tbh its so interesting how the current brand of internet politics, ie you have to be learned already in social justice, approaches books and characters who are not flawless in that sense. specifically talking abt internalised misoginy here bc its the only topic I feel comfortable applying the thought process to personally.
like, the knee-jerk reaction of criticising 'yes this woman in a period piece shouldn't have internalised misoginy' more than 'the book acknowledges that she has tons and when it fails to address it meaningfullly, maybe even if it tries to, it cannot conceptualise solving the issues by building communal love between women but only by some vague interal change of heart'. especially when i feel like the latter is so much more interesting when it comes to like. how fundamentally warped some brands of 'addressing ones one misoginy' CANNOT work if you do learn to empathise with women, such as the not like other girls wave of cold takes
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I finished a Buffy rewatch about a month ago and all I want to do is watch it again (this time in actual order because I always watch it S5-6-7-ATS5-1-2-3-4 because I didn’t start watching in real time back in the day until the S6 premiere and now I always watch it weird) and take notes and shit and chase threads and revel in all these gorgeous high quality gifs bc the last time I did a rewatch it was pre-tumblr.
Meanwhile I’m trying to get through Angel again and it’s such a goddamn slog. I’m about midway through S3 and I just don’t remember disliking it this much? I’m over here like has this show always been this boring and sexist and boring? while knowing the answer is yes, absolutely your bullshit tolerance was just a lot higher back then. And
I thought I liked Angel (on his own show at least) more than this? I thought I liked Cordy more than this WTF is up with her hair all the time I know the 2000s were horrible, I was there and old enough to be at the mercy of them, but JFC you poor poor girl.
Did I always find nearly all the romantic pairings on this show this forced? (I’m in the middle of Gun/Fred, Cordy/Angel and I honestly don’t remember finding both ships this irritating - I think I was mostly ‘whatever don’t care’ about them and now I’m sitting here stone-faced not buying one second of any of it and getting increasingly disgusted by literally everyone but Wesley and Lorne, Wes probably bc he’s going to start hatefucking Lilah soon and I don’t remember what I thought about that last time and am curious as to what I’ll think about it now and Lorne bc he is like one of the only ones who is coming out of this unscathed again). Angel is only tolerable as a romantic lead to me if it’s with Darla because at least they read as similar in age and as equals also Buffy comes off as a Darla rebound on this show and Kate comes off as a Buffy rebound and then there’s Cordy who’s connected to Buffy so that’s also Buffy-adjacent and then Nina comes off like a Buffy rebound and just ok I get it he has a thing for blondes and Cordelia bc she’s like pseudo-Buffy with the super powers and learning to fight and also she’s mom-ing his baby son and wtf was up with all the mystical pregnancy storylines you fuckin’ weirdos, also I know the Connor stuff is coming really soon and I’m just preemptively grossed out and all I’m going to be thinking about is Pete Campbell’s receding hairline coming for him and I remember hating the Jasmine bullshit but at least Gina is pretty and Do NOT Get Me Started on ATS5 which I already watched bc Spike and holy shit the Spike characterization and how they regress his character so severely so Angel can still be The Hero even when he clearly is not worthy of even having his own show in the first place did it make me this irate the last time I watched like a decade ago or was I just so happy to have Spike for a little longer I just sucked it up and now I’m like this show is bad it has bad writing and I don’t even remember which season I used to think was decent bc I only have 1.5 seasons left and I thought all of them were bad and OMG CORDY’S OUTFIT IN HER FINAL EPISODE MAKES ME WANT TO PUNCH THINGS WHY IS HER SHIRT BASICALLY COMPLETELY OPEN YOU GROSS SEXIST SHITHEADS
Anyway some of y’all are giving me life with your ATS hate and I thank you for your service and your satisfying and astute takedowns I feel very validated in my current disgust.
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