Guillermo Del Toro in the Pacific Rim Commentary (via setsailslash)
yeah but, cartoon women, any drawn women, aren’t wearing those skimpy and sexual clothes out of choice, they’re wearing it because someone drew them that way, normally for a reason. so so don’t go “oh maybe she chooses to fight crime in a bikini and high heels” bc a man sat at a desk and decided she was gunna wear those clothes, for a reason, for the audience or his gaze. so no, its not slut shaming, its creepy man shaming
protip if a nerd dude tries to give you a pop quiz about the fandom on your shirt/bag/cosplay by asking you to answer a banal and obscure trivia question to prove you’re a Real Gamer, turn the question back on him. ask him about the thematic implications that bit of trivia has on the actual story. ask him about the character development and motivations of the minor characters he’s making you list. ask him if he thinks the major in-universe event he’s testing you on was successful in carrying forward the underlying tone and intent of the work itself. ask him about fucking literary devices. you know that one super tough and intimidating lit teacher everyone encounters at least once in their lifetime? become that teacher. make him sweat.
It’s interesting how what count as being a “real” fan is determined by them. And so often it’s about remembering names or knowing convoluted continuity and not about fictional analysis, or understand what you’re reading or anything. There’s so much more to consuming fiction that who can beat who, what the middle names of characters are, how many sidekicks a hero’s had, or all of that other minutiae.
And the way they treat fandom is always so quiz show like. (Which is because it’s meant to be gatekeeping, not to open a dialogue.) What’s this character’s name? What are their exact powers? Not, why do you like this character? How do they make you feel? Do you like the way they’re being written? What would you do with the character?