qiao sisters

Eyes For Another - Open Starter

The Chinese man looked at the stranger, cold, gold eyes analysing and studying, before looking back at his hand, which was placed on the arm of the chair. His fingers rapped against the wood, mouth twisting in thought.

Eventually, Zhou Yu stood, walked toward a window and spoke the name of the stranger - it was really all he knew of the other, the name - as he looked to the floor and then out the window, resting his crossed arms against it.

“Do you think it would be wrong for one to yearn for another’s heart, like one has for a long time, but for not only they but the one they dote on to be married?” He felt redness creeping up to his face, bringing a gentle hand to it as so to hide it.

“Before you answer, do you think it would also be wrong for both to be married to fine, attractive women, but for the one attracted to the other and the other himself to both be men?”

Zhou Yu waved a hand in the stranger’s direction, still quite red in the face. “It is but a question. This is certainly not a situation that exists, let alone one that I myself am in.” Someone looking on the outside would think a strategist of his skill to be a good liar and good at not allowing emotion to influence his words.

However, apparently, in this situation, Yu cannot help but stammer with his lie and blush a furious crimson.

He was indeed in the situation he had just explained to the stranger - he was wed to Xiao Qiao, but had eyes for Sun Ce, his best and childhood friend, who was married to Da Qiao, the sister of Zhou Yu’s own wife.

“It is out of curiosity I propose this question to you. I apologise if it confuses you.”

mollykittykat  asked:

What's wrong with a girl having a feminine weapon?

I’m glad someone pointed this out.  I threw that comment into my review and didn’t bother elaborating in the post itself.

The short answer is nothing.  Nothing is wrong with it.  The longer answer is significantly more complicated.

First of all, there’s the idea of gendered weapons, which is kind of problematic.  Things like swords, sai and other traditional weapons tend to be more fluid in how they are perceived, though to be perfectly honest, they also tend to be viewed as more masculine weapons.  Male heroes are constantly given weapons like swords because they are seen as power aka masculine weapons.  Now, that’s not to say that female heroes aren’t given weapons like these, because they are, but it’s quite a bit more rare.

A fan as a weapon is already pretty dubious, at least historically.  Things like swords and bo staffs have a long history of being used in warfare and across different time periods and cultures. 

A fan is more of a concept oriented item that shows martial concepts, but doesn’t have a lot of battle usefulness.  And of course, it is the fan that is given to an overwhelming amount of female characters as a weapon of choice.  The Qiao sisters from Dynasty Warriors (originally), Mai Shiranui from KoF, Temaku from Naruto, the Kyoshi Warriors from A:tLA hell I can even go further back and say Princess Iron Fan from Journey to the West.  Those are just off the top of my head.  I can think of exactly one male character who uses fans as weapons (Anji Mito from Guilty Gear) and that’s considered a pretty rare case.

So there is a problem in giving what is basically a non-weapon weapon to female characters and coding that weapon as ‘feminine.’

It’s a way to give them something to fight with, while simultaneously keeping them 'soft’ and less threatening.  It’s a way to infantilize a female character, which is already a huge issue with a lot of male dominated media.

Keep in mind that this show is written primarily by men and that the show had already treated April as an object that needs to be babied and protected.  When they said that they were going to give April a weapon, I instantly guessed fan because it is honestly the most stereotypical weapon to give a girl character.  What the hell is wrong with April using a sword (which, by the way, she does use in other incarnations when she is taught by Splinter)?

It’s a hugely problematic thing.

We’re afraid that’s really a question without an answer.

Beauty, after all, is a very subjective concept.

We’re assuming, though, that you meant which one did historians say was prettier. And that’s also a question we can’t answer. Regarding the sisters and their appearances, Zhou Yu’s sanguozhi biography simply says, “Sun Ce and Zhou Yu married the daughters of Qiao Gong who were great beauties.”