I was thinking how pretty are ladies with saggy breast ;;
“Why can’t my country be like Japan? It has animes and pocky and school girl uniforms and they have absolutely no problems that come with being a country bc I have indulged myself in the fantasy of the existence of a real life asian wonderland and I need this”
The infantilization of japan is the craziest thing in the world to me. How can a literal country come to have the reputation of being soft kitty cat island with the animes and pokemons despite it’s very real problems with misogyny, xenophobia, nationalism, broken justice system, and etc. Like and of course I know the answer why and everyone should but like it really makes you think it really does.
This is something discussed in a lot of Japanese art. The Superflat movement is anti-consumerist and meant to point out the superficiality of Japan’s projected innocence. I know about this movement because of the anime Paranoia Agent, in which Satoshi Kon made the link between nuclear devastation, Japan’s “kawaii” image, and repressed guilt. Drawing on Superflat art, he used the cartoon dog Maromi to represent how Japanese people play the victim, while Lil Slugger represents the need to blame someone else and refuse to take responsibility. Basically his argument was that though Japan suffered greatly during World War II, its choice to focus on that to the exclusion of its own crimes has allowed it to insist innocence at the cost of great repression.
Its actually a bit more of a complicated issue than what you’d think. Basically, Japanese pop culture went through a massive shift in the postwar era, especially during and immediately following the American occupation. The Americans had two main goals following the war, to keep Japan in check but also help them grow into a more “modern” (read: western) country and stimulate economic growth. Part of this was done through heavily censoring and Americanizing all the media produced. They forced American values like pda (the first onscreen kiss was like. A HUGE and controversial deal) while at the same time severely restricting things like violence (swords weren’t even allowed to be shown unsheathed). They also wanted to focus on Japan’s rich history of classic heroic and romantic tales. Pretty much, they defanged Japanese media for consumption in the west, because the people back home just fought a war against those guys and don’t want to see anything too scary.
Of course, when the Americans pulled out there was a lot of media that explored the new Japanese identity and criticized America as well as the Japanese government. They explored violence and sex and everything in between, and some really good shit was made. But there was a lot of romanticism, and again things got… kinda dumbed down for the movies. People wanted tales of chivalry and heroics, so they got historical dramas, samurai movies, and yakuza movies. The cultural conception of these historically kinda awful groups were changed, softening things that were actually pretty terrible.
But what about the stuff that was actually making a statement? The stuff that was criticizing America and its handling of the war, or the government or society? It was there. It was doing its thing, making people talk and think. But what about when it came over to the west? We’d spent a solid decade trying to portray the Japanese as this exotic culture, beautiful but dumb and not scary, so that they wouldn’t be completely shunned when trying to integrate back into the world. And suddenly you get all this art with complex ideas and concepts and whoops, we can’t have that its so contrary to everything we’ve been working towards. Besides, what would Americans understand about Japanese politics? Nothing! They don’t care about it! So they cut it. For example: Godzilla. It was originally a pretty scathing criticism of America’s handling of the atomic bomb and everything after, but boy howdy can’t show that in America! So they reduce it to big green monster stomps all over Tokyo, wow what will those wacky Japanese think up next! And what happens? Its hugely successful.
So Japan sees all the woobificaion going on and, can you believe it, its selling! And boy howdy isn’t that a great way to stimulate an economy. So they put a lot of effort into branding themselves as the cutting edge in tech and pop culture, nevermind all the nasty stuff because hey, that’s not good for business. The anime and the pocky and the kimono, THAT’S whats selling so its what’s seen around the world and what Japan becomes known for. And from there its a lot of tell yourself the same lie over and over again and it becomes true, along with the cultural norm of not standing out or pushing the status quo. All of the problems are essentially swept under the rug, and people both in and outside of Japan start to take it to heart. There are absolutely still groups speaking out and artists making AMAZING things like superflat mentioned above (seriously, look into Takashi Murakami, he’s such a cool artist) but very rarely do things like that get noticed on a large enough scale to cause change in something as removed as western nerd culture.
I wanna end this way too long post by mentioning that every. single. one. of my professors, both Japanese and American, has addressed the Japanese dream factory idea. We talk about groups like the Ainu, Zainichi Koreans, Ryuukyuu Islanders, hafu, Burakumin, and so many more, and I know other professors around the country do the same thing because they’re TIRED of all the weebs coming into their classes thinking they’re experts on Japan when they don’t know anything beyond a manufactured image and some vague ideas of bushido or whatever. If you want to learn about Japanese minority groups, look up any of those I mentioned above. Do your research on Japanese conviction rates, which are honestly. Fucking awful. Read some classic Japanese lit, learn about Japan’s nationalism, do SOMETHING other than just consume anime. If you want to know more about the things I talked about, I recommend E. Taylor Atkins A History of Popular Culture in Japan or trying to find articles by Susan Napier, she’s one of the few westerners who studies anime and manga in an academic light.
TL;DR: a good part* of the reason why so many weebs are Like That is because Japan had that image forced upon them, then figured out it sells and decided to brand their country that way, try and educate yourself so you’re not Like That.
*its also racism
help i saw ppl on tiktok talking abt fairies n i thought they meant gay ppl
this one guy was like “fairies dont support racism or homophobia or misogyny” n someone in the comments was like “idk how ppl will react when they find out im a fairy 😭” N I THOUGHT THEY MEANT LIKE. FAIRY AS IN GAY
help i saw ppl on tiktok talking abt fairies n i thought they meant gay ppl
No, it sounds ridiculous and no one will take you seriously, and the point of this post is that not every transphobe or transmisogynist has feminist leanings, most of them don’t. But in this case it’s just another example of trying to own terfs rather than acknowledging how insidious and pervasive their views are. Actual terfs are not feminist appropriating, they are feminists, it’s better to acknowledge feminism has been historically racist, classist, and transmisogynist from it’s inception than pretending there are just a few bad apples that misappropriate the name.
Or, my favourite: Feminism-appropriating reactionary transphobe(/transmisogynist)
“most people aren’t terfs, because terf implies they are radical feminists, the term you should use is transphobe” - that’s alright and i’d like to add, many of the people this applies to aren’t simply transphobes either, because a lot of them are fine with the general concept of “trans people” (and they’ll tell you that). their transphobia is specifically towards transfeminine people, they specifically target transfems and categorize them as male oppressors and patriarchal agents who should be excluded from women’s spaces, so the term you should use is actually transmisogynist.
i love rbing my own posts like wow whos this sexy bitch with the correct opinions? hes hot asf
i hate to be making these type of posts but i’m beyond desparate. me and my family do not have enough food in the house for all four of us and we still need to feed our two dogs. my dad is lactose intolerant and my mom has celiacs disease so food that is gluten/dairy free is more expensive. please please spread this as much as you can because we’re running out really quickly. here is my paypal.
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fujos r so funny theyre like “omg i love my evil sinful gay babies >///< theyre so hawt xD” girl theyre not gonna fuck u
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trauma doesn’t often feel like trauma is ‘supposed’ to feel. it feels like indifferent detachment, watching from outside yourself because nothing can hurt you there. it feels normal, just how people interact, so why are you making a big deal about it? it feels like a joke – just how kids play, just how adults tease, just how some relationships work.
you wake from nightmares five years later and still wonder if you made it all up.
trauma can look like bad behaviour. like the stubborn refusal to get better, to stop self-destructing. trauma is putting yourself in harm’s way because you don’t really mean it, or because it’s funny, or because you just want to feel something, or because you just want to stop feeling. it’s wanting to destroy and reassemble yourself into another person entirely, so your real life can begin. because this isn’t real. because really bad things don’t happen to people like you.
trauma is the constant feeling of being an impostor. it’s the drive to survive twinned with the impulse to make yourself more sick in more ways. to hurt yourself to prove how bad you feel, or to punish yourself for exaggerating. you want people to believe what you’ve been through, to tell you your feelings are real, that your memories really happened. but when people do take you seriously, you play it off as a joke, apologize for bringing the mood down.
you go on and on about how it wasn’t that bad. you seek permission to still love the ones who hurt you, because it’s the people closest to us who can hurt us most deeply.
you can feel like the people who hurt you are the only ones who really knew you. in low self esteem, you can mistake cruelty for honesty.
there will always be people who have been through worse. that doesn’t make what happened to you okay.
there will always be people who don’t believe you. that doesn’t mean you are lying.
at some point, you have to take yourself seriously. you have to make a life you can stand to live. it’s the only way to survive.
not azula talking abt the divine right of kings