The Lup Problem
|See also:||Trans Characters in Fandom, Lup, Taako|
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The Lup Problem is a hashtag started to draw attention to and incite discussion on fanart portrayals of Lup and Taako from The Adventure Zone: Balance. The characters are twins: Taako is canonically a gay man and Lup is canonically a trans woman.
Excerpts of "Lup Problem" discussion posts
people either make her as trans-looking as possible (note: if ur cis………dont………do……….this……..), or they make her visibly butcher than taako (which is ridiculously shitty because whether you mean it or not, your art is asserting “gay men are more traditionally feminine than trans women”), OR they go the complete other way and make her this curvacious hyper-sexualised hourglass lady like… it’s like these people have never met any trans woman. i legitimately saw somebody draw her with bone-tiddies in her lich form. NO JOKE. this fucking website needs to learn how to draw trans people respectfully because they’re putting in literally zero effort right now
[Anonymous ask to @mcelboycontent]
Whenever someone draws a picture of a similar-looking Lup n Taako I always look to see which has more piercings to determine which is which
it’s 2019 and i don’t know how to explain to you that it’s a problem how the TAZ fandom consistently portrays Lup, a trans woman, as aesthetically more masculine than her gay, DMAB, identical twin brother, who is consistently portrayed as identical to a cis woman.
If you showed someone who’s not into TAZ a drawing of Taako and Lup and they couldn’t tell you which one of them was a man and which one is a woman: That’s. An. Issue. On multiple levels for potentially multiple reasons rooted in transphobia/transmisogyny and homophobia.
Apparently people think portraying Lup as like… ‘butch’/Stag is a problem and Taako looking feminine-r is a problem and like… Guys. Can we address the actual problem of some people drawing the twins exactly the same? Like literally indistinguishable? Instead of a masculine(ish)- but- feminine Lup and a feminine(ish)-but-masculine Taako?
Sincerely your local gay trans guy
- #the lup problem Tumblr tag