What happened to equal treatment?
First, I want to thank the creators of Glee for what they have done in terms of representing homosexual teens and relationships on prime-time television. I truly appreciate it and I have seen it and even used it to help make people more aware and more accepting.
However, there are areas where Glee could and should improve in this aspect. Ryan Murphy has been outspoken about equal treatment of both the onscreen heterosexual and homosexual couples. He even ridiculed Modern Family for failing to show realistic levels of intimacy between their married homosexual couple.
“I hate it on TV shows, and there’s one show that I won’t name right now, where it’s like ‘Why aren’t these character kissing? Don’t they have a child?’ That’s ridiculous to me. I don’t understand it.”
“If I did it on my show, I would just have them do it in every scene and not have a big deal about it. I don’t think that you have to announce a very special episode. Weren’t they doing it back on Roseanne? It is just so outdated and archaic to me and as a gay man, I would never do that. I would make it very organic and do it several times and not make it a stunt.”
Sadly, it seems that Ryan Murphy and Glee have fallen prey to the very thing they criticized.
I really, really hope Korra does not have a love interest. She is so perfect as an independent, strong, beautiful woman who is taking on the anti-benders. Not every female, especially the lead, needs a man. I don’t even think any man can handle her. Why can’t she be friends with guys and not have them be her love interest huh? Why does everyone need to be shipped? I admit, I like to ship a lot of things, but I cannot ship Korra with anyone because she is so perfect alone.
I am, unexpectedly, in two minds over this. On the one hand, especially as an ace person, it’s endlessly frustrating for me that romance is a given in the media, especially for women, who are often written into romance because That’s What Girls Like in a sexist way. On the other hand, the concept of taking the less conventionally feminine character and not giving her a love interest when the feminine women tended to have them springs alarms in my mind about equating ‘not gender conforming’ with ‘undesirable’.
I think a romance with Korra- a strong, independent, Chosen One female lead who isn’t adhering to beauty standards- has the potential to be subversive in the sense that those characters are frequently seen as inherently undesirable! The concept of, ‘romance for ladies is so stereotypical’ is kind of reductive, to be honest? Yet I also understand why people are frustrated that Everyone Gets Shipped.
I guess I think it depends on how they handle it either way. And likewise, this kind of attitude can easily slide into ‘women who are in love are weaker’ which basically punishes ladies/lady characters for their emotions, which I am just as sick of as I am of constant shipping? This feels a bit, ‘she’s too good for all that!’ which easily becomes ‘she’s not like those girls, she’s a better girl’.
Like, ultimately, I guess my single biggest wish is that Korra gets to have her agency respected/desires written as her own desires. And if that includes shipping, I think it could send just as important a message as if they had a single female lead. But vice versa? Also true.
Just- it goes both ways. We lack strong ladies without romance. We also lack a respect for conventionally feminine narratives like romance as valid and not degrading to a character, esp. when applied to characters that AREN’T feminine themselves! I see as much ‘UGH ROMANCE IT SUCKS STRONG LADIES DON’T FALL IN LOVE’ as I do ‘UGH WHY IS SHE SINGLE LADIES SHOULD DATE GUYS ALWAYS’.
I want her to be a lesbian ._.
I am so sick of these “Blaine and Dave are evil, unforgivable rapists” arguments.
Yes, they’ve both done something awful. Human beings fuck up. A lot. We ALL have dark impulses, we ALL have the capacity for evil, we ALL have the capacity to truly hurt the people around us. Both Blaine and Dave have done something horrible to Kurt, and Kurt forgave them.
If the person who was wronged is willing to forgive the transgressor, and moves on and is really happy, maybe we should take his lead and drop it too?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The only person who can decide if Kurt Hummel is a victim is Kurt Hummel. No two people react to any given situation the same way. Just because you would have acted differently, and because you would never have forgiven Dave or Blaine in Kurt’s place doesn’t mean that Kurt was wrong to do so. Everyone deals with their feelings their own way, and we are all entitled to react in our own ways and feel our own feelings. I get that a lot of viewers were bothered by the way the situations were handled on the show and I agree that a lot of it could definitely have been handled better.
When when the day closes, Kurt is happy with his life. He loves Blaine and his relationship with Blaine, and has forgiven Blaine. He has forgiven Dave, and is slowly building a friendship there. This was Kurt’s choice to make. He’s happy.
Let’s talk Tina. Tina is actually an excellent feminist character. She learned early on not to let her boyfriend try and change her but accepted his apology without a grudge (“The Power of Madonna”). She supported Artie through his struggles but still stated her opinions when she felt it necessary (“Dream On”). She stood up for her own individuality (“Theatricality”) and expressed a healthy attitude towards sex (“Never Been Kissed”). She vocally opposed Rachel’s plan to get a nose job (the only female to do so) and declared herself an Asian sex symbol (“Born This Way”). She spent an episode on the football team, and was the one female character who actually stood up and ran with the ball (“The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle”). She’s ballsy and unafraid to speak her mind, yet still sensitive and compassionate - and points more for Mike, her boyfriend, appearing to love her that way.
Basically, Tina’s a well-rounded female character, currently in a healthy relationship - but the writers hardly ever use her, or Mike. She’s had one storyline independent of a male character in the entire series’ run (“Theatricality”) and Season 2 found her dialogue mostly on the topic of being Asian, or being infatuated with Mike. This wouldn’t be so bad if Tina were afforded more. But it’s simply not there - the writers didn’t even let her finish a solo onscreen in Season 2. And when Tina is involved in storyline, of course, her representation slides: she accuses Brittany and Mike of cheating in “Special Education,” and randomly dresses up like a cheerleader to try and hold onto her boyfriend. (This from the girl who blackmailed the principal of her school so she could keep dressing the way she wanted. Uh, okay.)