Some time ago, I was talking to someone I knew. I mentioned a certain shounen ai manga with a character who's rather emotional, and she said, "Oh, that? I wasn't impressed with that, the main character seemed like a girl with a cock."
I see this every so often: a male character who's judged by readers to be too emotional or weak is referred to as a "girl with a cock" (or some variation of that) as a put-down. Not only does this reinforce tired old stereotypes about women always being emotional, but it implies that being emotional is a bad thing and it's especially bad if you're male.
What really confused me is that the person who said this is someone very aware of GLBT issues and gender issues. This was a long time ago so I'm not sure why I was thinking about this or felt the need to bring it up now, but it bothers me that this mentality persists even among people who you'd think would be more enlightened than that.
Has anyone else run into this?