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When her kiss transforms the Beast, she is furious.
"You should have warned me! Here I was smitten by an exceptional being, and all of a sudden, my fiance becomes an ordinary distinguished young man!""
Mind if I ask how genderbent stuff is triggering or makes people uncomfortable? I'm trying to understand it but I'm just not getting anywhere??? I'm trying to be nice, but a lot of the things that people are saying triggers them is confusing me of late.
i don’t mind! however, keep in mind that i myself am cis, so i’m only able to give you the groundwork without any personal experience behind it.
- first of all, it’s usually just. cis boy to cis girl or cis girl to cis boy. which is bad in and of itself because it re-enforces the idea that those are the ONLY TWO options for gender?? like it would be different if there was some variety but there’s nearly never anything else.
- it also brings up the idea that presentation = gender, which is both harmful and untrue!! for example, i could show you a naked picture of dave strider where he has a dick and a flat chest, but that doesn’t explicitly mean he’s a guy in this picture?? similarly, a picture of jane crocker wherein she’s depicted with breasts and a vagina doesn’t necessarily mean she’s a girl. genitals and gender do not coincide!!
- building on that last point, it’s REALLY dehumanizing for both binary trans people and non-binary people to basically be told that the only way to make a character a different gender is to. change their genitals because um.
- this isn’t inherently to do with genderbending itself, but there’s also the fact that it’s a LOT more common to make a cis woman into a cis man than anything else, which is harmful both on the gender scale and the feminist scale.
i hope this was clear!! if i missed anything or fucked up any information or wording, please feel free to let me know!!
This is a great explanation. I understand why it’s hard for people to get this, because I do really like genderbending. When it’s well done I think it’s an interesting way to explore gender roles and question why, for instance, men tend to occupy certain roles in both romantic and plot dynamics. Also, my identity and relationship with gender growing up has made me biased toward this idea of playing with those gendered roles, like trans* peoples’ experiences can make them wary of it.
I do like the term presentation play better than genderbending. I’d love to see more trans* headcannons and non-binary presentations in fan work. If I ever forget to tag presentation play (or anything else), or you need me to tag it differently, please let me know!
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