And who’s supporting a male-driven status quo? I’m not. I’m saying that these laundry lists insisting that women have to have certain traits or else they’re furthering sexism is pretty damn sexist itself.
And honestly, every single one of those also apply to male characters, especially with being used as a punchline (you cannot honestly tell me that you don’t hear “men!” used as a punchline way more often than “women!”).
Also, the Bechdel test (not Kinsey test, which was a study of sexuality) is NOT to be used to determine a work’s worth, especially since it take every possible conversation women could have about a man and reduces it to something inherently demeaning, which is a really troubling way to approach things.
Honestly, with all these lists and requirements and determinations of what female characters must be, its no wonder that people are so iffy about them, because they’re not treated like real people. Lists like this just contribute to othering female characters. Write PEOPLE. People aren’t treated like they need to fill lists or else they’re worthless. People are treated as PEOPLE. And that’s how characters need to be treated.
First of all, thanks for pointing out a 3-am error because I was woken up from sleeping because I smelled your total bullshit. It’s fixed now. Bechdel test is the word I was looking for but I was so blinded by your complete nonsense I made a mistake.
You seem to be laboring under the delusion that this is a list of requirements that is ‘extra’ and imposed on female characters as some kind of extra chore. It’s not. Because of male privilege, male characters get all of these perks I described without thinking too hard about it or even the audience noticing that they have got them— this is not some kind of “all female characters should be X” post, this is a post about how these are basic human dignities and if you don’t write a female character that is given the time of day in this way, you are not writing a character that represents women but instead represents society’s demands upon women.
Like what does this “list of traits” demand of female characters? Oh no, your character HAS to be interesting, HAS to not depend on a man for her characterization, HAS to live her life in a way that isn’t conjured out of the void for no reason, HAS to be able to talk and interact with other people outside gender issues. How demanding and unfair upon female characters to conform to all this extra standards!
This is not a list of extra stuff. This is the bare fucking minimum of human dignity and just saying we should not pay attention to if anybody adheres to this stuff is saying that we should just not pay attention to how women are treated so long as they are there— which is exactly what is happening now, exactly how it is now so you had better shut your damn mouth about “not supporting the status quo”
You talk a lot about characters being treated as people but you are firmly anti-exercises that help beginning writers identify when they’re not treating characters as people.
I don’t think you know what “othering” is, because othering is what happens when a character is set off as abnormal for having a lot of extra requirements or assumptions placed on them that bring them down from or away from the normative group. These rules are about bringing a group that’s already othered by society up to the level of the normative group, the male group because they have never been regarded in this way. Calling attention to how women and female characters are already othered and saying we should not do these things is not othering female characters.
It is not sexist to call attention to ways that the media already treats female characters. It is sexist to say that because male characters go completely unquestioned, we should not regard female characters that are suppressed in fiction with extra caution. It’s like saying that we shouldn’t fix our own car with a bad transmission because some other person has a car that has never been taken in to be serviced and why should our car get “special” treatment?
It is sexist to say we should not question the depiction of female characters and “let them just be people” when we need to actually change the way we write female characters for them to be people. Because right now, female characters are often objects.
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Sorry SJW, but no. Women are people in society, and have been people in fiction. Men and women are equally members of the human race, and so characters should be the same. Stop putting so much emphasis on gender as if it was a different race or species entirely. I don’t know how little exposure to fiction and media you have to make you say that right now, female characters are “often” objects (as opposed to male characters, who I guess are just real characters by default in their conception because they’re male?), but if anyone’s making women out to be “things”, you are.
- How about Satoshi, Pikachu and their new friends?
This is a story about friendship at heart, so Satoshi is watching over Diancie as she matures, occasionally helping her out. But since Diancie is a princess, I think their friendship is depicted in a very different way from say, Keldeo, where it was very much a male-to-male friendship. As for the new characters, since Diancie is a princess, we made sure to include scenes where she bonds with Serena and Eureka, the other girls in the group, over things such as fashion and girl talk. And of course we’re going to include a gag about one of Citron’s inventions, so look forward to that.
- And Xerneas and Yveltal?
While Satoshi’s part of the story is a road movie, there’s also another major theme in this movie, that of “rebirth and destruction”. While we refer to this as “the law of nature” in the movie, it’s more like the workings of nature, and I hope we were able to express that well through these two Pokémon. Since the two of them contrast each other completely, with Xerneas’ beauty and Yvetal’s power, I think you’ll see what I mean when you see them in action at the theater.
- What kind of movie is the short, “Pikachu, What Kind of Keys are These?
In the short, Pikachu and the other Pokémon go on an adventure in mysterious worlds: Not just one, but several different strange and new ones. Cleffy shows up with keys that can send you back and forth between different worlds, keys that are shaped like various Pokémon. So when people look at these keys, the more knowledgeable people are going to work out what Pokémon will appear, and the audience can have fun thinking “What Kind of Keys are These?” together as they watch.
Pikachu will be joined by the new cast members Fokko, Keromatsu and Harimaron, and we’re going to have them close to the camera as much as possible, so we can have fun playing with their gestures and body language, which I think you’ll enjoy. And of course, Nyarth will be playing a role as well. Look forward to this movie too!
- What kind of movie is The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie?
This year, we’re doing a road movie for the first time in years. The setting of the movie will change many times as Satoshi and his friends continue their journey, from a medieval-esque town to a shopping mall in a modern city, all the way to the forbidden forest where the Cocoon of Destruction lies. The movie is themed around the group’s interaction with Diancie and her butlers as they travel and the fun they all have as they move from place to place, and I think we managed to depict the fun Satoshi and the others have on their journeys better than ever before.
- What kind of Pokémon is this new Mythical Pokémon “Diancie”?
The Diamond Ore Country is a country deep underground, where the Melecie live in peace and prosperity. Diancie is the princess of this country, but she’s completely unaware of the outside world. She’s coming out into the outside world for the first time, and going on a journey with Satoshi, and while she’s a bit out of touch with everything and her intuition is a bit off at times, that’s pretty natural for someone in her position. Like natural diamond (laughs). We made use of these character traits to create a lot of humorous situations I think you’ll all enjoy.
- What about the Rocket Gang and the pair of thieves that go after Diancie?
Diancie’s main trait is that it can create diamonds. While Satoshi and his friends aren’t that interested in such things, it goes without saying that a Pokémon that can create diamonds would be of great interest to many people. Riot is a ninja who uses Keromatsu’s final evolved form, Gekkouga. Marilyn is a female thief who uses Fokko’s final evolved form, Mafoxy. We designed her with a bit more sex appeal than any earlier character, to give the adults a little bonus. Earlier Pokémon movie villains have mostly been serious and focused on their various missions, but since the villains this time are going after diamonds, we’re portraying them in a more light-hearted way. I think their amusing exchanges and interactions will be one of the movie’s highlights.
As for the Rocket Gang, since it’s pretty obvious they’re were going to go after Diancie because of the diamonds, we actually had them succeed in capturing the Pokémon in question this time, so you’re going to go “Wow, they actually succeeded for the first time ever!?”. Or maybe you’ll just wonder how they’re going to mess up afterwards, but it’s still something you should look forwards to seeing in the theater.
- Yandere (n): A fictional character that is known to be romantic, loving, caring and gentle but at the same time is brutal, psychotic and deranged.
- Anyone who calls women “females”.
- Anyone who starts their Feminism, Yay! speech with “Now that I have a daughter…” or “When I think about my mother/sister being subjected to this…”
These things are the reverse of the android empathy test. They tell you that the person saying them does not see you as a human being (except possibly by association at multiple degrees of separation, in the second case).
The fuck is so wrong with saying “females” and the fuck does it have to do with empathy? Also your second one basically implies that you distrust male feminists who maybe never thought about these things before having a female (whoops! But saying male just now is apparently fine!) perspective to put things through.
Basically, no and no. And you don’t know what empathy means.
When I’m a parent I’m definitely going to ask my child often “are you okay?” I never want my child to be crying their eyes out when I’m peacefully sleeping under the same roof and I certainly never want them to feel like there’s nobody there for them. Because I always will be
Malva helped Looker arrest Xerosic because she was trying to take over Team Flare without opposition and because Xerosic is an ugly fuck
Malva seizes control of Team Flare with the four female Scientists and turns it into a gigantic cosmetics and clothing corporation
Malva becomes Ragyo Kiryuin in the future
I will never not reblog this gif set whenever it comes across my dash.
I was hoping this was What Would You Do when I saw the first image.
I love shiny pokemon and making people happy, and I’ve been running around like mad in B2 hatching boxes full of eggs so here’s the deal: I’m doing a giveaway. There will be 9 winners, each of which will get three pokemon according to theme. You don’t have to be following me to win but you have to have your askbox open and obviously be willing to give me your friend code. All will be nicknameable because I won’t transfer them over to Y until the giveaway winners decide if they want names. Winners will be chosen via RNG. First place gets first pick, and so on. Just reblog and I shall add you to the list. Giveaway ends at midnight EST, March 21st. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have more boxes of eggs to hatch @~@.