I really hate the white feminism in fandom. it makes it such an unsafe place for those of us who are minorities. like…everyday people i respect regularly disappoint me.
Like…we get it…y’all like Octanakin, but please stop trying to call out WOC or really anyone, who has chosen to rally behind the POC on this show. POC are not obligated to defend your white favs for the sake of “allyship” or “feminism” and the fact that you feel as if you should be allowed to condemn those of us who don’t as subpar feminist really just goes to show how not intersectional your feminism is.
Most of the people who dislike Octanakin don’t have a problem with her because she’s a woman who’s violent. In fact, I know a TON of people who liked her a lot (or were at least rooting for her) up until she beat her brother.
The problem is she’s consistently shown as a white women who uses her position of power over the POC in her life (Lincoln, Bellamy, Indra, probably Ilian soon) to manipulate and control them.
The problem is that she appropriates cultural left and right and a lot of people in this fandom use her as a self insert to explain why what they do, or thoughts they’ve had aren’t cultural appropriation (i.e. “I never felt like I belonged in my home/family/environment, which is why I decided to adopt xyz tradition, just like Octanakin!”) Pro Tip: not feeling like you belong does not and will never give you the right to just….join a culture.
It’s the fact that this fandom is always “Go Octanakin!!! Girl Power!!!!” whenever she does something “badass” like needlessly and ruthlessly killing people because “she didn’t have another choice”, but shit on MOC (i.e. Bellamy, Jaha, Pike) for making hard decisions that might hurt people, because they actually didn’t have a choice or were following the letter of the law.
Its the fact that this fandom can’t understand that people aren’t critical of Octanakin because she killed the Ambassador (although this is a ridiculous plot hole in my opinion-if Ilian knew that Octavia murdered Rafael you can bet your ass that everyone else knew and it’s qwhite interesting that Octanakin isn’t brought up to serve death by 1000 cuts for her actual assassination-when Raven was actually tied up to a tree for her sentence when they had little to no evidence of an ATTEMPTED assasination-but I digress.) we’re critical of her because she has no moral dilemma with doing so. Since she killed Pike’s guard Octanakin has not shown one hint that she is struggling with the weight of having to murder people occasionally for the greater good, she is killing because she LIKES it, and that’s the problem.
Not liking Octanakin doesn’t make you a bad feminist. It doesn’t make you an internalized misogynist. It just means that your world view on her situation is heavily and directly influenced by your real life experiences and that’s OK, and honestly fuck all the white feminists in this fandom who are trying to make us feel otherwise.