I’ve watched a lot of cooking shows in my time. For me, the reasons to watch are a) the food, and b) a glimpse into the inner mental workings of whomever is doing the cooking. Most people who try can follow a recipe, but it takes true talent and skill to put yourself on the plate, and to take in…
These are my own feels about cooking competition shows… I’m here for the food, not the yelling! I went through about a season of Masterchef Australia, which did allow some space for the personal journeys as chefs and love for food, before getting tired of the drama :|
What was cool, though, was seeing the creativity bourne out of sheer need, due to ingredient and time scarcity. I’m no professional myself, I just gotta cook myself and my family dinner, but I liked the chance to witness broader culinary horizons :D
So if Masterchef UK has less yelling, I may need to check that out!
I haven’t been able to touch on my feelings/thoughts on the drones, aside from instant “DO NOT WANT”, including towards media portrayals/discussions about them. But this post comes close to pointing out some key issues.
(…I guess my real bottom line is, do not want, stop, stop, stop, do not want, stop)
“These anti-Twilight memes and Twilight-hate culture on the whole have very little to do withTwilight, and a lot more to do with systemic sexism and rampant misogyny, and the whole mess could use a feminist perspective. I know, I just dropped the S, M and F bomb in one sentence but hear me out here: we live in a culture, that does not want women to embrace their sexuality, and it REALLY doesn’t want them to do it in a “geeky” way. The original phenomenon wrought by the Twilight books was simply a bunch of girls geeking out over a series of books subsequently turned into a successful film series. The story is no different than the phenomenon of, say, people geeking out over Harry Potter or Batman, and their inevitable film series. The only difference being, when it is women who are the distinct majority enjoying themselves, everyone else gets condescending, snarky, or even angry.”
I was just going to reply, but then I realized I had far more feelings than would fit. Especially on the Asaba thing.
SPOILERS FOR KAREKANO.
I really hated the whole Jacob-Renesmee thing, too, because OMG GROSS. Like, okay, we didn’t actually see the dynamic and maybe it wouldn’t have been as creepy as it sounded and I shouldn’t judge without more context, but, sorry, OMG GROSS. A lot of which is because it felt like such a slap in the face of what should have been Asaba clearly being queer and in love with Arima.
There are moments in that friendship that seemed so clearly not just friendship, but actual queer feelings/attraction, that the erasure of that really bothered me. Like, it’s fine if Asaba was bisexual and just happened to end up with a girl. But the idea that he would have all these feelings for Arima, but the narrative would be like UGH NO HOMO GROSS and bend over backwards to give him someone that was like Arima, except instead ACCEPTABLE? Yuck.
But I’m also forever bitter that we didn’t get Arima/Yukino/Asaba as the ending, because As much as I love Arima/Yukino as a ship (AND BOY DO I) that was a threesome waiting to happen. You know Yukino would have been down with it, given the way she and Asaba were trolling Arima right to the end.
It’s frustrating to feel this way because KareKano is otherwise SUCH A GOOD MANGA, like, I really don’t have hardly any complaints about it! I loved it and I fell in love with each and every character! It’s funny and heartfelt and, even if the abuse is OTT sometimes, it was genuinely heartbreaking. I HEARTILY RECOMMEND THE MANGA (just with a caveat or two).
I’m just really aggravated by that ending.
(Sorry this reblog is a bit weird, adslkfjadlfkj, tumblr is being weird on me!)
I hear you! Ihadn’t thought of the threesome aspect, but you’re right, the setup was there. The ending itself did practically have them “together”, living right next to each other (and Asaba clearly spent most of his days in Arima’s and Yukino’s apartment), raising a kid together, sharing day-to-day events… all that was missing was the sex aspect.
And thinking that they were this close to being a threesome, it makes me realize that the mangaka thought it’d be BETTER, MORE ROMANTIC, MORE APPROPRIATE, AND (probably) *LESS GROSS* that instead of letting these three adults work out a romantic relationship…. to let one of them marry the eighteen-years-younger daughter he raised! Yes! Way better than consenting, loving threesomes or gay sex!
To be fair, the incest theme does run fairly strong throughout the series. There’s the happy example of Kazuma and Tsubasa (whom I shipped like my house was on fire!), who did see each other as siblings before moving into love. Tsubasa was pretty hung up on her dad falling in love with anyone else, but that was ultimately shown to be too imposing/unhealthy. And Arima’s mom was pretty sensual at Arima =__= And Arima’s mom herself was raped by her stepfather repeatedly. And while not incest, Maho does date a man twelve years older than her even as a high schooler.
So incest/significant age difference is something examined in the series? But I still think concluding that falling for the daughter you raised »> threesome is WRONG. (Which situation seems less ripe for abuse??? :PPP)
I just finished reading Kareshi Kanojyo no Jijyo, and…
Asaba pulled a Jacob-Renesmee? SERIOUSLY?
(AND HE RAISED HER TOO, HE WAS A FATHER TO HER, WHYYYYY)
And, okay, a spattering of other thoughts:
- I very much approved of the overall theme/message of overcoming generational abuse. In that way, it very much reminded me of Fruits Basket (though I think FB managed it with more layers/subtlety…?)
- Also thumbs up on having talking honestly/being who you are as absolutely vital. Wonderful lesson, and though it had all the subtlety of a nuclear bomb (plus it seemed to solve problems so quickly/magically??), in a way that’s not a bad thing. :)
- I did not so much approve of the skirting homosexuality throughout. So much homoerotic tension throughout that was explicitly acknowledged! (“If he were a girl he’d be my ideal partner,” “She loves cute girls,” etc etc). Without ever any one character actually being queer. :(
- I am so, so glad Miyazawa still got to be a doctor. I WAS READY TO PUNCH when it seemed like she wasn’t going to pursue any of her passions/dreams! D: But as it was, I liked how she got to balance both.
- I wish Arima’s birth mother could’ve gotten her own mini-arc showing how she’d become as broken as she was. Everyone else in his family got to show how they’d been hurt, why not her? There was a brief mention of how she’d been abused, but… we didn’t get to see her try to overcome that or anything.