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.... . 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
Bu anyway such a great picture with a great message
Not even because of the message... But because I saw it backwards.
I saw the face of a boy staring into a mirror with a dress, imagining himself as a girl.
Thank you for drawing this. It helps me feel a bit stronger.
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.
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.
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")
I guess the simplest way I can explain it is the picture is suppose to show how parental expectations, beliefs, pressures, etc. can sometimes discourage their children from being who they are.
In this particular piece, I focus on this concept and how it relates to the transgender community. At the time I created this piece, two of my friends came out to me as FTM, but due to their parents, they felt scared of being who they are. One's parents is extremely conservative, and they are completely against LGBT. The other would see his parents get defensive when anyone mistook "their daughter" as a male. They would discourage him from dressing like a boy, and would get really excited and happy whenever he dressed like a girl. However, my friend instead felt extremely uncomfortable. Seeing their struggles and fears are what drove me to create this piece.
Please let me know if you would like me to explain anything else. Thank you for viewing.