Wow, it’s almost like every single person is unique and has their own unique experiences! Wanna know why it’s so hard to write an average trans experience? BECAUSE THERE IS NO AVERAGE TRANS EXPERIENCE. There is no average human experience.
If you’re writing a trans character in order to represent the entire trans community (which many trans people, especially trans women, argue doesn’t exist), you’re going to be transphobic from the start.
Your trans character should not be representative of transness. They should be a complex person who happens to be trans.
Female characters don’t need to represent every woman. Poc characters don’t need to represent every poc. Mentally ill and/or disabled characters don’t need to represent all mentally ill and/or disabled people. If you’re thinking of these characters as representative of a community rather than an individual, you’re being prejudiced.
(Individual members of a minority who are not representative of that entire minority are still an example of representation. Minority groups are not monoliths. Individuality within them is necessary.)
A trans character SHOULD have aspects about them that are completely opposite from other trans people. It’s almost like that’s part of being human? lol.
Like. Why do people do this with what they don’t understand? No one’s like, “well I wrote this geek guy who liked these geeky things but some geek guys like these other geeky things so is my geek guy still a geek guy or should I make him not geeky?”
It’s not about whether or not every single trans person can relate. It’s about whether or not there would actually exist a person like that. Which like. TRANS PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO BE MAD ABOUT. I’m not like “wow this totally accurate portrayal of a trans person doesn’t exactly describe my experiences, that’s transphobia!” LOL
and like, don’t tell me what I should be doing as an oppressed person. I can bicker if I want. Who are you to say I’m not helping?
and like, it’s is someone’s fault that there isn’t more trans representation. It’s cis ppl’s fault. Don’t come to me like “it’s no one’s fault you’re ignored and erased” don’t act like there aren’t trans writers desperately trying to get their voices heard and being told they have no audience.