You like how they’re writing Regina? She’s becoming passive, very weak, naive, meek, can’t do anything by herself anymore, she needs a man to save her and she’s acting like a dumb teenager with a crush around Robin. But I suppose a lot of fans like her now that she’s finally starting to behave like a woman should, not a strong independent badass ‘bitch’ she was before. As long as she has a male LI and changes for him, right?
First of, I’ve been an Evil Regal since season 1 so don’t come lecturing me about my love for Regina as if it’s a new development. And discourses on who is more a “real fan” than whom are just so absurd, I don’t understand how you can expect to be taken seriously.
Second of, if you’re one of these people that believe women have to be strong 100% of the time to be worthy heroes then I have no time for your bs. That’s sexist as fuck! Male heroes get to be emo and no one ever calls them weak.
Regina received some horrible news that made her understandably emotional and she needed time and some social support to find the strength to go to battle after this. As a psychology student, I will tell you that’s healthy. When you receive some bad news taking the time to absorb it and asking for support is a healthy solution that will help you continue on with your life. It doesn’t match unhealthy macho ideas, but it’s a good thing that they are not promoting this kind of crap that will damage you if you listen to it. Social support is a necessary part of a healthy lifestyle. It helps you live longer.
And Regina still went to fight and save the town; knowing that she might not come back alive. She did that with sass anyway. How is that weak? That’s brave if a bit nuts.
The point the show is trying to make is that Regina is not alone. If you missed that, you are not very observant and I am sorry about that. Because they kind of had every character be loyal to her and state it in very obvious manners.
No, the goal is not for her to be servile. The goal is for her to become a team player. It’s for her to notice that people around her are there for her no matter what happened in the past. They’re trying to make these people a family. In order to do that Regina must notice that she’s wanted. That’s it. That’s the point.
The show is not about this cliché macho bs where characters have to be alone against the world. It’s about the importance of knowing how to work as a group. That’s a more typically feminine value. And I love that they are promoting it as a good thing because in the real world collaboration is one of the most important skill you can learn. And I am not just saying that. There are a lot of psychological studies on the topic. Because typically American societies promote the importance of competition. But competition lowers most people’s enjoyment of an activity. In everyday life knowing how to collaborate with your friends, spouse, coworkers, and children is actually more important if less valued by Americans who over-emphasis the importance of independence. We think this is linked to the higher rate of depression in America than in societies who promote communal values. So the show is doing good in promoting a more healthy way of dealing with your problems.
And if a woman cannot show emotions toward someone and trust them without being called a dumb teenager with a crush than again you are promoting sexist ideas about gender. You are equating emotional vulnerability, something normally associated with femininity, to something dumb and disgusting. I think emotional vulnerability takes guts. It’s way more badass than putting up walls against the world. It’s a lot more dangerous and it takes a lot of courage to do. Regina was more badass there than you can possibly understand with your macho values.
And finally Regina is not changing for Robin. She started changing for Henry. But now it’s about her changing for herself. Or did you miss the obvious parallels they were drawing between Zelena and Regina? Did you miss the part where Regina decided that she doesn’t want to be alone like her sister?
Now, if I see some more macho bs in my asks, I will simply block you. I have no time for misogyny trying to pass itself for feminism. My feminine ass has endured enough of that in real life.