Seems a fitting thread to post this.
r/Animemes recently altered their rule #5 (be nice) to include banning the word trap. The userbase went ballistic with 10K people leaving, so the mods are planning to reverse the ban. r/ANICOMMUNISM has been bitching about this being "trasnphobic" for so long that its outright boring, but I thought I'd let y'all "weebs" know.
IMO, people who whine about the word trap being "transphobic" don't know what they're talking about and are just virtue-signaling.
To quote one intelligent user, "The word has NOTHING to do with trans people. If in not mistaken, trans people are people that are born one gender but would rather be / identified as the other, and that's totally fine. Everyone can do what they want with their life, and if the want to identify as the other gender then so be it. A Trap in an anime-sense is a dude dressing like a girl, but he isn't trying to be one. It's a guy that likes to dress like a girl, or the other way around. I'm not looking at a picture of a trans person and think "haha a trap" because that is factually not the case. And a bear trap isn't the only trap there is. By definition, a trap also is a trick intended to deceive someone, so calling these characters something else than a trap is wrong. The problem is not the word trap, it's the people that misuse the word trap in the community, and it's these people you should crack down on."
Also just for context, the whole 'trap' meme comes from a reference to the Admiral Ackbar meme from Star Wars "it's a trap" which weebs on 4chan used way back in the early 2000s. Trans people weren't even on the RADAR when this meme was being made.