Saturday, 17 May 2008

Wait, so CAN I or can I NOT join the Rebellion?


A while back usagijen posted on Kure-nai about a scene that launched me into a mini rage-filled comment (similar to my recent one on Toshokan Sensou 6). Now, what was interesting to me was her eventual response to it:

YEA, I GO... girl?

The funny thing is, I don't ever recall discussing my gender over the blogosphere since one of the things I naively tend to think is that it really shouldn't matter what ones chromosomes are when it comes to discussing the animu and whatnot. You know, besides determining what type of stereotypes you're expected to conform to/break of course. So being a male blogger probably means you have "fap fap fap" plastered on a good number of your posts, while being female probably means fangirl rage is a typical recurrence on yours. (Hence why usagijen automatically assumed - correctly?- that I'm a girl) But seriously, do any of these 'distinctions' matter really?


Oh wait, silly me, apparently they do.

So there’s this all female blogger round-robin thing going on, with the purpose of strengthening sisterly bonds with all the female bloggers out there in this crassly male dominated otakusphere. Spearheaded by itsubun, sasa, and usagijen, it is in hopes that all bloggers of the fairer gender consider being a part of this endeavour to emasculate the blogosphere once and or all!. Personally, I do like the idea of the Female Bloggers of the Rebellion because I tend to have a raving feminist streak myself (plus this collaboration would have almost zero chances of being termed a 'circlejerk' XD )

In fact, I'm quite eager to join myself, why usagijen has even stated in a comment that she hopes I’ll hop on the bandwagon:

And honestly, I'd be honoured to... but there’s one problem, jen:

How sure are you that I’m qualified gender-wise?


Just for fun
(warning: everything I've said thus far has been truthful, but I give no such guarantee for anything from this point onwards), here are some points to consider:


1) This is how my bookshelf (well, the part of it that’s actually holding books now) looks like currently. Since I’m a frugal bastard (bitch?), besides the crack English book which I got from my friends (really, it's a hoot XD), everything you see there I got at second hand bookstores/flea markets or got free from the recycling centre etc. which explains the incompleteness of the sets (NANA’s still ongoing, of course, but it's going to take me a while to read these 15 volumes anyhow).

(And ohbtw, saving up for the entire Fruits Basket manga series next)


2) A teaser for posts to come:

-The Magic of Siscon Hatsunejima
-So I finally finished watching… Kyou Kara Maou (Seasons 1 & 2)
-So I finally got round to watching: Aka-chan to Boku
-An Overdue Overview on OoFuri
-There's something about Watarase Jun...
-Mizuki Nana and Why Allison & Lillia is Awesome
-Allison & Lillia and Why Mizuki Nana is Awesome
-Why Everyone Should Watch Animal Yokocho

Btw, only one of those was made up for the sake of this post


3) The actual Issa on Animal Yokocho is male.

Well, at least I think he is. It’s hard to tell with animals that don’t wear pants.


4) I watched true tears and Clannad because they had cute girls and girls love cute things!!

(I watched Air because it had dinosaurs.)



5) Read the first (and then the second) point of this post on Furu Anime Panikku. Now consider the (sad) truth that this blog has never gained more than 200 views in a day before T_T


If it's also a matter of interest, the most viewed posts on this blog so far:
Surprise, surprise...


6)
If you subscribe to the yuri is for guys and yaoi for girls stereotype, then note that both Nagato and I blog Junjou Romantica (Taiyaki too, while I'm at it. I've stopped doing it on a regular basis though, and Are-Are gets more hits than I'll ever hope to achieve). Is that an 'ahah' enough for you? But let's add this blog and this blog into the equation (though they're manga focused). See, the bigger picture?

(Also, let's not forget a TRUE MAN who dares to do hardcore MAN ON MAN posts XD)


7) Finally (and probably the only most useful point): Why would I even bother with this post if was actually a girl? ;D


Confused? So am I.

(Perhaps like Nagato, I’m really just reluctant to participate in something that might ruin the 'mystery' of my true gender in real life… Why, half my regular readers (all two of you) will probably never come here ever again once they find out that I’m actually...)

In conclusion, let’s just say that there’s a part of me that’s very ready to join the round-robin thingy, but part of me that’s very afraid of Hinano’s (and now their fearsome gatekeeper blissmo XD) threat against those attempting to infiltrate the sisterhood XD Now as far as I can gather, the gender-confused do not seem welcome in the group currently (bummer), but whatever you girls decide to write on in the future, don’t be surprised if this little panda starts ripping you all off following suit to add my own 2 cents’ worth on the subject(s) - since I always seem to be at a loss at what to write that isn’t these lame crack posts anyways =P

17 comments:

Queer Eyed Straight Guy said...

I can't believe I read through the whole thing hoping you'd reveal your gender.

THIS WHOLE POST IS A FUCKING COCKTEASE /rage

Queer Eyed Straight Guy said...

ps I know Nagato's real gender (:

Taiyaki said...

Oh, so you're a trap! =P

Lupus said...

Yeah, gender shouldn't matter. We all know there are no girls on the internet anyway, right?

Off-topic, but since you mentioned pageviews, I suggest you move off blogger if you want to get any. It's ESPECIALLY HIGHLY recommended if you want to get comments, because everyone and their pet godzilla hates Blogger's captcha.

usagijen said...

lulz. so are you a trap, issa?!

well this 'movement' is not meant to set this elitist distinction between guys and girls, it just so happens that there's no virtual community which unites female bloggers together at the moment (unlike the guys who have their #ab channel), so they can talk about a wide range of topics, especially certain topics which they'd rather discuss among fellow girls. I mean, won't it be better to discuss things like "women's bias against so and so", with fellow women? something like that...

Anonymous said...

Actually, yuri is for both girls and guys. Yuri Hime, the prominent yuri manga magazine, has only a 30% male readership. This statistics was mentioned in some interview. They made a special sister magazine, "Yuri Hime S," that's specially targeted to males (indicating that the main one isn't).

Nagato said...

Hmm well, I was inclined to label you as female. I guess that's unfair since I've taken pains to avoid being labelled myself. xP

@ Shin: Ha, you wish! >_>

Erica Friedman said...

Okazu, while definitely by a woman, isn't manga focused, its just that there's more Yuri manga than anime. I also review Live-Action and novels, where they intersect Yuri.

Cheers,

Erica

Hungry for Yuri? Have some Okzu!
http://okazu.blogspot.com

Caitlin said...

It keeps eating my comment :(

But I'm sure someone will come up with the female version of circlejerk soon.

Randall Fitzgerald said...

It is meant to be a big sack of elitist horseshit, just like all things that attempt to seperate one group out into another.

As a prime example, show me a single instance of a female blogger not being respected on the same terms as a male blogger in the community? Of all the women I host, I can't think of a single one who is thought of as less important that any given male blogger. "Sticking together" is stupid because no one is trying to divide the female bloggers. They're not a fucking minority.

Also, if you look at the last sentence of you panty stealing thing... you know it sort of confuses people. Seems suggestive. Also, don't worry. You won't be my only non-gender identifying blogger at dasaku. :D

lanie-emon said...

All of this is making me dizzy, lol. Oh well, got nothing against the female blogger circle, really.

Marmot said...

HEY RANDALL GIMME SUMMA WHAT YOU'RE SMOKING BABE ♥

SERIOUSLY NO RANDALL LISTEN TO ME: I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVEN'T FIGURED IT OUT YET. GOD YOU FUCKING LOSER. WE FEMALES ARE BANDING TOGETHER BECAUSE WE ARE PLANNING ON HAVE A GIANT LESBIAN ORGY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE SO FAR REMOVED FROM REALITY THAT YOU DIDN'T EVEN SEE SOMETHING SO OBVIOUS!!!!

blissmo said...

Between you and me, I'm not so into the all girls thing since i dont mind about the gender issue thing. hey, most of my time guys talk to me about "guy stuff" and i just normally play along cos thats wat i do. but i also originally thought u were a girl! LOL! and ive always thought that guys are better than girls most of the time, which is probably a bad thing cos everyone lives in equality?

Os said...

Wait. Crap! Issa is a male?! I thought it was one of those cute girls who has a raspy voice that sounds like a male... I jest. I knew.

You know, with all these posts, I dont know whether to take this seriously or not. I've been thinking the entire time: "No one's really stopping you for chiming in with the rest of the ladies anyways. I could post on the same subject if I wanted..."

Fight the power... brother?

Randall Fitzgerald said...

Marmot:
I SMOKE ONLY PURE, CRYSTALLIZED INAPPROPRIATENESS! ALSO I CAN GET BEHIND A GIANT LESBIAN TRIB-FEST.

ALSO YOUR LINK TO MISSION TO DEEP SPACE TAKES YOU TO MY OCnE MAIN SITE. LULZ.

Marmot said...

RANDALL-TAN (RAN-TAN!?):

WAT U SRS?! HONESTLY I HAVE NO IDEA I JUST COPIED THE LINKS FROM MY OLD BLOG ROLL AND BALEETED THE ONES THAT DIDN'T WORK MAN WTF IS THIS SHIT I DON'T EVEN KNOW

AND MAN IF YOU WANNA WATCH THE CARPET MUNCHING THEN YOU'VE GOTTA PAY UP IN COLD HARD CASH

OR LOLIS

fook said...

funniest thing i've read about you in my entire life!!!!

PS: having fun over there?