we all know the “clearly they hate me” thing with bpd but can we talk about “clearly they’re dead” thing because it’s such a horrible feeling when you’re sat there, heart racing, already starting to grieve because you fully believe that they might have died and then they respond and you have to pretend like you weren’t just mentally attending their funeral
know, I keep seeing posts talking about what a horrible liar Kara is. But the
fact of the matter is Kara is probably one of the best liars I’ve ever seen on TV.
wait. The entirety of National City knows Kara’s Supergirl, you may be
thinking. How can she be a good liar? But that’s the thing—her secret isn’t
that Kara Danvers is Supergirl.
only been Supergirl for the past year or so. But still, she’s been lying for
well over a decade about who she is—and
successfully. The thing about Clark—and they’ve addressed this in season 1—is he
may as well be human. They’ve talked about this with Astra, and then they’ve
shown this Myriad. Because in Clark’s head, he’s
not Kryptonian. His powers make him stand apart, but when he solar flares,
his most likely thought process is I’m
human now. To Kara, it would be I’m
now powerless. And there is a difference. Krypton is much more
technologically advanced, yes, but that is not the only difference between
Earth and Krypton.
cannot emphasize enough Kara is not
human. Kara’s alienness isn’t contingent upon her abilities—superpowers or
no superpowers, she’s always Kryptonian.
plenty of people probably have figured out that Kara is Supergirl—but that’s
pretty much it. What people know about Kara’s past is that she’s Superman’s
cousin, and that’s it. And clearly, Kara is younger than Superman—most people
aren’t going to think “yup. She was probably put in suspended animation in some
way.” I mean the conspiracy theorists might, but not really the overwhelming
people on Earth. (listen. You gotta draw a line somewhere)
people are going to think ‘Occam’s Razor’—that Kara’s mom, or dad, or both, got
off Krypton at the same time as Superman, and a decade later had Kara, and that
there’s a very good chance that Supergirl is half human, or at the very least
born on Earth and raised as a human. It’s what’s logical, isn’t it? The simplest answer is usually the correct one.
not. English isn’t her first
language, and she grew up with a very different culture, undergone a host of
different experiences that most humans couldn’t even imagine. Hell, she wasn’t
even born the same way—Clark was the first natural Kryptonian birth in years. That means Kara was not. Kara was born via the Codex—really,
if James was surprised at the depths of Kara’s anger over losing Krypton (back
in season 1—you know, where Kara got to have more than 3 emotions), or how
surprised he was to find out what Kara’s family crest really meant, how surprised
would they be at everything she’d decide to just stop hiding?
Kara is so very good at hiding. Kara
Danvers is real, yeah, but it’s someone she had to build. One of the very
subtle, but telling moments happened in the first episode of season two, when
Kara and Clark were getting off the elevator, and Clark had a clumsy moment
where he ran into someone and knocked all their things to the ground. After he
apologized and helped the person pick up their things, Kara asked him “wow, you
really have the whole clumsy thing down, don’t you?” “Oh no, that was real.” Key
word here is thing. As in, I
have a routine I go through to distract people and to seem harmless.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg, of routines and acts Kara must go
through to make herself seem human. Kara Danvers is real, but part of that identity is a persona she constantly embodies–clumsy, absentminded, horrible at math and science, cute but not drop dead gorgeous, a bit quirky always happy, harmless, invisible, human.
And so it’s not surprising that all of these people are figuring out her identity, but that’s not really what Kara’s held close to her chest, not like Clark. Kara’s anger and loss and just general alienness–that is her secret. This is what she’d confide, this is what she’d have to truly trust someone to reveal. This is what the culmination of trust would look like, trust in Cat or Lena or Maggie (or hell even Barry, who sure knows Kara is an alien but. He doesn’t really seem to grasp the implications of that–oh i didn’t realize Kara got mad).
years, Kara kept herself hidden, keep herself secret. But Kara’s secret isn’t
that she’s Supergirl, a human with powers.Kara’s secret is that she is angry and mad and hurting. But most of all, Kara’s secret is that she is not human.
Emily: “So, Winston. Lena was telling me she used to not be able take off her chronal accelerator, in the old days.”
Winston: “Ah-ha-ha, yes. How embarrassing; those older models were so shoddy. You wouldn’t believe how long it took me to perfect a localized temporal stabilization field over a wide enough area that would allow-”
I was trying to write an even longer post (which is going nowhere) about that thing going around where someone asks Hillary for her favorite track off Lemonade and she supposedly guessed “All Single Ladies.” Hahahaha, right? There’s Hillary knowing nothing about pop culture, she’s so sad.
But what if she really really liked Beyoncé? Or some other popular singer? What if she got into rap in the 90s, or even earlier, and still liked it and talked about it enthusiastically. Well, we saw what happened when she talked about her life long love of hot sauce and peppers. Hahahaha, right? Look at Hillary pandering to Black and/or young people, she’s so fake.
Or maybe the response would be: Hahahaha, right? She’s almost sixty-nine and she likes what? Isn’t it sad seeing a woman refusing to grow up? She’s trying to act like a teenager and that’s gross, because old.
Hillary is every woman of a certain age who comes here to tumblr wanting to talk about fandom only to be told that she’s not welcome because of her age. Nevermind all groundbreaking stuff she’s done, she’s old and it’s embarrassing. If she does talk about things younger people like, well, that’s embarrassing too, because she’s old. If she talks about stuff she did back in the day and the older, more obscure fandoms younger people aren’t into, well, who cares because that stuff’s–say it with me now–old.
Dealing with sexism is bad enough. Try adding ageism into the mix and you have what Hillary’s pushing through.
[also huge shoutouts to all of my mutuals, who have never made me feel weird about being a 53 year old fan, even when I act my age.