to be honest, even if you ignored the racism - which we should not - the fact that botw had a plotline where a man (link) invades an explicitly womens' only space by dressing up as a woman, and is taught to do so by another "man" (every character in the game calls villia a man besides villia herself. narratively nintendo is treating her as a man) who "pretends" to be a woman up until you "catch" her out, where you see the beard and can respond with "you're a man" - that should infuriate people. the fact that villia insists on not being treated as a man but is narratively treated as a man by nintendo and other characters - and as the butt of a joke is disgusting. it should infuriate you.
and this is a plot point that's part of an essential quest. if you want to play the game as written then you MUST buy the shitty outfit, MUST sit through transphobic jokes, MUST sneak into a womens' only space and not get caught. that can't be fixed in any meaningful capacity by saying "well actually link is trans" or "actually villia is trans and people accept her" because nobody bothers to rid their stories of the key issues: link MUST cover his face and wear a (racist, sexist, bullshit) outfit in order to pass well enough to be accepted - not real acceptance - and he must sneak into the women's space instead of go in unadulterated. link has never been treated in universe as anything other than a man, no matter how many interviews Nintendo will have about making him marketable to all genders thru androgyny.
the fact remains that you can't get to the heart of the transphobia of this plot decision without acknowledging that it primarily plays into the older, deeply racist, orientalist fantasy of a (brown) womens' only space that is ripe for the picking if only a white man could connive his way inside.
and white 'progressive' fans try to slap some surface level trans inclusion onto this whole situation, while leaving the deeper issues with this narrative unaddressed. while ALSO throwing fans of colour who are hurt by the inherent racism of this plotline under the bus. i am trans, people have my deepest sympathies in their efforts for mainstream gender validation but that sympathy can only extend so far in the face of how utterly racist the gerudo outfit and gerudo town plotline is. redesign the outfit or perish. and the rest of you orientalist fucks can kindly piss off.
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