Tropes I Hate
A woman does something that is generally considered a more male task e.g. fixing a car.
Male friend: How did you get so good that this anyway?
Woman: I have five older brothers/ My dad wanted a son. When I was a girl, he wasn’t going to let that stop him and he raised me as a boy. He was heartbroken puberty hit and he couldn’t pretend I was a boy any more.
The first one wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t used all the time. It pisses me off how often it’s used. Apparently, a woman can only be good at traditionally male tasks if she grew up around almost exclusively male people. This woman is normally a bit of a tomboy and growing up she worked hard to be one of the guys with her brothers. She tends to be written as the ‘not like other girls’ woman.
The second one is just awful. It’s always played for laughs too. This woman is only good at traditionally male things because it was forced upon her as a child. She’s generally the girly girl with daddy issues (not surprisingly).
Also, it’s just depressing that we’re meant to laugh at the fact that her father never loved her for who she is. The writers want the audience to go-
“LOL her father will never truly be supportive of her and messed her up in childhood! Isn’t it funny how messed up and miserable he made her? She just wants her dad to love her HAHAHA Not going to happen, princess! Get over it!”
It makes me really uncomfortable how we’re supposed to find it funny.
Here are a bunch of answers that a woman could give to why she can fix a car-
- She shrugged, “I won’t say I’m
really good at this. I have a car so it seemed important to learn the basics.”
- “YouTube tutorials.”
- “I love knowing how things work!”
she told him enthusiastically. “As a child, I started with things like potato
clocks and it went from there. I just love everything mechanical.”
- “I broke down in the middle of
nowhere once and I couldn’t get a signal on my phone. I was stuck there for
over an hour before someone drove past and stopped to help. I decided that I
was never going to end up in that situation again if I could help it.”
- “Mechanics are expensive. If I
can fix a problem myself, I can save myself some money that I can’t afford to