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Ebony and Laurel, Fifteen-ish Years Ago

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Ivy’s Dad & Holly’s Mom, Fifteen-ish Years ago . . .

Ebony (telecrystal): I’ll give my name, just to be safe.

Ebony: Laurel! It’s me, Ebony.

Laurel: You were right — I never would’ve recognized you with the new hair.

Ebony: . . . wow, the pregnancy agrees with you!

Laurel: Thanks!

It feels amazing. Like when I started on estrogen all over again. It’s too bad we agreed to only have one — I could do this all the time.

How about you, how is yours doing?

Ebony: Not great. We figured it would give them some dysphoria, but . . . it’s been messier than expected. Let’s just say it’s a good thing we only wanted one.

Ebony & Laurel: . . .

Ebony: We could’ve asked you to carry our baby!

Laurel: I could’ve offered to carry your baby!

Ebony: Augh, talk about a missed opportunity!

Laurel: At least this way they’ll be the same age, so we can have them play together . . . Maybe we’ll get lucky and they’ll also end up being best friends!

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Wait, give his partner dysphoria? I think I missed something.

I don’t know how much this is the case in L&T universe, but being pregnant is strongly a Women’s Thing TM in ours atm, and if you aren’t a woman that can feel a bit Wrong, hence dysphoria. Ebony’s partner uses Them, so I’d guess they aren’t a woman.

My guess is that the partner is nonbinary (either gender-neutral or some form of gender-fluid), and being pregnant is making them uncomfortable in the sense that pregnancy is typically a very female thing and so them being pregnant doesn’t match up with what they feel like their gender should be. Like how someone who’s f->m trans might feel uncomfortable going through their Monthly Womanhood Struggles because they have a very physical reminder that their physical gender doesn’t match up with their mental gender.

The fact that Ebony calls his partner “them” explains this, I think. It’s not much wonder that pregnant would exacerbate the dysphoria of a non-binary portion. (Also, Ivy I think at one point refers to her “dads” – so I guess something changed in the interim? If so, this must’ve pushed things along…)

I originally pictured Ivy as having two dads, but couldn’t remember if I’d put that in the comic yet or not…

Anyway, yeah, unless I get a bright idea that contradicts this in the future, Ivy’s other parent is a transmasc nonbinary person who is comfortable with terms like “dad.”

Oh dear gods. I have been reading Ivy as “white” (in Earth races) all this time. Just because she has blonde hair and isn’t _very_ dark. And it’s completely idiotic of me, not only because her skin is my colour and I’m mixed-race, but also because I’ve been writing fanfiction lately about a character in Ace Attorney with similar colouring – blond hair and “tan” skin. Most other authors think he covers himself in make-up or fake tan, but I decided to write him as mixed ethnicity instead. And his ethnicity/cultural identity/being mistaken for white is a big part of a story I wrote just a few weeks ago.

TL;DR I failed to recognise mixed ethnicity in a character because of her pale hair, and now I must facepalm for eternity.

Honestly, I worry about this happening with all the lighter-skinned Ceannic characters. Because the Sønska population in Ceannis is so low, there usually aren’t a lot of opportunities to put them side-by-side with “white” characters in the same panel for contrast.

And the risk is biggest with Ivy, because she deliberately dyes her hair and wears contacts to look more Sønska! Not for racial reasons, just because she’s veeeery into their pop culture.

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