAS LITERALLY BEEN AN OPEN TRANSSEXUAL SINCE THE REBOOT BEGAN.
LOOK AT THIS SUAVE BADASS.
SIR YSTIN HAS BEEN SLAYING MONSTERS AND STEALING THE HEARTS OF AMAZONS SINCE ISSUE ONE.
ISSUE FUCKING ONE.
YES, YEOH’S INCLUSION AS A TRANSSEXUAL IS IMPORTANT.
WE NEED MORE INCLUSION IN COMICS.
BUT DON’T FORGET/IGNORE THE GROUNDBREAKING, TABOO-SHATTERING CHARACTERS ALREADY IN CONTINUITY JUST BECAUSE THEY AREN’T IN THE BAT-FAMILY OR WRITTEN BY GAIL SIMONE!
(No offense to Mrs. Simone, of course)
And now it looks like DC Women Kicking Ass has conveniently forgotten about Sir Ystin, too.
I just…I need a minute….
Erasing other characters like this does no one any good, I agree.
In all the interviews I did, I specifically mentioned that Alysia would be the first non-fantasy-based, non-mature title trans character in a mainstream superhero book that we were aware of.
But by the time things get edited and sound-bited (bitten?), they get narrowed down to “FIRST FIRST FIRST” and that’s all, which erases previous characters. Which I am dead set against. I don’t care who is first. It’s not important.
The same thing happened when I worked on Wonder Woman, I would say I was the first long-term ongoing female writer on the book, and it INEVITABLY would say, “FIRST FEMALE WONDER WOMAN WRITER,” ignoring Mindy Newell who came first.
It’s a little frustrating.
How have I not heard of Sir Ystin before? Badass.
And here is what Leia does, when you force her into a scanty outfit and choke-chain: she takes that chain, and she kills you with it. She doesn’t let her clothing get in her way or limit her more than she can help—she waits for her moment to strike, and then she conquers her would-be conqueror and saves the day.
And I was a little kid, not yet desensitized to violence […] Jabba’s death scene freaked the hell out of me. It wasn’t a clean blaster shot to the chest or a slice from a lightsaber that sent sparks flying or made you turn invisible. There were struggles, and flailing, and twitching limbs. The shots are close-ups, and very dark—it’s vicious, and vengeful, and physical, and very very personal.
So for me, wearing that gold bikini does not mean Here I am, a sexy toy for your amusement and gratification.
To me, that gold bikini says, If you fuck with me, I will end you."
It’s all about how you have to look a certain way or else you’re worthless. You know when you look in the mirror, and you think, ‘Ugh, I’m so fat, I’m so old, I’m so ugly’, don’t you know that’s not your authentic self, but that is billions upon billions of dollars of advertising, magazines, movies, billboards, all geared to make you feel shitty about yourself so that you will take your hard-earned money and spend it on some turnaround cream that doesn’t turnaround shit.
When you don’t have self-esteem, you will hesitate before you do anything in your life. You will hesitate to go for the job you really wanna go for. You will hesitate to ask for a raise. You will hesitate to report a rape. You will hesitate to defend yourself when you are discriminated against because of your race, your sexuality, your size, your gender. You will hesitate to vote. You will hesitate to dream.
For us to have self-esteem is truly an act of revolution. And our revolution is long-overdue."