Can you read French? If so, read this
.I'm a man. And I'm heterosexual. But when I put myself in a book it's as a girl who goes running about with a sword in her fist having wild adventures.
I think there are probably quite a lot of us with this cast of mind- we are the male fans of Buffy and Xena and Uma Thurman's Bride- but I don't believe there's a word for us...
Yes there is. You're a stereotype. Have you never
read the complaints about straight guys who write themselves into stories in female drag without having any clue what that actually entails?
Pretending to be a woman doesn't automatically make you a feminist or a gender revolutionary. There's far more thought involved in the process.
Buffy, Xena, and the Bride are interesting characters for women to project themselves into because power fantasies appeal to everybody, but women who project themselves into Buffy, Xena or the Bride face several problems in the way of their indentification with them because power fantasies are never simple when you don't actually have
such power. Especially when class divisions as important as gender come into play, and the reason you're banned from empowerment is because your gender is exploited. Hang out with female fans of those shows and you'll see plenty of examples of the problems they encounter, and the characters they do project themselves into, and how.
You should notice, for one thing, that all of the examples you name are male creations. Joss Whedon, John Schulian & Robert G. Tapert, and Quentin Tarantino created them.
How original does that make you
? Heh. Your arrogance is a sick joke, a privileged self-delusion.
Have you thought about writing a book in which a tomboyish heroine cannot ever dodge into drag
? Where she can't free herself of gender roles magically because the author hasn't experienced and isn't willing to imagine the punishment for women who want to escape them? Have you seen Boys Don't Cry
? That would turn your dreams into nightmares.
Your books are safe.
While it is fun to offer positive images of powerful women, mystifying the acquisition and the cost of such power by either playing along with gender stereotypes in every other regard or getting all your examples of how powerful women should behave from the accounts given by other men
is a sure way of never threatening the status quo.