"You and I both know I’m his type."
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So recently there’s been a lot of hate directed at the heroine from the upcoming game, Gakuen K. For a rebuttal of that stupidity, I recommend reading this excellent post by danceanddestroy.
The complaints I see lobbed at this character are…
Which isn’t to say that there aren’t legitimate complaints raised at individual heroines, but writing off all MCs simply because they don’t fit into the cookie cutter shape of one way to be a strong female character isn’t right.
Besides, it says a lot that the western idea of a strong female character tends to rely a lot on the woman displaying what society seems to recognize as “male” traits (though I strongly disagree with assigning a gender to traits) where as a male or female character that is feminine will be portrayed as weak.
“In our totally understandable desire to see portrayals of strong women (in reaction to decades of damsels in distress and women as appendages), we’ve somehow backed ourselves into this corner where the only acceptable portrayal of a woman in the media is a strong, kick-ass woman. That is not doing women any favors. It just leads to the attitude that you have to be ONE WAY ONLY to be legit as a woman. You shouldn’t have to be Natasha Romanoff or Xena to be considered a good character. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good Buffy as much as the next person, but that should not be the only acceptable portrayal. It should be okay for a female character NOT to be strong, too. Let’s take Molly Hooper as an example. She is not the stereotypical “strong” woman. But hell, she went through medical school, didn’t she? She’s smart, and she’s funny, and she serves a story function - she is not a major character, but she doesn’t have to be. But her character gets criticized because she pines after Sherlock. What, you never pined after somebody? Did it make you invalid as a person? You never got a bit silly over a crush? I know I did. And I still consider myself a strong woman. It should be okay for Molly to have a crush on Sherlock without getting the “oh, she’s so pathetic, what a terrible example, what a horrible female character” thing she so often gets. Yes, because it’s so terrible that a female character should reflect an experience that like 99% of us have had.
Screw writing “strong” women. Write interesting women. Write well-rounded women. Write complicated women. Write a woman who kicks ass, write a woman who cowers in a corner. Write a woman who’s desperate for a husband. Write a woman who doesn’t need a man. Write women who cry, women who rant, women who are shy, women who don’t take no shit, women who need validation and women who don’t care what anybody thinks. THEY ARE ALL OKAY, and all those things could exist in THE SAME WOMAN. Women shouldn’t be valued because we are strong, or kick-ass, but because we are people. So don’t focus on writing characters who are strong. Write characters who are people.” - Lori
Yes… this is the thing I’ve been working on secretly for the last little while… I’m biting my nails like nuts…
This is a Kickstarter to fund the printing for volume 1 of Todd Allison & the Petunia Violet. It’s an approximately 176 pages full-colour book with a dust jacket and a pull-out poster. The book will be 7 by 9 inches. It’s basically my dream book.
If you go to the Kickstarter page, you can watch a video where I talk about my comic in a fragile voice. PLEASE… ENJOY… (OR NOT…)
EVEN IF YOU CAN’T CONTRIBUTE, I’D REALLY APPRECIATE REBLOGS TO HELP SPREAD THE WORD… THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH!!! HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!!!!!
so i love yuzuru hanyu to death, but let’s talk about silver medalist patrick chan for a second here [x]
Yuzuru Hanyu + Pooh
Yuzuru Hanyu’s reactions to his score
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guilty beauty love……………….
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GUILTY BEAUTY LOVE…