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What sexist trope in manga bothers you the most?
Patronizing "but you're a girl!" statement
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Falling in love with their rapist
"All women are..."
Sexual assault/rape portrayed as a joke
Harassment is okay because she's "playing hard to get"
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Girl solely exists to be a love interest
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Madonna/whore dichotomy
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kujika
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1:41 am, Jan 23 2013
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... I read summaries like: An ordinary high school girl has only one great wish - fall in love at first sight with a cool guy or get her chaffed lips smooth, have the prettiest hair in school, yabbayabba, I get this really great urge to laugh myself silly. Do you think I should maybe take a break from shojo? :x

And who else thinks those kind of shojos are simply ridiculous? It only started recently though...

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aneo9988
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2:01 am, Jan 23 2013
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They are ridiculous. But that's why they're so addicting (sometimes...lately rarely). It's like when you start reading, you know it's awful, but you can't stop reading! I would take a break, read some good seinen, explore other fantastic genres, and after awhile, return to the shojo whenever you need some real mind-numbing stuff. Good Luck biggrin

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I agree with aneo9988, it's so awful you just want to continue reading it to see how much terrible it gets. For me, the same goes for yaoi... "Fragile uke just want to fall in love with someone, but possessive seme appears and now his life suffers a huge twist".
Those shoujos are really terrible, but I must say I only read two or three stories with that summary, really. I'm not a big fan of shoujo manga, so I don't know much about it... But this stereotype is what keeps away some people from reading it and that upsets me. There are some really good shoujos out there, some where the guys falls in love first, others where the awesome senpai is not really the perfect love interest... But I understand your point and I'm really glad you didn't generalize and said those kind of shojos.
I guess you should take a break from this type and read other genres, like josei or seinen for more mature characters or try reading some "unusual" shoujos out there. You could try shounen too, some mangas like Again!! from a male POV are really nice.

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Maiden8680
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2:29 am, Feb 3 2013
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I took a break from them myself (minus Kimi ni Todoke, I still follow it closely), because I started to laugh at them too and go, "oh, it's just like that other series..." and then put it back on the shelf. They were just becoming to repetitive for me and my taste at the moment.


I have to agree aneo and dalek though, for a while when I would read the descriptions, I would have to read a volume or three, just to see how bad and how addicting it really is lol, but sometimes they really do turn out to be interesting stories. biggrin

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