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Cristina’s Close Look [3]: Gender-Bending Villains

Posted April 29, 2015 in Cristina's Close Look, Discussions / 8 Comments
Cristina’s Close Look [3]: Gender-Bending Villains

This post was in part inspired by Cait @ Paper Fury’s post “Are You a Fan of Gender Swaps?” Thinking about her post made me start looking at which characters in popular stories transcend their gender boundaries, or exhibit traits of different genders, which I found to almost always be villains. If you like this post, go check out Cait’s discussion as well! Looking at popular stories, villains always have more of a license to break social norms and taboos, as they’re already “bad,” and such “misbehavior” won’t cause readers too much discomfort because they’re not supposed to root for […]