An unintentional THG feminist rant

So I'm trying to finish up the next installment of the AJ-verse, but I can't stop thinking about something I read online the other day, and so I have to rant.

And this is it: I stumbled across an article that just drives me mad. I couldn't even get past the first paragraph before seeing fire:

I came to this really important epiphany recently. It was probably only 15 minutes or so into the latest film version of The Hunger Games triology, Catching Fire, that I realized: I care so much more about the heroine in this story than I do about any boy that graces the screen, no matter how cute, muscular or tan he may be.

And can you really blame me? Because is this what we've come to expect of our media? Bad love triangles and fated romances and nothing to do with plot, or, god forbid, the political criticism that the book was meant to be about.

I mean, this just gates on my nerves. Granted, I tend to ship pretty heavily when and where I ship, but THG isn't one of those. I don't care about the ships beyond the basic I dislike how Gale treats Katniss feeling that imbues me in the later books. I understand shipping. I am in the middle of rewriting 5 seasons of SGA to serve my McShep shipping needs. I acknowledge it exists.

But god, when you go to a movie about politics, and the corruption of society, and reality TV, and revolution and you go specifically to see hot boys, are you not fueling the very fire that the medium seeks to address? And to be so surprised about liking the heroine, like she's only supposed to exist to be a plot device between two boys? It disgusts me. It enflames me. It makes me want to stage a proletariat revolution (though that is a general holiday-time feeling with me).

I blame Twilight - granted, she blames Twilight too, which is reasonable, because a lot of ill can be traced back to Twilight, up to and including the decline in the quality of Muse's music - in which Bella was literally the most Mary Sue character on the face of the planet, only serving as a vehicle for which Edward's angst could play out, though occasionally she served to increase werewolf/vampire tensions as well. But I have written extensively on that, and satire-d it to the point it's not even fun to make fun of anymore.

Katniss is a strong female heroine. One of the strongest in modern literature (I'm only counting female main characters here, not non-POV ones like Hermione). She can be unlikable at times, which is even better, because no one is likable all the time. She doesn't take any shit, and fights and survives and the love story is incidental - almost, in fact, forced upon her in a way that can be read as vaguely non-con, or at least dubious-con.

And to undermine all this by going into the second movie in the series wanting only to see her chose between boyfriends is disgusting. Granted, some of this is the PR for the movie as well - they worked very hard to make it a love triangle, more so than in the books, to draw in viewers. The use of Finnick in so much promotional material only enhances this further.

But I tell you: love is great. Sex is great. I like stories about both. But I like other kinds of stories too. I like ones about revolution and space travel and war and discovery and I don't need a love story to watch a movie or read a book. Sometimes love stories detract from the real story. I resent being told that the only way a studio can make a movie worth making is to insert unneeded love triangles because they cannot count of female fans to watch the movie otherwise. I resent this typecasting, this stereotyping. I resent this society where, despite all claims otherwise, females are still treated differently from males, where I can easily pick up heavy cases of water and soda and propane tanks but men rush to relieve me of my burden because I'm a woman and cannot be trusted to carry it. I resent that I cannot even be trusted to unload groceries into a car or get carts because that is a man's job - or, at least, that a male will always be picked before a female for that job. I resent that the media feeds into this stereotype and that nobody addresses this issue because we think we won it long ago with our suffrage.

Well, here's the truth ladies: we didn't. Things may be better than they once were, but we stopped fighting and started settling for less and it disgusts me. I demand equality. I demand that my capabilities, not my gender, determine my fate. I am female. I am not second-class, or inferior, or lessor in any manner. I am human.
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