May 29th, 2016


Feminine is Not Female

I've noticed a tendency in fandom - I've seen this in at least four different fandoms - for fans to equate their beloved male characters (or celebrities) to women. Sometimes this is as simple as pointing out gender-swappy elements in a story. Other times it seems to take the form of a weird and hetronormative desire for a gay couple to have one partner be "the guy" and the other "the girl".

And sometimes this takes on a very politically squicky form that I want to talk about here: where the suffering of a male character is compared to that of a woman's suffering from sexism.

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