One of the recurring posting themes here on Jessica Who? is the mainstream crossdressing series, where I showcase entertaining videos of crossdressing in pop culture with short descriptions or analyses.
There is another aspect of virtual crossdressing, not often blogged about, called transgender fiction.
In these stories and comics, you will frequently find males being transformed into females either through magic or other fictional methods. True to comic style, the transformations are traditionally exaggerated in nature and much faster than HRT and GRS.
It bears mentioning that a good number of the characters in this type of fiction are changed against their will and sexual activity is a common theme. However, there are some classy stories that are G rated to be found.
What do you think are the main attractions of these type of tales? I think that part of it is that many transgendered people (crossdressers in particular) find it very difficult to accept themselves and reading fiction
is just another way to virtually crossdress.
In addition, comics and fiction in general allow readers to live vicariously through the characters they are learning about. There is an element of escapism in things of this nature and I wonder how much of a role this plays in drawing in readers.
It seems that instead of superheroes being prevalent like in traditional comic books, the main characters are often placed in a submissive or subservient role (like a maid). However, here is an instance of something a little more innocent.
How popular are these websites? Well, see for yourself — a google search of “tg” yields tgcomics.com as a top result. That says something about the inherent entertainment value.
I remember coming across the fictionmania website back in 1999 when I first had private access to the internet and I was finally able to surf the web for crossdressing resources. At the time I had no idea how prevalent these types of sites were, but over the years I’ve seen that there are many more.
So, what’s your take on transgender fiction? Do you think that the submissive roles in the stories further enforce negative gender stereotypes? Do you enjoy the colorful art style and transformation sequences?
Love it, hate it, indifferent? Do you know of any that are similar to traditional superhero comics or something else positive? I’d love to hear your opinions and input.
(Note: Apparently fictionmania was down a while, but is now back up and running at fictionmania.tv)