*clears throats* why are people acting like the characters, especially the girls of Girl Meets World are idiotic and need to be told what to say and do? Josh Matthews didn’t tell Maya she wasn’t interested in Lucas. She said that with her own mouth and conviction. And she’s not some fool child who doesn’t understand the words “eventually” and “someday”. The idea that Maya was torn from Lucas, who according to some bloggers is the only one who knows Maya, better than her own mother (GIMME A BREAK!!) and was coerced and brainwashed into nunnery by Josh Matthews is so disgusting, stupid and disrespectful to her character. Maya Hart is not a fool. Maya is not confused. Maya is not a clueless victim in her own story.
Onto Riley Matthews because MAN OH FUCKING MAN, do people live–and I mean, get up in the morning, brew their coffee, double-double it and open up their laptop–to gaslight Riley Matthews. Everything she does is wrong. She’s delusional, she ‘must have forgotten [insert subjective thing]’, her opinion is always bad, she thinks she knows but she doesn’t know, she’s being too sensitive/too soft, she’s not a good enough friend/“a real friend would…”, bad things are gonna happen if she doesn’t get with The ProgramTM (ie. the wants of the most aggressive group). It is disgusting!
I am aware that this is a coming of age show. I’m aware Maya and Riley are fictional girls, but seriously, guys, what are you really teaching each other? That your feelings are not valid? That your opinion about anything is automatically wrong? To question all your choices and words? That girls are so stupid and mindless a 17 year old boy can “make them” believe their feelings are wrong and poof them away? Because they cannot stand by their own feelings and relationships? ‘They are WEAK until they end up with the guy I want them with.’ THESE ARE NOT LESSONS.
This fandom is toxic for alotta reasons (and I’m apart of some of those reasons, ngl) but the way the fandom belittles the female characters’ intelligence and agency…in front of other young girls, is one that REALLY grinds my gears, as a feminist—and someone with a younger sister who is bright and not a delusional and helpless puppet.