amberite_archive: (gender ftw!!!)
Hot damn.

Someone linked this in their post in [livejournal.com profile] genderqueer, and it exactly fits with my experiences:

Testosterone may tend to make people less aggressive. The expectation of having been given testosterone, on the other hand, definitely makes people more aggressive.

Haven't had time to seriously analyze the methodology, but this is interesting for sure.
amberite_archive: (gender ftw!!!)
An icon.

You may use it if it makes sense (or the right kind of nonsense!) for you. Give credit please.

amberite_archive: (into time... and SPACE!)
One for Harry Potter fans, or simply popculturites...



The other for trans folk talking about surgery.



Please feel free to use these in any way or pass along; do give credit.

I don't know where to put a Harry Potter icon, so if you do, you're welcome to put it there. I know lots of transgender communities, but none for icons, now that I think of it. These ideas just brainwormed me this morning, and I had to share. :-)
amberite_archive: (king)
From about the age of 14, I've written all my female protagonists in the third person, and all my male protagonists in first person.

Totally without realizing it.

Put a mark down for "Social Gender Identity: Male."

In the last several months, I wrote a short story with a male child protagonist related in third person, and have been working on a novel from a female protagonist's first-person perspective. I'm not sure why, except that I've been trying to do more complicated and advanced things with my writing, and I'm aware of gender boundaries enough to be poking at them.

This is really interesting to me. I already knew I was more willing to relate to the average range of male protagonists than the average range of female protagonists in other people's novels, but always sorta put that down to bad female characterization.

Now I wonder -- is it bad female characterization, or just highly gendered female characterization? Because most of the female protagonists I really dig are, say, something like Maree Mallory in Deep Secret, or Nita in the Young Wizard series -- gender is sometimes there, but it's not highly relevant.

Furthermore, I am wondering whether this effect in my reading, at least, has something to do with the fact that male is considered default in this culture (and is thus more likely to be written in a non-heavily-gendered way.) But I do not believe that accounts for all of it, because I know women who have problems with, say, Lord of the Rings and its largely male cast of characters, not from an ideological perspective but from the simple point of reader identification. If the majority of male characterizations were "default-gendered" rather than male-gendered, this probably wouldn't come up as often as it does.

But male is my default point of reference enough that I'm not sure how much I can "see".

(Another point of reference is that, before about the age of 13 -- before I actually developed any sense of social behavior! -- I identified with female characters generally. Once I developed the ability to map social behaviors, that changed. On the West Coast the male 'set' and female 'set' are similar enough that I don't usually have a problem with it.)

(And yes -- these things are VERY weird coming from someone who does uber-feminine performance for a living. It's like playing a roleplaying character, one I'm already familiar with, and getting paid for it . . . I get to give a presentation on being a "Professional Gender Emulator" in a few months!)

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