TFU Bumblebee is like a kitty
TFU Bumblebee is like a kitty
Operation in Progress.
Your friendly reminder that Swerve is also a doctor. And that Tailgate lives partly because of him
roddaxios said: technically hes a dermatologist but he does have medical training
He was skillful enough to interpret Pharma’s notes. And Ratchet must also trust Swerve’s knowledge, since he’s based Tailgate’s treatment on that research.
to that poor anon last night who was like “i am the only one watching brave police!” that’s not true uvu there are tons of great users here who love any one of the yuusha series, it just takes some digging.
so hey, if you’re into yuushas, be it exkaiser, brave police, gaogaigar, etc, reblog this and we’ll find each other ovo!
Hi, Anon. Thanks for letting me know. It is good to know folks noticed.
tl;dr response: Good. If they were noticed and made you think, then they succeeded in their job. :)
More: I use the ze/zey/zir neutral pronouns because they make sense to me. The issue of Cybertronian gender is a hotly contested clusterfuck that will always come down to conflicting ‘canons’ and many well-entrenched fanons, and really…it gives me a headache to think about it too much. If I take a step back, it makes ZERO SENSE for there to be a male/female binary in Cybertronians. If the femme/mech divide is just frame-based (femmes look like this, mechs look like….everything else?), then it’s setting up a precedent that isn’t held through the rest of the series (why does, say, Astrotrain, get the same ‘he’ as Bumblebee?) In the end, we’re pasting English onto alien biology, and it doesn’t always make sense. I think it makes sense for them to have multiple pronouns of varying genders (and no gender), so that’s what the chars use. When referring to Cybertronians, in fact, Blaster only uses ze/zir when referring to a hypothetical Cybertronian of indeterminate gender. Other times, they’re using them to refer to another, organic race that they don’t know much about. They use their own neutral-gender terms because it seems simplest (they might not even KNOW how to refer to the genders of that race, or even if the race has any.)
Aside from the mechs/femmes issue, it just makes sense that there is a neutral-gendered pronoun. Some human languages do it, and it’s so much more elegant than what we do in English. I use ze/zir rather than them/their for stylistic reasons. I was trying to make it obvious by use of this more exotic pronoun that the Cybertronians have and are using a specific word in a different (though hopefully understandable) way than we would in English (and, by extension, that they don’t think of gender in quite the same way we do.) Ze/zey/zir looks odd and doesn’t parse as easily, but that’s part of the point.
Honestly, I’m surprised that my use of them broke up the story flow for you enough to make you comment, Anon. The alternative pronouns were only used for a sentence or two in about three spots out of a ~6700 word fic. Still, good to know.
I noticed, and really loved it. Made me very happy to see!
I noticed, and I may have cried a tiny bit because REPRESENTATION MATTERS and every time I find someone like me in fic it hits home really, really hard.
To anon, sorry my gender’s existence knocks you out of the story. And by sorry I mean not sorry. Denial of the existence of non-binary people is a new thing in the history of humans, it’s not even universal, and it’s hurtful. Practice using neutral pronouns more if they’re that strange to you. Practice until they’re just as normal, just as easy to read as every other pronoun out there.
*is glad her ridiculous fic has had this effect*
tbh, including the ze/zir pronouns in my TF fics is practice for me, too. I don’t have any irl friends who have requested I use these, but hey, you never know! :)
(also, ravenstolethesun, in case it wasn’t obvious, the fic was my Voice in the Dark Cosmos/Blaster fic. As I mentioned to anon, the nongendered pronouns were such a minor part of this, and others have done a better job with specifically addressing [in various ways] the issue of gender in TF, but, there you go. :)
…this now makes me want to be contrary author and write an entire fic where the Cybertronians speak in their own language and use ze, because they don’t actually have gendered pronouns. Because that’s probably closer to what I believe is “realistic” for giant alien space robots….
I’m so happy to hear that people are using gender-neutral pronouns! Everything’s pretty much already been said, so I don’t have much to add. I honestly don’t see why a pronoun would break up a story so bad, especially when its usage hasn’t been prominent. But then again, people can be stupid finicky over pronouns because neutral pronouns challenge the binary social construct they’ve lived with all their lives. What they don’t understand is that this isn’t about comfort. This comfort we know in society is skewed to cater to a very narrow, limited group of people, and the reason we might not see some of it is because we are benefiting from it, one way or another.
What I would really like, and what I think is important to happen, is to get a canon neutral pronoun for the Cybertronians, though I doubt that’s the direction we’re going. Instead, we get problematic binary situations that make things worse, but that’s another topic altogether. If we can incorporate words like optics or peds or any other Cybertronian-equivalent vocabulary into our fics without breaking the flow, I don’t see why a Cybertronian pronoun would do the same. Y’know, other than people being stupid finicky about it. If we have a canon neutral pronoun, however, that will steer people into getting used to it, but who knows if that will ever happen.
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