February 3rd, 2021

dean/cassie

"POC Coded"

I've complained in the past about fans stating a male character is "like a woman" or "female coded". Here's a great article about the race-based version, where white male woobies are "coded" of color:

How White Fandom is Colonizing “Character-Coding”

Getting back to my comparison to "female coding", there is a notable difference between these two problems. In my experience, fans who claim male characters are female-coded are themselves female, while those claiming that white characters are coded of color seem to be mainly white. I don't have any further speculation or analysis of that, just an observation.