...I don't see how Pikachu is any less cutesy than Marill, and I feel Gardevoir is less cutesy and more serene and graceful. Red also has a clefairy. Jigglypuff was well-loved and popular enough to be a Smash Bros character from the very beginning.
Dislike of "girly" things is something taught to boys, not something innate. I think it's GOOD to encourage kids to look past gender boundaries, because in the end, they tie us down.
I would be excited for pikachu to be retyped to electric/fairy but I doubt it would happen because of marketing purposes.
Originally Posted by Thrive
yōsei (Which does mean fairy or elf), and the type is literally "fairy" in katakana. So while they do share a name in english, they don't in Japan.
Can't make too many assumptions when they have different names.
Most types are seen as more offensive in nature/defensive in nature.. What category do you guys think the Fairy type will be put in?
17 vs 8, they outdouble the not-guirly lines, lol.
Besides that point, my post was very off topic.
manly worrier steel/Fairy with a beard.
It's people that tell boys "that's for girls!" that influence kid's choices in toys more than anything. I didn't say FORCE anything out of their comfort zone. Just let kids pick without outside influence.
Modern companies have put a lot of focus into establishing this separation of 'masculine' and 'feminine' toys- which I find an odious marketing practice, because 'gender' is a societal invention, not a result of evolution. I think forcing gender roles onto children from a young age is not a healthy practice :S because children who don't fit neatly into this false dichotomy, are left feeling isolated and 'weird'- I know that from first hand experience :S
Though yeah, whatever Fairy type turns out to be, I'll love it all the same
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Of course I hope it turns out to be an offensive special attacking machine, as those are my go to types.
Hopes for Megas
maybe very will have a one to one weakness advantage ratio.
Elgyem and Beheeyem should be part Fairy because it is tought aliens have a connection to fairies and elves.
^on gender stereotypes a lot of these are far more recent than you think for example until the 1940's pink was the more masculine color(as it was a "warm" color) and blue was the more feminine color(It represented purity and fertility) Likewise Purple was a color associated with power and wealth a it was the hardest color to produce. The shift was due to the textile industry in this case. A similar argument can be applied to fairies as before Disney and Shakespeare they were more in line with the Japanese Yokai than the modern fairy. Previously Gamefreak has pulled things from deeper legends as opposed to the more mainstream mention so it is possible we could see that here as well. Personally I would not be surprised to see some fairies of old appearing alongside the more "feminine modern fairies)
Dragons are my friend, Ice is my foe...
(Kyurem is an exception) dragonics rule
-Let us hope for gen 6 to turn out well!