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Gender in anime: The unloved, or, how I learned to trust fandom and love tsundere. September 10, 2007

Posted by bettynoire in ABC, anime, code geass, community, miscellaneous, zero no tsukaima.

Though I actually planned on participating on time with everyone else, I’m ending up posting much later all by myself. >.> It’s enough to make a girl sing Celine Dion (not really).

I should probably also mention that I’ve joined Owen’s blogging experiment crew, mostly because automatic blogging fodder + intelligent and occasionally humorous discussion = awesome. Yeah yeah, tail between my legs for ranting about the first try a few posts ago yadda yadda whatever it seemed like a good idea at the time. Foot, I’d like you to meet mouth. Oh, I’m sorry, you’ve already met? Well, saves me the introduction, anyway.

Moving right along, thanks to some accidental linkage/reccing I felt compelled to actually put some of my own thoughts up here on the newest ABC topic — gender in anime. Other posters on this topic are here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

I have an issue with talking about gender, so, although I had plenty of ideas when it was mentioned as an effort to come up with the new group topic, I had an issue with actually picking something to write about. I think what best illustrates my stance on gender (though not without explaining) is that when my Literary Analysis professor asked the class whether anyone in the class was a feminist, I was the only one who didn’t raise their hand.

Let’s clear something up real quick here, I am all for women having the same rights as men, yadda yadda. I am NOT, however, for the concept of “feminism”, persay. I don’t believe that the concept of femaleness or maleness, outside of a purely procreational/physical basis, should be considered relevant to a person’s worthiness for a certain task. When looking for a person who is good at baseball, and presented with a skinny pale dude and a sporty girl, I will likely pick the girl because she knows the damn sport. All things devided on an idividual personal basis. Gender is irrelevant unless the topic at hand involves sex organs (and even then half the time it shouldn’t matter). Terms like feminism piss me off, because I’m not for women any more than I am for men, pardoning the fact that women are just plain nicer to look at. Gender, in my opinion, should be irrelevant. And I refuse to call myself a feminist because, to me, even acknowledging that term as acceptable for the movement is self-defeating.

Of course, gender is not irrelevant, and probably never will be, unless everyone in the world acknowledges that they are at least a little bisexual. But enough about my personal idea of Utopia.

The problem, when I was considering a topic, was that gender is something I consider to be largely irrelevant, and therefore no matter how interesting the topic I thought of, the more I just kept thinking — so what? However, upon reading my fellow bloggers posts I found myself a bit inspired. Though I may find gender itself largely irrelevant, I do find porn to be relevant. I mean, wait, start over. I do find personal tastes in character love relevant. (more…)


Liking main characters — the myth of personality. September 1, 2007

Posted by bettynoire in anime, community, lucky star, miscellaneous, moe, ranting.

Speaking of personality, some biatch is stealing my bit of being the crazed lolicon bisexual chick! I’m being single white female’d! Though, I’m not really single… or white, persay… The way she writes is how I speak — unfortunately being an English major, the way I write is quite different than that, and this being the internet, the only thing you see is how I write. Blast!

To be honest, she’s quite an amusing read, but it’s unnerving realizing how much my personality — at least, the immediately recognizable traits my friends in real life consider to be mine — are easily replicated by someone else, completely naturally.

Though kudos to her for being able to stomach School Days at all — I couldn’t even handle KimiNozo’s horrible male lead for more than one episode. I kept skipping his scenes in the other episodes I tried to watch before I was forced to acknowledge that it’s kind of impossible to watch a show when you dodge every scene with the main character. It’s gotta take a special kind of lady to handle 8 episodes of some dude worse than that.

Actually, all this blah blah about the startling replication of personality bring me to today’s rant.

In Hidoshi‘s recent post on Lucky Star, he points out his tendency to relate to side characters more than the main ones. One of my favorite rules when I meet people — hmm perhaps I should back track to explain myself.

I have a few rules that determine how I feel about someone’s existence. Not a whole lot, and many of them are silly. Stuff like, if someone thinks Firefly is an awesome show, I form a better opinion of them. Hell, if they have even managed to hear of Firefly I form a better opinion of them. However, if they have heard of Firefly, have watched it, and don’t like it, my opinion of them is a bit less than it was previously. Stuff like that. (more…)