birdetta

(( Two years ago I took a chance. I made a simple and very awkward drawing and posted it on a new blog, I took a chance and joined an unnamed unformed community. Two years ago I joined what would be later known as Nintendask. Two years ago I made one of the best decisions of my life. In two years both Birdetta and I have grown as people and made friends that mean more than anything to us. We’ve met some wonderful people, and some not so wonderful people. We experimented with many things, some turned out go but others not so much. 

But these past two years have been a joy. Last year I focused on Birdetta and this blog. This year I wanted to celebrate the many people I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of interacting with. I tried to get as many people in as I could but I only placed those who have properly interacted with Birdetta. If you don’t see your character it doesn’t mean I don’t love you. It just means our characters haven’t interacted yet.

Thank you Everyone for 2 years of Love.))

 …and there you have it! It was the best we could do considering *cough* we didn’t really get much warning, ahah…nevertheless! we stretched the meager budget you gave us as far as we co-

IT’S MISSIN’ SOMETHIN.

m-missing!? wh-what could it possibly be missing!?

HEHHEHHEH~! SURPRISED AIN’T YA~? ALL I HAD TO DO WAS THROW OUT A VAGUE ENOUGH ALIBI AND THOSE IDIOTS BELIEVED ME!!! LIKE I DIDN’T NAB HER FIRST CHANCE I GOT! AND THEY’VE BEEN OFF SEARCHIN HIGH AND LOW LIKE THE BRAINLESS SAPS THEY ARE!!!
COURSE I WOULD'A MADE IT EASIER FOR THEM AND LAUNCHED MY BIG EVIL SCHEME ALREADY BUT I’VE JUST BEEN TOO BUSY WITH OTHER OBLIGATIONS…
SO I FIGURE I WAS GONNA BRING ‘ER ALONG AS A WEDDING PRESENT TO MYSELF FOR ALL THE HARD WORK I’VE DONE AROUND THE KINGDOM~ HEY! IT’S BEEN TOUGH ALRIGHT!?

AND THEN THIS HAPPENS...

shortly after the previous events…

y-yes sir???

THE WEDDING!?!
w-wedding???
YES THE WEDDING!!!

ah-haha…ha…I-I don’t know what you’re talking about! t-there’s no taco wedding O-OR ANY KIND OF WEDDING!!!
I COMPLETELY FORGOT ABOUT THE WEDDING!!!
t-that’s because there’s no wedding, sir!
THAT’S BECAUSE I COMPLETELY FORGOT!?!
…wait, what?
IT’S IN THREE DAYS!?!
…sir who’s wedding are we talking about here? exactly?

MINE!!!!
…ooooooooh? okaaaayyy??? I didn’t…what??? W-WAIT! S-SIR YOU FORGOT YOUR OWN WEDDING!?!?!

“Due to the Koopa Strike I was hired on to be an errand girl in the castle! Pretty exciting right? The pay isn’t much and there aren’t any benefits but its nice to get out of the house. And its been so long since I had a proper job I’m really looking forward to it!”

“Wish me luck!”

change.org
Nintendo: Start calling Birdetta what she wants to be called instead of Birdo!
Birdetta, better known as Birdo, (known in Japan as Catherine), has been a presence in Nintendo games since 1988. She is a transgender girl, and is in descriptions listed as wanting to be called Birdetta. So why hasn't Nintendo given her the change that she's been wanting for almost 30 years? Trans people around the world would love to see this tiny step forward for progress, especially considering the disrespect against her in the past and how she is many players' favorite characters. She should not be forced to go by her 'male' name anymore. Make 2015 the year of Birdetta!

Don’t you think after 30 years Nintendo’s only confirmed trans character deserves the name change she’s been asking for since 1988? Sign this petition (super quick and easy, then boost if you can!) and hopefully Birdetta gets to be called the name she wants in future titles that include her!! She’s always been my absolute favorite, and I’d really like to see this finally happen, since it’s always confused me why her description says ‘she wants to be called Birdetta’ and she isn’t officially named that yet!

I bet this gets taken more seriously than my petition to revoke the HRC’s nonprofit status for harming real living trans people but hey, little victories, am I right?

Trans Women In Mainstream Gaming - Her Name is Birdetta

Birdo thinks he is a girl and likes to be called Birdetta. He likes to wear a bow on his head and shoot eggs from his mouth.

-Super Mario Bros 2 US Manual

In Japan, Catherine is male as well, and likes to believe that he is female. Like Birdo, he likes to be called Cathy as opposed to his real name, Catherine. As recently as Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Birdo's Trophy description describes the character as “gender indeterminate,” and uses the pronoun “it” rather than gender-specific pronouns such as “he” or “she”.

Popple pauses before settling on calling Birdo a “dame” in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

In the game Captain Rainbow, Birdo is heard with a deep, male voice which gets high-pitched when she gets angry or excited. Additionally, in the game’s second trailer, Little Mac from Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! speaks about Birdo, calling her a “young lady,” only to take a short break and ponder. His final verdict is “Depending on one’s view point, she is a young lady.” In the game, Birdo’s indeterminate gender also forms the basis for a side quest to find proof that she is a girl (which is found, but censored).

In the official Japanese site for Mario Kart: Double Dash!! the description for Catherine states “Catherine appears to be Yoshi’s girlfriend… or does that mean boyfriend!?”

-Super Mario Wiki

When it comes to the subject of trans women in mainstream games, they are frequently presented as cisgender women unless the companies want to take a jab at trans women. Birdetta is a good example of this. She’s presented as a cis woman in most of the games in the US, but Superstar Saga still makes a joke of her, and in Japan it’s even worse.

(One could also look at Final Fight’s Poison. Presented as cisgender, but Capcom still had to be convinced not to include lines in Street Fighter X Tekken saying she isn’t a real woman.)

Video game characters aren’t real. So it’s actually possible for them to exist in gender nebulous presentations that actual people do not. Essentially, Poison and Birdetta are cisgender unless someone wants to make a joke of trans women, then and only then are they trans.

This is why Nintendo still refers to Birdetta as Birdo. To call her Birdetta as anything but a joke would be to acknowledge a context wherein she is trans in a positive way.

There are a lot of reasons they don’t want to do that. Part of it is simple transphobia. Another is that trans women don’t fit in with their appeals to mainstream gamers, nor their carefully manufactured American Christian Family image.

It’ll probably be a few more years, bare minimum, before we see trans women being treated with any modicum of respect by mainstream game culture. At the very least, it would be nice to do what we can to acknowledge this stuff.

What I’d love to see is both general gamers and games journalists refer to her as Birdetta. It is her name, after all, and it’s a name inextricably tied to her identity as a trans woman.

I’m not asking anyone to get into arguments about it. You don’t have to defend or explain your calling her Birdetta. In fact, it’s probably better if you don’t go at length to explain and defend that decision except when necessary. I don’t want calling her Birdetta to be a battleground. I simply want it to gradually become stranger and stranger to see her referred to by any other name.

When you write about her, call her Birdetta. When you talk about her, call her Birdetta. Doesn’t matter whether it’s an at length discussion or casually mentioning her presence in the latest Mario Kart. Just call her Birdetta.

Maybe someday, a few years from now, Nintendo will do the same.

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“w-what? o-oh…Everyone…I just…I don’t know what to say..Thank you all thank you! I just can’t even express what i’m feeling…Thank you all…so so much. I just ” *sniffles* “I love you all and I really appreciate all your heartfelt words. I’ve read everyone of them and I just…I love you all…so so much…”

(( Hey everyone Mama Bird here!! Wow can I just say I really didn’t expect all the responses I received. Or I should say I didn’t expect to receive as MANY as I did. I read through all of them and as much as I would like to respond in character to all of them i simply can’t. I mean…Look at them all! And I’m pretty sure I had gotten a few more after I finished screen capping and posting all of those.

I want to say thank you to all the blogs who responded to that post. I do think that if we work together we can keep this community happy and safe. But more than anything we should take opportunities with our art and characters to help fix miss understandings and clear up misconceptions that people may have.

So once more I just wish to say THANK YOU.

And a big thanks to ask-mortonkoopajr for helping me color and line this. I’m a full time student with a part time job and I wouldn’t be getting this to you as soon as I did even though its not that soon after the original post if not for her! ))