Someone got defensive today because I called Adventure Time a children’s cartoon. I assume there must be some confusion, so I want to walk you through these facts to make sure everything is clear.
Adventure Time is a children’s cartoon.
My Little Pony is a children’s cartoon.
is a children’s cartoon.
is a children’s cartoon.
Over the Garden Wall
is a children’s cartoon.
There is nothing wrong with these indisputable, undeniable facts about these shows. The fact you are watching a children’s cartoon as an adult is not a reflection on your character and maturity level; your unbearable defensiveness and asinine denial of reality is far more telling.
“Feminazi” is a real timesaver, because someone saying that just freed you from listening to them ever again. It’s such a specific strawman that it has its own name. But the term “feminazi” is far too evocative and powerful a phrase for this phantom. I suggest the term “boogeywoman,” reducing the concept to the appropriate level of maturity and power.
Those who fear the boogeywoman claim feminism is a crusade of man-hating assholes, instead of a struggle against a patriarchal system that damages men as well as women. But don’t worry, there’s a useful quick check to find out if someone’s an asshole, and it works on both sides: Ask them how they feel about transgender people. That’ll identify who truly cares about equality and who’s just being an asshole real quick.
Even if a woman is mean to you, boohoo. You can’t dismiss an entire concept because one supporter is an asshole. If “one of them was a jerk” was reason enough to censor entire concepts, men would have become extinct long ago, along with every political and sociological concept ever conceived. I’ve met dickhead professors of quantum mechanics, but that doesn’t mean my computer stops working.
Whenever I see Hope do a solo dance, I’m always struck by the fact that Hope could easily outshine pretty much all of the rest of BTS in a second as far as dancing goes. IF he wanted to. But he doesn’t want, he’s part of a team so he dances to make the team look good, he dances to show off the group not himself - which shows so much about his personality and his maturity level. But when he’s dancing solo and he can make the team shine by letting himself go and dance as hard as he can, his abilities are just awe inspiring.
I feel like there has to be some kind of middle ground between “D.Va is a mature adult and I can ship her with whoever I want!” and “D.Va is a literal infant who needs to be raised by my #faves!”
how about “D.Va is nineteen years old, and while we can acknowledge that she’s a young adult that can make her own decisions and live her own life she’s not anywhere near the same maturity level as the other heroes.”
it’s wildly inappropriate to literally infantilize an East Asian woman. but it’s also extremely uncomfortable to insist that an East Asian woman as young as D.Va is a fully mature adult who’s capable of having sexual relationships with adults in their mid-to-late twenties (or older).
the first is blatantly racist, the second is creepy and borderline fetishizing. and both need to stop.
This show’s insistence to unflinchingly look at family dynamics, the hurts the leave and the bitterness that people carry and then perpetuate onto others is really deep and raw, and honestly shows a level of maturity that most shows point blank don’t have, let alone children’s shows. There’s also the fact that LoK is not afraid to be brutally honest about our TLA heroes and the mistakes they made that carry such weights that even when their children are middle aged, they still carry deep scars and cause conflicts that actively make their lives difficult and ruin their relationships with those around them. It’s a really brave choice, even if that makes it a little hard to watch sometimes.
literally any teacher or parent:if you let your work get crumpled up in your bag you obviously don't care about it.
me, internally:You and I are both aware of the fact that I have ADHD, ergo, I'm rarely be able to think ahead. Due to my brain's lack of perceptive logic, I did not even consider the fact that this paper would end up crumpled if shoved into my knapsack. It has nothing to do with my level of sincerity towards the assignment, but instead, the level of maturity in my frontal lobe.
This is why the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign is so important. Because this happens too many times to diverse pubbed authors and white authors who dare to write diversely. Our books are “too gay” “too black” “too hispanic” “too oriental” “too ethnic” - but they are usually couched in words like “there are concerns” “our students can’t relate” “problematic material” “too mature” “beyond their comfort level” “will create issues,” etc.
We need to open the eyes of these gatekeepers and make them realize how narrow minded they are being. In trying to protect their kids, instead, they continue to provide an educational setting where racism and bigotry will grow unchecked by positive diverse role models. ALL children need diverse books. And gatekeepers, whether they are parents, teachers, librarians, or other school educators, by denying diversity to their student body, they are doing more harm than good.
THESE TWO SCENES ARE NOT EVEN REMOTELY COMPARABLE AND I AM GOING TO PROVE IT TO YOU
So today we’re going to highlight the significant differences between the past Pines twins’ and the present Pines twins’ relationships. And nowhere do I think the contrast is more defined than in the two scenes that, ironically, people seem to believe are reflections of each other. In reality, it’s the exact opposite. Rather than provide a point of comparison, they reveal to the audience just how much different the two twin relationships are, and ultimately why Dipper and Mabel have a fundamentally healthier relationship than Stanford and Stanley ever did.
So let’s really break this down and have a look-see:
I love Hayden and Gavin so much, they are 15/16 year old professional heterosexual male actors, and they do their job, they execute every emotion perfectly, and they are specifically and genuinely out here to make change for peoples lives and bring awareness and love and understanding and then there’s fucking 30 year old men who are “professional” actors that refuse roles with a storyline where their character acknowledges a man romantically like can we just take note on underage actors playing queer youth roles and their maturity levels as actual people pls like give these two boys of the year awards pls
I just wanna say that Bridgette and Michelle went from hating each other to teaming up despite their differences because they realized that taking out their common enemy is much more important than some petty comments that were made behind each other’s backs and I just think that shows such a level of maturity and strategy which is hysterical because according to Polly, women are the ones who play with their emotions meanwhile they’re plotting his demise while the only strategy he has developed is getting rid of girls because he’s too emotionally distraught by the mere idea of a woman being superior to him