The paradox of ‘Mary Sue’

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A look at the origin, evolution, and discourse of the archetype. Regina Yung Lee, associate teaching professor of gender, women & sexuality studies, said in an email. “[She] is considered a hallmark of bad fan fiction.”  Lee, who teaches “Introduction to Gender and Fandom,” explains that this term has evolved to become attached to almost every original female character. 

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