warning: if you try to rebut this post with
something along the lines of “but starfire as a character was meant to be
objectified/eye candy/etc” I will not hesitate to embarrass you and your poorly
constructed argument. george perez has definitely been gross about starfire in
the past (see his interview excerpts on bill walko’s Titans Tower site) but
marv wolfman strived to make her something more and succeeded, which is
important and what I’ve used to construct this. perez’s past comments bear
little relevance here so please, stay out of it if that’s all you’re going to
push on me.
so what is born sexy yesterday? to keep it
short, born sexy yesterday means a character with high intelligence but with
the experience, mind, and personality of a child in the body of (most often) a
grown woman who is usually highly sexualized and objectified. it’s a trope that
crops up in pop culture time and time again and to guide the woman with the
innocent of a child is the hero, a man ordinary in every way except for the
fact that to the Born Sexy, he seems to possess all knowledge and she typically
falls in love with him because of it.
at first glance, starfire fulfills some of these
innocent of the ways of our world?
scene where she’s innocently naked/doesn’t understand
that’s there, too.
however, she never falls into the category of acting
like a child (or being physically born yesterday like The Fifth
Element’s Leeloo and other science fiction women who fall victim to
this trope) and shows herself to be incredibly competent in several situations.
her innocence and naivete in social situations on earth come not from having
the mind of a child but from cultural dissonance. she not only has knowledge of
how to fly a starship:
she’s incredibly skilled at its operation and can
outmaneuver people who operate starships more frequently than she ever has (as
she was enslaved for six years and before that was training to be a warrior, so
this situation boasts of an impressive memory and intelligence).
While she fell in love with the first man she met, she didn’t
idolize him. She didn’t excuse his treatment of her or let him continually
treat her like she was an idiot – koriand’r stood up to him and to her other teammates who believed
her intellect was lesser because she couldn’t understand their cultural values:
she’s proved to be someone who can handle herself,
does not need others to hold her hand but relies on them because she loves
them, and has a strong sense of self no matter the situation.
koriand’r also isn’t limited to having only one relationship and her scope of the world isn’t limited to just dick grayson - her relationships with garfield logan and victor stone are as deep and meaningful as her relationship with dick (this is referring to how Born Sexies are often only allowed to have a relationship/friendship with the male hero of their story and no other men, this is not discounting her deep friendships with both donna troy and raven):
kory isn’t a perfect subversion of this trope but she is an incredibly strong one that stands the test of time and continues to inspire me.
Me scrolling down my dash and seeing 30 posts in a row about the Starfire casting information:
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