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There's material for lots of PhD theses in the rise of people online who believe that Japanese anime cartoon children are valid and realistic role models about transition or about being a woman. Rather horrifying, in some sense, that so many live their lives only online, or so it sounds to me.

Fun fact: the word "otaku" means "house," as in never leaves the, and is used to refer to extremely obsessed anime fans in Japan. Americans use the word unironically but yep, it describes a lot of those fans pretty well too.

[–] cloudspinner 0 points Edited

Even funnier is that the word used to be a polite way to refer to someone's home, but like "omae" and "kisama" it's degenerated over time to being a derogatory term.