In the books, the war of the boy king is Catelyn’s story, subverting tropes of the dashing young hero who beats the odds and triumphs over all. She adds an emotional level to the story, as the mother who worries for her children, but she’s also a strategist and deeply pragmatic. She’s one of the few figures who realizes that they’re not merely playing at war, and understand what that must mean. In the show, however, Catelyn is merely the mother of the king, and no one wants to see what the mother is thinking or doing when the true hero is elsewhere.
A character is jokingly sexist (not intending harm), and it’s presented as a bad thing and explicitly called out. I fucking love this comic.
New Mutants #6 (2009)
fun facts about russia’s biggest bitch that you probably aren’t aware of: she was the only one in the olympic village to send her competitors plush toys and gifts and wish them luck before events; she has never uttered a single negative phrase about anyone even when urged by the press; she’s carried the entire russian gymnastics team on her back since she rose to (and ultimately fell from) power in 2010, and most importantly — a mere 18 months before the olympics, she had a (usually) career-ending injury which gave her only half of the competition time everyone else did and while unable to compete, she still went to training with her team everyday to chalk the bars, say encouraging words and offer support; oh, and, she was STILL the single most decorated gymnast of the entire quad, while only being active for half of it;her first attempts at full routines after her injury were ON THE OLYMPIC FLOOR. where she won four medals. the most, out of any gymnast, male or female. when no one even thought she’d be recovered enough to claim any individual awards, whatsoever. yes, nbc, she truly is the diva monstrosity you make her out to be.
So the girl that took this picture was interviewed.
E. Ortiz: For those reading this and learning about the truth for the first time, what would you like to say to them?
Courtney: I personally enjoyed the threads of photos mocking me. It seemed to make everyone laugh and I know I laughed at it too. I guess I’m glad they could enjoy my awkward teenage photo.
Though I guess I would like to say, I was fairly annoyed by the comic made about me saying that I couldn’t be a true gamer because I was wearing make-up and didn’t have greasy hair. It’s a rather odd assumption that one can’t enjoy both cleanliness and gaming. Some people seemed pretty fired up about this fact.
I was honestly baffled by how many assumptions everyone could come up with about who I was based off of one photo. Apparently I’m a slutty bitch who borrows her brother’s Xbox to take photos in an attempt to seduce the men of the internet by feigning interest in gaming. It’s interesting how little I knew about myself.
now I want to find the original post so I can see more funny photos of people eating their controllers.
you, lady, handled this situation gracefully
“My boyfriend at the time was a huge PS3 fan and would take any chance he could to rip on me for having an XBOX. It was a constant source of teasing and it eventually boiled down to me making a joke that I liked my XBOX more than I liked him. The very unfortunate result of me trying to take a photo of said joke turned into the widely hated photo of me that everyone is so familiar with.” In the interview.
I hate people. That is definitely a gamer reason to take such a photo and people never think about context. :/
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ I WANT TO SPREAD THIS ACROSS THE INTERNET
I feel so bad for this girl. But it seems like she’s taking it like a champ, good for her. Screw everyone else who’s ever called her a ~fake gamer like all other girl gamers~ based on ONE PHOTO.
If a young woman in middle school or high school hangs up a poster of Barack Obama in her room, this is seen as acceptable. It’s fine for women to admire men and want to be like them.
If a young man (the same age) hangs up a poster of Hillary Clinton in his room, this is seen as odd (maybe even troubling, is he gay? Oh no!).
Society tells us young men can’t think of women as role models, unless they’re a family member, whereas young women can admire and seek to emulate anyone, regardless of gender.
If you’re a young man, and if you have a poster on your wall with a woman, she had better be half-naked in a bikini, even if the Ronald Reagan or Gen. Patton poster next to it obviously features the man fully-clothed.
Young men are not to taught to think of women as role models. They are taught to think of them as either family members or sexual objects. There is no other category presented."
THIS IS SO TRUE!
When Stuyvesant says that women’s dress and bodies are distraction in a learning environment, for example, what they’re really saying is that they’re distracting to male students. The default student we are concerned about - the student whose learning we want to ensure is protected - is male. Never mind how “distracting” it is to be pulled from class, humiliated, and made to change outfits - publicly degrading young women is small price to pay to make sure that a boy doesn’t have to suffer through the momentary distraction of glancing at a girl’s legs. When this dentist in Iowa can fire his assistant for turning him on - even though she’s done absolutely nothing wrong - the message again is that it’s men’s ability to work that’s important.
And when rape victims are blamed for the crime committed against them, the message is the same: This is something that happened to the perpetrator, who was driven to assault by a skirt, or a date, or the oh-so-sexy invitation of being passed out drunk. Women have infringed on their right to exist without being turned on. (Ta-Nehisi Coates describes this centering of male sexual vulnerability quite well.) Our very presence is a disruption of the male status quo."
ashton kutcher cheated on his wife of seven years and continued to be the star of a sitcom and had virtually no repercussions towards his career whatsoever
sean penn abused his wife and went on to win an academy award and a golden globe (he also said people who called hugo chávez a dictator should be arrested but idek what he was on when he said that so)
charlie sheen hired numerous prostitutes, shot his fiancee, verbally threatened his second wife, and in the same year that his children were taken away from him announced that he was going on a nationwide tour which sold out within 18 minutes
kristen stewart cheated on her boyfriend and was ridiculed for six straight months and labelled a slut/whore/bitch/home wrecker by the general public even after releasing a statement and apologizing for her actions and was forced to drop out of multiple projects
…I knew I liked this comic.
Journey into Mystery #631
If you’ve been following “Fuck Yeah, Controversial Characters” for any amount of time or have been in any fandom for any amount of time, you’ve probably noticed that the characters that get the most amount of fandom hate directed towards them are female. Of course there are legitimate reasons to hate characters but the reasons that pop up the most can be kind of ridiculous. So here’s a list of the most common reasons why female characters are hated by fans:
- “Slutty” - Typically used for female characters that a) flirts with/dating someone in a more popular ship b) has large breasts or c) is comfortable with their sexuality. Skipping A (which I cover later), how does someone’s breast size indicate how sexually active they are? We don’t do that with male characters (OMG!!11 He’s a whore because he has a huge package!!11). And for C, we don’t slut shame male characters who sleep around. Hell, depending on the situation, we laugh at whatever zany antics they get up to so they can get laid. Overall, this reason just reeks of slut shaming.
- “Prude” - Oh, the other side of the coin! “Don’t be a whore, but don’t be too much of a madonna either” is basically the main message of this reason. From what I’ve seen, women hated for this reason are usually called prudes because they rejected a male character who the audience loves and/or the other half of a popular ship with the other half being the female character in question.
- “Too ugly” - The main time when I see this reason is when it’s a female character who “gets in the way” of a ship by dating one half of the popular ship. So what better way to invalidate their canon relationship by saying “They’re too ugly to be with him/her!”
(Try that in real life sometime.)
- “Too attractive” - Usually paired with the “slutty” reason because attractiveness is also an indicator of sexual activity [/sarcasm].
- “Too feminine” - “Oh no! She wears pink! She wears make-up! She wears short skirts
and I wear t-shirts!” Being feminine is not a sign of weakness even though many people think so. I talk about weakness (which seems to be the underlying message behind this reason) a bit farther down.
- “Bitch” - Female characters, just like male characters, can be huge jerks. But this term seems to be used for characters who aren’t jerks but instead are assertive when it comes to standing up for themselves and/or their loved ones. How often do you see male characters get hated for being assertive? (Hint: Not that often)
- “Weak/useless” - This is usually for characters in shows/movies/video games/etc. that involve fighting. The “weak/useless” character is typically the healer of the group but they can sometimes be a regular person or a fellow fighter (if the fellow fighter is too strong, however, they can be called a “Mary Sue”). First of all, not everyone has the same strength (you’re probably not as strong as an Olympic athlete). Second, even though this character might not be extremely gifted when it comes to fighting, they’re probably useful in another area.
- “Gets in the way” of a ship - This reason pops up a lot and it’s just ridiculous. Everyone has different ships that they support! And it’s especially silly when the a) female character is actually in a canon relationship with one half of the popular ship and b) the characters in the ship knew each other long before this character “got in the way” and therefore had plenty of chances to actually date before this character came around. If you’re so sure that God himself cannot sink your ship, then what do you have to worry about?
- “Gets in the way” of a yaoi ship - I separated this from the previous reason because you don’t often see male characters get hated for “getting in the way” of a lesbian ship. It’s sad to see situations where the female’s mere presence in a male-dominated show can be seen as “getting in the way.” There are many things I could talk about such as queer-baiting, but I think I’ll let other people talk about that.
- “Mary-Sue” - Ah, yes! The term that sums any and every single reason possible for hating a female character. Most, if not all, female characters have been called this at some point. I briefly talked about it before and “Fuck Yeah, Character Development” also wrote a really great piece about Mary-Sues. It’s really hard to define what counts as a Mary-Sue since there’s so many different types. And people use it so often for a variety of different characters that it’s hard to find any common traits. The fact that there’s no agreed upon term for the male version (Gary-Stu vs. Marty-Stu) says a lot.
Like always, there are legit reasons to hate characters. But when your reasons start to contradict each other or when you love characters that have similar traits to the ones you’re bashing in another character, it’s time to take a second look.
If men can talk about drinking in every awesome rock ‘n’ roll song and every awesome rap song, why can’t a woman? Just because I drink doesn’t mean I’m a drunk. Just because I have sex, and I’m not embarrassed doesn’t mean I’m a whore.
If men can do it, why can’t a woman do it? I really feel one of my main reasons for being on this earth is to level out the playing field just a little bit."