the world of avatar
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YO THAT IS A HUGE OCEAN I’M NOT SURE HOW I FEEL ABOUT IT TBH
Reblogging cause it’s AtLA related. And: there is no huge ocean. I played the video games-yes I’m obsessed shut up-and it turns out the AtLA world map is just stretched out flat like our world map is. There is no huge ocean.
i’ve been meaning to make this post for a while but here we go, i might as well do it tonight
[tw: discussion of rape, assault, violation]
The scene where Korra gets her bending taken away makes me uncomfortable and disturbed on a very raw, visceral level and it’s because to me, personally, de-bending reads like an analogy to sexualized violence and assault due to the similarities in power dynamics. (I am, right now, disclaiming a YMMV on this interpretation.) I just saw a comment that said Korra “fails hilariously” in her plan and it made me more upset than the rest of what was said in that post for these reasons:
- The removal of bending, in the way Amon does it, is a fundamentally violating act that leaves its victims - those we see - traumatized, hopeless, and depressed. Witness Tahno, Korra, and Lin’s metalbenders.
- It is a forcible violation of both the physicality and the spirituality of the victim. Their bending, an intimate part of their selves, is removed from them via a physical means that involves restraining them against their will.
- It is not an act of justice but an act of control and power, much like how sexualized violation and assault is an act of control and power, to exert dominance over the victim: Amon does it to make examples out of people, not to dole out justice; his victims are targeted and selected for politically motivated reasons (first a crime lord, then a cheating, bullying pro-bending team, and then a councilman and his family) and defeated in shows of strength and force.
- Amon removes Korra’s bending explicitly to control her: there’s no way he was initially planning on removing her bending in an abandoned storage room, away from the public eye. That would completely undermine his narrative of taking power from successively more public figures, entrenching his power over the populace. Instead he does it because she is out of his control, out of line with his carefully tailored plans - she ruins his rally and reveals his secret, and whether it was effective or not it still damages Amon’s public image - and she needs to be “destroyed”. Amon does it to put Korra in her place.
- In short: much like how acts of sexualized violence and rape are not about sex, but power and control, I read Amon’s removal of Korra’s bending as not about justice, but about overpowering her and controlling her. The power dynamics are uncomfortably similar, whether or not this was Bryke’s intention.
How is this hilarious?
Honestly, I’m sick of narratives where the women have to suffer like this; I’m tired of narratives that are violent against both the minds and bodies of women, and I don’t care for the lack of sympathy for Korra. She goes through a horrific, traumatizing experience that almost literally destroys her - her sense of self, her perception of who she is, her self-love - and I have nothing but sympathy and love for her, for all her faults and flaws.
Your mileage on this may, of course, vary, but I find it almost unforgivable that a proud, strong, enthusiastic young woman protagonist had to be forced through such a destructive and vile experience in the name of character development.
always reblog because best crossover in history
Leaving here because reasons.
It seems to me like there’s a lot of mental calesthetics going on, to make it ‘ok’ that Korra’s getting the crap side of the stick when it comes to Avatar power. And it’s confusing as heck at how wide the stretching goes. Toph kicks ass as a Master. Avatar Kyoshi kicks ass as a Master and an avatar. But the moment the WoC is actually center, the protaganist, current, suddenly the power isn’t there anymore? Suddenly she needs to be more spiritual, in more danger in more peril, have to be better somehow than a male Avatar?
Aang first lost his cool when he experienced rage/grief. Rage and grief were, in fact his keystones for hitting the Avatar state; loss of others, or loss of something of himself.
Roku was all about righteous anger.
Kyoshi was all about calm kick ass.
The prior water bender (a male) was all about crushing loss (of his love).
But Korra, somehow, hasn’t hit fear and alarm? Fear and rage? Fear and grief? Righteous anger? She somehow cares less for her friends? Less for the people she’s meant to protect? Less for her place as the Avatar? Is that’s what’s being said with all this; she’s just not THERE yet?
Why are so few people paying attention to the fact that instead of a heroine, we’re getting a ’leading lady in distress’. We can’t just be distracted by her muscular arms and think she’s doing heavy lifting. She isn’t - not on the same scale as the others.
So what if she’s got Ripley’s arms. Where the hell is the ‘Get away you B*tch!’? And DOING something?
[And look how this of all things is gonna have me actually commenting and likely effing it up]
I’m still asking this: How is someone who has been bending 3 elements since 5 years old, with expert training LESS capable than every OTHER character who gets a name thus far, even BEFORE we get into having an Avatar State?
There’s also the issue that as far as a plot device goes, the Avatar state served both to a) let a 12 year old barely trained boy kick ass when it’s convenient, to escape overwhelming odds as a “Get out of Trouble Free” card, and b) served often as a way of having to put on a kids TV show a boy going through grief of dealing with genocide or thinking his friends have been murdered.
What happens when Korra faces overwhelming odds? She does something kinda awesome, then she gets her butt kicked, then she’s unconscious, then someone saves her (or, they’re also knocked unconscious, and then someone saves them).
What happens when Korra faces overwhelming emotional threat? She falls crying into the arms of the father-figure character… Does she come out of it more confident, transformed (or at least, in the process of transforming)? Nope. Same thing, same results.
Like I said, my expectations at this point are a well animated trainwreck, and it will require massive turnaround to justify things, though I’m having a hard time imagining any of that will happen.
I’m convinced Asami was once an Equalist but they scrapped that when the series went from six episodes to twelve.
Some random rich girl just happens to bump into a kid who’s friends with the Avatar? She just happens to be a Korra fangirl and her dad is an Equalist?
I’m guessing Asami was meant to be an inside agent for the Equalists. Probably her dad was meant to be too, though I like to think he was clueless of his daughters affiliations.
If I recall they did say they experimented with the idea of her being an Equalist. I get the feeling that was supposed to happen then they changed it.
Similar deal with Noatak. They were going to play his story straight, the whole thing about the firebenders killing his parents and whatnot, but part-way they decided to make him a Waterbender. The artists didn’t even get to change his skin tone to the correct tone.
I told you dating a team mate was a bad idea.
Mary: Says the guy who just CHEATED ON HIS GIRLFRIEND
Mary: Reblogging from my personal for reasons.
“Looks like the lovebird is making a house call.”
yet again something that bothers me in LoK. Here in episode 3, Mako seems perfectly fine with Bolin and Korra hooking up. Yet in episode 5, he’s all jealous and passive aggressive over Bolin having a crush on her. Bryke. YOU SUCK AT CONTINUITY/CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. ‘Nuff said.