You know what’s fun? Being an English major and a cartoon fan.
I could go on, but I won’t.
EDIT: Small addition before people start taking this the wrong way. It would be incorrect to say that gender does not play into this. The fact that Steven is a boy among women does add to his being a disruptive force to their status quo. This does NOT make him representative of all men, as if to say no woman would have a complete personality without a man. He’s hardly a symbol of traditional masculinity anyway; nor the Gems traditional femininity. Symbols are simple, these characters are not, that’s the point.
Additionally, outside of Steven, the Gems seem to only interact with monsters or each other. He brings out their humanity because he’s the most human person they talk to.
Thanks peeps for pointing out the hole in my argument.