Anonymous said: yeah, i agree that writing mary sues is probably a tendency for both genders, but i remember seeing female characters get accused of it more often, at least in fanfictions. so if a female character was the protagonist, and got focus from the narrative and some positive attention from other characters, she might be accused of being a mary sue, even though that's pretty much a standard for main characters. i may just have seen a bad patch of reviewers, though. experience not universal etc.
I think that’s a real pattern. My guess is it ties into the perception of women dominating conversations when they’re talking nearly half the time. It seems normal for a male protagonist to dominate the story, if a female protagonist does it, it seems like Too Much. But that doesn’t really make the character a Mary Sue, it just makes people look for an explanation of what’s wrong that this character is taking up so much screen time.
i think female mary sues are hated for their specifically feminine-coded excesses of fantastication (abnormally pretty, eerily desirable, has powers that let her bond with people and animals, the best at nurturing and healing magic, her emotions are powerful, and everyone values her and pays attention to her, etc) which is, as we all know, clearly inferior.
A proper respectable Sue wears a long trenchcoat and a grim scowling face. He carries a bladed weapon to kill his girlfriends with. he is an unfeeling, unkillable badass on the run because of his inner demon (1/2 youma, to be precise) constantly threatening to turn him into the villain he doesn’t want to be. he broods and destroys, broods and destroys.
do NOT attempt to write a female Sue with male Sue characteristics. the male Sue fans will foam at the goddamn mouth even as they fap.
and whatever you do don’t point out the misogynistic elephant in the room that devalues the traits of a girl sue but is totally enamored with a guy hefting around a 40 foot katana that represents a major dick complex while he jumps a thousand feet to attack another dick sword guy with spiky hair and they are both wearing leather
oh. Advent Children, thats a silly movie.