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22nd Aug '17 4:32:14 PM Twiddler
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* ''Pac-Man'' is an example of this trope. The original male Pac-Man character is a plain circle who doesn't even have eyes, while Ms. Pac-Man has added features.

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* ''Pac-Man'' ''VideoGame/PacMan'' is an example of this trope. The original male Pac-Man character is a plain circle who doesn't even have eyes, while Ms. Pac-Man has added features.
6th Aug '17 11:37:31 PM HawkbitAlpha
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In media, male is the default, "normal" form of humanity, while female is a special subcategory reserved just for women. This meta-trope is OlderThanFeudalism and is found not only in fiction, [[TruthInTelevision but is ingrained into many human societies and cultures]]. The technical term for this is "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Androcentrism androcentrism]]".

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In media, male is the default, "normal" form of humanity, while female is a special subcategory reserved [[ShapedLikeItself just for women. women.]] This meta-trope is OlderThanFeudalism and is found not only in fiction, [[TruthInTelevision but is ingrained into many human societies and cultures]]. The technical term for this is "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Androcentrism androcentrism]]".
6th Jul '17 10:25:01 PM TheInterlang
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* ''VideoGame/Pac-Man'' is an example of this trope. The original male Pac-Man character is a plain circle who doesn't even have eyes, while Ms. Pac-Man has added features.

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* ''VideoGame/Pac-Man'' ''Pac-Man'' is an example of this trope. The original male Pac-Man character is a plain circle who doesn't even have eyes, while Ms. Pac-Man has added features.
6th Jul '17 10:23:31 PM TheInterlang
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* ''VideoGame/Pac-Man'' is an example of this trope. The original male Pac-Man character is a plain circle who doesn't even have eyes, while Ms. Pac-Man has added features.
2nd Jun '17 10:35:25 PM TheInterlang
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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.[[note]]There is an interesting twist in the etymology of "man" and "woman". Originally, "man" simply meant the gender-neutral "human being" and was also used for male people while "woman" meant "female human being". Eventually, "man" only meant male person, though woman retained its exclusiveness.[[/note]] If the gender of a person is unknown, the traditional proper pronoun to use is "he" (e.g. "Everybody take out his pencil") the "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 was also used for male people while "woman" meant "female human being". Eventually, "man" only meant male person, though woman retained its exclusiveness.[[/note]] If the gender of a person is unknown, the traditional proper pronoun to use is "he" (e.g. "Everybody take out his pencil") the "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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The trope can be observed in many different elements of society and culture. "Unisex" fashion tends to be built around men's fashion; jeans and shirts are worn by both sexes, but dresses and skirts are exclusive to women in most of the Western world. T-shirts are typically sold in two cuts, women's and mens, but men's T-shirts are sometimes sold as "unisex tees." Many health clubs have women's gyms, but never men's gyms, since men are considered the default group and just use the main gym. Most androgynous names (like Jordan or Taylor) started out as men's names. The restroom sign for a man is a featureless stick figure, but the sign for a woman is a stick figure in a dress. (One could imagine an alternate universe where women are represented as a featureless stick figure, and men are represented with a cowboy hat.) In the eyes of society, male is default, and women are basically men plus or minus something else.
13th Apr '17 11:39:09 AM Willbyr
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* Gen IV in ''{{Pokemon}}'' introduced [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics aesthetic gender differences on members of the same species]]. In most cases, the "regular" design (i.e., the one that had been used in previous generations) went for males and the females got something different (One notable exception would be Xatu). Although the gender differences are quite realistic and reflect gender differences in animals in real life (for example, female Bug Pokemon tend to have wider thoraxes than the males), some Pokémon have a clearly "human feminine" traits like female Wobbuffet using lipstick.

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* Gen IV in ''{{Pokemon}}'' ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' introduced [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics aesthetic gender differences on members of the same species]]. In most cases, the "regular" design (i.e., the one that had been used in previous generations) went for males and the females got something different (One notable exception would be Xatu). Although the gender differences are quite realistic and reflect gender differences in animals in real life (for example, female Bug Pokemon tend to have wider thoraxes than the males), some Pokémon have a clearly "human feminine" traits like female Wobbuffet using lipstick.
8th Apr '17 12:52:10 PM Jerry
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* In-universe example in ''TheDarkEye'', male dwarves outnumber females by 4:1,[[note]]Males are born more often and mostly as twins or quadruplets, while females are only born as single children[[/note]] as a result, this trope is played straight in their cultures.
7th Apr '17 10:30:46 AM ethne
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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.[[note]]There is an interesting twist in the etymology of "man" and "woman". Originally, "man" simply meant the gender-neutral "human being" and was also used for male people while "wifman" meant "female human being". Eventually, "man" only meant male person, though wifman retained its exclusiveness.[[/note]] If the gender of a person is unknown, the traditional proper pronoun to use is "he" (e.g. "Everybody take out his pencil") the "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.[[note]]There is an interesting twist in the etymology of "man" and "woman". Originally, "man" simply meant the gender-neutral "human being" and was also used for male people while "wifman" "woman" meant "female human being". Eventually, "man" only meant male person, though wifman woman retained its exclusiveness.[[/note]] If the gender of a person is unknown, the traditional proper pronoun to use is "he" (e.g. "Everybody take out his pencil") the "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.
27th Mar '17 11:23:21 PM Kotomikun
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* ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'' originally had no genders except for the Nidoran family, just like Gen I... but it used the modern 3D models, which have gender differences. [[ZigZaggingTrope They were not used consistently, and sometimes the gender of a model would change for no apparent reason]]; for a while, you could evolve a Pikachu and it would apparently transform from male to female. When genders were (officially) added, the trope was played straight--all previously-captured mons with gender differences became male, and only new spawns of those species could be female.
16th Jan '17 9:00:02 AM Noah1
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[[quoteright:350:[[WesternAnimation/VeggieTales http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/identifying_female_vegetables.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:So ''that's'' what female vegetables look like! I'll have to remember that next time I'm at the grocery store.]]
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