Disney's gender-conscious tweens advocate for male fairy, deliver

Tweens playing Disney's Pixie Hollow advocated for a male fairy by bending gender rules, Towleroad.com reported.
Disney's Pixie Hollow's new male fairy, called a "sparrow man." (Courtesy of Salon.com)

Tweens playing Disney’s Pixie Hollow advocated for a male fairy by bending gender rules, Towleroad.com reported.

By altering female fairies to be taller, slimmer, with shorter haircuts and androgynous names, players were able to create male fairies, according to the report.

“Why would children go to such lengths to make their Hollow a coed institution?” Salon.com’s Mary E. Williams asked. “For starters, for the same reason there’s a Ken doll.”

She suggests girls want to interact with male characters and created these gender-bending avatars as a result.

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