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Well yeah, you basically hit the nail on the head, but there’s a little more to it, more factors to consider and whatnot. I mean, your theory would attribute to a good portion of the faulty characterization and stereotyping, but my main concern was the appeal of it rather than the output. And I’m gonna go ahead and make the assumption you’re referring to the KevEdd stuff…[[MORE]] See, I have this problem where it’s hard for me to empathize with people, so it was frustrating to watch people swoon over what I consider disgusting; it still is sometimes. However in regards to KevEdd I’ve come to terms with an understanding for the fans. It just took a long time to get to that level of sympathy. Call me an asshole if you will.
I believe the romantic allure is particularly influential over girls with low self esteem and a disconnected view of the male gender, putting them on a pedestal. I recognize the feeling, personally, as it took up a large portion of my own teenagehood. For me, coming out lesbian was the step I needed to really allow myself to connect with men in general and view them as brethren. I imagine it isn’t as easy for straight women who don’t have egos the size of the empire state building.
KevEdd, from my understanding, embodies all of the standards we set for the male gender that we’re brainwashed to believe in, as well as our own suppressed conflicted wishful thinking. It’s like a cornucopia of misunderstandings about the opposite sex, suppressed dissatisfaction, and coping mechanisms.
Instead of viewing men as.. well.. fellow human beings, they separate the gender entirely and break it down into two opposing sides: machismo and effeminacy, opposite yet equal, in harmony with each other. They want to believe the gender will live up to the positive expectations society holds for it (athleticism, protectiveness, power, stability, courage, etc.) but also have an Achilles heel for femininity (cleanliness, wisdom, empathy, compassion, emotion, love, etc.)
BUT you also have to take into consideration the fact that they’re BOTH male characters, right? Edd being representative of effeminacy isn’t a simple matter of self-inserting. It’s a matter of subjugating the male gender wholly and entirely and replacing it with opposing mannerisms. Subjugating. Dominating. Completely suppressing all manners of male tendency. It’s the subconscious screaming out, clawing, begging, pleading to overpower the brainwashed bullshit they’ve been barricaded with. But unaware of this and wishing to establish a comfort level with what’s “normal” and “socially acceptable”, a harmonizing romance is the next best thing. It allows them to believe what they want to believe, to disregard their consciences like it’s a normal mentality.
Kevin and Edd are the perfect couple, if you are disconnected with the male gender and have self esteem low enough to disregard your conscience. If I had any credibility left, I’d wish to let them all know that the differences between men and women are very slim, and that, as women, men are our brethren. And if we fear them, we have to realize our own potential to be feared… And it’s okay for men to think you’re ugly, and it’s okay for men to think you’re hot, because the only thing that matters is how you think of yourself, and who YOU think is hot. I mean, so what if a guy checks out your butt or thinks your face looks like a skidmark, YOU are NO different or better because women do the same thing to men. Men are not some mystical species, they’re just women with fucking testicles. The only differences between the genders are set in stone by SOCIETY.
Anyway, there’s my essay. In conclusion, asker, the allure of KevEdd will always be there for certain kinds of people, but you’re right, seeing as the EEnE fandom itself is a dying breed, the popularity spike by a particular artist only made it easier for them to find it. I don’t think it’s necessarily an age thing or a lack of romantic experience thing… because I’ve seen grown ass women with the same conflicted thinking in regards to gender roles. There will always be people like that, but they don’t usually find their vices in our fandom.
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I imagine Leonardo DiCaprio accepting his Oscar
one daylike this.