- Jul 19, 2010
I was going to say the same thing (that the Capitol people are demonstrating decadence more than just demonizing feminine traits) but I'd even go a bit further and say Bob may be giving too much credit to the power of the pink aisle. This is not to say Bob doesn't have a point in that trying to force tropes on children is a bad idea, but some (I'd even go as far as to say most...>51% lol?) little girls like princesses, dresses, and what has been deemed "traditional" feminine colors. This is probably because of a greater issue in that we are bombarded by these themes from all angles socially, through the media, in every movie, TV show, magazine, etc. Pink was a boy color 100 years ago. Dresses or gowns were seen as common place for men to wear in the not so recent history; I can definitely see fashion and irresponsible tropes correcting themselves in time.Plinglebob said:Bob had me right up until the Hunger Games then he lost me. While I agree with his commentary on Katniss, he's reading way to much into the Capital aesthetic which, as Ronack mentions, is about money, but also about time. One of the reasons why women are often characterised by items in the pink isle is because traditionally they've had the time to spend on these things when the men are out working. The point of the Capitol people is that the way they look would take a lot of time and a lot of money which the districts don't have.
Physiologically, psychologically (not talking about intelligence here...don't flame me haha), anatomically...men and women are not exactly the same (generally speaking). I'm not sure if this is what MovieBob is working towards; an androgynous population of people where everyone is gender neutral regardless of sex. I couldn't help but feel that was the point he was trying to make in the end.
I have an 18 yr old and 8 yr old daughter, and they are polar opposites. One likes Call of Duty, wants to be an ASPCA officer and hates wearing dresses (or insert trope), the other won't wear jeans, loves to paint and color, to make her own jewelery but will throw the football and play baseball with me if we are all outside playing. I do not dissuade her from much of anything if it is something she likes to do and enjoys (and obviously constructive in some way).
What it comes down to is the parents discussing with the children what these things mean (or don't mean). I really don't know what the answer is, but I agree that "stuff" is just "stuff". My son will play with his toy drill because I use a real drill. His mother uses the same drill, but because he is a boy, and I am a man, he may identify with me more and want to be like me. As parents we just try to live as examples, shaping our children but trying to allow the kids to make their own choices.
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