tried to eat the safe banana (thefourthvine) wrote,
tried to eat the safe banana


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.)

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