Thinking Out Loud: Does Catra Deserve The Compassion She Got?
Forgive me for any incoherent sentences, I'm literally typing as I think, hence the title.
This is coming out of nowhere but I've been thinking on and off about the criticism that catradora is actually toxic and as a person who relates to Adora, I don't know... A part of me is like, yes Catra was abusive, and we know why. But Adora didn't allow it to happen. She told Catra to her face that something has to give in if they're ever going to be friends again, and eventually Catra did fall into place. That aside, though... Every time someone says that Adora deserves better, or something along those lines, I just think about how cruel that is, I think. Catra may have done a lot of unforgivable things but Adora understands Catra and to say that Catra should be severely punished and not be rewarded with someone who can actually aid her just feels so disgusting to me.
I agree that actions are without consequences but when does it get appeased? Sure, Catra isn't 100% redeemed (see: her attitude towards princesses hasn't really changed in season 5) but she still set her lifelong torment aside to help fight against the Horde in the end. She eventually grasps what she did wrong and if she really wanted to find betterment, that she needed to change. And she does- even if it seems small. Were her actions inexcusable? Yes. But Catra learns that the hard way. So when does the punishment end? When does she get redeemed 100%? Why can't she find redemption with Adora's help? Adora- a person so sweet and understanding; a person who literally grew up with the same exact conditions as Catra, doesn't deserve Catra? Why?
It's clear that now that Catra is in an environment where people actually care, that she can start to maneuver her life into something healthier. That's what she was missing all along. And yet, I've seen people say that Catra doesn't deserve that? That Catra doesn't deserve to be Adora's lover, that Catra should be punished with harsher consequences. But, why? When does she get to be 100% redeemed?
I'm asking these questions because I can't help but apply this to real life situations. Of course, there are people in the world who truly are evil with no concern for what they're doing. I'm not talking about those people. The thing is, nothing is ever truly just black or just white. Not every criminal in the world is pure evil. Sometimes, people commit crimes because their upbringing was toxic. Sometimes they're fighting to stay alive. They could have been misguided, scared, and in some cases it could be that they have mental health issues that didn't get therapeutic/pharmaceutical help. Those criminal types, the people who are capable of turning their life around, what about them? When do those people get redemption? Do people just... never change for the better? Only for the worst? I'm struggling to understand why compassion is considered the wrong way to approach human beings who made horrible decisions.
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My sister thought SPOP was straight somehow.
Ok, let me explain
My sister, while on netflix, decided to watch She-ra, and the Princesses of Power. I, being me, thought that it was another of her dumb shows. Later, I was downstairs while my sister was watching SPOP. It was the princess prom episode. I was like, “holy shit this is gay af” so i decided to watch it. When i saw the dip,(you know what im talking about) I thought “Does she know how gay this is?” i decided to binge SPOP and forgot about that question. i watched the finale with lilli and we got to the catradora kiss. My sister was SHOCKED. She told me that she thought that they were good friends.
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god, but the inherent strength of the love between catra and adora really makes me feral. all that time, all those years, all the pain and anger and hurt between them and they never stopped wanting each other, never stopped caring
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I really really wanna animate catra and adora in this specific your name screenshot! This movie was so amazing and while there’s like no parallels to she ra (other than the two people who love each other but are forced to be separated due to circumstances out of their control) I still want to do this crossover because yes
Also the emotions I get from this one giff
Or this one could be great to, but it would probably be considerably harder to animate
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