Hello! This is a brand-new blog dedicated to quality Rule 63!
What is Rule 63 exactly?
“For any given male character, there is a female version of that character.”
That’s the original meaning behind the term, although now people use it to generally refer to making a character a different sex or gender, most commonly both in combination.
The term “genderswap” is also used quite often, but is technically incorrect. As an aside, I’m making an effort to phase out my personal use of terms that conflate gender with sex or imply that there are only two “opposite” genders, but it’s also my policy not to change the artist’s comments.
I’ve seen people use “sexswap” as well, which covers more as far as physical traits go, but still uses “swap” which many people believe implies only two. “Spectrumslide” is another alternative that offers the least problems, but few people are familiar with it and it excludes those who may not fall on a gender spectrum.
For now, I go with Rule 63 as it’s the most recognizable and carries the least baggage.
Why Rule 63?
Because it’s a fun exercise in character redesign, and because it can be really interesting and illuminating to re-examine how we perceive character traits based on gender! A lot of people do it solely for the sex appeal, but I’m far more interested in the characterization aspects, and that’s my main focus here. Sometimes the two overlap, and that’s always fun.
Who runs this blog?
I’m serenity-fails here on tumblr! If you have any questions or concerns, never hesitate to contact me. This is my first time running a public, submission-based tumblr, so I’m definitely open to suggestions.
If you ever notice an error in the tags or image descriptions, please don’t hesitate to message me! I really appreciate everyone’s help in keeping the blog running smoothly. :)