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Via tzikeh, I draw your attention to the Emo Manpain Flowchart (by walkingshadow).

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thanatos_kalos
Nov. 18th, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
And yet that flowchart could also be used to describe females as well...
wiliqueen
Nov. 18th, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
I dunno. There are broody female characters, but I think the flowchart would be slightly different. I'm pondering exactly how.
thanatos_kalos
Nov. 18th, 2009 10:32 am (UTC)
I think female brooders (is that a word?) tend to have 'happier' endings-- I'm thinking mostly Buffy and perhaps Kara Thrace (though I lost track of BSG after about s3 and only know what I've heard). Maybe because women are societally conditioned/permitted to be more emotional, and can thus get it out of their systems?
wiliqueen
Nov. 18th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
That's probably a lot of it - that "only shows emotion with single glycerin tear/during sweeps week" bubble pretty much sums it up. *g*

Starbuck wasn't so much a brooder as a lasher-outer, even later on, IMHO. Late-series Buffy actually does fit the paradigm pretty well, but I'd have to consider her the exception.

And of course the other difference is that fandom takes her to task for it, while there's a segment that eats it up with a spoon from male heroes and demands more. Impatience with that vogue is what prompted a different segment of fandom to coin the "emo manpain" term in the first place. :-)
thanatos_kalos
Nov. 18th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
And of course the other difference is that fandom takes her to task for it, while there's a segment that eats it up with a spoon from male heroes and demands more. Impatience with that vogue is what prompted a different segment of fandom to coin the "emo manpain" term in the first place. :-)

I wonder if it's because we're still so used to 'Stoic male hero' that we (or some of us, myself often included) find the 'male hero with emotions' a novelty?
studiesinlight
Nov. 18th, 2009 10:00 am (UTC)
Ah, Our Fictional Heroes! How they do resemble one another... :-)
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