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Legend Ladies OOC? My thoughts.
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philstar22 From: philstar22 Date: January 24th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree on all of this. Watching the episode, I specifically remember loving the fact that Kahlan, who can kick ass with the best of them, isn't afraid to show her emotions. Too often on TV, women who are strong are portrayed as being almost afraid to show emotion. Like, if they do, it will diminish their strength somehow.

My experience has been the exact opposite. Women on tv are always emotional. Even characters where it would be OOC for always have moments of emotionalism. It is male characters who are not emotional and who are portrayed as stronger. When a male character is suffering or goes through something bad, most of the time they don't have that moment of crying on someone's shoulder or needing someone to lean on. Female characters almost always do. They almost always can't handle emotional trauma/pain as well as male characters can. I'm not saying that emotions make you weak, because they don't. I'd just like to see more male characters showing emotion and more female characters handling their emotions and pain without needing someone else (usually a man) to lean on.

That said, I don't think a moment of emotion is OOC for Kahlan, given all she's been through and all the pressure she's under all the time.
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moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: January 24th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have you seen Supernatural? ALL THE BOYS CRY. (But I still love it.

So much word.
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moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: January 24th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is that True Blood? I don't watch it but the face looks familiar...
timeblind From: timeblind Date: January 24th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL Dean cries A LOT. And then I cry too because Jensen is just THAT good with the woobie face.
karie22 From: karie22 Date: January 25th, 2010 07:04 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL, I was looking for some of my SPNTL gifs of them crying to post in response, but my PB is a mess right now, so I gave up!

BSG is also a good example. There were frequently scenes of men crying, even sobbing, in that show.
dannyblue From: dannyblue Date: January 24th, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was going to say I must be watching different shows (like Supernatural). On the shows I watch, the guys are as likely to have emotional breakdowns as the gals, and they often lean on those around them for emotional support.

One of the things I like about Richard is he's very open emotionally. He might not break down and weep (but, then again, neither does Kahlan), but Richard manages to be a strong, kick ass hero while still being "in touch with his feelings." :)
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: January 24th, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
On the shows I watch, the guys are as likely to have emotional breakdowns as the gals, and they often lean on those around them for emotional support.

Word. There is generally a lot of emphasis on Man-Pain on TV. I have nothing against it, for the record just that the impression I get is that sometimes it is regarded as somehow more profound that Woman Pain. But I wonder if that's a fault of the TV creators or the audience.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: January 24th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
zooeyrye and dannyblue pretty much beat me to the examples of Supernatural (and Smallville, and 24, etc). Man Pain is pretty common on TV. It's just that it's regarded as more profound than Woman Pain. i.e. When a man cries, it's a tragedy; when a woman cries, it's a habit. But I wonder if that's the fault of the show writers or the audience. I was really moved by Kahlan's tears in 2x09. I also think Denna's pleading in the episode my icon is based on was one of the most touching moments in the series.
karie22 From: karie22 Date: January 25th, 2010 07:01 am (UTC) (Link)
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Richard has never really been shy about showing his emotions. One of my favorite things about this show and this pairing is that there is an obvious equality between Richard and Kahlan. There is no "you're the helpless little woman and I'm the big, strong man who protects you". They fight side by side, take turns saving each other, and neither is too proud to lean on the other when they need to.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: January 25th, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love the picspam! A picture does say more than a thousand words indeed. Kahlan and Richard have a perfectly balanced relationship as you say and that's what is so endearing about them.
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