carrotsforferrets said: Yo did you ever get my imgur pic?
Heeey!!! I just read the super long thing you wrote!
( http://i.imgur.com/nALlkUy.png )
First of all, awesome that my comic made you write all of that!
Second, I’ll keep it relatively short:
I think that the most important thing about being a fan of something is accepting when the object of your fan-ness screws up and not being apologetic about it.
I’m also a fan, but as a woman there are things that I can’t simply ignore anymore.
You mention Catalina as an example. A character who I really loved until you progressively realize she is written to be hated by the player. To fit the cliché “straw feminist”/”annoying woman jsut shut the fuck up” trope, which kinda plagues most women in GTA.
I can’t talk about GTA 4, cuz I hated it, but in Vice City, the only consequential female character to the story (Mercedes) was just a sex object. And in San Andreas, we have Catalina, who I already explained is a hateful straw feminist who gets killed anyway. In GTA 5 all women fit the same “what an annoying/hateful bitch” cliché.
Again: the point is that there is no redeeming quality.
(Ej. Trevor is a hateful dick, but he is hilarious and you want him to succeed. etc.)
Anyways, yeah. As a woman, I keep facepalming everytime there comes a “strong female character” in GTA with the “We are women, we are strong, hear our roar” bullshit. Cuz it’s made so that the demographic laughs and say “LOL, stupid feminists/women are so bitchy LULZ”
And I get it’s a game, so who cares in the end. But I just felt disappointed.
I’ts all part of growing up and seeing things that you didn’t see before.
Thanks for sharing!