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Pros and cons of being male or female?
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Kurenai_Taka wrote:


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Tamora Pierce is the shit


I will have to respectfully disagree with you on that one... Any particular grievance against her and her books?



lol no no! You read the post wrong- she is THE shit, as in i love Tamora Pierce!
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Age, men become "distinguished" as they get older and remain "great catches".

Yes, I see women fighting over older men all the time. In fact, that's my plan; I may be single now, but in another 10 or 20 years I will be irresistible!


Seriously though, while it may be true that men don't have to worry (as much) about being thought of as "old Christmas cake", my theory is that they just aren't as attractive as a fresh baked Christmas cake in the first place. Or maybe women are like a homemade cake, and men are like the store bought version, and we have all the preservatives. Nonetheless, even those cakes go stale. Most people prefer to eat them while they're still fresh. For both sexes, youth is attractive, and it's only natural.

Put it another way, if male beauty is rated on a scale of 1 - 10, the scale for females is 1 - 20. When a woman's age brings her to a 6 rating, it's not that she looks worse than a man at a 6 rating, but she's compared against a 16 instead of a 10.

"The candle that burns twice as bright, burns half as long" describes this pretty well, I think, and if you can imagine being a poor, stupid moth surrounded by candles, that's what it's like being a teenage male.

I think the females have the better of it in those years; males at that age have to deal with the male sex drive and all the "fun" that has to offer. Yes, I know, periods, but the sex drive is on 24/7. More importantly, though, it's at that age that males are really pressured to start conforming to the restricted set of emotions and behaviors some others have mentioned. It's funny how men act as society expects them to, and then women think of them as insensitive. Too much of human interaction is an act. In some ways, that's probably the worst part of getting older, all the walls and lies people build up to meet society's expectations or to avoid being hurt. Children, at least, are true to themselves.
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Longer showers???

I dunno.....is that a pro or con? o_o
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Can I just say that I think Major Motoko Kusanagi is an awesome female character from an anime series!

Granted she has big tits and all (a guy drew her lol) but I mean she's still awesome.


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Motoko only partially counts. She's badass, intelligent, and competent thats all pluses in the "strong female lead" department. Also she isnt there to make the male characters look better (arm-candy only, only there to be saved). Where she looses points is what she wears and her figure. She's drawn and clothed in such a way to titillate male readers. I'm not saying a girl with big boobs cant be any of the pluses I mentioned, but she was drawn like that to be eye-candy.
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Life is hard for the gay make I mean come on most of the guys we like are either bottoms or straight I mean like COME ON.

Note I am a little physcotic my Internet kept crashing as I was tryi to read tumblr I am sure u have felt my pain
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kitsuneshoujo wrote:

Motoko only partially counts. She's badass, intelligent, and competent thats all pluses in the "strong female lead" department. Also she isnt there to make the male characters look better (arm-candy only, only there to be saved). Where she looses points is what she wears and her figure. She's drawn and clothed in such a way to titillate male readers. I'm not saying a girl with big boobs cant be any of the pluses I mentioned, but she was drawn like that to be eye-candy.


But I mean she's a cyborg. :/ lol she doesn't have to wear clothes. (But yes I do understand what you mean.) BUT her purpose is far from just eye-candy!

So it has to be a strong female who's not particularly "sex candy" in order to qualify?

I mean since it's about anime - it's kind of hard to find a "normal-looking" character. But I'll give it a go:

- Shizuku from My Little Monster I think would be the best example but if you haven't seen the series then I won't spoil anything...

- Inaba from Kokoro Connect

- Nana O from Nana



I was just wondering what you thought.
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Pro: boobs
Con: they never shut up
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Denmi-Sama wrote:


kitsuneshoujo wrote:

Motoko only partially counts. She's badass, intelligent, and competent thats all pluses in the "strong female lead" department. Also she isnt there to make the male characters look better (arm-candy only, only there to be saved). Where she looses points is what she wears and her figure. She's drawn and clothed in such a way to titillate male readers. I'm not saying a girl with big boobs cant be any of the pluses I mentioned, but she was drawn like that to be eye-candy.


But I mean she's a cyborg. :/ lol she doesn't have to wear clothes. (But yes I do understand what you mean.) BUT her purpose is far from just eye-candy!

So it has to be a strong female who's not particularly "sex candy" in order to qualify?

I mean since it's about anime - it's kind of hard to find a "normal-looking" character. But I'll give it a go:

- Shizuku from My Little Monster I think would be the best example but if you haven't seen the series then I won't spoil anything...

- Inaba from Kokoro Connect

- Nana O from Nana



I was just wondering what you thought.


I meant the way she was drawn was meant to be eye-candy, not that she was meant to be eye-candy (make sense? lol). Most manga with female leads drawn by guys are going to be drawn to look sexy, because thats just want guys like. Strong and able to kick ass, but still feminine and looks good in tight clothes. So... she doesnt have to look butch to qualify as 100%... whatever.

What were we talking about again? I feel side-tracked. lol

Oh and you're really cute btw. >.>
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kitsuneshoujo wrote:


Denmi-Sama wrote:


kitsuneshoujo wrote:

Motoko only partially counts. She's badass, intelligent, and competent thats all pluses in the "strong female lead" department. Also she isnt there to make the male characters look better (arm-candy only, only there to be saved). Where she looses points is what she wears and her figure. She's drawn and clothed in such a way to titillate male readers. I'm not saying a girl with big boobs cant be any of the pluses I mentioned, but she was drawn like that to be eye-candy.


But I mean she's a cyborg. :/ lol she doesn't have to wear clothes. (But yes I do understand what you mean.) BUT her purpose is far from just eye-candy!

So it has to be a strong female who's not particularly "sex candy" in order to qualify?

I mean since it's about anime - it's kind of hard to find a "normal-looking" character. But I'll give it a go:

- Shizuku from My Little Monster I think would be the best example but if you haven't seen the series then I won't spoil anything...

- Inaba from Kokoro Connect

- Nana O from Nana



I was just wondering what you thought.


I meant the way she was drawn was meant to be eye-candy, not that she was meant to be eye-candy (make sense? lol). Most manga with female leads drawn by guys are going to be drawn to look sexy, because thats just want guys like. Strong and able to kick ass, but still feminine and looks good in tight clothes. So... she doesnt have to look butch to qualify as 100%... whatever.

What were we talking about again? I feel side-tracked. lol

Oh and you're really cute btw. >.>


I like this conversation you have going on here... you both have valid points regarding Motoko (still love her)

There's also Revy from Black Lagoon - totally badass and more than capable of kicking your butt up behind your ears (albeit perhaps a little trigger-happy / crazy). Sure she wears rather revealing clothing, but she strikes me as the type of character who doesn't actually care what she's wearing and just wears that cause she can't be bothered to find anything else (when she goes to Tokyo in winter, she's appropriately dressed for the weather)

If we go into secondary / support characters, I'd have to say pretty much any female character from Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist counts. They all contribute to the story line in significant ways, they have proper characterization and they're not drawn with the stereotypical huge bust, tiny waist, and revealing clothing. That's a good chunk of why it's my favorite manga. Wonder how much of that has to do with the author being female... (one might also think of Sango from Rumiko Takahashi's Inuyasha - again, a very capable female character created by a female artist)
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Pro for being a guy bathroom time is minimal
con for being a guy no matter how much we think we are right we are usually wrong
Pro for being a gal nine times out of ten dinner's not on you
con for being a gal no matter how much you want to admit we might be right you still will say we are wrong
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One huge con I've experienced as a guy....

If you lock your door, or take a long shower...Your parents will assume your watching porn/masturbating

And another, situational.

Clearly every time we leave the house we are going to smoke pot
Posted 12/17/12
-Guys looking at our boobs
-Guys treating us like objects [some of them do, trying not to generalize here
-Um...yeah...Aunt Flo? xD
-Gender can be restricting.. I feel like my clothes are either too tight or too showy -.-
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Posted 12/17/12

kitsuneshoujo wrote:


Denmi-Sama wrote:


kitsuneshoujo wrote:

Motoko only partially counts. She's badass, intelligent, and competent thats all pluses in the "strong female lead" department. Also she isnt there to make the male characters look better (arm-candy only, only there to be saved). Where she looses points is what she wears and her figure. She's drawn and clothed in such a way to titillate male readers. I'm not saying a girl with big boobs cant be any of the pluses I mentioned, but she was drawn like that to be eye-candy.


But I mean she's a cyborg. :/ lol she doesn't have to wear clothes. (But yes I do understand what you mean.) BUT her purpose is far from just eye-candy!

So it has to be a strong female who's not particularly "sex candy" in order to qualify?

I mean since it's about anime - it's kind of hard to find a "normal-looking" character. But I'll give it a go:

- Shizuku from My Little Monster I think would be the best example but if you haven't seen the series then I won't spoil anything...

- Inaba from Kokoro Connect

- Nana O from Nana



I was just wondering what you thought.


I meant the way she was drawn was meant to be eye-candy, not that she was meant to be eye-candy (make sense? lol). Most manga with female leads drawn by guys are going to be drawn to look sexy, because thats just want guys like. Strong and able to kick ass, but still feminine and looks good in tight clothes. So... she doesnt have to look butch to qualify as 100%... whatever.

What were we talking about again? I feel side-tracked. lol

Oh and you're really cute btw. >.>



LOL we were talking about strong female characters in anime that have a purpose outside of looking hot.

And yes it makes sense 100%! I understand. And yeah that was my point too likewise how female manga artists can make guys look "dreamy" or "hot". LOL but yeah...

And Thankies! And I must say I can kick-ass too!
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Davidvauhn wrote:

One huge con I've experienced as a guy....

If you lock your door, or take a long shower...Your parents will assume your watching porn/masturbating

And another, situational.

Clearly every time we leave the house we are going to smoke pot


I agree with this.

I would also like to add to the list:

- Sensitive testicles. If you've ever been kicked in your nuts or even accidentally sat on your nuts... ouch. Haha.
- Some girls expect for you to pay for everything, even if they make more money than you do.
- Sometimes you get thrown into a rough spot i.e. A man barely bumps your girlfriends car with his car door and she gets out of the car and screams something along the lines of "MY BOYFRIEND IS GOING TO KILL YOU."
- Figuring out a toilet while erect. Hahahahahahahahaha. Showers.
- Can't be stylish without being called gay.
- Razor burn on YOUR FACE.

I don't know, the list goes on forever. Definitely pros and cons to both sexes though. It's alright!
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