Edit comment- Rrgh. 'Tarded quotes!
Straight hentai only warps the characters about half the time, if that. And Yuri... welll... you can make your own anti-fanboy thread, if you wish.
I could make an anti-fanboy thread, but it'd be half sarcastic, and half serious, and the serious half would just be pointless dead horsebeating.
Besides, I have no problems with yuri. At least, not under any different conditions than those under which I enjoy yaoi and het. (I even made the yuri thread... which sadly gets little attention.
If you saw someone in the street who was dressed like Squall, I bet you you'd think immediately that he was gay, or that there was at least something wrong with him.
If you saw a woman walking down the street dressed like Faye Valentine, you'd immediately think she was a tasteless hooker.
But you do acknowledge that there are many girls who only care about the series because of Ed [or Roy].
Yes, very frustratedly so. On the other hand, I must acknowledge and deal with the fact that there are many fanboys who only like Ghost in The Shell for nekkid Kusanagi. Really, all fandoms have to deal with stupid fellow-fans.
OMG ED IS LIEK SOOOO HOT!!1!1!
So the truth comes out. Didn't know ya felt that way.
Already touched on this one
Yes, but I didn't think it would hurt to further support this argument. If a girl's already been ruined enough by bishounen fantasies, she's probably not gonna be getting any in the near (Or distant) future anyway, much less get any chances with you personally so I doubt your need for worry is as high as you think.
In the converse argument, I don't think there are that many boys who watch things like Puni Puni Poemi, and it ruins them for real women. (...I mean, any more than they already are.
You suddenly lose your sense of humor here?
Yes. My sense of humor is ded.
Fangirlism is fine in healthy amounts; in the right places, and on the right levels. Like what was said before, anime is a very escapist hobby (As if there is a hobby that isn't?) and the reality detatchment is fun on certain levels. Among the right people, it's fun to unleash the 'inner fangirl', for a while, and just have fun. It's not a deadly serious thing, at least not in my case. Plenty of intelligent grown women can be serious and smart elsewhere, but in select places, fangirlism is where you can play a different role, and just be goofy for once in a while.
Of course, this dosen't neccessarily to the select majority of prepubescent rabid n00b fangirls, to which you're referring. And for that topic, I see, understand, and wholeheartedly share your frustration.
But it's not a blanket label.Semi-offtopic
- On the Scar/Al subject- Well... that's generally viewed as just an emotional thing. Al seems to like Scar a lot, and Scar looks out for Al in some odd surrogate brotherly way. And looking at canon, Al tends get crushes on older women, which I think is just a matter of his personality. He looks up to his elders, and I could see him falling for an older person, male or female.
Nobody seems to have objections to the concept of Al crushing on Martel, who is considerably older than Scar.