im really confused on why people hate malia tate like let’s list what she’s done so far everyone:
- well she was a coyote for 8 years
- then she was a human with great eyebrows
- she reunited with her dad
- she took a shower?
- she went into a mental facility bc u know, coyote for 8 years
- she may or may not have gotten the d, it’s kinda up in the air
- she tried to help
- she learned to unsheathe her claws
- she laughed
yeah but she did it
as a woman
It’s not because she is a woman, it’s because the circumstances in which she is portrayed are suspicious. Kira is also a female character being introduced this season, and we don’t hate her, the little dislike I have towards her is because of the actions of her mother and what the consequences of those actions have been.
But Malia has been portrayed overall in a way that is screaming don’t trust her. She’s being kind of like Jennifer, Looks innocent and lost but there is something that doesn’t finish adding up.
People have to stop saying that every time someone doesn’t like a female character is because you are and anti-feminist. That’s like saying that because Kate was a woman is okay what she did.
For example after Malia and Stiles do whatever is that they did in the creepy basement, she just stands, and suddenly she finds the picture, she knows where it is, even if before they din’t had a clue.
teen wolf’s misogynistic fans crawl out of the wood work as usual to defend why women doing things is inherently evil and suspicious while the men in the show are precious and misunderstood
also, the show is written by misogynistic writers that justify misogynistic fans POV towards female characters because they’re written to be hated and mistrusted and overall to be ignored by the men or defer to the men in crisis situations
i don’t even think i have any feelings toward the character herself yet, though i do have a burning hatred for all of the crap writing surrounding her, what with the secret peter hale child! social and vocabulary skills of a well spoken college freshman despite being an animal cut of from all human society for half of her life! no aspects/behaviors of that half of her life apparently carried over at all!
i have no real thoughts on the actual character because we haven’t seen anything substantial for her yet. hero, evil, maguffin, or dead by season end are all equally valid predictions based on what we know about her now.
and i will admit based on my loathing for all the writing around her character creation leaves me less than enthused to see a great deal more of her as i can’t see the things that bother me improving. and again, i know the things that i dislike are all direct products of shoddy work from the writers’ room and their inability to write a recurring female character as anything but conventionally attractive and more or less socially conventional in behavior, even when those traits don’t mesh with the character’s origins.
but assuming she’s automatically evil for being a new female character who comes off mildly hinky and (maybe) boffing stiles in a mad creepy locale does have misogynistic elements to it, no bones about it. because as far as malia goes, those two things are all we really know.
(and we know that the writing of her as a feral child is so poorly done and such a wasted opportunity FUCKING DAMNIT WRITERS JUST GIVE US SOMETHING THAT DOESN’T MAKE IT FEEL LIKE SHE WAS AT A VERY RURAL BACK TO NATURE BOARDING SCHOOL WITH A SUBSCRIPTION TO COSMO)
pocketlass epic kvetch teen wolf MY BROWSER CRASHED WHEN I WAS ALMOST FINISHED WRITING THIS THE FIRST TIME GRRRRR seriously of the peeps i've talked to on tumblr the only ones who found any parts of this season scary were the ones who actively avoid horr horror movies to even a casual horror watcher such weak horror sauce especially as much with the death tease they suck at advertising putting all the money shots in the promos and yeah big trouble in little china is fun though could have done much better w/ the female characters but overall really goofy and fun with some neato fight scenespocketlass replied to your post:the ultimate frustration of brilliant teen wolf meta
i swear, jeff davis IS a warped writing magpie, always looking for the shiny thing but not actually using any of it to build a proper nest in which ideas can grow and be nurtured.
yes, it’s not ‘bad things happen and it takes awhile for the audience to come to terms,’ it’s instead ‘what the fuck was that? no seriously?’ because an upsetting thing happened, but it did so with no rhyme or reason, so respect for the characters, narrative, or audience, instead just for the sake of it happening.
as much as we might cry or rage over them, horrible things happening to beloved characters is not in and of itself a bad thing. i’m glad the GoT example struck true with you as well, because while no shows are completely without some flaw, it is a series that understands the flow of a story and how to set up your dominoes for storytelling to lead to a disaster, and that afterwards though the pieces have fallen they do not disappear into thin air, the pattern that they were thought to at one time be a part of must adjust to their loss, and there is still the carnage on the ground to see. (and, as GoT is based on the novel of course, it is also very important to remember that GRRM has a history writing for television. the series is imbued in every format with a keen understanding of serialization, that things must be connected spanning more than a single chapter, novel, or episode)
in true serialization the fallout from an event generally matters just as much as the event itself, just in a different, at times more reflective way (and sometimes not so reflective, but the key part is it matters). you look at the end of teen wolf for this and every season and the show just doesn’t seem to get that. not that the penultimate rather than the finale should always be where the main action is, but if it’s not there has to be a real flow and the assurance that the things that happen in the finale if that is where the thrust of the action is will have their due next season. but any faith in teen wolf doing that is long gone.
because every time we let our hope rise that things will be addressed, next episode, next season, they never are. things like the deaths of erica and boyd that should have drastically effected everyone, the suicides and banishing of isaac that should have drastically altered/added more depth to dynamics, these things should matter but they never do as if they were somehow performed in isolation from the rest of the universe. and than there is every scene that had negligible value to the story but is there purely for ‘shock’ value (agreeing w/ you on the entirety of echo house, period cramps, etc.) that take up time but mean nothing. it’s a baffling mix of things that the viewers care about and perceive as having weight being given none of it even when it would create richer storytelling, and things that seemingly NO ONE cares about despite the temporary fuss made about their importance that vanishes by the next episode. things are said to be important but feel and are treated like filler.
and yes, THANK YOU, while the nogitsune arc was an excellent acting showcase for dylan, the writing itself was weaksauce. the fox’s actions were ill defined and ineffectual. if a voracious appetite for chaos was its purpose, hell, the Joker from the nolan verse did a better job creating such an environment, and he wasn’t fricking magic and one thousand years old.
S1, while still rough in spots and had the actors still finding their feet with the characters to a degree was the best season because it had the cleanest narrative arc, mysteries that had clear answers that were supplied, villains that were effective within their roles and had motivations that while not garnering sympathy still made sense to viewers, characters having noticeable growth from season start to end. no other seasons have had that interconnectivity, consistency, or natural momentum.
(and i’m with you on being concerned that a S1 redux seems to be in the works with all the 2.0 and 3.0s floating around [malia is an erica 3.0 and a jackson 2.5 if looked at the right way. oy] as well as the apparent return to kate and peter. the baddies and the broad roles as found on a casting breakdown are not what made S1 work, it was a solid story and a mythology that hadn’t yet spiraled out of control [SHOW BIBLE, MAKE A FUCKING SHOW BIBLE])
It’s the fine print that comes with jobs like this that often make them burdens. Ballooning expectations for as minimal pay as possible.
Everyone should work retail, a retail Christmas preferably, once in their lives. It makes you a better customer.
^^^^ At least once in their lifetime. $1 tax credit for life with proof of compliance.
Retail can be fucking brutal physically and mentally. But because it never, ever lets up, I eventually got so used to it that I didn’t fully realize just how much of a toll my retail job had taken on me until I had to quit and suddenly I just felt SO MUCH BETTER ALL OF THE TIME.
Anyone who ever disrespects anyone in retail/food service is not someone I want to hang out with. Having worked both, let me tell you, that shit is ROUGH.
(via geardrops)retail is awful
shows that embrace women being powerful and celebrate their femininity:
my little pony:
adults that enjoy my little pony:
adult males that enjoy my little pony:
adult men who sexualize my little pony:
adult men who sexualize my little pony to the point where little girls see fleshlights and porn when they look for cute lil ponies online:
adult males who shame little girls for not being “real” my little pony fans and create a toxic and unsafe environment for five year olds:
FAKE GEEK GUYS: A MESSAGE TO MEN ABOUT SEXUAL HARASSMENT
By Andy Khouri
“I think this woman is wrong about something on the Internet. Clearly my best course of action is to threaten her with rape.”
That’s crazy talk, right? So why does it happen all the time?
Honest question, dudes.
That women are harassed online is not news. That women in comics and the broader fandom cultures are harassed online is not news. That these women are routinely transmitted anonymous messages describing graphic sexual violence perpetrated upon them for transgressions as grave as not liking a thing… that is actually news to me, and it’s probably news to a lot of you guys reading this.
So what do we do about it?
This is important.
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You just… need a reason and even then, sometimes… You can surprise yourself.
I have a theory on why a small segment of men who read comics send rape threats to women who write about comics. To put it simply, they think we’re destroying their masturbatory fantasies (literal or otherwise).
You may laugh but it’s quite possibly the source of all the hatemongering. They’re under the impression comics are for men. Men only. And the characters therein, specifically the female characters, are there for them to ogle. The mere thought of that being taken away from them is frightening (even though, you know, porn and porn comics!). So frightening they will do anything to stop it. And they think silencing women with threats is the answer.
Can’t blame them for that thinking completely. After all, comics have been marketed at men 18-34 for a long time. But, and this is always what gets me, if you want your precious comic books to exist in 20 years, you need other demographics to read them.
The first time I was called a “cunt” online (Oh, boy! I must have missed the day in my college journalism courses where they went over that part of the job!), was when I wrote an op/ed titled, “Aquaman Needs a New Costume" for Newsarama back in 2010 (at least this is the first time I remember). I had written for Comic Book Resources previously but before then, had only written convention coverage or interviews. Here I was, writing my previously Heartless Doll-hosted comic book column "Hey, That’s My Cape!, a woman, giving an opinion on a comic book character’s costume (a male character at that), and I was harassed for it.
It was incomprehensible to me at the time, having only really been on the receiving end of the warm and fuzzy part of the comics community before then, that someone would have such vitriol over a comic book. Of course, it wouldn’t be the last time I gave my opinion online and therefore, was just the first in a long line of misogynist hate directed toward me (I have a “shithead” folder in my email as well as one on my desktop filled with screenshots of the offenders).
We could call them assholes. They are. But so is the driver who decides they need to get in front of me in rush hour traffic. These people are worse and they shouldn’t be excused with a wave of the hand.
When these issues are brought up, there are always responses to the effect of, “I haven’t seen it so it doesn’t exist.” My guess is, they have seen it. They either ignore it, or it’s such a part of the way they were brought up it doesn’t even register. But for a larger portion of people seeing others bring up issues of misogyny in the comics community, it’s a no-brainer. “This is bad.” “This needs to stop.”
Janelle Asselin, a good friend and colleague of mine, spurred this recent round of discussion thanks to a critique she wrote on CBR of a new Teen Titans comic book cover. Because one of her critiques happened to include the size and shape of a teenage character’s breasts, she received all manner of harassment, including rape threats sent via a survey she was conducting on…wait for it…sexual harassment in the comic community.
What Janelle experienced (some more details in her own words here), was not new. Let me repeat. Was. Not. New. It’s happened for years, to countless individuals. Not just in comics, obviously, but every industry.
I’m happy to see folks like Dan Slott, Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, and more - probably big names to the disgusting offenders - publicly decrying the behavior as abhorrent and unacceptable. Fellow journalist (and dude) Andy Khouri just added to the growing pile with a piece on Comics Alliance, “Fake Geek Guys: A Message About Sexual Harassment.”
But a part of me is also sad. Why? One, because this has been going on for far too long (This is just the latest outcry. Remember when Mark Millar got involved after hearing about a notoriously vile troll who went after myself, dcwomenkickingass and others? That’s just one of many.) and because these men’s voices seem to carry louder in the community than the women who’ve been experiencing it first hand and speaking out about it for years. And two, because I’m not sure it will have any effect whatsoever on the offenders. That minuscule segment of the community is set in its ways. Comics are for them. Don’t let anyone else in. This set of Double D’s are for me. Period.
It’s also important to remember there are numerous women without someone famous speaking on their behalf. I know women who have quit doing what they love because of the threats they’ve received and how scared they’d been made to live as a result. It’s unacceptable. So what do we do?
Rachel Edidin had some good thoughts in her recent Tumblr post but bottom line? Shun them. Seriously. Shun them. Do not accept them in our community. You may say, “I’ve never seen someone make a rape threat online,” but can you say the same about a rape joke, or a man telling a women she’s being “too emotional” or “she needs to get laid?” My guess is no. And guess what? That’s where it starts. Making someones’ gender an attack point.
You see it. You know you do. Next time, say something.
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Now think of how many of those female characters and protagonists are oversexed, created for the male gaze, or put in an inactive damsel role for the plot of the game. Representation matters. A Study last year proved that exposure to tv shows increased the self esteem of young white boys and markedly decreased the confidence and self esteem of girls across the board (and we haven’t even started on the representation of characters of color and the effect it has on children’s self perception).
Video games are a different media, and even more concerning if representation metrics are changing how our kids think of themselves. Especially knowing that 67% of American Households have video game consoles and 91% of Children play video games regularly, how do you think the portrayal (and lack of portrayals) of women and girls in these games is affecting little girls – or influencing how little boys view their importance and/or influence over them?
— Comics. Movies. Lit. Pop Culture. The Smash Survey is an upcoming podcast project that will critically explore the representation of race, gender, and queer identity in media and pop culture in a fun and engaging format.