.. and try to get them to stop.
Yeah, I guess you could say it's something of a personal problem of mine. But when I see something I can step back from, be objective about, and still see that someone is being irrational about it, it gets under my skin. Not so much the fact that it's wrong, but that someone thinks they're perfectly fine to be doing something wrong.
As I'm pretty sure all of you know (and if you don't know this, why are you even here?), I love futa. And to me, futa covers both hermaphrodites (those with both male and female genitals) and shemales (those with only male genitals). But it seems I've run into a few people on Derpibooru who just have to disagree. Not just disagree, but disagree to the exclusion of all reason.
See, there's a tag on there that's being thrown around called 'androgynous male'. Now first, let me explain something about that phrase. It's something of a misnomer. 'Androgyny' is defined as not leaning towards one gender or the other. This is in reference to an individual's appearance, NOT their actual genitals. As such, it's a tricky thing to pin down. If you've ever looked at a person, and couldn't decide if you were looking at a man or a woman, then that person is hitting someone in the range of androgyny.
Now, I know some of you might be thinking "But if it looks female, but has male bits, isn't that the same thing?". That's like saying putting a Lego block and a Tycho block together makes a Duplo block. Physical appearance and biological gender are two different things. Androgyny is separate from an individual's actual gender. You can have androgynous females just as much as you can have androgynous males. The problem at had is, the 'androgynous' term is being used as a justification to take 'male' onto pictures.
There already is a term for characters that appear female, by have male genitals. It's 'shemale'. Personally, I am of the position that 'shemale' falls under the 'futa' category, but I digress. That's not the actual issue.
The issue, is that the 'androgynous male' tag is being used for personal preference, rather than helping images be filtered and searched correctly. Case in point, the individuals adding the tag only seem to want to add the tag to non-anthro ponies. Even if the image clearly shows that an anthro or humanized pony does not have female genitals, they won't touch it. This seems more like they only care about what they can view as male, than any sort of standard tagging, as tags are meant to be applied to images equally. Even more, even when there's evidence that the character in an image is infact a futa (such as accompanying images, or statements from the artist), they still change the tags to 'male'.
I'm trying to bring this to the attention of Derpibooru's admins, and get them to reconsider the validity of the 'androgynous male' tag, seeing as the individuals using it have taken to reporting me to the admins for 'malicious mis-tagging'. There's a forum post here where I'm trying to explain the problems to them. I'm hoping I could maybe get a little support, so I don't end up just getting railed by people more worried about their own preferences.
And yes, I know this doesn't have much to do with fanfiction. But it's a pet peeve of mine, and I've been feeling the need to rant and vent about it for some time now. Sorry if you all got caught in the spray.
And before someone asks, I have 3.1K words done for the next chapter of TMV. I worked on it last night, and hopefully I'll have it read in a couple days. Hopefully other peoples' stupidity won't distract me from it too much more.