Hi everyone! And thanks in advance for checking out this thread.
I’m currently writing a transgender (M to F) character, and it’s important to me that my writing reflect diverse and therefore flawed characters. I want my narrator to makes decisions that aren’t necessarily good or correct, but she makes them because she is trying to cope with what she is going through.
My fear though is that, since the transgender community can be marginalized and judged unfairly by certain populations, that going too far with the flawed aspect will reflect negatively on that community. I don’t want people to read my book and think that the message is that transgender people are freaks, if you see what I’m saying.
So here’s the plot line that I’ve been rolling with in my mind currently:
My MC is in the car of a girl who lives next door. This girl recently leaves my MC alone in the car, and my MC is looking around. She sees some underwear that has been stashed in the compartment of the door. I think an interesting plot point could be that my MC steals them, because this is a way that she can experiment with feeling more like a woman.
However, I fear that people will either take this sexually, as in a creepy stalker who steals her intimate clothing and wears them. Or alternatively, that it will seem like I’m saying the mere fact that my MC is transgender makes her more inclined to steal things.
I think it’s an interesting plot, and I don’t mind my story being a little dark and creepy. I just wouldn’t want to go too far, as I do believe that this is a sensitive subject.
I think maybe alternatively I could just ditch the panty story as it pertains to the neighbor and just have my MC buy some for herself if I want to continue with that. Or, I can have the MC take/buy another article of clothing that’s not as intimate. Or alternatively even, I can just ditch this idea entirely.
Let me know what you think and please no hate in your replies