Thus, in fiction, a man becoming a woman is a curse, but a woman becoming (or pretending to be) a man is something she chooses in order to better her own position or to achieve some goal that being a woman prevented her from achieving (Ex: the movie Mulan, where the title character pretended to be a man so she could join the army in ancient China).
I should point out that this "truth" of drama isn't just held up by male authors.
It was bad but it was what you were looking for, kind of. Apparently El Goonish Shive handles a variety of gender swaps but I'm not following that either. That's what I can gather from a skim of the gender swap page, anyway... nah, twenty times at least the other way round.males...
(Apparently it was Hot Chick) As for actual "girl transforms into boy" stories... Vision of Escaflowne kind of treats it but it's far from centered on, it just... CUTEx GUY apparently focuses on it, but I'm not familiar with that work. ( Something Special seems to center on it, but again, never encountered it. Well, from a feminist perspective, for a great deal of human history it's been easier to be male than female in most ways - especially the ways that "matter".
She had something pretty close to a breakdown at the end of it due to psychological stress (which might be one of the reasons this trope is rare) in her case she found that being male wasn't "easy" at all.She had something pretty close to a breakdown at the end of it due to psychological stress (which might be one of the reasons this trope is rare) in her case she found that being male wasn't "easy" at all. Or at least, we're taught that failing means letting down the ones who depend on us.Well sure, in real life, men have to deal with a lot of expectation. Men are expected to be the providers and the leaders, to be exceptional rather than ordinary.People like myself, with relatively little ambition, get stuck at the bottom with nothing but regrets. Or at least, we're taught that failing means letting down the ones who depend on us.Yeah, I think that has a lot to do with why genderbending stories are so one-way.