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