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26 January 2011 @ 07:52 pm
My last recs set contained the following paragraph:

What is it with the punitive sex changes? I - I just find it fascinating. Plus, I can't help thinking about the punitive sex changes other fandom characters could get. John Sheppard becomes a girl because of his total failure to admit that he has ever had a feeling, and grimly represses his feelings about that, too. Aeryn Sun is turned into a boy for crimes probably relating to being a total badass, and snaps, "I already have a gun. Why would I want a dick?" Lionel Luthor turns Lex into a girl to punish him for being, you know, Lex, and Lex grimly says, "I can work with this," and does. Morgana is turned into a boy for being such a wicked, wicked sorceress, and hacks the person who did it to pieces with a sword. Sherlock Holmes is turned into a girl until he can actually be a decent human being sincerely, and "decent to John Watson" turns out not to count, so he has to stay a girl forever. Seriously - now that I think about it, every fandom imaginable needs this trope.

I meant it only as a reflection on a fictional trope, but I failed to acknowledge that some people live this as a painful reality, and in doing so, I hurt those people. I'm sorry.

(Please note: I can't moderate these comments; I'm just not at my computer reliably enough. I'm leaving them open so people can take further issues up with me if they want to or need to, but please be good to each other, everyone. If you aren't, I will only be able to protect everyone by shutting the comments down.)

Also posted at Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.
lacking in glittertawg on January 27th, 2011 07:53 am (UTC)
I think you just hit on the head why I hate genderswap fics - as a cis woman I feel they trivialize women and my experiences as a woman by bringing the whole experience down to "I have boobs, I must now flaunt them and have sex with a man". There are exceptions to this rule, of course, but either I fail at finding them or I do find them but don't know anything of the canon. And I do hate that the experience is only hard in certain ways - if you play around with how you express your gender then there's a WIDE range of responses, and a lot of them suck.

Anyway, while I wasn't personally offended by your comments (I found the reviews of the stories really charming, as always), thank you for putting up an apology - I know it can be a lot easier not to. It gave me the warm fuzzies to see a note of "Whoops, fuck, sorry!" pop up on my flist :)
gwynevere1 on January 27th, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
For what it's worth, I *never* would have (and still don't) read that paragraph or any of your discussion of punitive sex changes as mocking people in real life. I read it as brainstorming about a trope. Admittedly, the trope can be done poorly, like any fanfic cliche. However, when the author writes it correctly, with intelligence and consideration, it can become a fascinating exploration of societal biases about gender and the individual's own expectations of his or her gender prejudices and definition of self.

My two cents.
Kumquat Weekendkumquatweekend on January 27th, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)

Essie: HL - With My Sheild Or On Itsentientcitizen on January 27th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
IAWTC too - although as a cisgendered woman who wasn't the target of the perceived mocking, I suspect it's easier for me to stay unoffended. I think an apology was the right call, for those who it did hurt, but I agree with gwynevere1's thoughts re: intelligent use of the trope.