female sterotypes

I KNOW we’re all feeling v confused, hurt and offended aboutthe whole Lexa arc, but idk how to tell you people that on a narrative/trope level, as WELL as a character level, that was AWESOME

HERE R SOME REASONS NOT TO BE ANNOYED AT THIS EP:

  • In femslash relationships, more than any other type, the love interest is usually so in love with their person that they would do anything for them; this is due to both stereotypes about women (“they love so passionately”/”without your head”) and femslash relationships (“TWO WOMEN = TOO EMOTIONAL” etc). This show didn’t even acknowledge them; yes Lexa has a crush on Clarke, but Lexa is also the head of an army, and she already sacrificed a lover for the sake of her own people. What makes you think she wouldn’t sacrifice a potential lover for the sake of them?!?!?!?!??!
  • Lexa’s mantra this whole season has been: Don’t trust anyone. This implicitly loudly included the addendum “DONT TRUST ME” which Clarke violated from the very beginning. JUST BECAUSE LEXA TRUSTS CLARKE DOESN’T MEAN SHE THINKS SHE DESERVES CLARKE TRUST. Never, not ONCE, did she say “u can trust me about this Clarke”
  • Essentially, I think that anyone who claims that this “””betrayal””” is inconsistent with lexa’s character has been interacting too much with the fanon interpretation where she’s a ‘lil racoon’ who only makes heart eyes at Clarke. This is an element of her character, but ultimately she is a military commander and a canon killer who was able to look her mentor figure in the eye while she stabbed him. Lexa is not scared of making difficult choices, even if it does hurt her.
  • LEXA ALSO VERY STRONGLY BELIEVES THAT NO LIFE IS WORTH MORE THAN ANOTHER: no special treatment from the grounders (making them an interesting parallel to the Arc ppls). When she and Clarke are being attacked, she tells Clarke “leave me here”; essentially, save yourself. Lexa literally looks at a situation, looks at who can be saved more easily, and saves that person. Even if that person isn’t even her.
  • Which brings me to my penultimate point: this was meant to be A RESCUE MISSION. It was successful. People were RESCUED. And you know that if the mountain men had said “u can have 70% of ur people but we keep 30%” lexa would have also agreed 2 that
  • Ultimately, THIS was a bad plan. IT DEPENDED ON A LOT OF SINGLE PEOPLE DOING SPECIFIC THINGS at the EXACT right time. By doing this trade off, Lexa may be “”””losing””” a battle against the mountain men, so that she can ULTIMATELY win the war. Once those MM’s come up, u can BET UR TINY LIL ASS that they will be slaughtered, picked off, one by one, without any substantial damage to Grounder troops. Dante said “peace w the savages”; what he means is a temporary truce until the Grounders are in a position of power. Then: BOOM.
  • ALSO ALSO remember when Jason Rothenberg said this show wasn’t about ships, but characters and survival?!?!? Yeah, I do too. If u want fanservice and putting ships above anything else, watch Lost Girl.

If you still didn’t like the ep, here r some reasons to actually be annoyed about this ep:

  • It was more racist than usual, which is saying something
  • Children make terrible military commanders

JTIV On Cassandra Being Neurologically Atypical

I’m just amazed at how on point James Tynion has been with Cassandra Cain. The BRE issues he scripted had some great moments in them like when Bruce gave Cassie a pep talk and hug.

Now his three DC issues have picked up right where BRE left off with Cass being quiet, mysterious, socially atypical, and, of course, a great fighter.

JTIV seems to really “feel” the core qualities that Puckett created for her years ago. Some post-Puckett Cass writers just saw a silent but deadly Asian female fighting sterotype but not JTIV.

Cass is really defined by her past experiences and inner conflicts. Her regret and quest for meaning through redemption is very powerful. Cass being an awesome fighter is great and provides a fantastic compliment to her unique emotional make up but fighting isn’t the key to Cass.

I think JTIV gets it: Cassandra Cain is a very complex character unlike almost any other in comics and he’s writing her spot on.



@NotYoshihide tweeted:

@JamesTheFourth On a more serious note: any plans to explore Orphan being neurologically atypical?



@JamesTheFourth tweeted:

THIS is an interesting question. And it’s where the boundaries of weird superhero fiction and real life bristle.

Cassandra Cain went through severe psychological torment for years, and was kept away from any positive human contact.

She definitely has difficulty relating to people emotionally, and will always struggle with human interactions.

I think, therefore, she is a character that neurologically atypical readers can and will relate to…

But to label her conflates the very fictional basis for her mindset with how real human beings experience the world.

I’m not comfortable conflating that.

Simultaneously, I have no plans to give Orphan a “psychic fix” like in old continuity. I want to explore how she experiences the world.