aang is cool

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When you told me to contemplate the world, what did you expect me to picture in my mind? A map? Some floaty cosmic energy? You know what I actually did see? Katara, Sokka and Toph. I saw the Kyoishi Warriors, The White Lotus, the monks who raised me, and I saw Zuko. I don’t know how to “contemplate the world” without first thinking of the people I care about. Including Zuko.

  • Me most of the time: Aang was never disappointed in his children. He didn't give a damn about their bending or their life choices so long as they were happy, healthy, and not hurting any one.
  • Also me: Aang would not be happy to know he had children whose first reaction when they saw a spirit was to punch it in the face and another who wouldn't allow an adorable, lovely little lemur sleep in the bed. Not pleased at all.

The arguments against kataang that call Aang possessive because of words he rarely uses (once unconsciously in a dream, and the other he never said, but agreed with) are odd to me. The two main things are “forever girl” and “the Avatar’s girl”. While I see the term ‘forever girl’ to mean: a girl you spend the rest of your life with, we’ll extend the phrase to ‘my forever girl’ to be fair. Possessive, right? If you want to observe any normal facet of the English language, then yea, of course it’s possessive. This train of logic would mean calling someone ‘my friend’ would result in the shockingly oppressive objectification of him or her because I just called them ‘mine’. 

A funnier example would be that the phrase ‘I love you’ or even ‘I like you’ would be objectification because in those two sentences, you is the object of the sentence. 

“But I am willing to forgive you.” 

(katara is objectifying Zuko, and honestly constantly threatened him many times, where is the backlash) 

But more people like talk about “the Avatar’s girl”. The possessive apostrophe makes it all the more intriguing because in school you learn that apostrophe denotes “the girl belonging to the Avatar” or “the girl of the Avatar”. So since I can’t just wave this one away because of that deeper apostrophe thing, let’s examine feminist perspectives on objectification and see if everything adds up with Aang and Katara. I’m going to be using a helpful list describing different kinds of objectification by Martha Nussbaum in 1995. 


  1. instrumentality: the treatment of a person as a tool for the objectifier’s purposes;

I feel like how it is in the show is the opposite of what people expect. In the first season, Katara is relying on Aang to teach her waterbending, or at least tote her around the entire world to go find someone who can. Over time, they definitely became closer friends, but originally Katara was heavily relying on Aang as a means to get her to the North Pole. She uses him to help her with schemes pretty often (Imprisoned, Painted Lady ep). Regardless, I can’t find a lot of examples of Aang using Katara to get to any of his objectives. Katara’s independent, and in a lot of episodes, will usually go out and do something for the Gaang herself unprompted. 

      2. denial of autonomy: the treatment of a person as lacking in autonomy and           self-determination;

Aang does the opposite of this throughout the series as well. Aang respects Katara’s autonomy. He brings her all the way to the North Pole because he believes in her determination to master her element. Aang is at times surprisingly supportive of Katara even when she thinks he won’t be. 

Aang: So you’ve been sneaking out at night? Wait, is Appa even sick?
Katara: He might be sick of the purple berries I’ve been feeding him, but other than that he’s fine!
Aang: I can’t believe you lied to everyone, so you could help these people.
Katara: I’m sorry, I know I shouldn’t have …
Aang: [Happily.] No, I think it’s great! You’re like a secret hero.

      3. inertness: the treatment of a person as lacking in agency, and perhaps                 also in activity;

I interpret this to mean “Denial of the other’s influence or power in a situation”. This can be refuted with Aang’s behavior during The Waterbending Master. Aang defies Master Paku because he is so adamant about Katara’s ability to waterbend. 

Aang: [Also just as angry.] Yeah, they’re not fair! If you won’t teach Katara, then …
Pakku: Then what?
Aang: Then I won’t learn from you!

Further on this, Aang doesn’t discourage Katara from trying to take on Master Paku herself because he is fully reassured in her ability. He trusts her because he knows she’s a good fighter, and doesn’t put his attachment to her before that. 

Aang: Go Katara!

          4. fungibility: the treatment of a person as interchangeable with other                       objects;

This is just not something Aang would do to anyone. Moving on. 

          5. violability: the treatment of a person as lacking in boundary-integrity;

People are going to jump on this one and we all know why. 

(notably, Katara has an extra eyebrow in this image) 

This is one time Aang overstepped Katara’s boundaries while they were both confused about their situation, and neither were sure of what to think of their relationship. But it’s not like he keeps believing that Katara lacks any boundaries and justifies himself in his wrong action. In fact, he regrets it only moments after. 

        6. Ownership: the objectifier treats the object as something that is owned                 by another, can be bought or sold, etc.

Possessive apostrophes obviously don’t count here. Maybe this is proof June or Zuko objectify Aang as a commodity they have to capture in return for great rewards. But Aang to Katara? There’s really nothing here. And the interpretation of the “Avatar’s Girl” thing more just means they’re in a relationship rather than implying Aang owns Katara in any way. 

         7. denial of subjectivity: the treatment of a person as something whose                    experiences and feelings (if any) need not be taken into account.

Southern Raiders. Aang takes into Katara’s feelings about her mother, relates to them with his losses and tries to convince her not to take her revenge too far in a calm way. 

The Guru. He sees a vision of her in trouble and rushes to save her. Her experience in that moment is everything to him, because he doesn’t want her to be in danger. 

And throughout most of the show there’s really nothing to say that Aang absolutely ISN’T considering her emotions at any one point in time anyway, save for one mistake in EIP, which was more like a misinterpretation than a complete ignorance of her feelings. 


And even despite all of this, according to this list, some forms of objectification aren’t inherently bad either. It’s more of a neutral term that, depending on the scenario, can have differing effects. Which is why the argument about which speech Aang unconsciously uses or inwardly agrees with is “objectifying” Katara is kind of flimsy. Even in the first point of this list by a notable philosopher, you could objectify your partner by resting your head on their lap. I mean, you’re using their lap as a pillow, right? And that’s how I see the interpretation of those two times Aang ‘objectified’ Katara. I think him nodding to ‘I thought you were the Avatar’s girl’ was ultimately harmless. Some people like to try to portray Aang as a maniachal abuser because of one thing he agreed with because he was sure Katara returned his feelings. Not because he demanded those feelings to be reciprocated or expected them for no reason, but because she had actually previously shown interest. And that’s harmless

does anyone ever consider the impact ozai’s death would have on zuko, and not aang? i’ve read countless metas on the ‘aang killing ozai’ debacle, but what about zuko? less than several months before sozin’s comet, he was desperate to be back in his father’s good graces; zuko truly thought that ozai could restore his honour. he wholeheartedly believed that ozai’s treatment of him was just, fair, and conjucive to creating an ‘honourable’ person.

we know that zuko’s opinion of his father takes a 180, but ozai will always be zuko’s father. why do we expect him to completely bury the inevitable bond he has with his own blood, while we sympathise with the Avatar, who refuses to carry out his duty by defeating this warmongering stranger?

zuko’s opinion on the whole ‘let’s-kill-my-dad’ debate is likely far more layered than we see, but he is selfless enough to understand that the killing of his father will restore peace and balance in the world. still, i rarely see people sympathising with zuko’s lot regarding his father’s hypoethetical death

anonymous asked:

I always thought that everyone reincarnates, the show never clearly states that, but given its Buddhist roots and the ending of The Avatar and the Firelord that seems to heavily imply that Toph is a reincarnation of Roku's Earthbending Master, that's what I always thought. Iroh's fate in Legend of Korra seemed to be a take on Buddhist liberation whereby once you achieve enlightenment you no longer reincarnate but become a spirit. Especially since spirits like the Painted Lady used to be human.

imply that Toph is a reincarnation of Roku’s Earthbending Master

Yeah, I think that was more about the overall theme of friendships, and more about the Roku/Sozin Aang/Sozin connection. Cool idea, but I don’t think that’s what the show was getting that. 

Cool idea though.

You are also very correct about Iroh. According to Bryke, people like Iroh and the Painted Lady achieved enlightenment and left their physical bodies behind, and entered the Spirit World prior to dying. 

Inktober day one!! Prompt: fast.

I feel like watching Ponyo ^^

some beach babes

anonymous asked:

au where Aang is a henna artist?

“How did you learn to be so good at this?” Katara asked. Her eyes were focused down, on her right arm that Aang cradled in his hands. Her gaze had been there for the last half hour. Even with his focus on his work, he was aware of this.

It made him smile.

“Just practice, I guess,” he answered brightly. He dipped his pen again and returned to his work. Another dap there, a swoop there, and the flower on her wrist, among all the swirls and tear-drop shapes, and symbols, was finished. His work only covered the palm of her hand and extended just to her mid-forearm, a modest representation, at best. But, for now, he thought it was enough.

“Do you like it?” he asked.

“Aang, it’s beautiful,” she answered, as he hoped she would. She studied the work, twisting her arm to get a full scale of his work. The smile on her face gave him a similar sensation to gliding. “I love it! I can’t believe you didn’t show me this sooner!”

“I guess I forgot,” he said, shrugging. “Plus, I didn’t really know the ingredients. It’s a good thing the acolytes are so good with their studies.”

“I’ll say,” she giggled. “I think you owe them some designs!”

“I think you’re right!” he agreed with a laugh.

“Yeah, yeah yeah—“ Sokka pushed Katara off her blanket and narrowly avoided being knocked in the head with her wet arm. “That sounds great, but me first!”

“Sokka!” Katara started.

Sokka ignored her and held out his arm for Aang. “I want something cool! Okay? So no flowers and all that stuff—“

“Sokka!—“

“Okay, fine, some flowers are fine, I guess. Just make them manly. Like, with teeth or something!”

“That’s not really how it works, Sokka—“

“Yeah, yeah.” He waved his hand. “I was thinking maybe a lion shark. But designed like those koi fish pendants, you know? And maybe a flower there.”