I think it's been a fairly standard observation for years that Claremont writes gender-reversed characters. At least, I've commented (complained?) about it for most of my adult life. Claremont writes passive men and aggressive women to the point where gender stereotypes are quite obviously reversed-- it's usually his women who enjoy physical fights and wade in at the slightest provocation, and the men who hang back, wring their hands, shout warnings and generally act like 1960s Sue Storm. Including talking and/or thinking about their feelings a lot.
So nothing new here for me, except zooming in on a specific gender-reversed relationship in a book full of them. But nicely written.
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