You may have noticed that all of my ‘pervert character’ examples up to this point have been male. The reason is because that’s typically the case. I have been reading that the female pervert is starting to gain some ground, so I guess that’s a push for equality in some fashion. I don’t know, but I do find it odd how this tends to only be one gender and nobody really wants it to be switched. So, what are some things I discovered on the topic of the ‘female pervert’.
Aversion to Female Desire
From what I was reading, this is a cultural issue. Again, we find this type primarily in anime and manga. Male desire and lust is acceptable, but female desire and lust is something to be hidden. That’s how people look at it. There is some gray areas like women who hit on male characters, but it’s rarely to the extent of what you would see if the roles were reversed. Groping is definitely off the table. In fact, you see many of them ashamed of their desires. Here is a perfect example:
In ‘One Piece’, there is a character named Sanji who is always hitting on female characters and asking them on dates. He gets the love-shaped eyes and nosebleeds of lust that you see in the genre. He goes pretty far with his declarations of love and is not afraid to show this side. Later on, you run into a female character named who ends up having the same feelings. She even gets the nosebleeds, but she is constantly at war with these emotions. I will admit that there is a major plot reason for this conflict, but there’s a heavy level of shame here.
You Can’t Have Violent Consquences
I’ve mentioned that most male perverts receive violent, sometimes cartoonishly destructive, results from their antics. You see them with beaten up faces, large lumps on their head, or laying in a pool of blood for a panel/scene before getting better. This takes on a less comedic tone when it’s done to a woman even if she’s committing the same perverted acts. Violence against women get used so much as a dramatic/disturbing plot point that the comedy side routinely falls flat. This means a ‘female pervert’ will get away with things and probably only be yelled at. It would be like telling a joke and the comedian pulls back on the punchline to the point where it doesn’t have the right impact. After all, these characters are typically played for Looney Tune level laughs.
More Mileage Out of Tamer Acts
Communal baths, spas, and hot springs are very common in anime and manga. They typically have these separated by men and women. While the guys are trying to peep through holes in the divider, the women do two things. They actively wait and undermine the guys, which is where violent retribution is doled out. They also play with each other in scenes that show a comfort with nudity, but it doesn’t fall entirely on pervert. It’s comparing bodies to talk about growing up or seeing who is more beautiful, which has no trace of desire. There are times of playfulness with no sexual intent and the undertones are placed there entirely by the audience. Doing this isn’t really possible if one of the characters is trying to get some action. There’s no reason for it either because you get the fan service out of males with these scenes. Why push into an area where you can destroy a character’s reputation when playful bath times with strategically placed steam clouds will work too?
People Don’t Know How to Do It
This might be the second biggest reason behind the ‘female desire is taboo’ reason. I have yet to see the ‘female pervert’ done right. The attempts end up turning them into, pardon the word, sluts. Unlike the men in this category, the women tend to succeed in their pursuits because guys are fairly easy to seduce. If a guy chases 100 women then it’s believable that they’ll end up alone. If a woman chases 100 men then it’s not so believable, which changes the character dynamic. A point of the ‘pervert’ is that they never get what they desire. Not sure which gender gets the short end of the stick from this issue, but it’s what a lot of people believe.
There is a variation here that is a ‘female pervert’ trying to get another character laid and has no tact. Again, we see that they have no personal desire or lust, but they are focused heavily on the sexual side of relationships. This might be a safer version to go with because it takes on a matchmaker tone. Still, many people might not like the push and find the character intrusive. I will say that you can’t do this one very easily with a guy because male friendships tend to be more blunt.
So, we’re at the end of this week’s topic. I’m sure I’ve lost some people and angered others over this. Well . . . At least it’s out of the way.