thedeadparrot: (bono hmmm...)
thedeadparrot ([personal profile] thedeadparrot) wrote 2010-04-11 08:16 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I don't think OFC == Mary Sue. I realize that I didn't do a great job of defining what a Mary Sue is for the purposes of this essay, but I am definitely not equating all OFCs with Mary Sues. And I'm certainly not saying that people shouldn't write Mary Sues much less OFCs as a whole.

I do agree that the Mary Sue stamp tends to come out too often and too instinctively, and there are extremely gendered problems with that, and I'm sorry that you had to deal with it. At the same time, I think that's sort of an argument that's tangential to the argument I'm trying to make.

The main reason for my post is that people have been defining Mary Sues as harmless and innocent and feminist, and I have problems with that. No, there is nothing inherently anti-feminist about Mary Sues, nor is there nothing inherently anti-feminist about slash, but that they both can have very deep misogynistic/racist/etc tendencies. I like slash a lot, but I would never unambiguously say that it is feminist or unproblematic and claim that the only reason anyone would feel otherwise is because they hate women. The topic is far more complicated and tangled than that. Slash can hurt people, and I will never say otherwise.

All I'm trying to say is that Mary Sues can hurt people too.

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