Reblogged from dirty-tf-secrets
Guys, GUYS! It’s a children’s show! It doesn’t matter what Transformers should or shouldn’t have from an objective point of view: Kid’s shows have always been made to have both male and female characters so everyone can relate. Kids don’t give a damn if those are robots. :/”
Besides: If you truly wanted the franchise to depict the Transformers as not having genders, you would have to change a lot more than just fembots which begins with removing Alpha Trion’s beard and ends with giving TC a less dark voice. You would have to make them all androgynous which they just clearly aren’t. To be specific about that: androgynous means neither male nor female, it means being indefinable. Tell me if you actually view Megatron as possibly being female and I’ll take back what I said and admit that Transformers who aren’t fembots might validly be considered genderless.
I think this submission is looking too deep into the matter. The simple reason why there are fembots is not so much that Transformers should have genders above all else, it is rather so that kids can relate. Male and female are categories they know about. If I’m not mistaken - I think I’ve read that somewhere - the official reason why fembots exist is just that Hasbro were afraid women/mothers could feel offended because the world of the Transformers seems to be a world exclusively dominated by men and what does that teach children?
If you’ve ever cared about how employees of Hasbro and many comic artists view the issue, you will notice that most of them think like you. They think Transformers are robots and that’s that. But then not all of them do: Matt Moylan revealed that IDW Sunstreaker is ‘gay’ (please people, no butthurting about that; I’m just quoting him) and Knockout is just suspicious and even more so due to something said at Botcon.
To be honest, I’m not all that enthusiastic about the femmes either. I never felt like they missed in the shows in the first place but I’ve gotten used to them. They aren’t weaker than the other Transformers and I have the overall feeling that the only real difference about them is the way they look. For myself, I’m always writing Transformers as genderless extraterrestrials with different kinds of frames, because I just think that’s what they are. It is purely headcanon and I do it to make the show I love more complicated and appropriate for my age, that’s all. The canon doesn’t change at all because of that and I think it shouldn’t even have to be so ridiculously complicated if it’s meant to appeal to kids.