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02:39:01 AM Jun 23rd 2016
“Invoked by Willow, who suggests this as one of the possibilities after Buffy touches a demon and is set to take on a part of it.”

I suspect this would be cryptic even if I knew what episode is meant.
01:09:43 PM Jan 10th 2015
edited by ElectricNova
This needs a better name, because it's not about gender swaps at all.

It's about a change of sex.

Completely separate thing.

I reccomend "Sex swapper"
01:35:40 PM Jan 10th 2015
edited by MagBas
Actually, change of sex and change of gender is the same thing. The original meaning of "gender" is "sex"- and this continues being a popular use.
07:50:30 AM Jan 11th 2015
No. No it isn't.

It's an incorrect use.
10:48:50 AM Jan 11th 2015
Here is the description in The Other Wiki: "Gender is the range of characteristics pertaining to, and differentiating between, masculinity and femininity. Depending on the context, these characteristics may include biological sex (i.e. the state of being male, female or intersex), sex-based social structures (including gender roles and other social roles), or gender identity.[1][2][3][4]" " Sexologist John Money introduced the terminological distinction between biological sex and gender as a role in 1955. Before his work, it was uncommon to use the word gender to refer to anything but grammatical categories.[1][2] However, Money's meaning of the word did not become widespread until the 1970s, when feminist theory embraced the concept of a distinction between biological sex and the social construct of gender. Today, the distinction is strictly followed in some contexts, especially the social sciences[5][6] and documents written by the World Health Organization (WHO).[4] However, in many other contexts, including some areas of social sciences, gender includes sex or replaces it.[1][2] Although this change in the meaning of gender can be traced to the 1980s, a small acceleration of the process in the scientific literature was observed in 1993 when the USA's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) started to use gender instead of sex.[7] In 2011, the FDA reversed its position and began using sex as the biological classification and gender as "a person's self representation as male or female, or how that person is responded to by social institutions based on the individual's gender presentation."[8] In non-human animal research, gender is also commonly used to refer to the physiology of the animals.[2]" "n the English literature, the trichotomy between biological sex, psychological gender, and social sex role first appeared in a feminist paper on transsexualism in 1978.[2][9] Some cultures have specific gender-related social roles that can be considered distinct from male and female, such as the hijra of India and Pakistan."

Here is the description in the wiktionary: "gender (plural genders)

(grammar) A division of nouns and pronouns (and sometimes of other parts of speech), such as masculine / feminine / neuter, or animate / inanimate. 1991, Greville G. Corbett, Gender (ISBN 052133845X), page 65:

In Algonquian languages, given the full morphology of a noun, one can predict whether it belongs to the animate or inanimate gender […]

(informal, sometimes proscribed) Biological sex: a division into which an organism is placed according to its reproductive functions or organs.

the trait is found in both genders

(informal, sometimes proscribed) Biological sex: the sum of the biological characteristics by which male and female and other organisms are distinguished.

The effect of the medication is dependent upon age, gender, and other factors.

Identification as male/masculine, female/feminine or something else, and association with a (social) role or set of behavioral and cultural traits, clothing, etc typically associated with one sex. (Compare gender role, gender identity.) 2007, Helen Boyd, She's Not the Man I Married: My Life with a Transgender Husband (ISBN 0786750545), page 93:

One wife I met at a conference was in a hurry for her husband to have the genital surgery because she worried about his gender and genitals not matching if he were in a car accident, […]

2010, Eve Shapiro, Gender Circuits: Bodies and Identities in a Technological Age (ISBN 113499950X):

Thomas Beatie, a transgendered man, announced in an April 2008 issue of the gay and lesbian news magazine, The Advocate, that he was pregnant. […] Moreover, he saw no conflict between his gender and his pregnancy.

2012, Elizabeth Reis, American Sexual Histories, page 5:

Intersex people too challenge the idea that physical sex, not merely gender, is binary – a person must be definitively either one sex or the other.

The sociocultural phenomenon of the division of people into various categories such as "male" and "female", with each having associated clothing, roles, stereotypes, etc. 1993, David Spurr, The Rhetoric of Empire: Colonial Discourse in Journalism, Travel Writing, and Imperial Administration, page 187:

The annals of colonial history offer relatively few such encounters between women, and it may be that gender has created here a marginal space in which something like an actual dialogue is possible between British and Sudanese.

2004, Wenona Mary Giles, Jennifer Hyndman, Sites of violence: gender and conflict zones, page 28:

Gender does not necessarily have primacy in this respect. Economic class and ethnic differentiation can also be important relational hierarchies, […] . But these other differentiations are always also gendered, and in turn they help construct what is a man or a woman in any given circumstance. So while gender is binary, its components have varied expressions.

2005, Colin Renfrew, Paul Bahn, Archaeology: The Key Concepts, page 131:

Even with some adamant processualists, however, gender has made inroads.

(obsolete) Class; kind. circa 1603, Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice, Act 1, Scene 3:

...plant nettles or sow lettuce, set hyssop and weed up thyme, supply it with one gender of herbs or distract it with many...

Usage notes

Some speakers, particularly in informal contexts, use sex and gender synonymously (interchangeably). In formal contexts, a distinction is usually made between sex (which is biological) and gender (which is social). See Wikipedia's article on the sex/gender distinction for more."

04:00:55 PM Aug 24th 2012
Any X-Men readers out there? From what I can gather reading online character histories, I think our "Miss" Sinister entry is pretty clearly inaccurate (or at least only describing a temporary status for Sinister's Opposite-Sex Clone, who seems to have mostly been an independent character with a mind of her own), but damned if I can figure out a way to put exactly what the character's status is.

It sounds like Mister Sinister's essence wound up in the body of ANOTHER female, named "Alice", but the character histories seems to jump from that story to Sinister running around doing villain stuff as a guy, without any explanation for the transition.
04:40:40 AM Feb 21st 2012
edited by bananahands
could we please use some images of Bender from Futurama as the "Gender Bender" it would be perfect
06:51:43 AM Jul 27th 2011
Is there a reason there's no Fan Fic section on the page?
07:10:00 AM Jul 27th 2011
As notable as fanfiction is on this site (not that I like it), a lot of fanfics feature some gender bending. To list them all would be impossible.
07:51:46 AM Jul 27th 2011
edited by suedenim
There's no particular reason for not having a Fan Fic section. If you have good examples to list, feel free to add them.

As with any example, it's best to elaborate a bit beyond "This Fan Fic has an example."
02:40:02 AM Jun 23rd 2016
edited by Tamfang
A fanfic section could start with “Examples are innumerable.”
07:16:04 AM Jun 30th 2011
The recently-added Warrior Cats example (and list of examples on the Warrior Cats work page) is intriguing, but makes me curious about how/why there are so many, and what the mechanism or story reason is for them.

Anyone with more knowledge of the works want to elaborate?
01:05:49 PM Jun 22nd 2011
Out of curiosity, what is the rationale behind restricting the term "gender bender" to only actual genderswapping? I ask this because from a recent google search of the words, it appears to also apply to normal crossdressing, too.
07:13:33 AM Jun 30th 2011
Dunno, it's just the way the trope was named and defined back in the misty days of yore.

Unfortunately, a lot of the tropes in this area are used confusingly in the "outside world" and/or named confusingly on TV Tropes itself. As you note, Gender Bender is often used in the "real world" to describe anything from what we call it to "androgynous" looks. And Gender Flip means something very specific on TV Tropes, but elsewhere is often used as a synonym for what our Gender Bender trope describes.

And technically speaking, we really should be using "sex" instead of "gender" for most of these tropes....

But we're more or less stuck with what we've got.
07:24:34 AM Jun 30th 2011
edited by suedenim
bah, wrong discussion, ignore this.
11:53:37 PM May 31st 2011

I'm not going to delete this, but from what I know of Zatanna, she'd be able to reverse such a spell easily, and no web source on Mikey Dowling says anything like this, so I think I'm going to call "citation needed."
07:23:21 AM Jun 30th 2011
This "problem" is actually addressed (though admittedly there's still a bit of "reading between the lines" required. It seems that Mikey's "curse" also makes her immune to magic. That's a major plot point in the storyline with the puppet guy - he tries to use magic on her, and it backfires, letting the good guys win.

Looks like Mikey's full backstory will be unresolved for a long time, unfortunately, as the big DC relaunch doesn't include Zatanna, and #13 was Dini's last issue.
07:25:12 AM Jun 30th 2011
Oh, and #13's "flashback dream sequence" is pretty explicit that she used to be a guy. The only other explanation would be that, for some reason, "dream logic" has her appearing as a guy, but that would be pretty random.
06:24:13 AM Nov 4th 2010
The popularity of these series, as well as ones dealing with more realistic transgender issues, among a predominantly non-transgendered fanbase has been a widely commented on phenomenon.

Can anyone point me to such commentary? If there are prevalent theories about it, they'd be good to mention.
05:26:13 PM Oct 16th 2010
Just wondering, is anyone really attached to the current trope quote? It Just Bugs Me! every time I go to the page, as the song lyrics aren't actually about Gender Bender, or even (probably?) Crossdressing, just general androgyny or something.
07:53:08 AM Nov 4th 2010
Even if it's not technically accurate it sounds like it's referring to the trope, so it's good to stay.

That being written, if you can find a better quote that both demonstrates the trope and is technically accurate, by all means replace it.
05:25:35 PM Apr 27th 2010
is there any possibility that a a lesbian can turn into a real boy?how?
08:32:27 PM Apr 27th 2010
edited by KiTA
Like, in real life? Not without surgery, hormone therapy, and years of work. Even then, it's not a perfect change. That Other Wiki has more information here:

Now, in fiction? Of course.
05:25:15 PM Apr 27th 2010
is there any possibility that a a lesbian can turn into a real boy?how?
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