I kind of really wish I’d stop seeing the phrase “feminist movie” or “feminist book” applied to any piece of media that does a better than usual job of handling it’s female characters.
Feminism is not the absence of sexism, it’s a word for the movement dedicated to raising awareness of and eradicating institutionalized sexism. A feminist movie would be a movie ABOUT the feminist movement, or a movie that directly identifies and addresses issues of structural inquality between genders.
Just having a female character you don’t sexualize in a piece of media doesn’t make it a grand stand against the patriarchy. It literally just makes it a little less sexist than most everything else. It doesn’t make you a feminist film director for making it, it just makes you not a fucking asshole with his head so far up his ass he can’t see the way the world is actually built.
Is SW:TFA a feminist movie? No, not even close, not even a little tiny bit at all. The movie’s not ABOUT gender or related struggles, ideas and philosophies.
But is it a movie that respects its female characters, gives them usually-limited-to-men levels of agency and power over the plot, makes sure there are women in the background of shots, and doesn’t sexualize them? Yes, abso-fucking-lutely yes.
SW:TFA is a movie feminists will like (at least parts of it), it is a movie that demonstrates some of the basic, basic things Feminism wants from media, but it’s not a feminist movie.
I will forever mourn the fact that we never got to have a boxing episode wherein Stan teaches Mabel how to box (I’d like to imagine the episode would be titled either “Raging Ma-Bull” or “Million Dollar Mabel”. Can’t quite decide…)
Not sure what the plot would be but here are some general ideas for a plot:
It’s time for the Gravity Falls’ Semi-Annual Children’s boxing match (for charity purposes, of course)! Stan used to enter Soos into the boxing match to give the Shack some free publicity but 1) Soos no longer legally qualifies as a kid and 2) ever since Soos saw “The Karate Dude”, he’s lost a bit of interest in boxing (he hopes to get his brown belt next fall!)
Looking for a replacement, Stan decides to train Mabel in the basics of boxing. After all, he saw her in action against the zombies and knows she can handle herself in a fight.
All Mabel knows about boxing comes from the movie Stony IV staring the Norse Horse himself, Stony van Bobkinson (Mabel only originally watched it because that Russian boxer was quite the looker and it had a cute robot friend!) So her understanding of boxing is limited to “a 3-minute inspirational montage will make me the best in my sport and also stop communism!”
Stan comes up with a plan, though. If he lugs around a big boombox and follows Mabel, then she’ll stay motivated and be an expert in no time. So for the next week, no matter where they go or what they’re doing (training, eating at a diner, scrapbooking current events), Stan and Mabel hang out together with inspirational eighties songs in the background.
And I have no idea where the plot goes from there; I just really wanted to see Mabel and her Grunkle Stan bond over boxing and goofy dated sports movie from the 80’s!
For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.
Serious question. I think I missed something when watching Star Wars. Why is everybody shipping Finn and Poe? They are the cutest cinammon rolls but I never thought of them as a ship. I feel like fandom always has to slash a pair of buddies no matter what. It’s like 2 men sharing screen, being good people and not being douches to each other = slash. And I’m looking at you too, Captain America fandom. Or SPN. And the thing is, I almost always only see this happening with male pairings. Two girls can be best friends and people do not automatically ship them. I thing that speaks volumes about how we, as a fandom, and as a society, see male relationships and man showing affection for other men. Or maybe I’m reading too much into everything. IDK.
Are these too going to be a canon pairing? I’m all for that if that’s the case, but I think I haven’t watched the same movie as other people or I’ve missed the memo xD I think my homoerotic subtext dectector is broken.
I really hate it when people tell me “its just a band” or “it’s just a show” or “he’s an actor. how will you meet him?” and “its just a fictional couple” like JES*S CHR*ST I KNOW THE CHANCES! I know the chances of me meeting them and hugging them and saying references to them and THANKING THEM FOR KEEPING ME GOING!
People think its easy to be a full time fangirl… Its not. We have to go through different kinds of emotions in just 43 mins in shows. Even just 3 minutes when it comes to songs.
Like don’t act like you know what I go through cause YOU DON’T HAVE A FUCKING CLUE!