queer representation shouldn’t stop at cisgender monosexual characters because the queer community doesn’t stop at cisgender monosexuals
they havent really had enough screen/page time for me to form a proper opinion but ill say design-wise i have no problem, and if someone described by the wiki as “a cross dressing man” didnt make me cringe initially then i think theyre probably ok
yeah i know thank fuck for that, the only redeeming quality
but it still doesnt change the fact that its gross as hell, and so many people treat his behavior as a little running joke instead of actual harrassment thats really fucking frightening for women in real life. that what he does is maybe a bit gross but hey boys will be boys right?
please dont make excuses
it is a fun show and a fun comic, yeah i agree. but defining a character as a ‘lost cause’ isn’t an excuse. he - and by extension his creator - shouldn’t be excused from the really creepy and misogynistic shit he does. so much of it is brushed off as a joke, an intentional one maybe, but it frightens me because of the thoughts of the author behind it all. and the thoughts of the people who make excuses for him.
the problem is just not in the bodies of the characters, not even in the characters per se. its in the people who consume the media and accept these things as okay. its in the creator and his screwed views of the world and him imposing those views onto his comic and presenting them as truths.
ok i’m trying to explain this to my best ability.
a character being a strong fighter doesn’t do anything about the underlying implications that he is a freak. if mr. 2 was a solitary case maybe, maybe, i wouldn’t be as upset about him, but he’s not. the whole thing with the okama island, and sanji - the strawhat, the main character, the one we as readers are meant to sympathise with - being outright disgusted with the transwomen just adds to the idea that they’re unnatural and laughable. they’re treated as ‘not real women’ as sanji says, and having a whole horde of them everyone exactly the same and behaving the same way clearly states reflects oda’s view of trans people as a group are all the same and theyre all weird perverts and should just be laughed at in the end, no matter what their personal achievements are.
with women the issue is even bigger. every single female character we see is either a) conventionally pretty, when they’re treated as eye candy for the reader and male characters, no matter their fighting skill or achievements - the way theyre posed and dressed is still catering to the male eye. the other option b) is that theyre not conventionally pretty or skinny, and they’re made into a joke because they’re fat and ugly and obviously a freak then too. (if i recall correctly the only “non-pretty” female not having been made into a joke was miss monday) yes, fat and ‘ugly’ men are being made fun of too, but that isn’t really a redeeming quality isn’t it. so i might add fatphobic to the list.
the male characters in one piece are incredibly varied when it comes to body type and facial features, but line all the important female characters next to each other not only do you notice how little of them there are, you notice how they all look identical. the only variation is the hair and clothes, maybe the eyes too, and everyone’s body looks like what a 11-year-old would draw when he’s just discovering what boobs are.
one could argue that feminity is being presented as a strength through these characters, but it very much is not. they’re either feminine - and acceptable -, or masculine - and being women, unacceptable in that case. japanese society has this thing where they want for women to be feminine and conform to the gender roles, and its not comparable to american gender politics. i’m not japanese though, so i’ll not talk about that in length.
the deal with the isle of women is on the same level with okama island with is grossness. the women of this island are strong, yes, but the strong ones are either case a) or b) i talked earlier regardless of what they do. the women of this island immediately fall in love with the man in their midst, and the strongest woman within them does so most intensely. it presents the idea that no matter who you are, as a woman you should end up falling in love with a man and submitting to him.
so yeah, i feel pretty strongly on these matters, and so many things about one piece rub me the wrong way because they clearly represent oda’s views of the world and so many of them are just gross. i understand if putting it that way hurts, because its awful to hear something you love labeled as Pretty Shitty, Actually. but hey imagine what its like reading it and realising that the author of it doesn’t recognise you or your friends as real people worthy of depth or development beyond the occasional gag.
excuse me but that is a MADE-UP gender. the only REal genders are as follows:
- a strange buzzing noise
- alien, I think
- an insurmountable feeling of dread
you have to pick one. I’m sorry I don’t make the rules
on one hand, i fucking love one piece
on the other, it’s a sack of sexist, misogynistic, homo- and transphobic shit
IT FUCKING MAKES ME CRY AND IT’S ONE OF MY FA VORTIE OP SHIPS OF ALL TMI EN AND ND NN NFM,NNM,BBM,NGNNGHNJHGNRJGRFG
I CRIED GENUINE TEARS A FEW DAYS BACK WHEN I COULDNT FIND KATAS COMIC ONLINE ANYMORE BECAUSE IT WAS THE LEGIT BEST ANDNNMGNNNG GNNG MMGNGDDM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!! !!!
BURSTS IN THROUGH THE DOOR ON A TRACTOR WIELDING TWO CHAINSAWS AND ACCOMPANIED BY ANGRY BEARS AND POLITELY ASKS excuse me did someone mention iceburg and franky
ICEBURG AND FRANKY ARE SO IMPORTANT TO ME IM NOT JOKING WHEN I SAY I SHIPPED THEM BEFORE I READ THE SERIES BECAUSE……. KATA MADE THAT COMIC…….. AND THAT MADE ME READ OP…………. AND THEYRE STILL THE MOST IMPORTANT SHIP 4 ME