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26th Apr '18 12:25:20 PM Malady
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* Surrounding the female subject of an ItemNumber with indistinguishable, uniformly dressed and coifed men was common in the early musical movie era. Creator/MarilynMonroe's ''Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend'' (homaged by {{Music/Madonna}}'s ''Material Girl''), is a famous example, but far from the first.

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* Surrounding the female subject of an ItemNumber [[TheItemNumber Item Number]] with indistinguishable, uniformly dressed and coifed men was common in the early musical movie era. done in. Creator/MarilynMonroe's ''Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend'' (homaged by {{Music/Madonna}}'s ''Material Girl''), is a famous example, but far from the first.
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9th Apr '18 9:09:31 PM intastiel
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* Inverted in the ''Literature/ImperialRadch'' universe: the Radchaai don't have a societal or linguistic concept of gender, so the narration uses "she" and "her" pronouns universally. In-universe, Radchaai are known for referring to people as female unless told not to, and Breq struggles with gendered languages because she doesn't really understand how to identify someone as male on sight.

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* Inverted in the ''Literature/ImperialRadch'' universe: the Radchaai don't have a societal or linguistic concept of gender, so the narration uses "she" and "her" pronouns universally.universally as a TranslationConvention. In-universe, Radchaai are known for referring to people as female unless told not to, and Breq struggles with gendered languages because she doesn't really understand how to identify someone as male on sight.
6th Apr '18 8:32:26 PM Stormtrooper68
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* Not really TruthInTelevision, since 50% of the world is female.[[note]]Well, if you want to get pedantic, 49.9%, since the global ratio is currently 101 males for every 100 females.[[/note]]

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* Not really TruthInTelevision, since 50% of the world is female.[[note]]Well, if you want to get pedantic, 49.9%, since the global ratio is currently 101 males for every 100 females.[[/note]]
5th Apr '18 3:33:05 AM VVK
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* At some point during its unending development, ''VideoGame/AncientDomainsOfMystery'' added female versions of various humanoid monsters. So now you have "goblins" and "female goblins" -- male goblins are still just "goblins". When the version with actual graphics came out, the creatures were likewise first given only male graphics, and separate graphics for the female versions came later. Some heavily covered, armoured or [[BodyHorror mutated]] humanoids didn't get separate female graphics, which is actually an aversion of the trope, because it means you are ''not'' to assume every basically genderless humanoid model is male.

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* At some point during its unending development, ''VideoGame/AncientDomainsOfMystery'' added female versions of various humanoid monsters. So now you have "goblins" and "female goblins" -- male goblins are still just "goblins". When In a temporary example, when the version with actual graphics came out, the creatures were likewise first given only male graphics, and separate graphics for the female versions came later. Some heavily covered, armoured or [[BodyHorror mutated]] humanoids didn't get separate female graphics, which is actually an aversion of the trope, because it means you are ''not'' to assume every basically genderless humanoid model is male.
5th Apr '18 3:19:50 AM VVK
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* At some point during its unending development, ''VideoGame/AncientDomainsOfMystery'' added female versions of various humanoid monsters. So now you have "goblins" and "female goblins" -- male goblins are still just "goblins". When the version with actual graphics came out, the creatures were likewise first given only male graphics, and separate graphics for the female versions came later.

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* At some point during its unending development, ''VideoGame/AncientDomainsOfMystery'' added female versions of various humanoid monsters. So now you have "goblins" and "female goblins" -- male goblins are still just "goblins". When the version with actual graphics came out, the creatures were likewise first given only male graphics, and separate graphics for the female versions came later.
later. Some heavily covered, armoured or [[BodyHorror mutated]] humanoids didn't get separate female graphics, which is actually an aversion of the trope, because it means you are ''not'' to assume every basically genderless humanoid model is male.
5th Apr '18 3:13:19 AM VVK
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* At some point during its unending development, ''VideoGame/AncientDomainsOfMystery'' added female versions of various humanoid monsters. So now you have "goblins" and "female goblins" -- male goblins are still just "goblins". When the version with actual graphics came out, the creatures were likewise first given only male graphics, and separate graphics for the female versions came later.
18th Mar '18 4:35:53 AM AnthonyMercer
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** One notable aversion of the trope, simply due to her origins, is Bettan from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks Genesis of the Daleks]]". Creator/TerryNation refused the producers' requests to add a female character to the story (since companion Sarah-Jane Smith was the only one in his script), so they simply switched the gender of one of his male characters and changed nothing else, leaving the story with an otherwise-generic Thal soldier that happens to be a woman.
18th Mar '18 4:27:41 AM AnthonyMercer
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Take the English language, for example. The terms "Man" and "Mankind" are often used to represent humanity in general, whereas "Woman" and "Womankind" only ever refer to humans of the female gender. Many job titles, such as fireman and mailman, assume maleness, even though there are female firefighters and mail carriers. People often specify that someone is a "female doctor" or "female author", but generally don't say "male doctor" because that is already assumed.[[note]]There is an interesting twist in the etymology of "man" and "woman". Originally, "man" simply meant the gender-neutral "human being" and "wereman" meant "male human being" while "woman" meant "female human being" (and is also the root of "werewolf"). Eventually, with "man" being used for collections of human beings it became to be only mean male person, though woman retained its exclusiveness.[[/note]] If the gender of a person is unknown, it is argued that the traditional proper pronoun to use is "he" (e.g. "Everybody take out his pencil") though "singular they" [[OlderThanTheyThink goes back to Geoffrey Chaucer]] but remains controversial even today, reflecting this trope. Certain languages like French and Spanish take this concept even further, having two words for "They"; a masculine and feminine form, but if there is a mixed group of men and women the masculine is the default. In fact, this is correct even for a group of ''any'' number of women, and one single man.

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Take the English language, for example. The terms "Man" and "Mankind" are often used to represent humanity in general, whereas "Woman" and "Womankind" only ever refer to humans of the female gender. Many job titles, such as fireman and mailman, assume maleness, even though there are female firefighters and mail carriers. People often specify that someone is a "female doctor" or "female author", but generally don't say "male doctor" because that is already assumed.[[note]]There is an interesting twist in the etymology of "man" and "woman". Originally, "man" simply meant the gender-neutral "human being" and "wereman" meant "male human being" (and is also the root of "werewolf") while "woman" meant "female human being" (and is also the root of "werewolf").being". Eventually, with "man" being used for collections of human beings it became to be only mean male person, though woman retained its exclusiveness.[[/note]] If the gender of a person is unknown, it is argued that the traditional proper pronoun to use is "he" (e.g. "Everybody take out his pencil") though "singular they" [[OlderThanTheyThink goes back to Geoffrey Chaucer]] but remains controversial even today, reflecting this trope. Certain languages like French and Spanish take this concept even further, having two words for "They"; a masculine and feminine form, but if there is a mixed group of men and women the masculine is the default. In fact, this is correct even for a group of ''any'' number of women, and one single man.
25th Feb '18 4:32:37 AM HighCrate
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* There has been some mild controversy over default avatars on various sites because they look male by default. Web developers counter that the little sillohette's aren't meant to depict a gender at all.
24th Feb '18 10:02:26 PM Caps-luna
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* There has been some mild controversy over default avatars on various sites because they look male by default. Web developers counter that the little sillohette's aren't meant to depict a gender at all.
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