I just wanted to say I really enjoy reading your posts. Even though I don't agree with some of them, you present them in such a thoughtful manner that it makes it difficult to completely disagree with them.
Fair enough, I'm really not trying to do that, just point out like everything it has good and bad aspects and it is very important to certain under represented groups.
Sure but I think scorning shipping as a whole just because sometimes it's silly is a problem and can come back to being overly critical of things associated with female fans (cosplay had the same thing going back 5-6 years, less so now but it persists a bit). Scorn for bad ships and bad shippers is fine, but scorning the whole activity is unfair.
Yeah that's reasonable, I guess I'm just sensitive to it because as I think I mentioned fandom activities typically associated with female fans are subject to serious attempts to de-legitimise them by male fans. Cosplay had the same problm which has thankfully largely disappeared.
I'm not saying all shipping is great, or creative but it can do important things for people so long as you look at as a creative exercise rather than a dogmatic thing. The ship wars that go on in some fandoms with the supporters of different ships attacking each other are bloody ridiculous.
I'm not trying to create a hierarchy exactly, I'm just saying it can be important and there is a difference between being critical of bad ships and shipping in general. I do think shipping is more creative than the 'who could beat who' discussions but I'm not saying those are bad either.
Yes they would. But I wouldn't care. Sometimes we forget those basic lessons in morality we got in kindergarten, but sometimes they're the most important to keep in mind.
And I think that even humoring people who would make arguments for the type of behavior exalted in the Transformers movies and in similar media is just not an option. I think that's why I do it. I joke about being entertained, but I really keep going back because, a even if I don't change anything, I think there needs to be at least one voice saying "No, it's not okay."
I think we need movies shining a light on how ugly this is. How we've twisted moral relativism into the exact opposite of what it's supposed to be, how truly damaging this mindset is. No one's changing their opinions over the big dumb blockbusters that have their head so far up their ass they don't even know what they're saying (Michael Bay and the writers have all been democrats), but it is having a harmful effect by not shooting down such moronic ideologies and blind hero worship to begin with.
Besides, these movies are (ostensibly) for kids, right? Parents take them, at least? How much more positive and impactful would it be in a child's mind if Optimus Prime was actually disgusted by the idea of hurting others for catharsis, and consistently did the right thing, even if it was the harder way to go? What if we had movies that valued self discipline and reminded us that, "Yes, these are bad people, but bad people are people two,"?
And you've got to pretend that both sides are valid. That what everything they say has a standing, and that they're not spewing something akin to hate speech. I know they're fictional characters, but fiction has implications, and you saying you support a fictional character's actions has tangible, real world implications.
I mean... These people who buy into this reactionary revenge fantasy BS are gonna start voting, eventually. That's scary.