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Mommy's Little Girl by sabishiidesu13 Mommy's Little Girl by sabishiidesu13
For the 2013 Embracing Our Differences Contest
There are two versions of this: the original and the one I submitted for the contest (since I DERPED and forgot that it had to be landscape and not portrait). This is the original.


Rather than appearance, a person should be judged by the content of their character. Gender stereotypes are a part of society. Clothes and toys are sorted based on gender; some languages require that you use certain words based on gender. Gender is fluid, and sometimes, a person may feel different than what their body presents. However, girls and boys alike have expected ways of behaving and may be judged or teased by family and peers for not being “manly enough” or “unladylike”. The dysphoria caused by the feeling of being in the wrong body combined with the pressure to fit into society causes pain. Today, many variants of gender are recognized: cismale/female, transmale/female, genderqueer, and so forth. To be looked down upon because of how one sees themself is wrong. Whatever pronoun you wish to be referred to should not affect how people view you as a person.

In my work, I wanted to express how a parent could keep you from being who you are. Many kids feel like they have to live up to their parents’ expectations and make them happy. What if one of those expectations was to see them grow up to be a young woman or man?


Thank you to my brother who helped me write the description.

It's been a LONG time since I last did a piece as big as this. If you can't tell I kinda forgot how to color hair. XD I also spent about and hour and a half trying to cell shade for some reason...I ended up trashing that and starting over. I'm glad I did. :)

Time was around 21-22 hours. Big thanks to Giovanni Civardi's Human Anatomy book. It really helped me on drawing the bodies. I don't draw faces like him, but I tried going for a more realistic look since I don't think my usually manga-inspired style would go well with the piece.

In the one I submitted to the contest, I ended up having to cut about half of the whole picture. Even though it kinda looked better I was still sad...mainly because of, well.... :icondatass:. However it did cut off the girl's fingers, which I forgot to fix before I got to coloring :I

Uuuuuuuh so yeah. Hopefully everyone likes. : D It's been so long since I've submitted anything so I don't really know what to say anymore;;;
Thank you for viewing! Have a wonderful day<3
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TheDreamWeavers Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Student General Artist
UseingThisToComeOut...Thank you.
Xanness Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
Okay, yeah seriously. I love dresses and all, but what if the little girl doesn't want to be all girly? What if she looks like a girl on the outside, but feels like a boy on the inside? It may be shocking, and not the ideals you see for your child, but they are still your baby, and if you love them, truly love them, then you'd help them deal with this big part of their life, instead of shutting down completely and make them feel like they have in some way shamed or disappointed you. Parenthood is about sacrifices, and putting your child's needs before any of your own issues. It doesn't matter what you think, so long as they are happy. (unless they like rape and murder and drugs. Then stop that.)
4154165 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
this picture always scares the hell out of me…
KeikiShirou Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
bless you
maltese101 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Student General Artist
I just saw this on tumblr

I was scrolling down and down and down

and then suddenly this post

my fingers stopped, my eyes halted. My body was frozen, stupefied.

This speaks volumes. Thank you so much.
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bahuchara-mata Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014

Once again, to make sure you don´t misunderstood that, it´s not the point what someone “wants to be”, “wants to be like” or even worse “wants to act like”, like your pathologistic baiting term “dysphoria” implies it or similarly arrogant and pompous yunk-scientific terms a'la “sexual/ gender (identity) incongruity” and other likely totally random defamations, which only crown these body fascistic illusions.

The point is not to listen to any nonsense of others who want to tell you what you and your body are, but to show such normative assignations the shit end of the stick.
No one has the right to condemn the body of another.
Many (/most) people live their social imposed rules of behavior and call this "gender roll" (it´s just a symbolic loaded term, reproduced by specific acting, nothing someone can be - If you walk a way, and someone sees you, does it makes you become the way?), but no one chooses to be who and what they are (“he/she/it” or non of them) and no one seriously plays a “self re-enact" (If you walk a way, and someone implies you are not the one that walks on this way, does it makes you become someone else?), this is a giant difference, hope you understand finally.

bahuchara-mata Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014

Sorry, but that's just genital-sexist and manifestation of normative images of the body, and has nothing to do with anti-sexist clarification, but is merely a confirmation of patriarchal values and norms.

At first glance, I thought the picture would be something similar to a kind of abstract fetish fantasy of a mirror image of return during a kind of "forced cross dressing"- session; in which case, the image would even have had a chance for his unconventional style. Unfortunately I´v read your abysmally poor statement, so it just degenerates into a crude representation of a die-hard body chauvinism.
I can only advise not to repeat such altruistic hypocrisies and played condolences, and to find a different way to express your body-complexes, instead of profiling yourself on socio-cultural mechanisms of repression and control, by using clichés and stereotypes. Such abusive-exploitations are just disgusting and offending to people who are affected by social / institutional sexual false assignment.
The only thing you bring off here, is craving for recognition and indoctrinating superiority thinking that any body characteristics (inner / outer) could have any validity about your / other ones sex or gender.

Not the body is wrong, but the idea of sex is separable from the self-knowledge, and would be determined by the body!!!

“Genderistic Genitalism: approach used among supporters of the “queer-” and “gender-theory”, which generally accepts that sex and gender are constructs so far, but yet ends up sticking to genitalistic, biologistic and anatomistic sex/gender images again, for example by the propagation of the contentual separation of "sex" and "gender". Often genitalistic prejudices, exclusions and assignments are justified here by sociological terms such as "female / male socialized" or “perceived feminine”, but ultimately genitalistic suppression mostly just continues as anywhere.”

(source: "Diskussion:Genitalismus - anarchopedia")

TheAncynt Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  New member Professional General Artist
uuummm... what?
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