i really want to know where the mentality of “it’s a kids show, it’s not allowed to be criticized” came from
i’m going to let everyone in on a secret - kids shows are usually even more scrutinized than regular tv because kids shows are usually meant to teach growing kids things
they HAVE to be criticized??? because if a children’s show is teaching kids bad things, that gets a lot of complaints! and complaints mean a show might not even get renewed or that might mean there will be writers getting fired
bad writing is bad writing, no matter who it’s aimed for. kids shows and movies think they can get away with it because they don’t think kids will notice, but as someone who has three younger sisters - TRUST ME, THEY NOTICE. kids aren’t stupid and vapid - christ, my 8 year old sister gets mad at the end of anastasia because her fancy dress is ruined in one scene and magically fixed for no reason (and no explanation) less than 2 minutes later. I’VE never noticed that and i’ve watched anastasia a shitload of times.
and like yes, obviously critiquing a kids show gets people nowhere unless you’re a parent but
that doesn’t magically mean you’re not allowed to critique it???
“it’s for 5 year olds, just watch it and be happy with it”
if you’re watching a show aimed for 5 year olds and you are over the age of 13, the show is obviously doing something right in that it’s still enjoyable for you despite the fact you are definitely not the target demographic.
which makes it more obvious when something is bad about it!!!
things can be bad. IT HAPPENS. and while some people can just shrug and move on, others will be more vocal and neither party is wrong, fancy that
tl;dr - kids shows are just as valid for critique as everything else, even moreso than other things. also your kids show is not perfect, stop getting upset when people have issues with it
When I was a student at Cambridge I remember an anthropology professor holding up a picture of a bone with 28 incisions carved in it. “This is often considered to be man’s first attempt at a calendar,” she explained. She paused as we dutifully wrote this down. “My question to you is this – what man needs to mark 28 days? I would suggest to you that this is woman’s first attempt at a calendar.”
It was a moment that changed my life. In that second I stopped to question almost everything I had been taught about the past. How often had I overlooked women’s contributions? How often had I sped past them as I learned of male achievement and men’s place in the history books? Then I read Rosalind Miles’s book “The Women’s History of the World” (recently republished as “Who Cooked the Last Supper?”) and I knew I needed to look again. History is full of fabulous females who have been systematically ignored, forgotten or simply written out of the records. They’re not all saints, they’re not all geniuses, but they do deserve remembering.
- Hilda Matheson (1888 – 1940): If you love Radio 4 you should love Hilda. She was the BBC’s first director of talks and helped shape the programmes we listen to today, founding radio journalism and the notion of quality radio. She was almost solely responsible for the mammoth African Survey for which Lord Hailey took all the credit.
- Catherine Littlefield Greene (1755 – 1814): As a child growing up in the United States I was taught that a man called Eli Whitney changed the face of the American economy with the invention in 1793 of the cotton gin, a machine that mechanised the cleaning of cotton. In fact it was Catherine’s idea but in those days women didn’t take out patents.
- Khutulun (ca. 1260 – ca. 1306): The niece of the great Mongol leader, Kubla Khan, Khutulun was described by Marco Polo as the greatest warrior in Khan’s army. She told her uncle she would marry any man who could wrestle her and win. If they lost they had to give her 100 horses. She died unmarried with 10,000 horses.
- Queen Vishpala (somewhere between 3500 and 1800 BC): The ancient sacred text of India, Rig-Veda, includes the story of this queen who led her troops into battle and lost a leg. She had an iron leg fitted and returned to war. The first person known to have a prosthesis.
- Jerrie Cobb (1931–): Chosen for the US astronaut program in 1958, Jerrie Cobb had twice as many flight hours to her name as John Glenn, who became the first American to orbit the earth. She failed to go into space because she hadn’t gone through jet-aircraft testing. She hadn’t because women weren’t allowed to until 1973.
- Agnodike (Fourth century BC): Athenian women were not allowed to be doctors so Agnodike disguised herself as a man to study medicine. When she had finished she tried to treat women but they refused, thinking she was male. When she revealed her sex she was arrested but succeeded in having the law against female medics changed.
- Florence Nightingale (1820 – 1910): Nightingale is well known in history as the Lady with the Lamp but this was actually a phrase invented by a Times journalist. The men of the Crimean actually called her the Lady With the Hammer because she was quite happy to break into supply rooms if her patients needed something.
- Angelika Kauffmann (1741 – 1807) and Mary Moser (1744 – 1819): In 1768 Angelika and Mary helped found the Royal Academy of Arts in London. When a portrait of the founders was painted, only the men of the Academy were shown gathered in a studio. The women appear as portraits on the wall.
- Enheduanna (c2285 – 2250BC): An Akkadian princess and high priestess of the Moon god Nanna. Certainly the world’s first known author, male or female. She wrote hymns to the gods in cuneiform.
- Edmonia Lewis (1843 – 1907): The first black woman to be recognised as a sculptor. At college she was accused of trying to poison two white students. Although she was proved innocent she was not allowed to graduate.
Not mentioned in this list is the 6 foot tall woman from Shahr-e Sukhteh with the golden prosthetic eye (first one known in history).
Okay, so I think it’s REALLY important to show love/support women in toku, bc Toei definitely won’t. But I’ve noticed that some (not all) fans tend to emphasize only the positive, and ignore/dismiss any criticism, even if it’s ‘I think the writers short-changed her as compared to the guys,’ or the most recent example, someone pointing out that Kyoryuger doesn’t have a lot of women. I mean, yes, Amy is great, but there’s still male gaze and a producer literally saying women aren’t as strong as men, and a severe lack of female presence in both the main and supporting. Iif you’re dismissing the criticism in ‘favor’ of SIMPLY the positive, criticism that should be discussed and explored, then you’re making other fans feel unwelcome so you can play progressive paradise in your playground.
Don’t get me wrong, there are a LOT of others reasons why people get defensive about characters, especially ladies, bc a lot of people are terrible and sexist and other isms. I am extremely protective of Katie from PRTF, but I also realize that she was kind shoved into the caregiver role, and that out of her three focus episodes, two of them were about white dude manpain. I don’t like the negative aspects, of course, but if I ignored them/dismissed this, I’d but willfully ignorant.
And like, you don’t have to always talk about the bad stuff! Just don’t try to explain it away.
Conversely, I wish people would critique the (usually male) writers and producers more often than just calling the female character a b*tch, shallow, etc.
*plays trumpet solo in approval*
Farming-based activism & news, large-scale home DIY and Jason Bourne gifs.
If your Dad had a blog, what would he blog about?
fishing and the bad kids at his job
How much of a disappointment I am
Golf, westerns, hunting and star trek
Ummm… He’d probably reblog lots of memes and jokes and pictures of cats. Some recipes, perhaps? If he wanted to mix in work, he might blog about hotels and industry trends, but I’m not sure if he would in his leisure time.
I watched the eight minutes of ghost in the shell: arise and it was NOT ENOUGH
I fucking love section 9!!!