can I just voice a few unpopular opinions regarding my take on feminism?
the idea of a damsel in distress is not anti-feminist until the need for saving becomes the sole purpose of the character. while stories of women who don’t need saving are groundbreaking and empowering, it’s, in my opinion, anti-feminist to place the character so high up on a pedestal that they will never need saving. feminism isn’t about glorifying a gender; it’s about equality. so a woman (who is defined outside of being a damsel in distress) that needs saving at some point is, therefore, not anti-feminist.
the structure of marriage, family, and what may be viewed as the stereotypical lifestyle that follows is not anti-feminist. some women choose this lifestyle. some women want to be stay at home moms and raise a family and do household work while their husband provides financially, versus being a career woman. and there is nothing wrong with any of those choices.
while many of us agree that slut shaming is anti-feminist, the girl who chooses not to engage in a sexual lifestyle is not anti-feminist either, unless they are participating in slut shaming themselves. some women will choose to remain abstinent, some may even choose to wait until marriage or at least until they’re in a long-term relationship to have sex. that’s perfectly acceptable. shaming them for that choice is defying feminism.
females and female characters do not need to be doctors, lawyers, scientists, physicists, linguists, psychologists, intellectual creatures, or super heroes with super powers to be strong women. this idea in itself is anti-feminist, as it implies that anything mediocre or below is shameful. feminism is an inclusive cause, meaning that every person of every background, belief, status, orientation, and intellectual level are represented equally.
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The timing of your post is so scary! I'm literally writing a Rachel essay about why she's my favorite. I think she's amazing. Cassie is the most alienating to me because of her moralizing, and Tobias is my least favorite by far. I think he;s incredibly annoying.
I look forward to reading that! Because I see everyone gushing about how they “get” Rachel, and I don’t get it at all! The only thing I can think of is how she has trouble processing/dealing with her feelings, but other than that, she’s so alienating to me that I actually can’t empathize with her most of the time. Sympathize, of course, but not empathize. I find Tobias alternately annoying and dear, so I’m also really “ehh” on the Tobias/Rachel ship. I have thoughts and opinions and feelings about it, but I actually find Jake/Cassie more interesting.
Cassie is… Cassie is actually tied with Rachel at the bottom of the list for me, tbh. I think she’d be much more appreciated if she was written better — even KA seems to get her wrong a lot imho, let alone her ghostwritten trilogy of terror. So I think every single fan is put off by her extreme moralizing. There’s a few scenes where she’s written so well, but they’re so few and far between.
Anyway I have too many opinions on Animorphs. I appreciate your message a lot though! :D /wiggle
Rachel. K.A. Applegate did a very good job of developing each character thoroughly, but I still felt like Rachel didn’t have as much to her as the other Animorphs. Her ‘warrior princess’ routine got a little old in the end. I couldn’t quite connect with her in the way that I could connect with the other Animorphs. (…)
This this this THIS. Oh my gosh this. Rachel is everyone’s favorite but, as much as I love her, she ranks at the bottom of the list of my favorite of the Animorphs. I find her incredibly alienating. When people say they really identify with her, it kind of scares me… I find her so alienating. Amazing character? Yes. One that reaches into my soul and latches on? Ehh.