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16th Nov '16 12:01:11 PM MarkLungo
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* EsperantoTheUniversalLanguage: Esperanto builds vocabulary by attaching affixes to root words. There is a feminine ending (-in-), but not a male ending, so all gendered nouns are masculine by default. For example, the words for woman, mother, and girl (''virino, patrino, knabino'') literally mean maness, fatheress and boyess.

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* EsperantoTheUniversalLanguage: UsefulNotes/EsperantoTheUniversalLanguage: Esperanto builds vocabulary by attaching affixes to root words. There is a feminine ending (-in-), but not a male ending, so all gendered nouns are masculine by default. For example, the words for woman, mother, and girl (''virino, patrino, knabino'') literally mean maness, fatheress and boyess.



18th Oct '16 3:06:34 PM mhj0808
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* A [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] example from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. The "Female Titan" is given her name simply due to being female and she's certainly considered special. ''But'', before she showed up, Titans were only known for resembling males so it made actually sense to distinguish her by gender. And a part of what made her even more unique is that she was much more [[ItCanThink intelligent]] and [[LightningBruiser physically fit]] than the typical Titan.

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* A [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] example from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. The "Female Titan" is given her name simply due to being female and she's certainly considered special. ''But'', before she showed up, Titans were only known for resembling males so it made actually made sense to simply distinguish her by gender. And a part of what made her even more unique is that she was much more [[ItCanThink intelligent]] and [[LightningBruiser physically fit]] than the typical Titan.
18th Oct '16 3:04:26 PM mhj0808
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* A [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] example from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. The "Female Titan" is given her name simply due to being female and she's certainly considered special. ''But'', before she showed up, Titans were only known for resembling males so it made actually sense to distinguish her by gender. And a part of what made her even more unique is that she was much more [[ItCanThink intelligent]] and [[LightningBruiser physically fit]] than the typical Titan.
24th Sep '16 9:48:35 PM Twiddler
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-->'''Batgirl:''' "Oh, ''really''? And would you have felt the need to justify an all-''male'' squad for a given mission?"\\

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-->'''Batgirl:''' "Oh, Oh, ''really''? And would you have felt the need to justify an all-''male'' squad for a given mission?"\\mission?\\



'''Nightwing:''' "Th-there's no... good answer for that, is there? So... Nightwing ''out''."

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'''Nightwing:''' "Th-there's Th-there's no... good answer for that, is there? So... Nightwing ''out''."
''out''.
25th Jun '16 6:06:58 AM HighCrate
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* Similar to the toy-advertising example above, the movie ''Rapunzel'' was renamed ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', with the marketing focused mainly on the male hero rather than the formerly eponymous heroine, in order to appeal to young boys. Nobody worried about alienating a young female audience by having a film named after the male hero in the same way that a female heroine supposedly deters young boys.
** That's because young boys tend to only read/watch books/films where the the main character is male, where as young girls don't seem to mind either. Make of that what you will.
* "{{Chick Flick}}s", the term for a genre of films defined by their target demographic, namely adult women. A movie with a primarily female cast is almost immediately tagged as being "for women", where movies with primarily male casts are considered the norm and categorized by their content, not as being "for men".
25th Jun '16 2:12:19 AM ScotieRw
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** That's because young boys tend to only read/watch books/films where the the main character is male, where as young girls don't seem to mind either. Make of that what you will.
21st Jun '16 3:40:20 AM nighttrainfm
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** Something similar happened to Rincewind in ''Discworld/InterestingTimes''. After his Luggage (a sentient trunk on legs) started following a more 'feminine' model (its toes are painted, etc), he is first bewildered at the general idea, then realizes that he's never really had a reason for thinking of his Luggage as male. "True, it had a homicidal nature, but so had a lot of the women Rincewind had met."

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** Something similar happened happens to Rincewind in ''Discworld/InterestingTimes''. After his Luggage (a sentient trunk on legs) started starts following a more 'feminine' model (its toes are painted, etc), he is first bewildered at the general idea, then realizes that he's never really had a proper reason for thinking of his Luggage as male. "True, it had a homicidal nature, but so had a lot of the women Rincewind had met."
16th Jun '16 11:42:56 AM Fornost
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This phenomenon carries UnfortunateImplications for both male and female characters when used in fiction. The main problem for male characters is that maleness is not special in the way femaleness is, and is often [[MenAreTheExpendableGender undervalued to the point of being disposable]]; men's actions are less likely to be judged based on their gender, which gives them more freedom to act, but the consequences for their actions are likely to be magnified. The implication for female characters is that femaleness is special in a that way maleness isn't or, to put it more bluntly, being male is "normal", while being female is "abnormal", which can either mean [[WomenAreWiser superior to men]] or [[MenAreBetterThanWomen inferior]].

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This phenomenon carries UnfortunateImplications for both male and female characters when used in fiction. The main problem for male characters is that maleness is not special in the way femaleness is, and is often [[MenAreTheExpendableGender undervalued to the point of being disposable]]; men's actions are less likely to be judged based on their gender, which gives them more freedom to act, but the consequences for their actions are likely to be magnified. The implication for female characters is that femaleness is special in a way that way maleness isn't or, to put it more bluntly, being male is "normal", while being female is "abnormal", which can either mean [[WomenAreWiser superior to men]] or [[MenAreBetterThanWomen inferior]].
14th Jun '16 11:24:42 AM nighttrainfm
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* Cell in DragonBall technically has no gender, and is only referenced in the English manga as an "it", in the anime however, Cell has a male voice and is only called a "he". However, this can be explained by the fact that, with the exception of Piccolo, all of his known genetic donors are male.
** Similarly with Piccolo and the other Namekians, a OneGenderRace who reproduce asexually, but are only referred to as male.

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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''
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Cell in DragonBall technically has no gender, and is only referenced in the English manga as an "it", in "it". In the anime anime, however, Cell has a male voice actor and is only called a "he". However, this can be explained by the fact that, with the exception of Piccolo, all of his known genetic donors are male.
** Similarly with Piccolo and the other Namekians, a OneGenderRace who reproduce asexually, but are only referred to as male.
10th Jun '16 6:33:58 PM SirSapphire
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* Men's fashion is not ''nearly'' as varied as women's. Take a look at any formal event where the ladies are all wearing unique dresses and gowns, while the men are in nearly identical suits and tuxedos.
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