In no particular order: Supernatural, Doctor Who, Pokemon, Firefly/Serenity, Community, A Song of Ice and FIre/Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games, Homestuck and so many more.
Did I mention Game of Thrones?!?!
But so much gay stuff as well.
Mean Girls girls quotes are always relevant.
And lastly, I will not rest until Doge has taken over the world.
In Somali culture hyper-masculinity is the most desired attribute in men. Femininity signifies softness, a lightness of touch: qualities that are aggressively pressed onto young girls and women. When a woman does not possess feminine traits, it is considered an act of mild social resistance. This applies equally to men who are not overtly masculine but the stakes are considerably amplified. If a Somali man is considered feminine he is deemed weak, helpless, pitiful: The underlying message being that femininity is inherently inferior to masculinity.
Variants of this thinking extend across most cultures, belief systems, races and sexualities: Western gay culture is as obsessed with exaggerated masculine traits as the patriarchs of Somali clans. Femininity is predominantly perceived as an unappealing quality, a canceling-out of hyper-valorised masculine traits, with effemiphobia reaching its natural end-point on the online gay dating circuit with the infamous “No fems” or “be straight-acting” tags that pop up on most profiles.
In the case of gay men one could argue that decades if not centuries of stigmatization have created a culture of conformity fueled by internalized homophobia: The accusation — and it is framed as an accusation — that same-sex-attracted men fail to be authentically masculine has left an enduring mark. But where does that leave everyone else who doesn’t fit the “straight-acting” tag? After all weren’t the Stonewall riots, the birth of the gay civil rights movement, kick-started by the transgender community, drag queens and effeminate young men — the most outcast members of the gay community? Shouldn’t they be our heroes?