The Issues with the Concept of “Traps”

Recently, the terms “trap” and conversely “reverse trap” have come to the forefront of the anime community. A trap is “a boy who looks so convincingly like a female, that by the time you realize you have made a mistake, it’s already too late.” A reverse trap is the same concept but “a girl who looks very convincingly male.” While these character tropes have existed in anime for longer than these terms have been around, only somewhat recently have they gained substance and backing as a category. I want to discuss how inherently awful and degrading this “trap” idea is. Continue reading

How We “Do Gender” with Paris is Burning.

   In the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning, viewers are confronted with main themes including gender, race, class, sexuality, health polices and more. The director and producer, Jennie Livingston, received harsh criticism surrounding her filming style. Without getting into too much of my own criticism, I believe that she filmed in a way that upheld and celebrated whiteness. A scene that stuck with me was during a few interviews, there were clips of white people shown while the interviewers were talking about dreams and goals of wanting to be famous. Despite this skewed lens we watched this documentary through during class, we were still given a chance to see a glimpse of ball culture in the 90’s. Continue reading

Hello Class!

This blog is meant to be a space where you can share creative work, discuss current events, analyze media, and delve further into what we’ve discussed in class. Try to relate your posts to course themes of the week, though if you have a post you want to share on the broader theme of anime and gender, by all means! Feel free to be creative here–fan fiction analysis, podcasts, news commentary, art–all are welcome, as long as you create the content and/or analysis.