I just sort of appreciate the way the Flower Scouts are portrayed.
They’re introduced as the lame girly girls to Nikki’s tomboy and their views on gender roles are called out for how wrong they are, so by this point we all expected them to be losers who are constantly getting shown up by the more “rugged” Campbell campers and to just be stupid Valley Girls.
BUT, that’s not what happens. They have some real moments of badassery that usually come from how girly they are (Tabii is the best actress in Preston’s play, their challenges in Campboree are surprisingly difficult enough for both rival camps, and they become drug lords who beat out a Mexican cartel all because they wanted to sell more cookies!).
So I was having lunch with my mom, and we got on the topic of gender.
Namely, of my gender.
Now this is a bit difficult, because even if I had my own gender identity 100% pinned down, my mother’s English isn’t great for super technical things, and my German is even worse. She’s going to have just as many problems with words like “gender nonconforming” and “nonbinary” as I’m going to have with words like “geschlechtsspezifisch”.
So I tried to explain my experiences in terms that we could both understand– the way I always felt uncomfortable being pushed into feminine roles and presentation, but that I didn’t identify as a dude, either, and I was just sort of in-between.
- Was actually a really ugly baby
- But got super cute at around 3
- SUCH A SWEET LIL BEAN
- ALWAYS held Nya and played with her
- Thought he was big stuff like his dad
- So he wanted to help him with blacksmithing
- Ray didn’t approve though
- But no matter what he was (and still is) a mama’s boy
- Always wanted to be the center of attention
- Acted like he was famous
- *strutting around with sunglasses*
- “Kai, dear, what are you doing?”
- “I am a movie star, mommy.”
- Played baseball and was the pitcher for his team
- Had a lot of friends
- NEVER went swimming because it would mess up his “perfect” hair
- Had about 7 girlfriends
- A little cutie
- Knew how to open his mouth at a REALLY early age
- Had his own language for a while
- Had trouble picking up actual english
- So he had to start school early
- LOVED making friends
- Had a stuffed dog named Benny
- He took it EVERYWHERE
- Played in the junkyard all the time and would sometimes hide from Ed and Edna
- Was a quick learner and could multiply at the age of seven
- Would brag about basically everything to everyone
- Said ‘hi’ to strangers all the time
- Didn’t really play sports but loved doing a lot of extra academic things
- Enjoyed watching his dad build things and would hand him tools he needed
🤖Zane (when he was first built):🤖
- Believed every object had a soul and could communicate with him
- LOVED ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING
- Like he would take his time to hug each and every object Dr. Julien owned
- Asked questions all the time
- Would wander out sometimes
- It would give Dr. Julien a heart attack to find that Zane went off
- Malfunctioned all the time
- (Sorry this one was short, couldn’t think of much😓)
- Was a sweet, quiet little baby
- Constantly attached to his mother
- WOULD TALK IN THIRD PERSON OML
- “Cole wants to watch a movie.”
- “Cole wants to go outside.”
- “Cole doesn’t feel like dancing.”
- Didn’t really have the best childhood since Lou made him train to become a professional dancer
- Wasn’t allowed to eat way too much
- Desserts were banned😢
- Missed out on countless birthday parties and sleepovers because he was practicing
- Everyone liked him in school
- He was one of the favorites in school
- Like he was the kid that got literally all of the awards at the end of the year
- Was ALWAYS eager to please his dad in school and dancing
- SUCH A HAPPY BABY
- Ate a lot of sweets
- Was a sneaky lil thing
- Like he would find a way to crawl out of his crib and into the kitchen for a snack in the middle of the night
- Laughed at EVERYTHING
- Remember that video with the guy ripping pieces of paper and a baby was dying of laughter?
- That was Lloyd.
- Had about 17 stuffed animals and slept with ALL of them
- Had a lot of nightmares
- And would wake up crying 😭
- Was very easily influenced by others (especially his old man)
- This lead him to be at Darkly’s
- The kids were TERRIBLE to him
- He was bullied all the time and tried running away 7 times because of this
- He eventually had enough and left (and so the story we all know begins)
- A fussy butt
- Lowkey loved Kai but deceived him every chance she got😂
- Laughed at him when he hurt himself doing something stupid
- As a kid, she did a fair mix of girly and tomboy things
- Kai would ‘accidentally’ brake the heads off of her dolls
- So she gave up playing with them
- Had a small close band of friends that she would invite over a lot
- Wasn’t ever interested in boys
- THIS GIRL COULD COLOR
- She got recognized in Pre-K for it
- It became her pride and joy
- Until Kai decided to be a little snot and degrade it
- So she quit doing much of it
- Made awesome grades and ALWAYS pleased her parents
Sorry I haven’t been posting in a while!
I hope you all liked these!
“It took her a long time to get accustomed to it because she was really into the tomboy thing and was resistant to too much glamour. I think there was part of her that didn’t want that sort of attention, because somewhere down inside she thought she wouldn’t be taken seriously. She wanted to come off a little tougher, like, I’m not this bubblegum girl. I think it was a good choice because it left her room to grow.
Then, all of a sudden, she turned into a woman overnight. I remember when we were getting ready for that the MTV awards show, and she wore the yellow and black Cavalli dress. It was the first time she’d really worn something couture, like a full-on gown. When she walked out I teared up and she asked me, What’s wrong with you, and I said, You’re a grown woman!”
Girly girl: It’s shopping day! Tomboy: *sigh* yes, it’s shopping day, the one day designated out of every month for us to do shopping. Girly girl: Yay! I want at least two new dresses and a new belt! Ooh and a new summer hat! Tomboy: I need shoes… Girly girl: *mouth slowly opens joyously* Tomboy: Yes… yes, we’ll be doing shoe shopping. Girly girl: *claps gleefully*
Girly girl: *puts a tiara on her girlfriend’s head* Tomboy: *smiles prettily for her girl* Girly girl: *snaps a photo and puts it up on her beauty instagram* Tomboy: Oh joy, posting me on instagram again… Girly girl: I just love that you let me post photos of you on my instagram even though it’s not really your thing! Tomboy: Yeah, well, how can I claim to be supportive of you and not be part of your experience?
Tomboy: Are you ready? Girly girl: Just give me five more minutes! Tomboy: You’ve been saying that for the last hour and a half. You know how long it took me to get ready? Girly girl: That’s no fair, you don’t wear make up and you just pull your hair back! I actually do stuff with my hair and face. Tomboy: *sigh* Ten more minutes and I’m leaving without you. Clock’s ticking. *taps watch* Girly girl: Don’t rush me!
Girly girl: *crying* Tomboy: *grasps Girly Girl’s hands in death grip* … to honor and to cherish so long as we both shall live… *voice trembles slightly* Girly girl: *happy tears*
can everyone stop acting like “strong female characters who are badass and can still be feminine!!!!” is somehow revolutionary…. i wanna see strong tomboy female characters, strong butch female characters, female characters saving the day with hairy armpits and dirty sneakers and ugly cargo shorts. of course feminine strong female characters are great bc theyre still strong female characters, but praising their femininity in particular is so odd when female characters have only ever been feminine, theyre expected to be and not accepted otherwise