Your gender essentialism is troubling.
Beowulf wrote:Maybe there's far more men than women in the AMV community because men are more inclined to edit anime music videos than women are.
Are you saying that men naturally
have more inclination towards editing? Because if so, that's essentialist thinking.
Maybe men have generally more technological inclination than women? (they do)
Maybe it's a boys club because anime is drawn by men with juvenile, fantastical views of women?
Uh. What? Shoujo? Josei? Class S? Yuri? If you think Shimura Takako drew Aoi Hana or Hourou Musuko for the male gaze, you've missed the point.
Even the objectification of men in Yaoi is typically done by women for women. Doujinshi production is majority women.
You're simply factually wrong on this. Women have been involved with manga and anime for a long, long time. And the roots of shoujo/josei/yuri can be found in the Class S novels of the early 20th century and the Takarazuka Review, the all-woman acting troupe. The beginnings of titles aimed at girls can be traced to the Occupation Period in Japanese history, with proto-shoujo showing up in the early 1950s. By the 1970s, shoujo was fully formed, and under mangaka like Ikeda Riyoko, it dealt with complex issues of navigating social structures surrounding sexuality and gender identity. The 1970s! Claudine is particularly relevant to this discussion, as this Ikeda work focuses on a young trans man and a very complex set of relationships between his family, his friends, and the woman he loves. It ends, like most of Ikeda's works, in tragedy. But you can even see this complexity in Rose of Versailles, and Ace wo Nerae. Oniisama E has no male characters at all, aside from the title character who only shows up once or twice. Oniisama E instead is entirely concerned with an all-girl environment.
Yuri, especially, was not created for men. It was created for women
. Shows like Maria-sama ga Miteru are intentional homages to the Class S novels and are considered "High Yuri." There is no sex, none even implied, and even the romantic aspects are rather chaste, with public displays of affection being fairly minor, and usually at the chagrin of other characters, who may consider it too "unseemly" or "bold." These stories often end in tragedy, especially the 1970s titles, which is strong commentary on the anti-woman and anti-LGBT environment in modern Japan. Characters usually commit suicide (physical death) or get married to a suitor because there is no other social option (figurative death).
Hentai containing lesbians may play on some yuri tropes, but its development is entirely unrelated to yuri, which is not so much interested in lesbian sex as much as it is interested in homosocial behavioral patterns. If lesbian sex occurs, it is only as a natural consequence of fairly long and complex character development typically seen in yuri. There is a reason why Akage no An (Anne of Green Gables) is so popular in Japan: it presents a young girl who is uninterested in obeying gender norms, with strong homosocial relationships (Diana, mostly, but there are others, such as the imaginary Katie Maurice) with a very classic "yuri" tragedy ending when Diana gets married (against Anne's wishes) and Anne marries Gilbert in order to have what Virginia Woolf called "a room of her own" in which to write novels, using Gilbert's income as a doctor to reach for her dreams in an otherwise hostile atmosphere.
Maybe every difference between the two sexes isn't indicative of male domination or chauvinism? (it's not)
Oh, I'd love
to hear what you think these differences are.
Masculine and Feminine are two very different essences that have very different aptitudes. The solution is to value both things equally, not try to make both of them exactly like each other. Theres a reason men predominately have invented more gadgets, played more instruments, written more songs, and killed more men, than women every have or will.
Who is trying to eliminate gender here in this thread? There are no radfems in this thread. I'm an intersectional feminist. I don't want to eliminate gender; I want to transform it to a more equitable arrangement. That doesn't mean I want to destroy the differences. That said, your comment about aptitudes is very questionable.
You're right, there is
a reason why men, as a class, have invented more gadgets (although prior to revisions in the patent law in the late 1800s, women inventors couldn't even patent their inventions in the United States, they couldn't own much property at all until the Married Women's Property Acts, which themselves were really just tax havens for their husbands), played more instruments (really? are you counting antiquity?), killed more men (okay, I grant you this one). That reason is patriarchy.
Ultimatetransfan wrote:Gender has no factor, as I do not include it in my announcements, or mention it in the work itself, nor should I have to.
I think gender does inform what I choose to portray in my videos. I don't think it's so much intentional is in my interests in the sources in the first place from from a constant grapple with the notion of gender. Especially my works pertaining to Utena (several, which is itself commentary on shoujo and yuri tropes) and Aoi Hana, which is an attempt to explore actual, real life experiences of adolescent lesbians in Japanese society. Something of which I am increasingly aware, given where I live, what I do for a living, and my own preoccupation with gender identity, gender expression, gender roles, and sexuality. Yet, I do believe my ability to articulate this connection is a rather recent development. In the past, I was exploring many of these issues subconsciously.
You needn't mention gender at all, no. But that doesn't free you of gendered assumptions placed on you by your audience.
AMVGuide wrote:In this case, I think his argument can be succinctly summed up in the word: Testosterone. That's one indisputable difference between men and women. A little T can make a whole world of difference.
Can't argue with that. Although I'm fairly certain I've got the best handle on how hormone balances work in this thread, especially as it applies to the negative aspects of T on someone who shouldn't have it. But T/E doesn't determine gender. It just makes you feel shitty if your balances are wrong for your gender.