Gender roles and monogamy in The Hunger Games
Linda Holmes writes about the gender roles of the main characters in the Hunger Games movies and how unusual they are for a mainstream blockbuster film.
But one of the most unusual things about Katniss isn’t the way she defies typical gender roles for heroines, but the way Peeta, her arena partner and one of her two love interests, defies typical Hollywood versions of gender roles for boyfriends.
Consider the evidence: Peeta’s family runs a bakery. He can literally bake a cherry pie, as the old song says.
He is physically tough, but markedly less so than she is. He’s got a good firm spine, but he lacks her disconnected approach to killing. Over and over, she finds herself screaming “PEETA!”, not calling for help but going to help, and then running, because he’s gone and done some damn fool thing like gotten himself electrocuted.
Mimi Schippers, riffing on Holmes’ piece, argues that Katniss is such an interesting character because she’s not tied to a particular gender…she’s the “movie boyfriend” with Peeta and the “movie girlfriend” with Gale.
Forcing Katniss to choose is forcing Katniss into monogamy, and as I suggested above, into doing gender to complement her partner. Victoria Robinson points out in her article, “My Baby Just Cares for Me,” that monogamy compels women to invest too much time, energy, and resources into an individual man and limits their autonomy and relationships with others. What Robinson doesn’t talk about is how it also limits women’s range of how they might do gender in relationship to others.
It also limits men’s range of doing gender in relationships. Wouldn’t it be nice if Peeta and Gale never felt the pressure to be something they are not? Imagine how Peeta’s and Gale’s masculinities would have to be reconfigured to accommodate and accept each other?
Maybe this is why the end of Catching Fire (minor spoilers!) — Katniss as the cliched irrational hysterical woman who can’t be trusted with information — felt so out of place compared to her gender fluidity throughout the rest of the movie.
Excellent, I was planning to make a post about these two articles, but Kottke’s already done it for me! I enjoyed reading both of them, even though I completely forget the books, and have only seen the second movie…
The second article on thesocietypages discusses “doing gender” different ways in different relationships, which seems to me to be a really cool way to think about the social contract/construct of gender and its inherent fluidity.
Re: spoilers (also, probably more spoilers) - Oh, I didn’t pick up on Katniss falling into that trope. I thought the excuse of ‘Snow was watching closely,’ was a valid reason that she couldn’t know. Also, it’s very unlikely she would’ve gone along with their plan had she been in on it, I think. I can’t recall whether or not Peeta knew of the plan - having completely forgotten the books, judging from the movie alone, perhaps he was unaware as well?
This has been sitting in my drafts for almost a year.
And I think it’s only getting more relevant as time passes. All that I had written was this:
It is the only way you can move forward.
I wanted to elaborate more on this, but I think it’s best to ruminate it personally.
I needed a reminder about this, both for ultimate but also in my life in general. Thanks.
Coming from the person who has used the term “male tears” I can tell you to kindly fuck off about how other people react to the plight of others. You are not better, you are no different, as a matter of fact you justify it under some sick vendetta which makes you the worst kind of scum of the world.
See, the difference between saying “a certain group” and a “whole demographic” is a fucking world of a difference. One in which you apparently need shoved in your face because you cannot see past your own shit-stained nose. Saying “there are some white guys" would be one thing, but saying “white guys” puts them as a whole thus making it a sweeping generalization in which you would need to present evidence for.
See, this is why I renounced Feminism. Get the fuck off your high horse, you are guilty of the same crimes.
Is there more to this than “not all X are like that” and “you’re being reverse sexist/racist”?
"not all X are like that": (1, 2, 3, 4) Again, not the point: emphasizing it displays a willingness to prioritize one’s feelings at the harm and expense of others.
"you’re guilty of the same crimes": (5, 6) Which crimes exactly has lolatmra committed, and in what way are they the same as… not sure what exactly the comparison is to? Discrimination is not the same as oppression: writing a blog post that discriminates against straight white men is not the same as systematic oppression that harms everyone, including straight white men.
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i 100% support people caught being racist on the internet losing their jobs, their places of education and families being informed, and being shamed to the moon and back
This basically goes against rights to freedom of speech, choice, religion, belief.
I am 100% against racism.
But this is not a solution.
Not quite: the government is not preventing us from saying, choosing, or believing racist things - we’re free to say anything we want. However, we’re not free from the private consequences of what we say (or choose, or believe). Freedom of speech is not freedom from consequences, and it shouldn’t be.
Finally, I should note that one social consequence is employment-related. In many American jurisdictions, employment is “at will” unless the parties have a contract that says otherwise; an employer can fire an employee for any reason not prohibited by law. Private employers can generally fire private employees based on their extra-curricular speech. That’s private action, not government action; it’s an exercise of such free association and free speech by private entities as the law allows. Employers may face social consequences — particularly in a social media age — for exercising that right in a way that angers the public, which is in turn the public’s free speech right.
There is an interesting dynamic where the internet is enabling a higher degree of shaming than ever before, which was not the case ten or fifteen years ago.
Ramen Reviews Hachi: Hanami II
Hmm, so one of the unfortunate parts about New Haven is that we
haven’t found a reliable noodle store nearby. I was in the mood to eat
out, so I found a place in the next town over called Hanami II.
Oddly, Karen and I were the only customers the entire night… and
Karen said they were playing Chinese music, and speaking Chinese to
each other, haha. Their menu looked impressive, and we choose the Pork
Ramen noodles along with a new sushi roll: Green Diamond Roll,
chosen because it had green tea mayo as one of the ingredients. The
sushi was good, although neither of us were really into the raw
Japanese scallops. Karen reminds me that they charged $1.75 for hot
tea, which is upsetting - we should really start asking up front
instead of being disappointed afterwards, I guess.
- Pork: 1/10
- Noodles: 7/10
- Everything else (broth, seaweed, bamboo, etc): 0/10
- Overall: 8/30
Hmm, unfortunately, the ramen was a total let down. The broth was
basically chicken broth, and the pork ended up the way I usually do
pork - tough and chewy the point of being squeaky. I mess it up by
overcooking the meat or leaving it in the steaming broth for too long,
maybe that’s what they did. There were hardly any other furnishings
(ugh, no egg! (or bamboo!)) other than mushroom slices! Perhaps that
would be a plus for some, but for us it was definitely a
negative. Mushrooms in ramen is another new thing for me, but I wasn’t
a fan of the new thing this time around.
The only redeeming thing for me was that there were tons of noodles,
and that the noodles reminded me a lot of the ramen noodles I had as a
kid, which started me out on this whole thing :). We’ll have to
continue our search for Connecticut ramen elsewhere. And, next time
back we’ll stick to sushi rolls at Hanami II!
Ramen Reviews Nana: RakiRaki
My second night of three in San Diego, I managed to beg out of some
drinks and burgers and freed myself up to go try out a place that was
really highly rated: RakiRaki. They were packed by the time I got
there around 6p - they barely had enough space for one extra at the
bar, but I made it before the line ended up way out the door, happily.
RakiRaki is famous for the ramen burgers - they fry? up the ramen
noodles and use them as the bun around a chicken pattie. I agonized
over the decision (burger!? so novel…or, ramen from a new
restaurant? that seems quite authentic/traditional) for a few minutes
before wimping out and going with the guarantee of traditional soup
Ramen, which is what we see pictured above.
- Pork: 9/10
- Noodles: 9/10
- Everything else (broth, seaweed, bamboo, etc): 7/10
- Overall: 25/30
So, the way they did their pork was different from any of the other
ramen I’ve ever had - they charred it (fried, I guess? or maybe with a
torch?) to the point of being crunchy around the outside. It gave the
pork an interesting texture and a flavor that was pretty singular, and
I really liked this version. They also added slices of garlic that
were roasted? until they were crunchy, seen in the bottom left of the
bowl - these were a little bitter but I really like garlic so I was
happy when they’d turn up randomly throughout the meal.
The broth and the noodles were both quite good - I liked the noodles
in particular better than Tajima. I don’t remember much about the egg,
Unfortunately, they added baby ginger, the pink thing in the middle,
which I’m not a fan of. Since it was baby ginger, it wasn’t too strong
and I just ate them all at the beginning so it wouldn’t contaminate
the broth. Next time I’ll try to remember to ask them to leave it off.
RakiRaki is probably one of my all time favorites, and I really hope I
can bring Karen there some day so we can try the Ramen burgers too!
Ramen Reviews Returns: Tajima
Just a few days ago Dexter requested that I write some more
reviews, and luckily I recently had the opportunity to travel to San
Diego. It just so happened that the area around my hotel had tons of
ramen places around - certainly not by design, as someone else chose
the hotel, but defintiely appreciated! Since I didn’t have a car, it
was super lucky that I could walk to multiple 4+ star rated places just
over a mile from the hotel.
My first night there, I went to Tajima, which was a pretty trendy
sort of place - low light, loud (annoying) pop music - I probably
wouldn’t have pegged it as a quality ramen place.
- Pork: 6/10
- Noodles: 7/10
- Other: 6/10
- Cheater mode: yummy garlic edamame +1
- Overall: 20/30
Hmm, the pork here was average to mediocre - not really worth writing
about. The broth was really good, and even though the egg was a lot
closer to hard boiled than soft boiled, it was still tasty. Not really
sure if it’s possible to mess up a marinated egg, actually… On the
other hand, the ramen noodles were a bit thinner than I prefer. That’s
probably my fault, as I believe they allowed you to opt for thick or
thin noodles as a choice. I also picked up an appetizer of garlic
edamame, which was surprisingly delicious.
Overall, it was a solid bowl of ramen and I was quite happy that it
was my first stop in San Diego after the airport. It definitely hit
the spot after airport/airplane food and the six hour flight. Which,
oh, they showed The Heat on the flight with Sandra Bullock and
Melissa McCarthy; it was hilarious :D
“Of course, the ultimate moment of being Female in Public comes when a woman, deep in thought, is told by a strange man to SMILE. (And this happens only to women.) Gentlemen, let’s get this straight. There is no part of my body that belongs to you, not even my facial expression. Stop trying to stake out territory there, whether by legislation or verbal imperative. Plus, it never produces the desired effect.”
Last night, while enjoying some steak, sweet potato and apple tacos, I decided to create a github repo dedicated to community-driven taco creation. Just over 12 hours later, it’s had 103 commits, 17 contributors, and a ton of delicious recipes. Love tacos? SUBMIT YOURS TOO.