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Bechdel says she’s heartened by the strides that the LGBTQ+ community has made since she first started writing and drawing, but she’s also aware that gains can always be lost and that progress only goes so far. (She singles out the recent legislative attacks on the trans community as “particularly troubling.”)

Last paragraph of this article: https://www.vogue.com/article/alison-bechdel-interview-the-secret-to-superhuman-strength#intcid=_vogue-bottom-recirc_2df3ceca-b416-4afd-a468-df53ea3631cd_text2vec1

The "legislative attacks" refer to the Arkansas bill.

I have a volume of 'Dykes to watch out for' with strips from around 2000, in which her stand-in character voices gender-critical doubts about lesbians becoming "trans men", but during the story arch she becomes schooled by another lesbian and eventually changes her mind. So I guess she's now fully on board with this.

> Bechdel says she’s heartened by the strides that the LGBTQ+ community has made since she first started writing and drawing, but she’s also aware that gains can always be lost and that progress only goes so far. (**She singles out the recent legislative attacks on the trans community as “particularly troubling.”**) Last paragraph of this article: https://www.vogue.com/article/alison-bechdel-interview-the-secret-to-superhuman-strength#intcid=_vogue-bottom-recirc_2df3ceca-b416-4afd-a468-df53ea3631cd_text2vec1 The "legislative attacks" refer to the Arkansas bill. I have a volume of 'Dykes to watch out for' with strips from around 2000, in which her stand-in character voices gender-critical doubts about lesbians becoming "trans men", but during the story arch she becomes schooled by another lesbian and eventually changes her mind. So I guess she's now fully on board with this.

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[–] vulvapeople 13 points (+13|-0)

She has been for a while. She had a TIM "lesbian" character, and there was a strip where Mo was worried about sharing a bathroom with him, but of course he was just a normal "woman", and her fears were irrational. I think there was also a TIM character who was the son of two lesbians.

I doubt Bechdel has had much real life experience with TIMs, especially of the transbian variety. I'll bet that she irrationally believes that TIMs are gender rebels.

My impression is that older lesbians tend to be blissfully unaware of how vile "lesbian" TIMs are because TIMs, being men, are ageist and shallow and therefore don't target older women.

I have some older lesbian friends who are vaguely supportive of trans. They have very little experience with them save some sadsack middle-aged lesbian friend of theirs who transitioned but otherwise lives as a lesbian. They also have a vague belief that, when lesbians transition, these women are outliers who would have been "men" anyway in an earlier era if only they had been allowed to transition. They have no clue of the scale of lesbians identifying as anything other than women. I suspect the death of lesbian bars and other establishments is linked since they have very few venues to meet other lesbians these days.

[–] normcore 1 points (+1|-0)

Yes! The plot with the little boy who wanted desperately to be Britney (or some other pop star, I can't remember) was so depressing to me. I thought it might turn out okay at first, because some of the characters were pushing back against name changes/pronouns/hormones. And they even talked about how the kid only wanted to embody the very worst female sterotypes - he basically wanted to be a ditzy trashy Bratz doll. But by the end everybody supported and affirmed him and his mom changed her mind about hormones because he wanted boobs so bad. I lost a lot of respect for Bechdel after that, TBH.