are you getting a goodbye vibe too from this art...
Nah. I don’t think we’re ever going to see anymore Official She-Ra content, but I don’t think Noelle is letting go of them now. The show is too close to his heart
Okay, okay, listen. I get that the most important in the She-ra first year anniversary photo is how happy everyone is, but can we please talk about Melog's little bow tie?
I don’t know if I like the idea of someone putting the tie on Melog or Melog just magically manifesting the tie more, honestly
Imma follow your advice and delete toxic asks and block idiots in the catradora tag
Artist Catra is so cool. Will you be updating your story with the post you added here? Think you might expand it more?
Nah, that was just for fun. I’m happy with where the AO3 story ended
Anon the VAST majority if Catra antis are not in the fandom, they are neckbeards who hate Noelle for making their classic cartoon "lesbian pandering" and they regularly post fake "lesbians are the most abusive group" stats. They do it with She Ra. With Steven Universe. With Life Is Strange. They plague every sapphic fandom. You are not going to escape by leaving the fandom.
They will be waiting for you on your next one.
While that’s not untrue, there’s still enough toxicity in the fandom to make it entirely unenjoyable. It’s another good reason to make liberal use of the block button, though - block the parasites and move on
Honestly I’m considering leaving the fandom. As much as I love the show and it’s positive representation of neurodivergent people and queer people, I’m tired of these Anti Catra and Anti Catradora people trying to pull something out of their asses as “reasons” as to why Catradora is toxic and Catra is abusive. I feel like these “reasons” are deeply rooted in sexism and homophobia because if Catra was a guy and/or straight these people will say silent because “hot emo villain boy UwU”. And don’t get me started about the people comparing Catra to Kylo Ren and Zuko, as well as comparing Catradora to Reylo. These characters are from three different fandom, especially comparing Kylo and Zuko to a female queer former villain, aka Catra.
These people won’t discourage me from picking the show up again. But honestly these arguments are deeply rooted in homophobia and sexism.
They are, and it’s dumb and disheartening, and if you want to leave the fandom no one can really blame you or stop you. But it’s worth remembering that you can tailor your exposure of fandom to a certain extent.
See someone with a hot take that’s stupid af? Block ‘em. It’s not too extreme or too much to block someone for posting shit you don’t like. Take the Marie Kondo approach - if it doesn’t bring you joy, get rid of it. Especially if you just want to enjoy the Catradora tag - block every anti mofo you see.
Blacklist. I have Kylo Ren and Reylo blacklisted because honestly I just don’t care about Star Wars anyway. I like ATLA enough still that I won’t blacklist Zuko, but everyone who compares Zuko and Catra gets blocked so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
You choose who you follow. Someone consistently posting takes you don’t like? Unfollow. You don’t owe them anything. Tumblr/Twitter culture has this weird obsession with mutuals that makes you feel bad when you don’t want to keep following someone, but screw that. Again, if it doesn’t bring you joy, get rid of it.
One of the big problems with social media is the risk of falling into a vacuum, where you only see things you agree with, but you know what? Social media is supposed to be FUN, and I think people forget that sometimes. Especially the fandom side of Tumblr - we’re not here to get news or discuss political opinions, we’re to scream about fucking useless lesbians and things that live rent-free in our brains. We’re allowed to look at someone and say “No, you don’t jive” and hit the block button. We’re allowed to blacklist things we don’t like. We’re allowed to make this fun for ourselves. If anyone wants to give you shit about it, well…. block ‘em ^_^
a meet cute prompt where one of them being gay af for the other that they walk fast speed to the glass door, thinking that it's open but it's not
(I can't think of whether it will be catra or adora since it could happen to either of them asdfghjkl)
Adora’s nose would heal long before her pride did.
“It’s fine,” Bow assured her, trying not to laugh, as he handed her another piece of paper towel while trying to shush Glimmer’s giggling. They had commandeered the first floor girls’ bathroom and locked the door so they could try and patch Adora up.
Adora. Who had seen a cute girl stepping out of a car and, without thinking, walked right back into the glass doors that led into the school. Who the fuck thought glass doors were good in a high school full of hormonal teenagers?
“I’m sure she didn’t see,” Bow continued, biting his lip.
“And if she did, maybe she’ll think it’s cute,” Glimmer added, laughter barely restrained. Adora sighed.
“Just let me die.”
“A broken nose isn’t going to kill you,” Bow reminded her. “And I’m sure she didn’t see.”
The bell rang, signaling that it was time for home room. Adora groaned, pressing her face into her hands and wincing when she brushed her nose. It was going to be a long day.
To her credit, she managed to get through three whole classes without risking any bodily harm. She as between history and English when she saw the girl again. Her face burned red, and she ducked her head, focusing on the floor.
Just keep moving, it’s fine, everything is fine, you’re-
Adora yelped as slim fingers wrapped around her upper arm, yanking her out of the way of an open locker door. She stumbled and fell over - right into the arms of the cute girl.
Just let me die.
“You okay?” the girl asked, faint amusement shining in her eyes - one a deep, ocean blue, the other a bright amber. Her skin was tan, freckles smattered across her nose and cheeks, lips twisted into a barely restrained smirk. “You should probably pay more attention to where you’re going. How’s your nose?”
Oh god, she had seen. “Fine!” Adora yelped, straightening up. “It’s fine. Um. Thanks for, um…” she waved a hand at the door, and the confused student who didn’t understand what havoc he had just caused. “Um, I should go.”
And she did the only thing that possibly made sense - she ran.
After English was lunch. Adora was relieved as she made her way to the cafeteria, beelining for the usual table she occupied with Bow, Glimmer, and a couple other friends…
And saw the cute girl was sitting with them.
Oh god no-
Adora’s foot caught on a chair, sending her tumbling right into the girl’s lap. Of fucking course.
Glimmer, blessedly, wasn’t there. Bow, Mermista, and of course the new girl had a front-row seat to Adora’s humiliation, though.
“Smooth,” Mermista said dryly.
“Adora, this is Catra,” Bow said, coughing to cover a laugh. “She’s in my Calculus class and I thought I’d invite her to sit with us.”
“I think we’ve met,” Catra said, raising an eyebrow at Adora. “You uh… gonna stay there, or-?”
“Right!” Adora staggered up, taking a few steps back, letting her bag drop to the ground. “Sorry, I’ll um… I’m going to get lunch.”
And once again, she ran.
Listen I’m fucking rounding in on THIRTY and still get scared my friends are going to leave me for someone better. I don’t lash out because I’m an adult and have learned how to control my emotions and better regulate my darker thoughts, but baby Catra was fucking valid for being afraid Adora would find a better friend and leave her.
And I am not blaming Adora here, but she asked the entirely wrong question - “why’d you do it.” Because she doesn’t understand, because people like her. It’s not that different from excusing Shadow Weaver’s treatment of Catra as “you are kind of disrespectful” (which she does in literally the first episode). Baby Adora didn’t know it was the wrong to say, and Baby Catra didn’t understand her emotions enough to articulate them with any kind of nuance, so she did the one thing she knew helped - she lashed out, and tried to drive Adora away to keep herself from being hurt.
And somewhere deep down, she knew she was wrong. It’s why she stayed under that staircase for fuck knows how long - because she was wrong, but she didn’t have the words or capabilities to articulate why she acted the way she did. She was legitimately confused when Adora came back for her, and even acted like Adora she be embarrassed to be be seen with her.
Baby Catra not understanding her very overwhelming and confusing emotions is not abuse. In a better world, a good adult would have caught on very fast to Catra’s whiplash emotions and gotten her help. But two children having a communication break down because one can’t talk about how she’s feeling and the other doesn’t know how to ask about it is not abuse.
Thank you for coming to my sam speak.
I was talking about the Catra antis sorry
Okay, just making sure! Especially since I did invoke the “my ex was abusive” phrase.
And I know that not all abusive partners are the way they are because of rampant untreated mental illness, but honestly, that should set Catra apart more. She doesn’t just say “I’m sorry” and then go back to acting like like she was. Once she gets out of her head in Taking Control, she changes. And it’s sad to me that people can’t see that, ya know?
Have you watched the Understanding BPD With Catra video?
I have it saved to watch but I haven’t been in the right mind space to watch it yet, and I want to be able to fully appreciate the nuance when the time comes - that person always has good takes, and I know they won’t disappoint this time either
- “But Adora hasn’t given up on trying, and neither has Catra. And in the meantime, they have this time now, and all of the dreams that will come.”
this piece was based on @jeserai’s lovely fic starlight, magic, you (AO3). we worked on this together for a zine that has now been canceled, but i really valued the experience! ^w^ i’m thinking of posting the speedpaint for this soon.
Not to sound mean but 'this set of pixels reminds me of my toxic ex ;-;' stops bringing you sympathy points when you spend twelve freakin months being toxic yourself to REAL LIFE survivors who relate with Catra and find Comfort in her character.
Catra worked on herself to shed her toxic traits. Maybe you should try it yourselves. Especially since most of you antis are older than her.
You know I ship it, right? Like, I was very specifically saying “she reminds me of my ex” in that they both had to unlearn toxic things and struggle to be better people and they both succeeded, and it brings a sense of realness to her character. I could wax poetic on this for a bit but I’m on my phone so maybe later. But yeah, catradora, big fan, love Catra, it’s kind of my thing
I explained to a person that Adora just wanted to see the spark of the old Catra of their childhoods and they replied "you mean when Catra abused Adora out of having a friendship with Lonnie?"
Ah yes, that one time a child didn’t have perfect control over her emotions compared to like, that entire episode of Promise where we saw good memories of them playing together and Adora protecting Catra because she loved her.
Have you ever had a ship before that people accused of causing global warming
Probably Catradora lol
Lol if you think people on this site are capable of reflecting on moral complexity and separating a person's actions from their quality you're in for a ride
oh hon, I’ve been on this website for years, I know exactly how incapable they are. I don’t expect anything, I just write things and people react how they will
I know y'all. I don’t want to get into a debate about who was right and who was wrong, because while Adora was absolutely right to get out of the Horde, Catra also can’t be entirely blamed for staying with the evil she knew and resenting Adora for abandoning her. It’s not a black and white issue, unfortunately.
one thing that's always irritated me was how easy it was for adora to leave in the beginning. like barely any pain or deliberation, and immediately believing people she had known for about a day? the only cues we got about her missing catra was when she couldn't sleep in her bed alone, and even that lasted about two seconds until we moved on. i know adora has a hero complex and always "needs to do whats right" but goddamn she still has emotions. it came across as her really not caring about catra at all, while catra was literally falling apart. ever since the first season i've wanted catra to move on from adora, since she clearly didn't care about her, i just really wanted her to be happy :/. it's one thing to have a codependent relationship, at least both fully need each other💀. the worst thing abt this is that if catra hadn't treated everyone like that, people would be more sympathetic, bc being thrown to the side by the one person you loved is downright shitty. as it stands, the bad things adora did can't outweigh what catra did :/. i love catradora, and i love them together, but that action pops into my mind and i just feel bad. i want catra to be able to just be and exist without adora, bc literally the whole show is catra not being able to function without her. it's one of the main reasons why i kinda wish they didn't get together at the end, despite loving the ship. eventually, yes, but not immediately.
Personally I still don’t interpret that ending as “we are together now and everything is fine.” You can acknowledge your love for another person and even kiss without immediately jumping into a relationship. A few soft moments =/= “we’re girlfriends now” ya know?
And yeah, I agree, it would have been nicer to see more of Adora missing Catra, but I don’t think it’s fair to say she didn’t miss her at all. The fallout of her decision to just fuck off and be a hero hit them in different ways - Catra has always been just a little self-destructive (I mean come on, she attacked an adult when she was like, eight), but Adora’s presence kept that under control, while Catra stopped Adora from completely collapsing under the weight of Weaver’s expectations. She brought a little bit of life into what would have been an otherwise extremely miserable life, and without that anchor Adora kind of got lost. Like yeah, she had Bow and Glimmer and they were great, but Catra understands Adora in ways no one ever will - and proves that repeatedly throughout the series. Her spiral to the point of thinking her life was forfeit didn’t start with the sword - it started with Catra walking away.
Which is basically what Shadow Weaver means with that “Catra confuses you” bullshit. Because Catra makes Adora think about herself, and without that, Adora kind of loses her sense of self under the weight of everyone else’s expectations. It just isn’t seen the same way as Catra’s spiral because Adora doesn’t break down the same way Catra does, and everything she does can be seen as “that’s how a hero is” rather than “this is Adora self-destructing because there’s no one to remind her how important and special she is the way Catra did.”
That’s how I see it, anyway, idk
I just wanna scroll the catradora tag here and get new cute art and fic and meta and instead I got a shithead comparing it to killing stalking.
Noelle also confirmed Adora has adhd like himself.
I doubt anyone was surprised by that lol