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sentimental-mercenary:

When I was getting my dissertation topic approved, my director, the Hobbit, told me quite frankly that the only reason he was backing the project, which was a study of the constructions of martial masculinity in the 12 Century Renaissance, was that I was a woman. In other words, that he would not have backed, and the committee would have shot down, a man proposing studying masculinity.

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All. Of. This.

privileged-heartbreak:

fitness-ting:

justanotherforestelf:

this man deserves an award.

What a beautiful statement he’s making

NEW ZEALAND FUCKING REP

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driftsmybitch:

axelait:

driftsmybitch:

unfortunately for Anon… “Mech” in Transformers femdom reffers to “male” looking mechanoids while the term “femme” or “femmebot” is used to reffer to “female” looking mechanoids. So the debate can go on as much as anyone pleases while these two terms exist.
Then again as I usually say, they’re gender-neutral. It’s only a matter of chassis design. :3

they are robots why they need a Gender?

Exactly. I still don’t get the whole male/female debate. If I’m not wrong, Hasbro started to include “women” in an attempt to not make the franchise seem too sexist by alienating them. Looks like it all became a chaos when they said Optimus had a girlfriend and we, fans, began to pair characters and give them “love interests”. Not that the creators, writers or authors care about that. Given as how little we’ve seen regarding romance in canon.
I just hope they could come up with a final solution in canon (Hopefully one that doesn’t include gender and possible pregnancy x.x)

They don’t “need” a gender so much as some people want them to have it. I want more strong female characters period. And since Hasbro went and established a precedence with a few femme mechs then frankly I feel justified in my want. 
It’s just been handled so very poorly, but I could go on about that for days…
I’ve also blogged extensively about the difference between physical/reproductive and sociological gender, the latter of which there is no reason why Cybertronians could not have. 
And I actually use “mech” as synonymous with “person” and use it for both genders in my fanon. “Femme” is more a frame or model type for me than a gender, and not all feminine characters have to fit that frame type, (Arcee, Elita-1, etc). 
I also wholeheartedly support mechs with all the same interfacing equipment. If you’ve going to give them equipment in the first place, there is literally no reason to make them different. >_<

driftsmybitch:

axelait:

driftsmybitch:

unfortunately for Anon… “Mech” in Transformers femdom reffers to “male” looking mechanoids while the term “femme” or “femmebot” is used to reffer to “female” looking mechanoids. So the debate can go on as much as anyone pleases while these two terms exist.

Then again as I usually say, they’re gender-neutral. It’s only a matter of chassis design. :3

they are robots why they need a Gender?

Exactly. I still don’t get the whole male/female debate. If I’m not wrong, Hasbro started to include “women” in an attempt to not make the franchise seem too sexist by alienating them. Looks like it all became a chaos when they said Optimus had a girlfriend and we, fans, began to pair characters and give them “love interests”. Not that the creators, writers or authors care about that. Given as how little we’ve seen regarding romance in canon.

I just hope they could come up with a final solution in canon (Hopefully one that doesn’t include gender and possible pregnancy x.x)

They don’t “need” a gender so much as some people want them to have it. I want more strong female characters period. And since Hasbro went and established a precedence with a few femme mechs then frankly I feel justified in my want. 

It’s just been handled so very poorly, but I could go on about that for days…

I’ve also blogged extensively about the difference between physical/reproductive and sociological gender, the latter of which there is no reason why Cybertronians could not have. 

And I actually use “mech” as synonymous with “person” and use it for both genders in my fanon. “Femme” is more a frame or model type for me than a gender, and not all feminine characters have to fit that frame type, (Arcee, Elita-1, etc). 

I also wholeheartedly support mechs with all the same interfacing equipment. If you’ve going to give them equipment in the first place, there is literally no reason to make them different. >_<

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wantthepharaohs:

devils-and-daffodils:

dialling-footnoterphone:

chubbycartwheels:

eternalvillainy:

Free-For-All I

This is the first in a new series of photos for His Black Dress. The idea is simple: two outfits with a similar vibe, but from completely different departments, shown side by side.

Love this idea.

Beautiful

I love this guy so much. Him and his heels and dresses and beard.

always reblog dudes in skirts.

Dudes—still looking like dudes— in “womens” clothes will never not be hot. *super respect*

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nellasaur:

xarratha:

nellasaur:


“Why are femmes even important? They’re machines, they shouldn’t HAVE genders FORCED onto them.”

Yeah pretty much this.  It seems so self-evident to me that Cybertronians don’t have an intrinsic gender—or if they do it’s not qualified in a way that human gender is— that I mentally stumble when I come across people who treat them like they do.

Crap, accidentally deleted what I was saying. Okay… shorter this time.
I agree with OP, we shouldn’t force gender on them. Gender is societal, and Cybertronians undoubtedly have a rather different society than we do. The problem with this is: humans write the show, humans watch the show, and humans INTERPRET the show in terms of human experience. Argh, wording. Anyways, the point is that you can’t sidestep an issue by pretending it’s not there. The Cybertronians are written to have primarily masculine traits and most respond to masculine pronouns. Theoretically, a genderless species would seem either a mixture of masculine and feminine to us, or else seem so completely alien that “he” and “she” don’t apply. Ack, sidetracked again.
The point: humans are writing the show with genderless MASCULINE robots, reinforcing the flawed idea that masculinity is the default and feminity is the aberration. Argh wording. But… here, let me point you to someone who said it better: http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2010/05/24/male-as-the-neutral-default/

I promise you, this isn’t really something I need explained to me.  XD
My statement that, within the context of the fiction, it makes no sense for TF characters to be gendered as (predominantly) male in terms of the human gender binary is by no means meant to sidestep the fact that the metatext of the TF franchise of the whole is incredibly problematic when it comes to gender.  As I’ve discussed multiple times, on Tumblr and elsewhere, it’s pretty clear that Hasbro and many of the creators still consider Transformers a boy’s club— females are marginalized as characters and generally ignored as fans.  We ladies are not reflected well in TF fiction, partly because Hasbro continues to insist that TF is made by boys for boys.  The way that TF fiction reinforces maleness/stereotyped masculinity as the norm and femaleness/stereotyped femininity as the (inferior) exception via the Cybertronian characters identifying primarily as males is only one symptom of a much bigger illness.
In fact, I would argue that it’s misleading to say that TF is about genderless robots at all.  It’s very, very obvious that it’s about boy robots doing boy things with boy humans (and occasional females thrown into the mix as tokens).  Hasbro as a rule tends to sidestep the issue of either physical sexes or genders in Transformers as a species, and when they do address it, it’s often very glib (the “built to appease human feminists” origin for Arcee in the Marvel comics or the “it’s just a model type” word-of-god for Aligned continuity) or downright problematic (the “genderfucked against his will by Jhiaxus” origin for Arcee in the IDW comics).
Personally, I think it’s totally possible for human writers to produce human-interpreted fiction presented to a human audience and still write the Cybertronians as genderless (or possessing of a non-human gender system).  The fact that it doesn’t happen in TF is, frankly, because TF is lazy sci-fi from an internal consistency/wordbuilding perspective, not because it can’t or shouldn’t be done.   Hasbro is toeing the line by characterizing their TFs firmly within the lines of the stereotypical Western/European gender binary, and making their Cybertronians primarily male is pandering to their perception of their primary audience.
If Hasbro was willing to take a risk, or let its writers take a risk— or hell, let its writers write some real goddamn sci-fi— I daresay we might see a Cybertronian species where the aliens are actually alien and not just people in giant robot suits who sometimes talk using a peculiar lexicon of robotty terms.  It could be done in a way that’s totally comprehensible to its audience, and if a particularly deft hand were allowed to do it, it could also be done in a way that illuminates and challenges the gender hegemony instead of playing along with it.
Wouldn’t that be cool?

It&#8217;s a beautiful dream. ;______;
And yup, boy stuff sells better. Parents don&#8217;t want to explain non-binary genders to their kids. I&#8217;ll just be sobbing in my corner again.
Honestly though, the comics at least are targeted at older audiences who could explore exactly what you describe. Yet in a lot ways the writing seems worse in places. Arg. It&#8217;s such a missed opportunity. I just want to find someone and SHAKE THEM until their head pops off&#8230; X\ Though I suppose that would be counter productive.
I wonder&#8230; if we wanted to make notions and feelings like this known, who would we turn to?

nellasaur:

xarratha:

nellasaur:

“Why are femmes even important? They’re machines, they shouldn’t HAVE genders FORCED onto them.”

Yeah pretty much this. It seems so self-evident to me that Cybertronians don’t have an intrinsic gender—or if they do it’s not qualified in a way that human gender is— that I mentally stumble when I come across people who treat them like they do.

Crap, accidentally deleted what I was saying. Okay… shorter this time.

I agree with OP, we shouldn’t force gender on them. Gender is societal, and Cybertronians undoubtedly have a rather different society than we do. The problem with this is: humans write the show, humans watch the show, and humans INTERPRET the show in terms of human experience. Argh, wording. Anyways, the point is that you can’t sidestep an issue by pretending it’s not there. The Cybertronians are written to have primarily masculine traits and most respond to masculine pronouns. Theoretically, a genderless species would seem either a mixture of masculine and feminine to us, or else seem so completely alien that “he” and “she” don’t apply. Ack, sidetracked again.

The point: humans are writing the show with genderless MASCULINE robots, reinforcing the flawed idea that masculinity is the default and feminity is the aberration. Argh wording. But… here, let me point you to someone who said it better: http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2010/05/24/male-as-the-neutral-default/

I promise you, this isn’t really something I need explained to me. XD

My statement that, within the context of the fiction, it makes no sense for TF characters to be gendered as (predominantly) male in terms of the human gender binary is by no means meant to sidestep the fact that the metatext of the TF franchise of the whole is incredibly problematic when it comes to gender. As I’ve discussed multiple times, on Tumblr and elsewhere, it’s pretty clear that Hasbro and many of the creators still consider Transformers a boy’s club— females are marginalized as characters and generally ignored as fans. We ladies are not reflected well in TF fiction, partly because Hasbro continues to insist that TF is made by boys for boys. The way that TF fiction reinforces maleness/stereotyped masculinity as the norm and femaleness/stereotyped femininity as the (inferior) exception via the Cybertronian characters identifying primarily as males is only one symptom of a much bigger illness.

In fact, I would argue that it’s misleading to say that TF is about genderless robots at all. It’s very, very obvious that it’s about boy robots doing boy things with boy humans (and occasional females thrown into the mix as tokens). Hasbro as a rule tends to sidestep the issue of either physical sexes or genders in Transformers as a species, and when they do address it, it’s often very glib (the “built to appease human feminists” origin for Arcee in the Marvel comics or the “it’s just a model type” word-of-god for Aligned continuity) or downright problematic (the “genderfucked against his will by Jhiaxus” origin for Arcee in the IDW comics).

Personally, I think it’s totally possible for human writers to produce human-interpreted fiction presented to a human audience and still write the Cybertronians as genderless (or possessing of a non-human gender system). The fact that it doesn’t happen in TF is, frankly, because TF is lazy sci-fi from an internal consistency/wordbuilding perspective, not because it can’t or shouldn’t be done. Hasbro is toeing the line by characterizing their TFs firmly within the lines of the stereotypical Western/European gender binary, and making their Cybertronians primarily male is pandering to their perception of their primary audience.

If Hasbro was willing to take a risk, or let its writers take a risk— or hell, let its writers write some real goddamn sci-fi— I daresay we might see a Cybertronian species where the aliens are actually alien and not just people in giant robot suits who sometimes talk using a peculiar lexicon of robotty terms. It could be done in a way that’s totally comprehensible to its audience, and if a particularly deft hand were allowed to do it, it could also be done in a way that illuminates and challenges the gender hegemony instead of playing along with it.

Wouldn’t that be cool?

It’s a beautiful dream. ;______;

And yup, boy stuff sells better. Parents don’t want to explain non-binary genders to their kids. I’ll just be sobbing in my corner again.

Honestly though, the comics at least are targeted at older audiences who could explore exactly what you describe. Yet in a lot ways the writing seems worse in places. Arg. It’s such a missed opportunity. I just want to find someone and SHAKE THEM until their head pops off… X\ Though I suppose that would be counter productive.

I wonder… if we wanted to make notions and feelings like this known, who would we turn to?