Let's talk about how the one time Kyuubei completely dresses and acts like a woman is the time she had a dick.
and shinpachi omg
and then katsura is a woman AND LIKE CAN WE TALK ABOUT THAT TOO??? katsura was grossed out by the okama and disrespected them because he was ignorant about who they were and then after being an okama himself he learned they were just like any other people who deserved respect and now he crossdresses all the time and it’s never ever perceived as emasculating even when played for laughs because wearing a dress doesn’t determine your gender or your strength?!?!? AAH GINTAMA
i’ve personally always considered her genderqueer. like she responds to male and female pronouns and she’s been shown enjoying wearing cute dresses and male clothing both plus pluuus her love for otae is not really considered lesbianism (even when it is it’s not seen as something negative so yay). also props to sorachi for showing a complex romantic relationship between two biological females without exploiting it for weird ecchi. v nice.
but yeah like she’s really great character cos she was kind of forced into living her life as a male so in a way she didn’t really personally get to choose her own gender identity and actually really suffered over not being allowed to identify as a girl but after her arc and through her character growth she becomes more and more confident with who she is because gender should not have an affect on how society treats you and her friends love her no matter what. her character is a great commentary on how people let gender affect their perception of people. aahh gintama is so great